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 New Braunfels’s senior population continues to grow (26.06% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In New Braunfels, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 62.75% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 27.77%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (7.85% in New Braunfels 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 hours researching senior living communities in New Braunfels. 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 New Braunfels, 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:
Élan Westpointe offers seniors luxurious yet comfortable resort-style amenities while providing assisted living and memory care. Customizable dining options, transportation services and wellness programs help residents stay healthy and enjoy flexible accommodations suited to their individual tastes. The on-site art studio, beauty salon and wine and beer garden provide opportunities for creativity and socialization. Guided cognitive and sensory-stimulating activities such as trivia games, morning meditations and baking classes engage Alzheimer's and dementia care residents while instilling feelings of purpose and accomplishment. Memory care residents also attain a sense of familiarity and comfort through meals in the intimate, family-style dining hall.
Family members praise the facility for its attractive building, friendly staff and numerous activities tailored to residents’ interests. One reviewer states, “Élan Westpointe is a wonderful community, and it looks beautiful. The staff is professional, courteous and very caring … They found out the things my mother likes to do, and make sure she's included in those activities.”
Memory Care of New Braunfels is a modern and luxurious assisted living facility providing focused Alzheimer's and dementia care. With goals of increasing residents' physical strength and hydration, promoting a rich social environment and developing independent functioning, the community prides itself on maintaining an inviting, safe and healthy setting where residents can thrive. The staff participates in a specialized education program and creates personalized, routine-based plans for each resident, helping to increase their confidence and improve their ability to perform activities of daily living. Residents enjoy scheduled activities including pet therapy, gardening and creative arts and crafts. Through events such as Alzheimer's forums and the community's flexible communication program, family members can easily stay informed and in touch.
Loved ones compliment the facility for its capable staff, good food and the abundance of outdoor living spaces. One reviewer says, “MCNB is well-staffed, the care is excellent, and (what a pleasant surprise!) the quality of the food is a great improvement over her previous community. The brand new facility is lovely and has an air of spaciousness, with plenty of access to small, intimate, outside sitting areas.”
Rio Terra Retirement offers memory care along with independent and assisted living on a five-acre campus near the scenic Guadalupe River. Luxurious amenities include the surround-sound movie theater, outdoor patios with rocking chairs and three interior game rooms. Alzheimer's and dementia care residents in the memory care community receive cognitive assistance and gentle reminders from staff members who create a sense of routine through structured brain and sensory-stimulating activities, such as trivia, physical exercises and aromatherapy sessions. Through the GRACE culinary program, memory care residents also enjoy three individualized meals per day in the shared dining room.
Residents say they’re happy with the attractive building, friendly staff and abundance of fun activities available. One reviewer states, “I couldn't be more pleased. The facility is beautifully maintained, staff enjoy working with our generation, and a varied program of daily activities is offered for our enjoyment (if we decide to participate) … Rio Terra met my expectations.”
Sodalis at New Braunfels is an intimate community focused on providing memory care and respite services in an assisted living setting. Smaller, home-like buildings located in a quiet area of the Texas hill country create a safe and comfortable environment for memory care residents. In the shared common area, Alzheimer's and dementia care residents can socialize, relax or engage in stimulating activities including bowling games, crafts and live music programs on the shared piano. Physical health is prioritized through dancing and exercises, such as chair yoga, as well as through the healthy Mediterranean and vegetable-inspired recipes served in the dining room.
Family members give high marks to the friendly, capable staff and the facility’s pleasant ambiance. One person comments, “The staff is absolutely wonderful. They are very caring, kind and well trained … they have nice rooms with a secured environment. It [has] a homey atmosphere, and it's very clean … They also have a little garden out there where you can plant little plants.”