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 Naples’s senior population continues to grow (19.6% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Naples, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease dropped 3.73% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 17.69%, showing that while Alzheimer’s is in decline, it's still a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (8.17% in Naples vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Florida. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Nationally, seniors pay approximately $5,625 per month for memory care services, and in Florida, rates are considerably lower at $5,000. While the statewide rate is competitive, seniors in Naples pay approximately $6,625 per month for services, making this the costliest Florida city for this type of care. In Miami, which is located on the Atlantic side of the state, rates are several hundred dollars lower at $5,481, and in Gainesville, in the northern part of the state, seniors pay $2,938. In Panama City, seniors pay $6,351.
Seniors in Naples have several care options to choose from depending on their living preferences, budgets and cognitive abilities. Older adults in residential dementia facilities pay $6,625 for monthly services. Those in the early stages of dementia may be able to live at home and receive in-home care or specialized home health care, which cost $5,720 and $5,577, respectively. Those with advanced medical needs pay $9,277 for semiprivate rooms in nursing homes. Assisted living, which provides residential services for those without memory impairments, costs $5,300 monthly. Local data for adult day health care isn’t available, but seniors statewide pay approximately $1,517 for services, making it the cheapest long-term care option.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Naples.
Several nonprofit agencies and government programs in Naples service seniors and families affected by dementia. Through these resources, residents can participate in support groups and early-stage engagement activities, get help with finding local memory care facilities and identify ways to pay for care costs.
|Naples Senior Center||239-325-4444||The Naples Senior Center provides weekly and monthly programs for families of those with dementia. It hosts weekly caregiver support groups and monthly social hours and seminars, along with family social activities throughout the year. The center also offers weekly support groups for those diagnosed with dementia. Each group meets for four-hour sessions, which include activities that focus on memory techniques, language skills, socialization and self-esteem. Participants also work with licensed music and art therapists.|
|Alzheimer’s Support Network, Inc.||239-262-8388||The Alzheimer’s Support Network is a local nonprofit organization that provides free services to older adults and families living with Alzheimer's. It hosts weekly support groups that use an open-forum format to give participants the opportunity to talk about current challenges and issues. It has a Wanderer’s ID program that provides identifying jewelry for those prone to wandering, and it has a helpline that seniors and families can call for one-on-one emotional support and help with accessing services and resources in the community.|
|Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter||800-272-3900||The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides a range of free resources to those affected by Alzheimer’s. It has a free helpline staffed with live, master’s-level clinicians and industry experts who offer support and guidance with obtaining long-term dementia care services. The chapter also has in-person and virtual early-stage engagement programs and support groups for seniors and families.|
|Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida||239-652-6900||The local Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost services to Naples residents aged 60 and over. Through the AAA, seniors and families can connect with financial and legal advisors who help them navigate dementia-related issues. The organization also has health insurance options counselors who answer questions about Medicare and help individuals determine whether they qualify for Medicaid, which can help cover memory care expenses.|
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 Naples, 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:
Arden Courts of Lely Palms was designed exclusively for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The campus is comprised of four self-contained houses in which residents live in either private or shared bedrooms with half baths. Each house has its own common living areas, kitchen and full bath. All four of the houses share an activity and craft studio, barber and beauty salon and wellness center. These structures are arranged around a secured, landscaped backyard with a porch and paved walking paths. Residents can move freely through the closely monitored indoor and outdoor areas without feeling restricted. Liberal use of color-coded visual cues, photos and symbols, both in the courtyard and indoors, act as navigational markers to help residents stay oriented and avoid confusion.
Family members are grateful for the attentive, loving care relatives with dementia receive in this specially designed community. One man shared, “The hardest thing I ever did was to place Suzanne in an assisted living facility for the memory impaired. The smartest thing I ever did was to place her at Arden Courts. The healthy, safe and loving environment is second to none.”
