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 Ocean County’s senior population continues to grow (7.7% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Ocean County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 18% between 2014 and 2019. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4.62% in Ocean County 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 Ocean County. 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 Ocean County, 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:
Alcoeur Gardens at Brick specializes in Alzheimer’s and memory care in a supportive, homelike environment. With just 18 bedrooms, residents' needs are met by familiar helpers instead of overworked strangers. Free movement within the house and grounds allows residents to feel independent, while home-cooked meals accommodate individual dietary needs without sacrificing taste. Stimulating daily activities include movies, cooking and gentle adaptive exercise, with less active residents free to observe or participate as they wish. Discreet bed alarms, hand rails and caregivers trained to handle dementia ensure residents' safety. Nurses, aides and other staff members anticipate challenging behaviors and are respectful, kind and gentle when responding, treating residents like family. Residents have access to a fully stocked arts and crafts room, a lounge with a television, and cozy indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Alcoeur Gardens also offers religious services, visiting entertainers and a variety of scheduled on-site providers, including optometrists, hairdressers and dentists.
Family members appreciate Alcoeur Gardens for the intimate, welcoming atmosphere and the individual attention given to their loved ones. One reviewer states, "She is happy and able to hold on to her independence in a safe environment, and we both have gained a new family." Families are also pleased by the emphasis placed on keeping residents active, engaged and supervised, rather than spending time alone in their rooms.
Alcoeur Gardens at Toms River is a cozy 19-room community located in a quiet corner of a tree-lined neighborhood and provides memory care to Ocean County seniors. In warm weather, residents can enjoy the professionally landscaped front garden from the shaded porch or keep company with their neighbors in a paved seating area in the back. All the entryways are secure and the grounds monitored to allow memory patients some room to wander without the risk of getting lost. Inside, smooth wood floors and handrails allow easy navigation for those with impaired mobility. Activities are focused on providing cognitive stimulation and social value and include trivia, film screenings, games, educational programs and exercise. Residents are kept busy each day with a full schedule of activity programming that lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Family members particularly appreciate the care and compassion demonstrated by the caregivers. One says, "My mother was in this facility and it was AMAZING. My mom laughed again and enjoyed herself while she was there. We saw a complete change in her. ... The staff was caring and loving to all the patients."
Arbor Terrace Shrewsbury is located in the quiet Shrewsbury Township. It is close to a number of health care facilities, including Riverview Medical Associates. Residents can relax in the sunny courtyard or pamper themselves in the beauty salon and spa. There is scheduled transportation to take residents to doctor's appointments or to run errands in the town. The specialized memory care neighborhood offers residents with dementia a comfortable and secure home where they can receive high quality 24/7 support. Residents are encouraged to form meaningful connections with others through socializing and activities. There is an excellent variety of activities for residents to help nourish body, mind and spirit. Activities include walking club, gardening and bingo. The in-house culinary team prepares three nutritious and delicious meals per day and the community is pet friendly.
Family members appreciate the activities available, with one reviewer saying, "The people are very caring and the people who live there are happy as well. The activities seemed good and they take the residents out. She's allowed to have her dogs. She has a pendant that goes to them if they have any questions and the food is very good."
Atria Tinton Falls is situated in a wooded setting and provides a calming atmosphere for residents. Memory care consists of a multi-pronged approach. The first is a physical program, which provides exercise to residents to reduce cognitive decline. The second is social, which ensures that regular interaction among residents helps to retain existing skills. The third is individual care, which ensures that residents receive care specific to their memory conditions. The program also includes music and art therapy, restorative yoga and a physical layout that makes navigation easier. Amenities include chef-prepared meals, foreign language classes and happy hours.
Reviews of the community focus on the high level of care provided to residents and the wide array of activities provided to ensure that residents remain engaged. One writes, "Atria Tinton Falls is where my mother is now. We like it the best. She is happy ... Everyone is lovely to my mother and to us."
Surrounded by the trees of its quiet residential neighborhood, Bella Terra provides seniors with independent living, assisted living and memory care in a safe and comfortable community. Residents are offered spacious, private apartments in a variety of floor plans, complete with housekeeping and access to emergency staff around the clock. The memory care program ensures continued engagement and safety in a secured location that offers residents daily and personalized memory care activities and programs designed to stimulate and support. Assisted living residents receive individualized care that includes assistance with daily activities and wellness checks by clinical and nursing staff. Chefs create fresh and nutritious meal options every day, including personalized meal plans to meet nutritional and dietary requirements. Residents can relax year-round in the heated indoor pool and stay healthy at the on-site fitness center. Arts and crafts groups and events are held in the art center, and pets are lovingly welcomed in the community.
