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 Norwich's senior population continues to grow (14.52% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Norwich, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 15.09% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 9.67%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4.41% in Norwich 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 Norwich. 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 Norwich, 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:
Located close to the Mystic River and downtown Mystic, Academy Point at Mystic offers memory care and assisted living in a scenic setting with sweeping ocean views. Caregivers trained in the Connect First communication program assist memory care residents with everyday tasks, such as bathing and dressing, and visits from licensed nurses, physical therapists, mental health professionals and occupational therapists support resident health. Nutritious meals are served restaurant-style to encourage socialization, and the culinary team can prepare texture-modified diets. The easy-to-navigate multisensory environment supports cognitive well-being and comfort, with visual clues, color-coded areas, aromatherapy and special lighting to reduce the effects of sundown syndrome. Residents can enjoy diverse daily enrichment activities along with a wealth of on-site amenities, including a recreation room, salon, library, media room, lounge and secure courtyard with walking trails.
Residents like the friendly atmosphere and diverse activities. One family member says, "Staff are friendly and courteous, and my mother seems happier than she's been in years. She cares for herself, has friends, attends reading groups, paints in art class, and started to play Bridge again."
The Life Guidance memory care program at Atria Crossroads Place helps seniors with dementia live engaging lives by focusing on four areas: social connection and engagement, physical activity, individualized care and thoughtfully designed spaces. Residents can stay connected by participating in social activities and music therapy programs designed to awaken memories and make the present more familiar. At least two exercise opportunities are available every day to promote physical and cognitive wellness, including weight training and walking. The staff, who are highly trained in dementia care and receive at least 15 hours of ongoing training every year, thoroughly assess each resident's needs before creating an individualized care plan. Residents live in a secure neighborhood featuring enclosed outdoor spaces and nostalgic images. A memory display containing personal mementos is placed outside each resident's apartment to help them find their way home.
People love the supportive staff and engaging activities. A reviewer writes, "They are phenomenal. They were so hands-on, so encouraging, and so supportive. There is not one of them that didn't absolutely give their best. The food service was phenomenal. The whole socialization program, they were just amazing. The people there really care."
Crescent Point at Niantic is a pet-friendly community with beautiful views of Niantic Bay. Caregivers are available 24/7 to help residents with activities of daily living. The secure memory care neighborhood includes a wellness center and medical suites for on-site appointments with medical care providers. Residents move freely through secure lounges, a beauty salon and an enclosed courtyard. Chef-prepared meals are served in a communal dining room where staff encourage and assist residents. Collaboration with organizations such as MIT AgeLab and Cambridge Longevity Collective help Crescent Point provide cutting-edge care and adaptive technologies for residents with dementia. Resident data such as medical records, daily schedules and personal hobbies, interests and preferences are stored in the TSOLife program and integrated into customized care plans. It also collects life stories and reflections for virtual scrapbooks. A CareMerge interface connects residents with families and facilitates community engagement.
Families appreciate the caring, welcoming environment. One relative says, "I helped choose a place that makes her feel loved, safe and cared for. I love that my gram can go in her friends room down the hall, open the window and watch the parades. This was the best chance for quality of life and human interaction."
Located in the shoreline town of Clinton, CT, Ocean Meadow Senior Living and Memory Care provides specialized care for elderly individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Residents benefit from the homelike atmosphere, featuring a lovely garden, walking paths and outdoor patios. The team strives to create a vibrant lifestyle for seniors, offering exciting activities and adventures, such as parade-watching on Main Street, lunch at a local restaurant, impromptu rides, visits to a local cafe or off-site concerts. The community partners with third-party agencies for wellness services, including physical, speech, occupational, music and pet therapy. Licensed nursing care is available on-site, complemented by services from visiting physicians, dentists, podiatrists and ophthalmologists. Seniors can enjoy family-style meals and unlimited snacks, and those with dietary requirements have access to specially prepared meals.
Family members admire the staff's patience with residents. "I've had my grandfather at Ocean Meadows," shares a granddaughter. "I really love the nurses and leadership they have in place. I trust he's loved and cared for. The activity person has gone out of her way to get him involved in art and music and baking. Stuff he hasn't done in years but she is patient with him."
The Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood of The Saybrook At Haddam offers seniors with dementia an intimate, safe and comfortable environment that stimulates their minds, nurtures their bodies and preserves their dignity. The highly trained staff thoroughly evaluates the likes, dislikes and abilities of each resident before crafting an individualized care plan tailored to their needs. Residents participate in stimulating programs that promote independence and self-worth, while structured activities and familiar routines help maintain their capabilities. The caregivers, accessible 24/7 through an emergency call system, provide medication management and help with activities of daily living, such as escorts to meals and activities, bathing, dressing, grooming and incontinence care. Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services are available, and the culinary team serves three nutritious meals every day. Amenities include a craft and activities room, beauty salon, garden and movie theater.