Nestled in Florida's East Naples area, Barrington Terrace of Naples provides the comfort of a homelike environment and celebrates each resident as an individual. Its single-story design features open common areas that are safe and easy to navigate, maximizing independence and freedom, and the team of highly-trained staff are committed to developing deep, meaningful connections with residents. The facility offers resort-style amenities, including a library and computer lounge, beauty salon and spa, cafe and concierge services. Barrington Terrace seeks to keep residents positively engaged each day, offering structured guidance and unique programming, including Namaste, Music and Memory, and Gem Level programs. When they're not participating in a scheduled activity, residents can take a stroll through the professionally landscaped gardens or relax on the covered porch area while enjoying beautiful views of the neighboring golf course.
One family member of a resident shares, "From the open and cheery entrance to the welcoming and friendly staff, Barrington Terrace was the perfect choice. They put thought into every decision. The staff takes the time to get to know not only the residents but the family. What a relief it is to know that Dad is getting properly cared for."
Bayshore Memory Care is located conveniently close to North Collier Hospital, Landmark Hospital, Naples Women’s Center and several shopping, dining and recreational facilities in North Naples. The facility is purposely designed for residents’ safety and comfort through its secure lush central courtyard, indoor sun room and multiple dining areas, which also foster socialization and relaxation in a welcoming atmosphere. Interactive life stations, It’s Never 2 Late senior-friendly computer systems and rooms for gaming, movies and other activities offer different ways to cognitively stimulate each resident. Bayshore's Heartfelt CONNECTIONS memory care program utilizes research-driven techniques to effectively engage residents in tailored activities that help improve their well-being. Through this innovative program, staff are able to provide individualized attention and care based on each resident's history and unique life story.
Loved ones highly recommend Bayshore Memory Care for its caring staff and excellent amenities, as one reviewer writes: “The team at Bayshore has made the transition fast, smooth and easy – helping with even the smallest details. We know they care; they keep a positive atmosphere, and the food and facility are top notch. It’s comforting to know Mom is safe and being well cared for."
Beach House Assisted Living & Memory Care is an upscale senior community in East Naples, and it's just minutes away from the downtown area and NCH Baker Hospital. Living up to the tagline Comfortable Living With A Coastal Feel, the facility’s 9-acre campus has a charming wooded setting, tranquil lake views and outdoor courtyards for nature-inspired relaxation. This facility also has a wellness suite, bocce court and several walking trails as well as on-site therapy services and group fitness classes to help improve the physical well-being of residents. Chef-prepared meals provide a restaurant-style dining experience, while a variety of activities, including games, movies, music and outings, keep seniors entertained and fulfilled. Small pets are also welcome in the facility for added companionship and therapeutic benefits.
Beach House Assisted Living & Memory Care receives praise for the top-notch facilities and caring staff, as one reviewer notes: “Memory care is amazing. The manager is so kind and thoughtful to each resident, assisting in caring for personal needs if it is needed while going about his busy schedule. The staff in the unit are equally kind and supportive of each resident. The facility itself is comfortable.”
Brookdale Naples is located on the Gordon River in northern Naples, close to the Naples Grande Golf Club. This facility focuses on creating an enjoyable place to live by providing residents with a planned activity schedule and a rotating menu in the dining area. Brookdale places a priority on residents' well-being, offering access to staff 24 hours a day. The facility is pet-friendly and residents have access to several amenities, including a whirlpool, piano and outdoor courtyard and garden. Its B-Fit and Brain-Fit programs give residents opportunities to remain both mentally and physically fit, and the facility makes it easy for residents to transition from assisted living to memory care as their needs change. Happy hours, bingo and themed celebrations are common, and the dining area offers three meals a day with restaurant-style accommodations.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the size and quality of the rooms and the new feel of the facility. Staff members are described as "very inviting and informative," and the property gets high marks for being well run.
Recognized by both local and national organizations, Juniper Village at Naples is a beautiful community focused on promoting the well-being of residents through the smart design of a variety of programs. Seniors here live in cozy cottages, each with their own private kitchens and bathrooms, encouraging social interaction and community involvement. The safety and happiness of each person is carefully monitored by caring people who pay close attention to everyone's needs. Licensed nursing professionals coordinate memory care and clinical oversight through Juniper Village's unique Wellspring Memory program, and staff foster individual abilities and strengths through activities related to creative arts. Speech, occupational and physical therapy are also available on site.
