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 Ontario's senior population continues to grow (19.71% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Ontario, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 15.94% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 16.25%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly higher than the rest of the nation (8.86% in Ontario 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 Ontario. 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 Ontario, 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 Villas at San Bernardino provides memory care in a comforting and secure environment, offering yoga, pet therapy, planned recreational activities and exercise programs designed for those with memory loss. The staff is experienced with dementia and Alzheimer's, regularly hosting educational activities for residents' families. Other amenities include an on-site beauty and barber salon, housekeeping services, medication management and a restaurant style dining hall. Residents are encouraged to make use of the beautiful outdoor spaces, take part in gardening activities, and go out on scheduled trips to local shopping centers to socialize and stimulate their memory.
Reviewers speak of the kindness and care provided by staff. One reviewer writes, "At-home feeling, and I haven't met one unkind person there. I believe the owner takes extra care with the residents. The Villas is a home for your loved one, not an assisted living facility."
Pacifica Senior Living: Riverside Legacies Memory Care is located in Riverside, California, a city east of Los Angeles with about 315,000 residents. While on-staff nurses and 24/7 caregivers organize care plans and assist with activities of daily living, visiting doctors and therapists provide specialized services, such as occupational therapy and behavioral management. With this support, residents may participate in purpose-driven activities, including communal trivia games, morning walks, book clubs and tea socials. To create a secure, homelike environment, the community is divided into six cottages that feature kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms close to residents' suites. In the dining room, neighbors can gather for meals prepared by an on-staff executive chef.
Residents' loved ones praise the proactive, communicative staff. One writes of her relative's experience, "The staff always answered our questions, welcomed our visits and gave us suggestions for additional items she might need or benefit from. The cottage leader would text me photos of her enjoying the music days when outside performers would entertain the residents."
Memory care at Citrus Place starts with an in-depth interview to get to know the resident's individual needs and personality. The community creates a comfortable living experience for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by combining a calm living environment with specialized care. Accommodation options are varied, and skilled nurses offer round-the-clock support for residents. They can enjoy a picturesque courtyard with pools, ample seating and plenty of greenery. A full schedule of family-focused events and activities enrich the relationships between families, helping residents relive old memories and create new ones. Citrus Place emphasizes physical, mental and emotional health through enriching programs to promote wellness. To keep residents stimulated, the community offers secure outdoor walking areas, a dining area with delicious menus and wayfinding cues to help keep residents on track.
Relatives of residents seem to love the comprehensive tours and how helpful and gracious the staff are. One person said, "My grandfather is a veteran and I remember that they had a veteran's wall, and I thought that it was really nice for them to have good memories."
Sunrise at Canyon Crest is specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The layout of the community is easy to navigate, with suites placed close to dining and recreation areas. Each resident benefits from an assigned Life Enrichment Manager who helps individuals find purpose in each day through a specialized care plan. Care plans support personal hygiene, medication reminders and help with eating a balanced diet. Sunrise at Canyon Crest offers therapeutic activities, recreational programs and community areas where guests can visit. A vibrant bistro is available 24/7. Also offered are private dining for families and media rooms.
Relatives of residents comment on how pleasant the staff are and how clean the living spaces seem. One visitor says, "The person who gave us the tour was phenomenal and gave us a ton of information. She was very interested in what my mother's needs are and her interests."
Located in central San Bernardino County, Vista Blue Mountain Assisted Living and Memory Care offers a specialized memory care unit, with activities that include weekly outings and daily events catering to memory care residents. Living arrangements include shared common spaces and private apartments. Included in the monthly fee are three healthy meals a day, snacks, access to the on-site salon, and a full calendar of engaging activities. Vista Blue Mountain is a pet-friendly community, and residents are free to explore the manicured grounds and neighborhood.
Family members are pleased with the quality of care at Vista Blue Mountain. "My uncle lives here and I love it; they're really nice," one family member writes. "Everything is nice, they're good people, and everything is wonderful over there. They have movies, and music and stuff. He loves it, so everything is good."
