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 Peoria’s senior population continues to grow (14.21% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Peoria, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 42.03% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 4.63%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (7.22% in Peoria vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Peoria. 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 Peoria, 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:
Bickford of Peoria is situated a few miles from Upper Peoria Lake, in a vibrant and tree-lined neighborhood. There are several medical facilities within a two-mile radius, including Advocate Health Care and Peoria Family Dental Care. The facility offers a neighborhood environment for memory care residents to allow cognitive stimulation in socializing and nostalgic recall. Residents can enjoy three restaurant-style meals per day. A variety of activities that encourage social interaction and brain activity are scheduled each day, such as the Life Enrichment Program and Dementia Programming. The facility has a registered nurse on staff, and caregivers can assist with everyday needs, such as toileting and medication management.
Relatives enjoy peace of mind that their loved ones are comfortable at Bickford of Peoria. One writes, "My brother has moved into Bickford of Peoria. They assist him with food and medicine. Otherwise, he does everything on his own. It's been great. The staff members are great, friendly, and helpful, and they do what they need to do. His accommodation is very nice, exactly what he needs, and it's more than adequate."
Grand View Alzheimer's Special Care Center is in a quiet neighborhood of northern Peoria, close to a variety of health care facilities. Residents can go for a stroll with loved ones in nearby Donovan Park or relax in the on-site lounge area which has a cozy fireplace. The community has a unique approach to care which includes taking each resident's life story into account when creating a care plan for them. Through understanding the passions, hobbies and achievements of each resident, caregivers can provide 24/7 support that is uniquely tailored to the individual. A range of specialized activities are offered, including music therapy, spiritual practice and exercise classes. The culinary staff prepares nutritious meals everyday that residents can enjoy together in the restaurant-style dining room.
Family members praise the attentive care, with one saying, "I would recommend Grand View, without hesitation. The staff are so kind. Their job is not easy. They understood my mom's situation and they understood how very difficult this illness is for the family. If this illness had to happen to our family, then I am glad for Grand View Special Care."
Heartis Village Peoria offers an array of amenities to keep residents comfortable and highly engaged. Memory care services rely on the Spark programming approach. Based on Montessori-style methodology, this program incorporates lifelong learning, community service programs and resident committees to ensure a sense of belonging. Memory care programming also builds in social components to ensure residents have meaningful tasks that reinforce skills and allow them to assist others. Procedural learning helps residents to cultivate skills to repeat activities until they become easier to manage. Residents are also encouraged to work on actions that require progression to buoy them as they achieve individual goals. The community offers assistance with activities of daily living (as needed), a multisensory room to promote individualized stimulation and an enclosed courtyard to promote calm. Community amenities also include an on-site beauty salon and barber shop, a library, bistro and theatre for movie nights.
Community reviews note the benefit of scheduled activities that keep residents busy and engaged. Many also point out management's professionalism, attributing this to one of the reasons the residents thrive here. One writes, "My mother is at Heartis Village of Peoria. ... The reason I chose them was their professionalism, the facility, how it looked, and the people that work there."
Situated next to the green space of Charter Oak Park, Liberty Village of Peoria enhances the lives of seniors who need memory care and assisted living services. The community's holistic approach to memory care focuses on promoting independence and encouraging mental and physical skills. Garden Court, the community's dedicated Alzheimer's and dementia care neighborhood, has specially trained staff who are available 24/7. Liberty Village of Peoria has a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, and residents also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness room fully equipped to help them stay active and healthy. The community hosts a beautifully landscaped courtyard with walkways, benches and raised garden beds where residents can enjoy the outdoors.
Visiting relatives and residents appreciate the compassionate care staff at Liberty Village of Peoria. One says, "I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago. My nurse always gives me my medicine on time and at times reads me my book when she is free."
Lutheran Hillside Village — Lutheran Senior Services is a continuing care retirement community situated on a beautiful 37-acre campus that features inviting gardens, walking trails and numerous on-site amenities such as a salon, woodworking shop and general store. Its extensive range of services includes daily assistance with personal care, skilled nursing services and a robust memory care program. Individuals with mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairments are offered comfortable living spaces specially designed to improve their safety. A daily schedule of activities helps nurture and maintain seniors' individual skills and overall wellness. Residents are provided a regular caregiving team to help foster a sense of security and familiarity, and the staff members tend to housekeeping and laundry tasks so that the personal living quarters are kept tidy and inviting.
Relatives enjoy the ability for residents to age in place at Lutheran Hillside Village. One resident's son declares, "I love the continuum of care. The facility and the staff are outstanding. My mother and stepfather have been very happy." Other families wholeheartedly agree, saying, "We chose it because of continuum of care, so they will never need to move again."
