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 Orlando’s senior population continues to grow (29.97% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Orlando, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 33.49% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 21.47%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (4.91% in Orlando 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.
In central Florida, Orlando has an average of $5,000 per month for memory care. The state average is also $5,000. Nationally, the average is $5,625 per month.
The state has the same monthly rate as Orlando, while the U.S. average is $625 more. In southern Florida, Naples averages $6,625, $1,625 more than Orlando. Memory care in the state capital of Tallahassee runs $813 more than Orlando at $5,813 per month, Ocala’s average is $4,813, making it $187 less than Orlando. With an average of $2,938 per month for memory care, Gainesville costs $2,062 less than Orlando.
The cost of either in-home care or home health care in Orlando is $4,767 per month. These services are $233 less than memory care. Adult day health care is among the most affordable at $3,537 per month, which is $1,463 less than memory care. With a difference of $1,000, assisted living costs an average of $4,000 per month. Nursing home care rates start at the monthly average of $8,060 for a semiprivate room in Orlando, $3,060 more than memory care.
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 Orlando.
Seniors and families looking for memory care services and resources in Orlando can reach out to local organizations for assistance with information and referrals. Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Association and the ADRC have a plethora of educational resources for family caregivers.
|Alzheimer’s Association — Central and Northern Florida Chapter||407-951-7992||Serving 43 counties, the Central and Northern Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 helpline to answer questions about diagnoses and treatment options available in the area. Trained specialists provide confidential and unbiased information assistance. Representatives also have experience assisting families with finding local support groups. The Community Resource Finder is a free online tool to find local care services and social programs.|
|Senior Resource Alliance||407-228-1800||Funded by the Department of Elder Affairs, Senior Resource Alliance acts as the local Area Agency on Aging of the Orlando metro area. In addition to professional Medicare assistance, representatives can help with finding government-funded and other nonprofit local resources. The helpline is part of the U.S. Administration on Aging’s nationwide Eldercare Locator network.|
|Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center||407-436-7750||The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center assists seniors with information referrals regarding local resources throughout Central Florida, including elder law attorneys and medical professionals who work with individuals with cognitive conditions. The ADRC accepts applicants for the state Brain Bank program, allowing for improvements in diagnostic tests and treatment options.|
|Center for Aging and Memory Disorder Clinic||321-841-9700||Supported by the Department of Elder Affairs through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, the Center for Aging and Memory Disorder Clinic offers comprehensive medical and psychosocial evaluations. Experienced clinical social workers can explain diagnosis and treatment options with seniors and their loved ones.|
|The Florida State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program||888-831-0404||Ombudsmen can assist seniors and their families by investigating complaints against long-term care facilities, including memory care communities. Ombudsmen are certified by the state to mediate with staff on behalf of a resident to address concerns of lack of proper care, as well as physical and verbal abuse. Families can also reach out to an ombudsman for help searching for local memory care communities.|
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 Orlando, 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:
Brookdale Conway walks seniors through their golden years at its memory care and assisted living outfit in sunny Orlando, Florida. Just a few minutes' drive from downtown Orlando, its campus is situated in a low-key residential community without sacrificing convenient access to the City Beautiful. Numerous staff members speak Spanish, helping Hispanic residents seamlessly communicate questions and concerns. Several wide walking paths, a garden, a courtyard and landscaped grounds are immediately outside the memory care apartments. The community also features a 24-hour security system and doors that require keypad entry to leave or enter the grounds. Warming up and socializing with fellow residents is simple thanks to its warm and cozy fireside living room. The community is also home to an on-site library, a beauty shop, a private dining room and a dedicated game room.
People love the attentive caregivers. "I like Brookdale Conway very much. The staff is very caring and very helpful. My father seems to love them very much and he's thriving. He has a private room which is very nice and clean. It's a nice community. We tried dining there and the food was very good," said one.
The community at Brookdale Dr. Phillips is focused on providing assisted living and memory care that fosters independence. The community offers assistance with transportation, daily care and other activities, and the care level that residents receive is based on their individual needs. Brookdale Dr. Phillips also offers amenities including an arts and crafts studio, game room, library, piano and therapy room. It's location, near downtown Orlando, gives residents the opportunity to visit local attractions and stores. The community ensures residents are comfortable and safe in a home-like environment in order to have the best quality of living during a difficult transition period.