Residents enjoy the homelike feel and friendly staff of Bella Terra. One family member says, "The staff was wonderful, very clean community. Everything was great. They provided great care to the residents. The residents get to swim in the pool, they play cards and go to exercise classes. The rooms were pretty good size."
Brandywine Living Reflections at Colts Neck offers luxury support for independent living, assisted living and memory care residents. Memory care residents receive regular housekeeping, laundry service and medication management. A trained staff that includes licensed nurses helps residents with cognitive disorders to complete daily tasks including bathing and eating. The memory care staff encourage family and community involvement to keep residents mentally and physically active for as long as possible. The nursing staff monitors memory care residents' medication schedules and any issues regarding personal hygiene, consulting with family members as needed. Amenities include extensive common areas, courtyards, a beauty salon and all-day dining. The community has its own on-site generator to avoid problems during any power blackouts.
Many reviews of Reflections at Colts Neck are exceptionally positive. One resident mentions, "My aunt is living at the Colts Neck facility, and it is wonderful. She loves it, the staff is fantastic. I spent three days with the staff myself, they are very loving and caring. Hats off to them.”
Brandywine Living at Reflections provides a safe and structured environment for memory care patients. Security is a priority, with daily screenings of residents and anyone entering the building. Staff members at Brandywine Living cater to the specialized needs of memory care residents by monitoring their activity to prevent wandering and keeping them mentally engaged in a full schedule of daily activities. Artists Palette courses allow them to pick up a brush and exercise their creativity, while monthly Lifelong Learning programs let them take part in educational and interactive classes on a variety of topics. Memory care residents have access to 24-hour assistance with eating, transferring, medication management and bathing.
Residents of Brandywine Living at Reflections love the large private rooms, as well as the homey atmosphere. One visitor comments, "The overall environment was warm and inviting — comfortable, just like a real home." Some of the residents' favorite amenities include an on-site hairdresser and all-day dining.
Harmony Village at CareOne Jackson offers a comfortable, hotel-like environment with its secure property, lush outdoor areas, and spacious activity and entertainment rooms. Seniors with cognitive conditions benefit from CareOne’s memory care program, which is managed by professional practitioners who fully understand the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's and Lewy body dementia. To ensure personalized care plans meet residents’ needs, the team works closely with the families of each resident to become familiar with individual life stories and unique interests. The community schedules specialized activities, including sensory stimulation exercises, that encourage social interaction and help improve quality of life. Additionally, residents receive on-site health and wellness services, such as therapy, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Valuable dementia-related resources and support groups are also available to help family members fully understand and cope with loved ones’ conditions.
Reviewers praise the responsive staff and their friendly, helpful ways. Families and relatives are happy with the care their loved ones receive, with one saying, "I had two loved ones at this facility. The staff was amazing, I myself am a nurse that chose CareOne because I knew this was the perfect choice! Thank you CareOne staff for taking such great care of my uncles.”
Leisure Park is a five-star senior living community in the Leisure Village of Lakewood Township, conveniently situated off the Route 70 and Garden State Parkway Interchange and 4 miles from Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center. Leisure Park’s Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s and dementia care program benefits memory care residents with a comfortable, nurturing environment, specialized attention, medical resources and enriching, well-rounded activities. In addition to 24/7 medical oversight by on-duty nurses, regular doctor’s visits support the residents’ health. The community's memory care neighborhood has secured landscaped courtyards for outdoor strolling and gardening. Residents have convenient access to concierge services and regular wellness checks, as well as on-site rehabilitative therapy, salon/barber shop treatments, religious services and scheduled transportation. Healthy restaurant-style dining options include vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, low-salt/low-sugar and other special diet selections.
Loved ones highly commend Leisure Park’s family atmosphere and dedicated staff. A long-time resident’s daughter says, "Leisure Park was there when I needed them… They were there for us from the beginning… Everybody was always so kind, considerate and compassionate… My mom was in assisted living, memory care, and finally skilled nursing. They were all like family to me.”