People praise the devoted staff and clean environment. A reviewer writes, "They do a great job with cleanliness around the community. The staff is very helpful. Dad is pleased with the meals. They provide wonderful activities for the residents. We are pleased with everything they have done for our family, and I would definitely recommend this community."
Bursting with seaside charm, The Hearth at Tuxis Pond situates residents in a fun-loving, compassionate atmosphere. The Mosher-Gardens memory care method provides one-on-one physical, emotional and cognitive support that aims to restore each resident's individuality and vibrancy. Daily programming follows a customized, consistent schedule, integrating large and small group activities and alternating between active and passive ones to prevent overwhelm. Exercise is central to memory care, promoting calmness and enhancing mood through chair exercises, mini golf, stretches and Nintendo Wii games. Residents can participate in wellness and on-site therapy programs that improve fitness, build cognitive skills and connect them to other residents. Cozy common areas, such as the lounge with fireplace and the movie theater, offer relaxing social outlets. Delicious meals are served restaurant-style in an elegant dining room. Accommodations include housekeeping, laundry and scheduled transportation.
Residents and family members cherish the loving staff and well-maintained accommodations at The Hearth at Tuxis Pond. One family member writes, "My mother and I loved the staff here and they loved us right back. The [community] is great, clean, caring. I cannot say enough about how well my mom and I were treated by all at The Hearth."
The Village at South Farms offers six levels of memory care. The first level is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment and limited behavioral issues, while the highest level caters to those requiring extensive behavioral support and total assistance in all facets of care. The highly trained staff develops an individualized care plan for each resident after a detailed nursing assessment of their needs. Seniors live in a secure neighborhood featuring special lighting, colors, visual cues and enclosed courtyards to promote cognition and independence. The caregivers, certified dementia practitioners trained in the Called to Care nursing approach, are available 24/7 to provide medication management and help with activities of daily living, such as dressing and bathing. Residents can engage with treasure chests containing personal mementos to stimulate reminiscence. Other activities include art and music therapies, audio programs, multisensory stimulation and gardening.
Family members rave about the helpful staff, clean environment and engaging activities. A resident's daughter writes, "It's excellent. The staff was extremely friendly; very helpful. They made my mother feel very welcome. The rooms are clean, well kept, and up-to-date. I'm very pleased. They get all their residents involved in activities."
Apple Rehab Uncasville (Orchard Grove) provides highly specialized memory care and on-site rehabilitation services near Norwich, Connecticut. Apple Rehab's specialized Safe Harbor Neighborhood, is designed to maximize independence for those with memory loss, all in a fully secured, safe environment. Newly renovated accommodations, flat screen TVs an expansive rehabilitation gym and warm, comfortable decor foster a sense of belonging. Apple Rehab's staff of dietitians, CNAs, licensed therapists and licensed nurses are available 24/7. The physician-driven programs at Apple Rehab are designed with each individual resident in mind. A specialized behavioral health team is available in the Safe Harbor Neighborhood to address behavioral issues associated with memory loss in an effective, compassionate way.
Resident and their loved ones appreciate the knowledgeable staff and well-designed memory care residence at Apple Rehab. One reviewer says, "My aunt stayed here. She was well taken care of. The staff [were] great with her. and the dementia unit was well-equipped to serve her needs."
Masonicare at Mystic's special memory care neighborhood features private studio apartments in a secure, safe and homelike neighborhood. The memory care program encourage socialization and engagement with its packed calendar of activities, which include drumming circles, yoga and baking. Clients benefit from access to the Long Term Memory Care and Behavioral Health Hospital at the Masonicare Health Center, which is available for short-term care for acute episodes as well as long-term care when assisted living is no longer suitable for the client's needs.
Reviewers say that the grounds are beautiful and the staff is warm, courteous and caring. One reviewer sums up their experience saying, "Masonicare at Mystic has been a godsend for my parents and our family." Another resident shares that "All Masonicare employees go above and beyond their job descriptions to provide care and guidance constantly."
Brookdale Buckingham offers services for memory care, assisted and independent senior living. Its memory care program employs Clare Bridge Daily Path, which provides morning mental exercises and support with life skills. Care team members are available 24/7 and assigned to specific individuals to foster familiarity. The pet-friendly community provides secured exits and an outdoor walking path as well as an emergency alert in each room. Seniors can socialize through varied activities based on residents' input and feedback. Amenities include a general store, therapy room, craft studios and billiards.
People like the environment and caring, professional staff at Brookdale. One relative states, "The facility is beautiful but more importantly, the staff were so wonderful to my mom during her stay there. I always felt she was in such capable, caring hands. On top of her care, I always felt that the staff were so supportive to me as well. Beautiful people all around."