Residents and their families love the care and amenities at Brookdale Dr. Phillips. One said, "The place was very nice. The cleanliness was good. The girl was so enthusiastic about the care they give to people. They had a big center room and they had different activities that sounded good and nice, including mind things to stimulate memory, trivia, and games."
Brookdale Lake Mary offers a home-like and welcoming environment and is situated in a peaceful residential area. The secure memory care neighborhood requires keypad access for entry and exit. Residents have access to a landscaped courtyard and garden area where they can safely go for a walk or relax in the shaded seating area with friends. The highly trained team of caregivers is available 24/7 to provide compassionate care and assistance. Residents take part in the Clare Bridge memory care program, which encourages them to take part in at least six activities each day. These activities are personalized to the cognitive and physical abilities of each resident and include musical therapy, fitness classes, gardening, cooking and arts and crafts. Three chef-prepared meals are served on a daily basis in the elegant dining room, and special diets are accommodated.
Family members praise the staff with one reviewer saying, "I can’t thank the caring and loving staff of Brookdale Lake Mary enough for the difference they made in my mother’s life in her final years. You showed my mother so much compassion and encouraged her to be active which made a true difference in her happiness and quality of life."
Located in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Brookdale Lake Orienta is a pet-friendly senior community that offers assisted living, memory care and independent living options, as well as views of Lake Orienta. Memory care here is person-centered, helping to preserve identity and a sense of self. Household tasks and cooking are handled by the staff, and dietary restrictions are managed and handled properly. During the week, there is transportation available for residents who need to get out in the local area to run errands or if they want to enjoy time out with their friends and family. When spending time on-site, residents have access to the landscaped grounds, which includes a garden, as well as amenities like a library, ice cream parlor, coffee shop and a beauty salon and barbershop.
Family members find peace of mind in this community thanks to the caring staff and range of amenities. One states, "Last fall, my brother asked me to find a place for him to live with assisted living. I feel so fortunate that a unit in Brookdale Lake Orienta was available. He loves it there. His apartment is roomy, bright and a perfect replacement for his former private home.”
Brookdale Wekiwa Springs provides a wide range of care options amid a scenic natural setting. The warm Central Florida climate allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing and gardening. Additional community amenities include an on-site library and an arts and crafts studio. Residents also have access to morning fitness classes and scheduled social outings. The community has a beauty salon and barbershop, concierge service, therapy room and general store. The memory care program takes a person-centered approach that provides residents and families with resources to help with activities of daily living. The staff is highly trained in the most common memory conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Memory care living quarters have enhanced security features, and the community promotes social interaction with other residents to increase engagement.
Residents discuss staff friendliness, the natural surroundings and the diversity of the shared spaces. Additional points of note include the enhanced level of engagement through frequent social interactions. One visitor states, "Upon entering Brookdale Wekiwa Springs, we were greeted with a smile and saw many smiling faces in the common space. ... There is a cozy feeling and an inviting environment."
CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living is physically designed with memory care in mind, with specialty lighting and wayfinding elements implemented throughout the community to help residents find their way around. Residents enjoy leisurely activities as well, including physical fitness, arts and crafts sessions and scheduled social time among residents. The memory care component, which is at the forefront of care in this community, uses a programming approach geared towards whole-person wellness. The staff uses task-oriented interventions to cultivate memory and a meaning and purpose program to use personal and professional experiences to continue skill-building.
Visitors and residents emphasize the memory care program and its level of efficacy. They note the beauty of the grounds and the serenity of the overall environment, which promotes a sense of calm among memory care residents. Family members also note the professionalism of the staff and the level of engagement among the residents that live in this community.