Renaissance Village Rancho Belago is a resort-style senior living community that provides premium amenities and activities. The memory care program focuses on the individual needs and interests of each senior. The community is secure while allowing seniors the freedom to move around without feeling monitored. Daily activities include memory games, fitness classes, supervised group outings, art therapy, musical entertainment and aromatherapy. Social events are held on a regular basis, with family members encouraged to attend. Calming schedules at night help encourage a good night's sleep.
Family members praise the well-maintained facility and professional staff. One relative says, "Renaissance Village Rancho Belago is beautiful and lovely. The staff is fabulous; you would think that they're your long-lost family who are there to help you every step of the way, it's a fabulous community and a perfect fit for my father. The amenities are great. It's all-new, up-to-date and very clean."
Brightwater Senior Living of Highland is a vibrant community that offers residents resort-style amenities such as an on-site spa and fitness center. Memory care programming uses a person-centered approach. A comprehensive history provided by residents upon move-in helps staff customize memory care activities based on their interests and needs. Memory care activities include life story writing, book clubs and discussion groups. Group and individual fitness options help memory care residents cultivate balance and mobility. Life skills stations are found throughout the common areas to encourage residents to participate in familiar activities.
Community reviews underscore the professionalism of the staff and the aesthetics of the living areas. One writes, "Brightwater Senior Living of Highland was very new, modern and clean. Everybody was very friendly, helpful, friendly, personable, and knew what they had to offer. I was very pleased. … I have nothing but good things to say about it."
Located in Yucaipa, California, Wildwood Canyon Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care rests on the edge of the San Bernadino National Forest. To provide dementia-specific care, nurses and caregivers assist seniors with activities of daily living using empathetic communication and validation techniques. With this support, residents may enjoy cognitive and relationship-based activities such as art therapy, sing-alongs, spiritual services and communal games. Through the Circle of Friends program, residents, staff and volunteers connect through community outreach and goal-based activities. With the Music Makes Memories project, residents use music to relax and reminisce with neighbors. To provide brain-healthy meals, the Brain Power Nutrition Boost dining program includes nutrient-rich dishes tailored to residents' dietary needs and preferences.
Residents and families appreciate the community's robust activities and caring staff. One resident's relative writes, "My mom is getting the professional care she needs and her quality of life has improved. Dad says it's like living on a cruise ship with the activities, new friends, and dining room. The Wildwood staff treat them like they are their own family members."
Linda Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care's Revere Court is a secured community with trained staff members that strive to enhance the daily lives of residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Each memory care resident has an individual care plan that staff follows. The specially designed memory care neighborhood features a wandering prevention system along with handrails and a 24/7 emergency response system. This community has a partnership with the national Music & Memory nonprofit organization. Caregivers provide residents with iPods and digital music systems that help them better connect to the world around them through music-triggered memories. Residents also participate in cognitive-enhancing pet therapy sessions, games, contests and educational programming to remain as mentally fit as possible. Group exercise classes and off-site community trips also help to keep memory care seniors here engaged with other community members and the local area.
Family members are pleased with the upbeat, compassionate care their loved one receives and the abundance of the activities here. One says, "My mother is being well taken care of and I don't have any complaints. They have arts and crafts and they have a calendar of activities every single day. The staff is very happy, caring and very helpful."
Blossom Grove Alzheimer's Special Care Center devotes itself solely to its memory care residents. The community's Montessori-inspired SPARK program uses proprietary assessment tools to create customized treatment plans that keep seniors engaged socially. It supports each resident through customized activities and programming that focuses on each senior's remaining skills. Staff members assist residents with daily living activities such as bathing and grooming and coordinate transportation to local shopping, events and cultural activities. Daily brain-stimulating activities include bingo, religious services, cooking classes, karaoke sessions and group dance exercises.
Family members rave about the stimulating environment that enhances their loved one's remaining cognitive abilities and overall happiness. One relative says, "The activities at Blossom Grove support an inclusive and encouraging environment that reinforces remaining memories. After four months in residence, my mother tells me she is 'happier than she's ever been,' and that gives me peace."
