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 Modesto’s senior population continues to grow (15.1% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Modesto, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 55.8% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 13.5%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (13.02% in Modesto 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 dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Modesto. 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 Modesto, 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:
The El Rio Memory Care Community offers comprehensive care to seniors in Modesto, California living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. The community's spacious living rooms with fireplaces, sunrooms and other common areas are designed to create an inviting, safe and comfortable environment. The facility takes a holistic approach to resident well-being through its Living Well program, Koelsch Communities Music program and support groups that provide emotional support and continuing education. Recognizing the role that friends and family play, the facility hosts quarterly family events and offers private areas where residents can enjoy time with their loved ones. A full schedule of daily activities is offered to preserve residents' cognitive and physical health, including low-impact workouts, gardening, cooking classes and presentations by local health care professionals.
El Rio is frequently recognized as a beautiful facility with caring staff. A man whose wife is a resident shared, "It's very clean, and they keep it up very nice. It's a brand-new facility, the staff seemed to be very polite, they wanted to help, and they have all nice people there." Another reviewer says, "The caregivers really care and it means something to them."
Hospitality House is located just minutes away from Highway 99 in Salida, California and offers assisted living and memory care. Residents stay in private or shared rooms with basic cable, and housekeeping and personal laundry services are also provided. Seniors have access to many common areas, including a media center and secured center courtyard. Three meals are served daily in the private dining room, and special diets, such as low sodium and vegetarian, can be accommodated. For snacks, seniors can visit the coffee and refreshments bar. A licensed nurse monitors each person's health and wellness. The facility provides a full calendar of daily activities to keep residents active and engaged.
Reviewers appreciate the community’s activity schedule. “They have daily activities like exercises and morning therapy,” notes one visitor. The community is also praised for its friendly staff. “Everybody at Hospitality House is nice and friendly, and the atmosphere is pretty good,” a relative says. Other reviewers mention the clean, well-maintained facilities.
Set in a quiet Modesto residential neighborhood just a few blocks from Memorial Hospital and Doctor's Medical Center, Orangeburg Manor provides seniors with an age-in-place care system comprised of four levels of care. Level I residents require no or minimal assistance, typically seeking help for ADL tasks such as bathing, housekeeping and medication administration. Those with early stage dementia are usually classified Level II, while residents in the later stages of memory loss are classified Level III. Level IV is appropriate for those requiring hospice services. Personalized memory care programs include individual exercise programs and social functions planned by a certified activity director who’s on-site seven days a week. Biography boards or memory boxes outside each private or shared suite help residents locate their rooms more easily while also letting caregivers know what daily activities bring each person the most joy.
Family members appreciate the community’s cleanliness and the dedicated professionalism of the compassionate staff. One reviewer wrote of Orangeburg Manor, “They have accommodated my aunt in every way possible. She is eating better than she has in the last two years. She is very happy there. If I could rate the staff a 10+ I would.”
Located in a residential neighborhood in Modesto, within 5 miles of the city’s three hospitals, Stratford at Beyer Park provides Central California seniors with assisted living and memory care services. The facility’s Generations Care program for memory impairment takes place in a secure neighborhood where residents live in beautifully decorated suites that surround the common living and dining areas. An enclosed garden courtyard lets residents move freely when they desire exercise and sunshine. The enriched memory care program is delivered by the community's staff of dementia care professionals who undergo monthly training sessions. These programs include My Jukebox music, Vibrant Life Activities and Dining by Design, which presents residents with plates that have different food options to choose from.
Some families love this community for its "modern, comfortable and classy” look. Others appreciate the activities and exceptional dining program. One daughter wrote, “My mom is in Stratford at Beyer Park. I have nothing but good things to say … They have activities all throughout the day and go on day trips and do crafts. … The food is excellent and made fresh in their kitchen daily.”
First-class service at coach fares and exceptional care is what Modesto’s Walnut Grove offers seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The intimate community provides a homelike environment, in private studios or shared companion suites, for residents in all stages of memory loss. Residents are free to explore the fully secured facility whether it be indoors or outside where they can take a leisurely stroll in the beautiful garden or enjoy an active game of volley ball. Bingo, ice cream socials, trivia games, and movies provide recreational and social opportunities, while manicures and trips to the beauty shop help residents tend to grooming needs. A compassionate staff delivers individualized programs designed to accommodate each resident’s specific needs, which are classified using six levels of care, including hospice. Walnut Grove’s social model promotes friendship and interaction between all residents to create an integrated community focused on mutual acceptance.
The “high standards of cleanliness” and “extremely well-run and well-maintained” facility put family members at ease. The committed, patient caregivers who treat all residents with respect, also receive much praise. One daughter shared, “Three words describe our experience with the care at Walnut Grove — dignity, love and peace.”