Encore at Avalon Park brings independence to seniors through its assisted living, respite care and memory care programs at its East Orlando-based community. Near its campus are several parks, including Avalon Park Orlando and Tanja King Park, and a network of walking trails totaling 16 miles in length. Residents are entertained with cognitively stimulating activities at its dedicated activity areas, including cards, crafts, music, games and events. To keep memory care residents from wandering, the community maintains monitored exits with alarms. The memory care program also features specially lit rooms to aid memory, easy-entry bathtubs with caretaker-assisted bathing and secured outdoor and indoor areas designed for supervised wandering. Residents have access to a fully fitted wellness center staffed by nurses and the community's medical director and a physical therapy room designed for improving mobility and extending range of motion.
People think highly of how the caretakers treat residents. One said, "Encore has an amazingly supportive and loving staff. My mother lived there for three yrs until passing two days ago. Our family considered many of the staff there as extended family and they felt the same way about Mom and her family. I thank God for Encore at Avalon."
Gentry Park Orlando helps residents achieve a high quality of life during their retirement through its assisted and independent living and memory care programs, based in a secluded, secure environment just off of the Central Florida Greeneway. Its apartments are equipped with a wide range of features, including private balconies, free television and high-speed internet and emergency call systems. To accommodate residents, caregivers are available to offer personalized assistance on an around-the-clock basis. The community features a dedicated physical therapy and rehabilitation area, helping residents recover from injuries and generally improving their abilities to move freely. It's also decked out with a beauty salon and barbershop and spa to keep residents looking and feeling great, as well as a theater, wellness center and arts room to promote relaxation and help residents retain their cognitive abilities.
Visitors like this community's laid-back setting and how warm-hearted the staff is. One says, "Gentry Park Orlando was very nice and secluded. You don't hear the traffic, and it's located off the beaten track. The staff is very warm and welcoming. They serve three meals a day. They have a physical fitness facility, laundry service, and 24-hour alert service."
Grand Villa of Altamonte Springs is a resort-style senior living community offering a wide range of amenities and activities. The exit-controlled memory care neighborhood is designed to meet the specific needs of seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. Residents are free to safely explore the building and surrounding gardens at their own pace. Caregivers encourage seniors to choose their own activities, ensuring they live each day with purpose. Apartments are fitted with motion sensors, and an alert is sent to caregivers when the sensor is activated so they can respond as needed. A dedicated team of caregivers is always on hand to provide compassionate care and assistance with everyday tasks. Activities offered by the community help promote independence and preserve memories. The available activities include pet therapy, music therapy, cognitive games and light exercise classes.
One reviewer was impressed by the care shown to their mother, the delicious food and activities available, saying, "The staff was very caring. The food was excellent, looked very nourishing and appetizing, and the menu was always changing. She did puzzles and coloring books, and she sat in the big living room and watched TV."
HarborChase of Dr. Phillips offers an upscale, resort-like experience to members of its assisted living, independent living and memory care programs. Trained drivers provide transportation services to residents, including to downtown Orlando and Orlando International Airport, both of which are less than 20 minutes away. Memory care enrollees have access to board-certified physicians, support groups, dermatologists, hearing clinics, podiatrists, physical therapists and psychologists. Relaxation is only a few dozen steps away with the community's in-house cocktail lounge and rooftop terrace. Through the community's Silhouette of My Life, its memory care team creates personalized resident profiles to better meet their wants and medical needs. It maintains an activity calendar jam-packed with stimulating programming, including competitive math quizzes, social gatherings, video games, group stretching, weekly reading clubs, word puzzles and ping pong tournaments.
Relatives appreciate the physical therapy program here. One says, "My mother is at HarborChase of Dr. Phillips. The staff is outstanding. I'm very pleased with it. I have no complaints whatsoever. It's very clean, they're very attentive to her, and they feed her. They're providing her with physical therapy, and they will provide various therapies that she's going to need."
Located directly outside the small town of Windermere, making for a relaxing atmosphere, Inspired Living Ocoee promotes residents' independence at its assisted living and memory care community. Under its iCare program, caretakers thoroughly document residents' medical conditions and take note of their preferences, as well as regularly hold collaborative meetings with residents and their family members to stay on top of their care needs. The community employs a full culinary staff to run its dining hall, offering meals with high nutritional value in an upscale setting. Residents are included in a wide range of activities, including fun trivia games, age-appropriate sports, group singing, documentaries, arts and crafts, movies and a walking club. Its campus is home to a swimming pool with a clubhouse and a dog park, offering fun, enjoyable ways for residents to stay in shape.