Morton Reflections Memory Care is in a tranquil neighborhood in northern Morton, 10 miles from Peoria. Residents have many health care facilities nearby, including OSF Senior Word and Morton St. Francis Medical Center. The community is designed for seniors with memory loss and includes specialized amenities, such as visually distinct rooms to reduce confusion and a Snoezelen multi-sensory therapy room to calm the mind. There's also a beautifully landscaped secure courtyard where residents can enjoy nature. Each resident receives a personalized care program that's created based on individual needs and interests. The program includes a variety of daily activities, including fitness classes and faith-based workshops. Caregivers are available 24/7 to assist residents with their daily needs and provide medication management and housekeeping services. Residents can enjoy three nutritious meals per day in the dining room.
Visitors praise the kind staff and the spacious rooms, with one reviewer saying, "Morton Reflections Memory Care was excellent. I was very impressed with the rooms. The staff member was very informative and very friendly. They had some nice areas for the visiting family members or if you want to bring meals in."
Serenity provides a homey environment where residents receive a wide array of services for all care levels. The approach to memory care here is holistic, emphasizing connections between mind, body and spirit. The community uses personalization where possible to make residents feel more comfortable. Memory care residents participate in all the scheduled activities that the rest of the community accesses to ensure social integration. This includes morning stretching, a walking club, game time and movie nights. Additional community amenities include a cafe, communal fireplace and private dining room. Residents have access to housekeeping services and laundry and linen care.
Reviews of this community underscore the memory care services provided as well as the high degree of resident interactions. The friendliness of the staff is also a common point of mention. One notes, "My dad is at Serenity Assisted Living & Royce Elliot Memory Care. It's new, and bright, with big rooms. The staff is very friendly."
Located in a beautiful, quaint village of central Illinois with views of lakes and the countryside, Snyder Village Assisted Living provides memory care and assisted living to seniors with physical and cognitive conditions. An understanding, attentive team is available around the clock to help residents with their daily activities, including eating, grooming and transferring from a wheelchair. There are secure living spaces for seniors with dementia-related impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease, specifically designed to keep them from wandering. All amenities and common areas are easily accessible from the center's studio apartments, which have private bathrooms and walk-in showers. Residents are served three meals every day in a cozy, bistro-style dining room, and numerous activities are offered on-site to promote social interaction and prevent further cognitive decline, including book clubs, fitness groups, Bible study and a game room. Transportation within the city limits is also available.
Family members praise Snyder Village's commitment, friendly setting and homelike environment. According to one, "The administration and caregiving staff are pleasant, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. The caregivers have become like a second family to my mother. … The facility is clean, undergoing many upgrades, and the staff is second to none."
The Lodge at Manito, which is situated on an 8-acre plot of land surrounded by plenty of green space, offers spacious floor plans that provide plenty of natural light for residents. Memory care services are drawn from an interdisciplinary philosophy that incorporates physical fitness, daily structured activities, sensory stimulation and leisure time. The community offers scheduled outings, family events and resident education programs. The memory care residences are all located on one level to make navigation easier and more convenient. From bright lighting in communal spaces to added layers of security, the memory care community is designed to provide residents with the freedom to move about comfortably. Additional community amenities include on-site personal care services, a general store and a TV lounge.
Reviews of this community center on the professionalism of the staff and quality of care. Reviews also laud the community for working closely with family to ensure a seamless transition. One notes, "My family's experience with The Lodge at Manito exceeded our expectations. Their care and concern for my dad's comfort and well-being went above and beyond anything we could have imagined."
The Villas of Holly Brook & Reflections Memory Care: Pekin is a faith-based senior living community that offers a caring and homelike atmosphere. The Reflections Memory Care unit is in a secure unit and residents have supervised access to all of the amenities in the community, including a spa, beauty salon, barbershop, library and gym. The memory care residents have access to a private outdoor courtyard where they can safely relax and enjoy the sunshine. A team of dedicated wellness staff and caregivers are always on hand to provide support and assistance as required. Activities are based on the individual interests and cognitive abilities of each resident. Some of the activities offered include sensory therapy, balance and strength exercise classes, musical entertainment and brain fitness games. Three home-cooked meals are served family-style each day and special diets can be accommodated.
Family members praise the professional staff and the caring approach to assisting seniors with memory loss disorders with one saying, "Reflections has honestly stunned our family with the staff's love and care for our mother and with the creative and respectful way the difficulties and behaviors associated with Alzheimer's and dementia are approached and managed."