A daughter of one of the residents had the following to say: "I couldn't have found a better home for my mother than Juniper. My mother is very well taken care of and has joined a number of activities with music and dance being her favorites. One of the staff members even showed me a video she had taken of her doing an impromptu dance in the hallway! Thank you Juniper of Naples for giving me back my talented and social mother."
Keystone Place at Naples Preserve is a midsize retirement community that offers a well-rounded approach to senior living. Lifestyle amenities include a fitness center, theater, salon/barbershop, pub and several multipurpose activity rooms to keep residents busy, engaged and connected. The facility’s resident-driven Life Enrichment Program provides over 150 purposeful activities each month to cater to different interests, hobbies and abilities of residents. Senior residents enjoy free membership to Club Keystone where they can help initiate new lifestyle programs and activities. There is also a secure private courtyard within the purpose-built memory care neighborhood for a safe, relaxing outdoor environment. Monthly rental rates are tiered according to each resident’s needed level of care and inclusive of chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and personal assistance.
Keystone Place at Naples Preserve is lauded for its approachable staff and delightful offerings, as one reviewer says, “The staff at Keystone has been exceptionally kind and flexible since my parents moved in about a month ago. The administration really cares about feedback and suggestions from the residents. The dining rooms are lovely, and the food is terrific. The activities are plentiful and varied. We recommend Keystone without reservation.”
Memory Care of Naples focuses exclusively on seniors in need of memory care services. The staff prepares a customized memory care plan for each resident, focusing on maintaining their current function and improvement in areas of regression. As a dedicated facility to those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, all staff receive training in the specialized care required, and management works closely with experts to ensure the community offers a safe and supportive environment. Residents are encouraged to maintain their independence when possible, and a variety of activities are offered to strengthen social connections and increase confidence. Memory Care of Naples is also active in setting itself apart as an educational resource for anyone in the surrounding area who wishes to learn more about different forms of dementia.
The families of residents at Memory Care of Naples speak highly of the safety and security offered to residents of the facility. The quality of care is also highlighted, with one reviewer stating, "For the first time I finally feel my mother is getting the care she needs. This is a wonderful community, and she is doing very well since her move here."
Naples Green Village is a Concordis Senior Living community that provides memory care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Prior to move in, each resident undergoes a nursing assessment to determine the level of care required. The nursing team then creates a personalized care plan that meets each resident’s specific needs. Both private and companion suites are available, and each suite is equipped with an emergency notification alarm system. Residents dine on three chef-prepared meals daily and socialize in the game room, music room and library. An on-site beauty and nail salon ensures residents have access to grooming services when desired. Green Village’s secure 3-acre outdoor courtyard lets residents enjoy time sitting outside or walking in nature. The facility also offers It’s Never Too Late software, a user-friendly program that provides residents with recreational, social and memory care engagement applications.
The recently remodeled facility is clean and modern, which family members appreciate. One woman said, “My mother-in-law is now in Naples Green Village. They have lots of activities. She and her clothes are always clean. The staff members are very nice. They have an activity room and an outside courtyard.”
Terracina Grand senior living community seeks to provide its residents with a lifestyle of luxurious comfort in the beautiful city of Naples, Florida. Many unique on-site services and amenities are available, including a library, outdoor putting green, swimming pool and Apple internet cafe, and pets are warmly welcomed. The facility offers Pearls of Life memory care, which encourages residents to discover their inner value. The program utilizes a Montessori-inspired lifestyle approach, allowing residents to focus on their strengths and find ways to engage in meaningful activities that stimulate the mind. Programming is designed to serve residents' social, recreational, spiritual and cultural needs, such as intergenerational interactions, FIT Functional Fitness exercise classes, a Valiant Veterans group and Soaring spiritual collective.
Terracina Grand is not only known for its beautiful facility and diverse programming, but the care that goes into making sure each resident is cared for in a way that suits their needs. As one woman shares, "The communications between the facility and the family is wonderful! Very comforting to know our parents are in a home that is so caring and dedicated to the safety, well-being and comfort they so deserve!"