Lotus Villa and Memory Care is an assisted living community that offers memory care programming plans specific to each resident. Activities that help residents to retain and regain cognitive function include trivia, puzzles, reading activities, arts and crafts, board games and bingo, as well as group fitness, including daily walks each morning. Singalongs are also implemented to keep residents engaged. Card games and movie nights offer additional opportunity for residents to get involved with others within the community. Restaurant-style dining reduces the stress sometimes associated with mealtimes and promotes consistency in meal scheduling.
Community reviews discuss the professionalism of the staff and the numerous opportunities for social engagement among the residents. Of this, one resident's relative writes, "Lotus Villa is … super clean and intimate. I love visiting at Lotus Villa, i highly recommend this new community."
Raincross at Riverside boasts a modern interior design that creates an energetic environment for memory care residents. Raintree's resident-first approach features a dedicated staff with more than three decades of experience in care communities and certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). All memory care associates undergo extensive training focused on maintaining positivity and optimism. A diverse range of programming is offered, including yoga, pet therapy, and the creative arts. When residents want a day of relaxation or pampering, they can also get a manicure or massage from staff on-site.
Residents report a happy experience at Raincross. One says, "Raincross at Riverside is beautiful and very homey. The food is delicious. The apartments are small but very nice. The staff is very friendly and has been very good."
Summerfield of Redlands is an elegant, close-knit community situated in the Redlands area. Memory care programming includes group exercise offerings such as seated yoga and "Sittercize." Trivia games centered on fun topics such as food and movies help to reinforce memory function, and current events discussions, arts and crafts and hobby groups are also part of the approach to memory care. Residents' schedules are curated to their interests, and their loved ones can see what they are up to at any given time via online platforms. Amenities include an in-house beauty salon, family-style dining and weekly housekeeping services. Summerfield is a pet-friendly community with pet therapy provided to residents.
Reviewers emphasize how the memory care programming has helped their loved ones. One writes, "After searching many places, … we chose to move our mom [to Summerfield]. … Within two weeks, she completely adjusted to her new life and caregivers who give attention and warmth. … She also has made some friends [who] bring joy to her life."
Rose Garden Residential Care is an intimate community situated on 2 acres of land in suburban Mentone, CA and specializing in all stages of memory care. High-quality dementia care combined with customized on-site programming such as memory games help improve residents' quality of life. Licensed vocational nurses assist residents with medication and diabetes management, and physical therapy and podiatry are available on-site. All rooms throughout the community come with daily housekeeping, and residents can enjoy nutritious and tasty meals in the common dining areas. Special events are held throughout the year, Bible studies are offered, and amenities include an in-house beauty salon and fitness area that includes treadmills and free weights.
Residents and family members love that Rose Garden Residential Care is surrounded by nature and that there are many activities available to residents. One reviewer comments, "Rose Garden is very clean. The aides are exceptional, and we really like it there."
Pacifica Senior Living Chino Hills provides memory care and assisted living options for seniors in San Bernardino County. The secure campus is staffed 24 hours a day. Pacifica's facility adapts its award-winning memory care programs to each resident's specific needs and requirements, focusing on behavior management and cognitive therapies to improve memory and prevent isolation. The community's Life Wellness program provides social, educational, and spiritual opportunities within the community. Pacifica Senior Living Chino Hills is a pet-friendly community.
Reviewers praise Pacifica Senior Living Chino Hills for its friendly, caring staff and activities and how people feel like family. One person says, "My grandmother moved into this beautiful senior home a month ago. The entire move-in experience was amazing. We felt like family from the moment we had our first tour."
Connections for Living, the memory care program at Estancia del Sol, provides personalized care plans and compassionate care to residents dealing with memory loss. Dedicated support is also provided to the family members of residents through the TLC (Teaching, Learning, Connecting) Program. The memory care neighborhood features its own secure outdoor areas complete with walking paths. Enrichment programming includes daily wellness activities such as tai chi, laughter yoga, and water aerobics. Residents can watch a film in the movie screening area or participate in on-site artistic workshops and intellectual programming such as painting and trivia.
