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 Pensacola’s senior population continues to grow (10.35% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Pensacola, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 22.44% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 5.01%, 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 (2.05% in Pensacola 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 Pensacola, seniors can expect to pay approximately $5,404 a month for memory care, slightly more than the Florida average.
Though Pensacola's monthly cost for memory care is higher than the state median of $5,000, it's slightly cheaper than the national average of $5,625. Miami carries a similar price of $5,481, while the price jumps to $5,813 in the state capital of Tallahassee. Gainesville is one of the state's least expensive options for memory care at a relatively low $2,938. Tampa, at $4,188, is also considerably below Florida's median price.
Other than nursing home care, which costs $8,760 for a semiprivate room, memory care is the most expensive long-term option in Florida. Seniors who prefer to age and receive care in their own residences may benefit from in-home care or home health care services, both of which average $4,767 per month. Assisted living averages approximately $4,323 per month. Adult day health care is much cheaper than all other options at just $1,408, but this level of care may not be robust enough for seniors living with cognitive issues.
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 Pensacola.
Older adults living with dementia have access to a variety of senior assistance programs maintained by private and government organizations in and around Pensacola. These programs can help area seniors find caregiver support, learn new skills and address concerns about quality of care.
|Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging||850-494-7101||The NWFLAAA helps administer programs and services aimed at improving the lives of seniors aged 60 and up. Its suite of supports includes the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, which helps to ensure proper facility-based care for adults with various types of dementia and similar memory issues.|
|Emerald Coast Legal Aid||850-432-2336||This pro bono legal aid group offers referrals and counseling regarding elder law and family law. Seniors can use ECLA's document services for help in drawing up living wills and understanding estate issues. Its attorneys can assist with cases regarding elder exploitation as well. In-court representation is available in some situations.|
|Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast||800-272-3900||A national organization with multiple regional offices in Florida, the AA offers virtual and in-person workshops and group meetings that help seniors in the early to middle stages of dementia receive emotional support and learn useful coping mechanisms. Its community-aimed work includes education and awareness initiatives, as well as regular fundraising drives for Alzheimer's research.|
|Long-Term Care Ombudsman||888-831-0404||Active or potential victims of elder abuse can turn to this hotline for help dealing with all sorts of mistreatment, whether physical, financial or emotional. The ombudsman's office is specifically responsible for responding to complaints regarding the welfare of adults living in community environments such as memory care facilities.|
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 Pensacola, 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:
Asbury Place is situated in one of Pensacola's quiet suburban neighborhoods, where its location right off of Mobile Highway offers a direct route to the city center. Seniors interested in local outings have plenty of shopping and dining choices nearby, and the Osceola Municipal Golf Course is just across the street. Comfortably appointed community rooms encourage residents to socialize and relax together, and a private dining room can be reserved for special occasions and parties with friends and family. Enrichment programs focus on providing a balance between each resident's intellectual, social and physical well-being. On-site salon services are also available as a convenience for residents. Dining choices include a variety of flavorful, chef-inspired dishes made with fresh, nutritious ingredients each breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks are also available in between mealtimes.
Several comments mention how comfortable residents are at Asbury Place, and this reviewer agrees"This is a place you can call home. The residents are not just treated as another individual; instead, they are treated like their own family. With great activities, outings and food, I recommend this assisted living and memory care to anyone!"
Located just minutes from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico coastline, Homestead Village of Pensacola believes in allowing seniors to age in place. The community fosters independence in its residents by providing a homelike environment that's tailored to individual cognitive needs. Each cottage houses only 15 to 20 individuals, and residents are divided by cognitive ability level to promote socialization and comfort. All memory care buildings are electronically secured for safety, but residents may also enjoy a stroll among the flowers on the community's attractive walking paths. Homestead Village offers a flexible, low-stress approach to daily living with a specialized activity program that includes exercise, arts and crafts and planned outings. A dedicated staff that's specially trained in memory care is available around the clock.
Friends and relatives of residents appreciate Homestead Village's convenient location and attentive, professional staff. One family member comments, "We found Homestead to be a loving, clean and friendly facility, with many knowledgeable caregivers and staff. It was the best decision we could have made."
Featuring cozy living spaces and an easy-to-navigate floor plan, The Arbors of Gulf Breeze was designed as a safe haven for individuals with memory care needs. Spacious common areas, community dining and central activity centers promote engagement and interaction between residents. The facility provides customized care, which includes routine-based schedules, regular assessments and transparent communication with family members. As part of the community's overall healthy living plan, the ZESTFUL Activities program fosters mental acuity through daily social hours, music therapy, brain games and other supervised, life-enriching pastimes. The facility's signature ARTFUL Dining program also enhances residents' mental and emotional health by providing delicious and nutritious meals crafted from fresh ingredients. Staff is available around the clock to tend to residents' needs.