Family members love the beautiful areas and the welcoming atmosphere. One says, "I liked Inspired Living and that is where my dad will be going. It was very warm, inviting, and offered many services. The staff was wonderful, and they were friendly, and accommodating."
Madison at Ocoee provides memory care and assisted living to residents in the Orlando area. Surrounded by lush green lawns and trees, this community is a peaceful sanctuary for nature lovers. Its team of memory care associates is trained to help residents pursue independence. From arts and crafts workshops to music sessions and car shows, Madison at Ocoee inspires its residents to continue learning with resident-inspired seminars and workshops. Its expert caregivers use the signature SPIRIT program to provide purpose-driven service tailored to each resident.
Relatives of seniors in memory care appreciate the personalized care programs and friendly caregivers. One says, "Lovely community, the staff and residents are warm, friendly and caring. They treat you like family. My mother loves the activities and food. Most important was the care, though. They are really on their game."
Madison at Oviedo is situated among lush surroundings amidst the warm Central Florida environment. Because of its location, residents here enjoy a wide array of outdoor amenities, including walking trails, park outings and kite flying. Chef-inspired meals and an on-site beauty salon and barbershop are also part of the offerings found here. Memory care services range from brain fitness and memory enhancement programs to assistance with daily activities. Memory care residents have access to care providers 24 hours a day in an environment with enhanced security.
Residents discuss the range of activities available in this community as well as the delicious foods, spacious floor plans and luxurious amenities. The family atmosphere is another commonly mentioned benefit. One writes, "Mom and dad love it. A great family atmosphere with caring compassionate staff. Loved the live entertainment at the BBQ."
Oakmonte Village at Lake Mary is home to independent living, assisted living and memory care programs that promote overall well-being throughout residents' lives. Here, drivers transport individuals to medical providers and shopping centers. Residents can have fun and meet their physical activity needs with the community's very own dance studio, offering supervised classes with age-appropriate choreography. Relaxation is within an arm's reach at its theater, fully equipped with a widescreen display and cinema-style seating. The campus is home to an arts and crafts center, where residents are free to create on their own or follow group painting classes alongside their fellow residents. To address residents' care needs, the community provides on-site medical services, administered by experienced nurses and doctors. Willing to meet residents' dietary restrictions, the in-house dining center serves high-quality food in a restaurant-quality setting.
Residents report they like the rooms and the community's activities. One says, "The rooms are very good and fairly spacious. I have a two-bedroom so that people can come and visit me. There are all sorts of activities here. They keep you busy. They have a small gym. I feel like I'm on a cruise; that's the atmosphere."
Offering residents quaint single-story living spaces in Winter Springs, Palmetto Landing introduces residents to stimulating programs and interactive social events. Residents can attend exercise classes and Dakim BrainFitness, a program for mental fitness. On-site gardens and pathways provide room for residents to stretch their legs, and a wellness center keeps everyone that this community healthy. Seniors can also enjoy pampering at the beauty salon or barbershop. A monthly calendar of events and activities are just a few ways Palmetto Landing ensures residents are entertained, including musical concerts, educational lectures and parties and celebrations. All meals are provided to residents through restaurant-style dining or privately. Specific dietary requirements and vegetarian dishes are catered for. Other amenities include a library, living room, game room and secured courtyard.
Residents have a lot of good things to say about the atmosphere and the size of the accommodations. One family member states, "The staff is very good. I thought the rooms were of a good size. The food is very good, and she’s very happy. They do a lot of things, like go shopping, have dancing and card parties, and go on museum tours."
Savannah Grand of Maitland is a comfortable and elegant senior living community located in the heart of the city. Savannah Cottage is the secure memory care unit within the community. Keypad access is required to enter and exit the building for the safety of residents. A team of caregivers is always on hand to provide compassionate care and assistance. Each resident has an individual care plan that includes details about their history, likes and dislikes to ensure that the residents receive personalized care. Regular talks and therapy sessions are provided to family members to help them to cope with the changes that come with memory loss. Three nutritious meals are served on a daily basis in the spacious dining room, and special diets can be accommodated. Activities offered include musical entertainment, gentle fitness classes, cognitive games and arts and crafts.
