Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Mobile's senior population continues to grow (13.25% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Mobile, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 29.22% between 2014 and 2019. To put that into perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 10.1%, showing that Alzheimer's is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (6.31% in Mobile vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Mobile. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Mobile, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Somerby of Mobile is an assisted living campus for seniors who need a bit of extra help each day. In its memory care program, residents with dementia can live safely among their peers. Trained staff members are experienced with dementia and prepared to help residents who are frustrated and have difficulties communicating. Since this campus offers maintenance-free living, residents don't have to worry about cleaning, laundry or other routine tasks. Community spaces include a library, a game room, a heated pool and an exercise and wellness center. Scheduled transportation is available for medical or personal needs.
Residents describe welcoming, professional staff members and compliment the food. One resident's relative says, "The facility is beautiful, and residents are friendly when visiting. The staff is great in all areas. I am truly sleeping better now that she is receiving the care she needs. The food is awesome, and she's lost weight by eating healthier."
Memory care at Atria Regency is delivered through the Life Guidance approach. It emphasizes physical activity as a cornerstone of memory care treatment, with at least two opportunities for exercise daily. This includes yoga, dancing and weights. The memory care program uses music to help with mood, and individualized plans address specific memory conditions. Living spaces are also designed with memory care residents in mind. Secure indoor and outdoor spaces allow seniors to freely move around the community and enjoy independence. Residents are encouraged to display personal mementos outside of their living spaces, which helps with navigation. Atria Regency boasts an active environment with plenty of amenities, including concierge service, a private dining room and scheduled transportation.
Residents and their loved ones commend the community for its amenities and professional staff. Of this, one writes, "I selected Atria Regency for my aunt. Everything is taken care of. I was impressed with the personnel and with the facility in general. They were very cooperative working with you. The facilities were very nice, clean, and well maintained, which I like."
Knollwood Pointe is situated in a serene setting with plenty of green space for residents to enjoy outdoor activities. Memory care includes medication management, assistance with activities of daily living and three daily meals and snacks. Daily exercise reinforces physical well-being, while residents can enjoy activities that offer cognitive stimulation as well. Activity options include music and art offerings as well as crossword puzzles, a book club and card games to shore up cognitive function.
Residents and their loved ones laud the community for its memory care programming, which is individualized with many opportunities for engagement. One notes, "My mom is staying at Knollwood Pointe for memory care. My overall experience is positive, and she is adjusting well. They have a whole calendar of activities that they mapped out at least a month in advance."
Situated near Mobile Bay, Ashbury Manor is conveniently located close to Providence Hospital and many other local amenities in Mobile, including the Sun Ray Plaza Shopping Center. The community's team of licensed caregiving professionals assists seniors with acts of daily living, such as getting dressed and keeping up on personal hygiene. Staff are also specially trained and have experience caring for seniors in various stages of Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive conditions. The staff dietician can help seniors better manage chronic conditions by making healthier meal choices. Residents can enjoy three restaurant-style meals every day, with snacks in between. In addition to a beauty salon, the community offers complimentary Wi-Fi and cable television. Apartments can be furnished upon request.
The community communicates well with residents' loved ones. A relative of a resident wrote, "It was perfect timing between mother's health and our discovering Asbury Manor. Management and staff are well trained and caring. They have responded to every request and issue with professionalism that allows us to sleep well knowing she is safe, happy, and well cared for."
Sitting in an open field surrounded by verdant trees, The Brennity at Daphne offers an idyllic living environment close to medical venues. Its Sagora Pathways memory care program helps seniors with dementia live purposeful lives by incorporating familiar sights, sounds, aromas and objects to increase comfort and reduce anxiety. The caregivers utilize special communication techniques to soothe residents and redirect their focus to positive memories and activities. They also use familiar smells and baskets filled with personal photos to help residents reminisce. Residents live in a secure neighborhood that encourages independent exploration, with memory boxes containing personal mementos placed outside their apartments to help them find their way home and spark conversations. The culinary team prepares tasty and healthy meals every day, and the caregivers hand out towels with essential oils before mealtime to trigger appetite.
Family members love the caring staff and clean environment. A reviewer writes, "This is a great community for outstanding care. We like all of the staff that are helping in all ways. The community is clean and we do like the professionalism of everyone here. Would highly recommend this community for the outstanding care and value."