According to facility visitors, The Arbors of Gulf Breeze has a caring and attentive staff. One reviewer also praises Arbors' aesthetic appeal, noting, "The facility and grounds are beautiful and clean."
Nestled in a small beach town on Florida's Gulf Coast, The Beacon at Gulf Breeze offers residents a safe, homelike environment with spaces designed for easy navigation. The community's ZESTFUL activities program keeps residents physically and socially active through a variety of daily social events and programs, including health seminars, art, fitness classes and pet therapy. Supervised by a compassionate, trained staff, activities are often personalized to incorporate residents' unique life experiences and strengths to promote meaningful and rewarding interactions. The Beacon also promotes family integration through frequent visiting hours and family support groups. A licensed nurse is available around the clock, and residents have on-site access to physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Facility visitors find The Beacon at Gulf Breeze to be well-organized, with a dedicated, caring staff. According to one reviewer, "The facility is very clean, and we were able to speak to a few residents and staff ... I wish I'd looked at places like this when my mom was alive. Would highly recommend."
The Blake at Pensacola is an assisted living and memory care community located just a few miles from several of Florida's legendary Panhandle beaches. Residents have access to downtown Pensacola's multitude of shops and restaurants within a few short minutes with help from the on-site concierge. The facility offers luxury amenities, including indoor and outdoor common spaces, a fitness center, putting greens, modern furnishings and a piano bar. Staff in The Blake's exclusive memory care program, Walk With Me, complete a detailed biography of each resident and work closely with their families to build an ultra-personalized care plan. Assisted living residents have a choice of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in several distinctive floor plans. Customized wellness programs are available for assisted living and memory care residents as are on-site physical therapy and active living programs designed to encourage social engagement and promote emotional well-being.
Staff at The Blake at Pensacola go out of their way to accommodate visitors according to this reviewer"The Blake at Pensacola was beautiful. I saw an empty room that someone had just moved out of, which was private and newer. The staff member who gave me the tour was lovely ... "
The Waterford at Creekside is located in Pensacola, Florida, and provides seniors in need of memory care services with a program focused on personalized care. The variety of daily activities target multifaceted wellness needs and stimulate the mind and body in addition to helping residents maintain interest in different hobbies. Accommodations are organized into small, cottage-style living spaces so seniors can socialize in small groups in comfortable surroundings. This design helps residents navigate their living quarters with familiarity, safety and a sense of close-knit community. Seniors can reserve transportation for medical appointments, and therapy and salon services can be scheduled on site as an additional convenience. Residents enjoy chef-inspired menu selections prepared from scratch with fresh, healthy ingredients. Daily meals are served family-style in each cottage, and private dining options are also available to celebrate special occasions.
An online reviewer enjoys this facility's attention to important details"The cleanliness, the staff and the food are really good. They have birthday parties in the common ballroom; they get manicures, and an entertainer comes in and sings. ... The grounds are kept up really nice with grass and flowers, and there's [a] gazebo in each yard and a nice porch."
Seniors at YourLife of Pensacola, Florida, can enjoy a variety of comforts in a community specifically designed to meet the unique needs of memory care residents. At this facility, three separate wings provide residents cozy, neighborhood-style accommodations so they can navigate their surroundings easily and safely. Common areas feature large windows and comfortable seating where residents can relax with a game or enjoy a musical performance. Personalized care for each resident includes enrichment programs that offer stimulating activities to maintain intellectual and physical well-being. Seasonal holidays and special occasions are celebrated both on site and through planned outings to nearby events. Residents can also schedule services with the facility’s salon or reserve transportation with a companion for personal appointments. Three nutritiously prepared meals and a choice in snacks are offered daily, and special dietary needs can be accommodated. YourLife of Pensacola offers three all-inclusive wellness packages: Empower, Engage, and Embrace. The wellness package that best suits each resident's needs is identified and includes the base rent, all services, support, and medication management. Additionally, YourLife has an ECC license, which allows the community to provide extensive care and support over a regular or LNS license.
Reviewers appreciate the comprehensive service their loved ones receive, with one noting, "The level of care for my Mom by each and every employee is outstanding! I often have meals there with her, and the food is scrumptious!! I would definitely recommend YourLife of Pensacola to provide care for your loved one."