Family members praise the excellent staff with one reviewer saying, "The staff was always very kind to my father and myself. ... They kept my father clean at all times and always made sure he ate (which he never had a problem in doing). His room was neat and clean."
Serenades at Longwood walks residents through the process of regaining independence at its assisted living and memory care programs in an upscale hotel-like setting in Orlando. Its memory care unit is specifically created to relieve agitation and confusion and avoid symptoms of anxiety, integrating features like navigational aids, relaxing color schemes and tightly controlled exits. Caregivers enrich residents' lives with the community's proprietary music therapy program, Duets, designed for improving mood and memory. Rooms are built with open-concept showers to prevent accidents, as well as shower seats and grab bars. Staff members assist residents with bathing and everyday tasks, including transporting them to local medical providers and taking them on individual and group outings for leisure. The community always keeps licensed nurses on staff at all times to administer care to residents, giving them emergency help systems to make care available no matter the situation.
Relatives think the community is well-run. One says, "We chose Serenades at Longwood because of the way it's managed. We also like the physical building and the programs that they have for their residents. It has a very loving and very nice environment. Their staff is probably the most excellent group of workers I've ever seen."
Somerby Lake Nona enriches the lives of senior citizens with its assisted living, respite care and memory care programs based in Orlando, Florida. Offering studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, the community's upscale living spaces are equipped with tall ceilings, washers, dryers, spa-style showers and kitchenettes. Its campus fully incorporates a beautiful coastal living design, sporting an in-ground pool and an extended veranda, giving residents a safe space to relax and socialize with their counterparts and visitors alike. Residents are encouraged to bring along their pets, including those that aren't service animals. Caregivers personalize memory care for each and every resident, monitoring and reviewing cases as needed to adapt to residents' growing needs. Administrators plan out full calendars with group outings and activities intended to improve residents' quality of life and promote holistic well-being.
Family members note that their parents like living here. One said, "This is a beautiful community. Mom has been here for almost a year. Her apartment is the perfect size and she loves the food. It is a smaller building so it has been easy for her to get around and also to make friends."
Spring Hills Hunters Creek provides assisted living and memory care in a resort-inspired environment. Here, staff members perform regular wellness checks and hold wellness classes as part of the CARE program, prioritizing emotional and cognitive demands for maximum support. Residents have the freedom to choose from a variety of recreational or entertainment activities via the Signature Touches project, from visiting the library or piano lounge to using complimentary transportation for shopping trips or excursions. Patios and courtyards are available for seniors to relax and enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather. Those who seek companionship or comfort can enjoy the community pets' company through the Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Program. The skilled dining staff works with residents to accommodate their dietary needs and requests. Whether the food is heart-healthy, vegetarian or diabetic-friendly, meals incorporate ingredients grown in the community gardens.
Visitors appreciate how the staff made their loved ones feel at home. One reviewer who compared the community to an old-time movie set said they would rate Spring Hills 6 out 5 stars. Another said, "My father moved into Spring Hills Hunters Creek, and it's been a fantastic experience. ... They have a whole schedule of different activities."
The Palms of Longwood offers a tranquil setting for residents who enjoy the outdoors, with pristine gardens and water features providing a backdrop for balmy summer strolls. Residents also have access to a number of seating areas for rest and relaxation. The interior is tastefully designed and each suite is equipped with safety equipment to allow memory care residents as much autonomy as possible. All maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry is taken care of and staff will assist with additional needs such as grooming, bathing, eating, and toileting. Residents can participate in social activities to boost physical and mental health. Three nutritious meals are provided each day, along with snacks and beverages, while an on-site physician and nursing staff provide oversight and medication management. Amenities such as Wi-Fi, cable, and telephone are provided, along with an on-site beauty salon.
Relatives are happy with the level of care their loved ones receive. One reviewer says, "When it's time to move a parent into an assisted-living facility, it can be tough to figure out which is the best fit. The Palms of Longwood helped create a smooth transition to my mom’s new home."