Located conveniently close to Thomas Hospital and other major medical facilities, Seabrook Pointe is a senior living community that offers assisted living and memory care. Walk With Me, the community's exclusive memory care program, uses a holistic approach through activities that enhance residents' social, spiritual, cognitive, physical and emotional well-being. The team works with family members to complete individual biographies and create the best plan that addresses unique needs and preferences. Daily programming is designed to suit seniors' abilities and comfort levels. It includes sensory activities that help stimulate all areas of the brain and technology-based systems, such as the iN2L touchscreen system, to encourage engagement. The memory care neighborhood is safe and secure, with a monitoring system in place designed around each resident's behavioral pattern.
Positive reviews show families' confidence in the staff's care for their loved ones. A daughter writes, "The staff at The Blake - Malbis (memory care) loved and cared for my mother like I never expected. Turning over your parent to others for care is a very difficult decision but at Seabrook Pointe she was under the best care you could ask for."
Oakland Place is located on the outskirts of Fairhope, Alabama, where seniors can experience a quiet lifestyle while only being a short drive away from Thomas Hospital and Fairhope's many other health care services. The community specializes in physician-directed, individualized memory care and has staff available 24/7 to assist residents with their daily needs and medication management. The homelike environment, paired with a predictable daily routine, helps seniors with memory loss develop a sense of familiarity and maintain a higher level of independence. Residents can benefit from the community's additional security, on-call doctor and ability to handle problematic behaviors and conditions such as incontinence. There is also an on-site kitchen where staff prepares daily meals with the stimulating aromas of southern cuisine to enhance appetite.
Residents and their relatives praise Oakland Place's cleanliness and attentive, knowledgeable staff, with one family member saying, "They have given me so many answers to questions I didn't even know I had. I haven't had any issues at all with anything. It is very clean and appears organized from what I gathered the two times I was there."
Brookside Specialty & Memory Care of Mobile is located in Mobile, AL, a short distance from Providence Hospital, specialists, pharmacies and other health care services. Seniors can benefit from living in a smaller community with personalized care and 24/7 staff availability to assist with daily needs, medication management and health conditions. Residents are kept active physically and mentally with diverse activities that stimulate their minds and fulfill recreational and spiritual needs. The spacious rooms feature private bathrooms, cable TV, air conditioning and emergency response systems, giving seniors the option to relax in comfort. There is also restaurant-style dining with guest meals for visitors, housekeeping and laundry services and a beauty salon and barbershop.
Residents appreciate the dining experience and quality of food. They also praise the perceptive, passionate staff, with one relative saying, "I can't say enough about this facility. The staff is caring, attentive and appear to absolutely love what they do. I was so impressed with the level of care and how they know each resident's personal preferences."
Ashland Place Health and Rehabilitation, LLC offers memory care services in Mobile, Alabama. Staff are specially trained to provide individualized care for those with memory loss, and the memory care community is electronically monitored to ensure safety and security for all residents. Staff oversee structured activities designed to be cognitively and emotionally stimulating. Ashland Place offers onsite physical, occupational and speech therapy, and it has a state-of-the-art gym equipped for rehabilitation as well as improvement of physical well-being. Staff are available 24/7 and, because skilled nursing is available on-site, many staff members are medically trained.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate Ashland Place's caring staff and access to innovative therapies. One relative says, "The staff, including the administration, were always willing to help me through this 'journey' with my stepmom as this was my first experience with an aging parent. Their PT, OT and speech therapy department was excellent!"
Fairhope Health & Rehab offers personalized memory care in an intimate setting. Memory care services include assistance with the activities of daily living and individualized care plans overseen by each resident's personal physician. The community's lush outdoor spaces include a courtyard area for residents to enjoy fresh air. Amenities include an on-site beauty salon and barber shop for personal care and physical, speech and occupational therapy options. Residents also have access to personalized dining options and gathering spaces to promote social interaction. Medication management and outcome-focused therapy are also provided for memory care residents.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the amenities, family-like environment and friendliness of the staff. One reviewer writes, "I was pleasantly surprised to find the level of care that they provide. I've observed the staff, and they are very attentive to the patients, plus the doctor and nursing staff know each patient on a personal level."