Magnolia Gardens is an assisted living community that enables residents to retain their independence by providing them with a wide array of services, from recreational activities to clinical care and pharmacy services, in a luxurious and safe community setting. Magnolia Garden's recreation program, which promotes socialization among residents, offers a range of activities appropriate for every level of cognitive and physical ability. Residents can enjoy arts and crafts, exercise classes, games, music, movies and excursions. To ensure residents' clinical needs are met, the community also delivers comprehensive clinical care through an in-house team of highly trained and skilled health care providers, including a dentist, dietician, ophthalmologist, podiatrist, psychologist and psychiatrist. In addition, Magnolia Gardens has a specialized memory care unit for residents with memory impairment and dementia designed to enhance awareness and encourage independence in a comforting and safe setting.
People are impressed by the compassionate care and plentiful activities offered at Magnolia Gardens. "My mother moved into Magnolia about 4 months ago... Almost every time I have called they are either having a meal, doing an activity or going on a walk! She enjoys the family feel of the place, and I like knowing she is well cared for,” expressed one family member of a resident.
Millennium Memory Care at Ocean is in a serene residential area, close to Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The community features stunning outdoor spaces with walking paths and state-of-the-art security. A low staff-to-resident ratio ensures residents always receive care that suits their individual needs. Seniors have access to a geriatric nurse practitioner and an on-call nurse 24/7. Staff also provides housekeeping, laundry and medication management. The community's specialized memory care program takes a holistic approach to care, utilizing techniques such as aromatherapy and pet therapy. Residents can take part in a variety of activities designed to enhance their physical and mental well-being. Activities include year-round gardening in the greenhouse and a baking club. The in-house culinary team prepares three nutritious meals a day and accommodates special diets.
Visitors appreciate the kind staff, with one reviewer saying, "Millennium Memory Care - Ocean was a small place. The person during the tour was really sweet and got along very well with the residents. She interacted very well with them. The place was very clean. She has had people out in the main room and they were doing things. She's very accommodating."
Located close to shore, parks and urban amenities, Spring Oak at Toms River is a luxury assisted living community that offers multiple residence options while providing memory care and independent living programs. The community’s services place a strong focus on giving residents as much life assistance as they need while making room for an independent, maintenance-free lifestyle. Care includes on-staff nursing, medication management, physical therapy options, pharmacy support and housekeeping. Spring Oak also offers high-quality memory care assistance with wellness support and a nursing staff that’s on hand 24 hours a day to provide a safe, comfortable environment for residents with specific physical or cognitive needs. Amenities offered include restaurant dining, concierge, in-room gourmet meal service and complimentary transportation. The community also features gardens and fitness spaces.
Family members are extremely satisfied with the quality of assistance available. One says, "They take wonderful care of my father, it is a very clean facility and the staff is very caring, I couldn't ask for anything more! Highly recommend!"
Located a short drive from the Jersey Shore, Sunrise of Jackson provides memory care, assisted living and respite care to seniors in the historic Township of Jackson. The community is conveniently located near highways, restaurants, shops, parks and medical facilities, including CentraState Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center. Residents receive a personalized care plan and services such as meals and housekeeping. Memory care residents live in a separate Reminiscence neighborhood that's specially designed to be comforting, secure and easy to navigate. Staff, who are available 24/7, are trained in the latest memory care techniques. Memory care residents are also encouraged to take part in memory-focused activities tailored to their individual interests and skills. Indoor and outdoor common areas allow residents to socialize or relax. They can also stay active with a wide range of physical, social, creative, educational and spiritual activities and events.
Family members appreciate the commitment and care from the staff. One reviewer writes, "The level of commitment the staff has for their residents is outstanding. Everyone always went above and beyond to make sure my mom was well taken care of.” Another adds, "Everyone here goes above and beyond to make sure Mom and dad are always looked after and cared for in a loving and kind way.”
Sunrise of Lincroft is a bustling community with a busy slate of activities to keep residents engaged, from various clubs to scheduled off-site adventures. Memory care residents enjoy care delivery and individualized services through the Reminiscence program. From easily navigated physical layouts to memory exercises, the program helps residents retain existing cognitive skills. Life enrichment managers work with each resident to tailor programming to their needs and memory condition. Community amenities include chef-created meals, landscaped outdoor areas that promote recreation, an on-site beauty salon and barber shop, and weekly laundry and linen service.
Community reviews focus on the high quality of care for residents and the fun activities residents can enjoy, from movie nights to happy hours. One writes, "My parents are in Sunrise of Lincroft. It is a great community, and the care has been excellent. The staff is responsive, diligent and cooperative."