Family members love the large number of options available to the community and the courteous staff. One visitor says, "I didn't expect to look at the Estancia Del Sol. It was a rushed visit, but I was surprised that it was too nice for the price. They had so many good things to offer there, like the art studio for the seniors and a computer room with a library.
Park Terrace in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, provides the comforts of home in a safe, well-ordered environment. In the Connections Memory Care community, residents receive person-centered care 24/7 in a secure setting. Comfortable apartments are designed with residents' special needs in mind, and caring staff members help them with their daily activities, housekeeping and laundry. Rooms form a circle around a common area, so staff members can monitor residents and residents can move about easily. The community's wellness program is geared to each resident's levels of activity and health, and residents are encouraged to participate in planned educational and social events and day trips. Staff members interact with residents individually and in small groups. Residents can enjoy the secure courtyard with its walking paths and landscaping.
Family members are pleased with the "courteous, patient, responsive, and professional" staff at Park Terrace. They also appreciate the "very warm, family-like care environment," fun activities and creative ideas that keep residents active and happy. One reviewer raves about the "extraordinary food," the "well-manicured and plush" grounds and the "immaculate and beautifully designed" community.
The Gardens of Riverside is a memory care community that offers personalized care to residents. Trained caregivers learn as much as possible about each resident -- history, careers and hobbies -- for in-depth, meaningful relationship forming. This lets community members and staff positively focus on current talents, strengths and preferences. Residents get encouragement to remain as independent as possible. Secure, welcoming indoor spaces and attractive landscaped outdoor areas with walking paths ensure elders are comfortable and provide opportunities for social interaction. Plenty of fun, interesting activities keep residents engaged throughout each day. These pastimes focus on the whole person, including emotional, physical and intellectual needs. Three nutritious meals plus snacks and beverages are available each day, and special dietary considerations are taken into account. A full-time licensed nurse oversees residents' care, and as health needs change, care is altered to accommodate this.
Family members find this community ideal for their loved ones. A daughter says, "All the staff have been professional, friendly, considerate, caring, helpful and overly accommodating." Another relative comments, "The atmosphere is uplifting, the facility is always clean, and the courtyard landscaping is relaxing."
Westmont Village offers residents the independent lifestyle they desire while ensuring they receive the support and care they need. Memory care residents participate in the Compass Rose Memory Care Program, which provides a dedicated memory care program director and several enriching programs including arts and crafts. Activities are catered to each individual's life history and individualized care plan. Staff members are available 24/7 to assist with the activities of daily living. Mealtimes allow memory care residents the freedom to eat what and when they want.
Residents and family members are happy with the quality of life here. One says, "We chose Westmont Village because of all of the amenities provided and the spacious living area in the apartments. When we walked in, it felt more homey rather than institutional. The meals are served restaurant-style rather than cafeteria-style, which we really liked."
Brookdale Corona is located in Corona, California, a community of about 160,000 residents southeast of Los Angeles. Through the Clare Bridge program, staff provide person-centered memory care in a secure atmosphere. Each day, residents participate in six purpose-driven activities such as B-Fit exercise classes, spiritual services, pet visits and themed trivia games. In their free time, neighbors can stroll landscaped walking paths together or meet for coffee in the diner-inspired cafe. In the dining room, residents may enjoy familiar favorites such as baked salmon and fresh fruit as trained staff assist with handling utensils and other mealtime needs. For residents in advanced stages of dementia, the Solace program bolsters their daily routines with more time for and assistance with activities of daily living and sensory therapy.
Residents' loved ones appreciate the memory-centered activities and adaptable, informative staff. One writes, "Many activities are helpful with memory and boost self esteem. Staff is attentive and professional. As his condition declines, the staff is there to guide us on this journey helping us to understand dementia and his changing needs."