Sunrise of Marlboro, situated in the beautiful city of Marlboro, NJ, provides memory care and assisted living for seniors who need help with their day-to-day activities. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia live in the Reminiscence Neighborhood, an in-house secure area specifically designed to encourage social interaction and be close to all the community’s amenities. A compassionate staff trained in research-backed memory care techniques is available around the clock, and residents get to maintain their dignity and independence with a person-centered care program. Three meals are served every day in a restaurant-style dining room, and the menu includes low-fat, low-sodium and Kosher options. Life Enrichment Managers ensure that residents get cognitive stimulation with a variety of recreational activities, such as board games, reading clubs, walking trips and outings. Religious services are offered on-site, and transportation is also available.
Reviewers praise Sunrise of Marlboro for its homelike approach to care. As one resident’s loved one writes, "The care of my beloved mom was second to none! We were all treated as family. Each person had a unique relationship with my mom and her pet cat! To me, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that they could have done better! There was terrific communication between the staff and our family!”
Situated just 10 minutes from the beach, Sunrise of Wall offers residents plenty of activities for outdoor recreation. Memory care is administered through the Reminiscence program. From Validation Therapy to areas that are easy for residents to navigate, programming emphasizes memory retention and anxiety-reducing activities. Life enrichment managers also ensure that memory care residents receive individual services specific to their memory conditions. Community amenities available to memory care residents include gardening and book clubs, an on-site beauty salon and barber shop, and chore-free days.
Reviews of this community underscore the lengths to which the staff goes to ensure the comfort and peace of residents. They also emphasize the diverse amenities that keep everyone engaged. One writes, "I love Sunrise of Wall. The staff was wonderful... They showed me the activity rooms, and it seemed like they had a lot of activities."
Less than 20 miles from the New Jersey coast, The Chelsea at Brick creates an active and peaceful community by providing seniors with independence, activities and quality care. Residents are kept safe with 24-hour emergency response systems, and the trained staff is available around the clock. Personalized wellness programs provide individualized care plans for residents requiring anything from mobility and bathing assistance to on-site physical therapy and the care of registered nurses. Additionally, the Country Cottage is the on-site secured memory care community. With access to the same amenities and services, residents are cared for by specialized staff in a setting designed to promote peace, stimulation and independence. A peaceful atmosphere is created through private apartments furnished with personal belongings, while a team of professional chefs and dieticians create meals that are delicious and readily available for any specialized diet requirements.
The Chelsea at Brick is lauded for its homelike feel and the caring staff. One family member said, "My mom is at the Chelsea at Brick and she likes it. Care is good and the staff take a sincere interest in the residents. They have many activities and the food is good and varied."
The Chelsea at Tinton Falls is conveniently located next to Shrewsbury Ambulatory Surgery Center in the northeast of Tinton Falls. The community boasts some excellent amenities, including a bright sunroom, a library with a fireplace and several gardens with walking paths. There is a comprehensive wellness program for residents that addresses mind, body and spirit well-being. Residents with Alzheimer's or dementia have access to the memory care program designed to provide personalized care in a secure, supportive environment. The staff offers 24/7 care tailored to each individual's needs and interests. There is also specially trained therapeutic recreation staff who lead daily enriching activities, such as trips to the theater and exercise classes. Residents can enjoy three nutritious meals daily, served in a restaurant-style dining room.
Family members praise the attentive staff and great amenities, with one reviewer saying, "The Chelsea at Tinton Falls was nice. The staff member who assisted us was extremely helpful and friendly. The dining room looked nice. They had a nice garden outside for the residents and community rooms inside. The apartments were very nice, and the facility overall was very nice and clean."
The Chelsea At Toms River provides assisted living and memory care in a beautiful and comfortable environment that offers convenient access to the Garden State Parkway and the Jersey Shore. Residents are encouraged to participate in the lifestyle activity program that boasts daily outings and transportation to nearby shopping, dining, events and more. The community also offers numerous activities in-house, such as educational lectures, games, movies, and Saturday entertainment. Residents can enjoy a daily cocktail hour and delicious, healthy meals served in a restaurant-style dining room prepared by professional chefs. A team coordinates a comprehensive health and wellness program that addresses the physical, mental and spiritual needs of residents, while a highly trained professional staff compassionately delivers specialized services for those with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
People love The Chelsea at Toms River for the caring environment and abundant opportunities for social activities. One reviewer writes, "I would describe it as beautiful, very warm, caring, and friendly. A lot of their residents are out of their rooms and busy with activities. There is a lot of socialization.”