I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

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.

II. Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Petaluma, 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:

  • Spent over 15 hours researching memory care facilities in Petaluma
  • Read more than 55 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 4 representatives from local communities

III. Reviews of the 7 Best Memory Care Facilities in Petaluma

Petaluma

Sonoma Oak Tree Place

  • Resident Capacity: Not Available
  • Room Types: Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Sonoma Oak Tree Place is an assisted living and memory care facility located in a quiet neighborhood in Petaluma. Residents receive three-cooked meals a day plus snacks, and they receive assistance from compassionate, highly trained staff with activities of daily living as needed. To keep residents active and engaged, stretching exercises and other physical activities promote flexibility and mobility, and planned activities include bingo, puzzles, movie nights and arts and crafts. Music is provided by visiting musicians and karaoke is a big hit with staff and seniors alike. Storytelling, current events and casino games add a little adventure to every day. Staff members also schedule in-home manicures, hairstyling and pedicures for a little pampering. When needed, residents can schedule transportation to dental and medical appointments as well as rides to religious services in the area. 

What Residents Are Saying
Visitors praise the warm atmosphere at the facility, and a family member says, “Sonoma Oak Tree Place has been such a gift. The owners go above and beyond to create a loving home for residents … I can’t say enough about the dedicated staff.”

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars; 1 review
Phone: (707) 996-6683
Address: 19326 Solano Ct., Sonoma, CA 95476
Web: https://sonomaoaktreeplace.com

Vista Prado

  • Resident Capacity: 68
  • Room Types: Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
  • Care Provided: Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $5,995

Vista Prado is perfectly situated in the vicinity of Richardson Park, just a few blocks from Sutter Solano Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center in Vallejo, California. The secured, spacious deck of this single-story memory care facility provides a relaxing outdoor area with a full view of the park. Residents are served three freshly prepared restaurant-style meals daily, and nutritious snacks are available all day long. Seniors can participate in activities in the great room, including fitness classes, cognitive stimulation exercises and music, art and pet therapy. Field trips are planned regularly for added enjoyment, and salon and barber services are available on-site. Vista Prado takes a person-centered approach to care through a comprehensive assessment and customized care plan for each resident.

What Residents Are Saying
Relatives claim that their loved ones enjoy living in Vista Prado. A resident’s daughter says, “She loves the daily activities from bingo to classic movies and truly enjoys the in-house chef-prepared meals. The staff is friendly, knows everyone by name and that includes the family members. Several of the staff members have gone above my expectations with their help and assistance regarding my mother’s transition.”

Reviews: 4.64 out of 5 stars; 27 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 643-7617
Address: 105 Power Dr., Vallejo, CA 94589
Website: https://vistaprado.com/

Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa

  • Resident Capacity: Not Available
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa is a large, modern assisted living facility offering memory care and skilled nursing services located 2 miles north of downtown. Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center and Highway 101 are just minutes away. Memory care residents are served in a separate neighborhood of the community that is designed for a family-like atmosphere as part of the Heartfelt Connections program. This program provides more attention to the individual, such as in the dining experience where the chef prepares meals for all tastes and diets, and residents eat together as a family. Various social, educational and recreational activities are scheduled throughout the day, and residents can enjoy some pampering in the on-site salon and barbershop, go for a walk, or do some gardening in the secure outdoor area.

What Residents Are Saying
The adult child of a current resident says Arbol Residences has everything on the checklist, and adds, “I’d choose this place for myself.” Others talk about the upbeat atmosphere and caring staff, with one in particular commenting on his mother’s time here, “They are caring for her and her needs very well.”

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 59 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 241-4379
Address: 300 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Website: http://arbolsantarosa.com/

Oakmont of Villa Capri

  • Resident Capacity: 80
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Oakmont of Villa Capri is a mid-sized retirement community with assisted living and memory care programs. It’s located approximately 3 miles north of downtown Santa Rosa and just 1 mile from a hospital with emergency facilities. Residents with memory loss are cared for alongside the seniors in assisted living through the Traditions program, which means couples can stay together if one spouse needs memory care. People of all ages and cognitive abilities are encouraged to stay physically and mentally fit with group exercises, games and activities that are appropriate for each individual, such as chair yoga and brain games. Memory care residents can also stay engaged with the community in meaningful ways that provide a sense of fulfillment, such as making care packages for the military and helping feed the community’s pets.

What Residents Are Saying
One family member comments on the cleanliness and impressive appearance of the facility, and also says, “Very friendly staff who takes the time to get to know their residents. Dining room and food was fantastic-very flexible with food requests.” Others agree that the caregivers go above and beyond.

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 23 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 737-6516
Address: 1397 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Website: https://oakmontofvillacapri.com/

Oakmont of the Terraces

  • Resident Capacity: 33
  • Room Types: 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Memory Care, Hospice
  • Base Pricing: Memory care starts at $4,795 per month.

State-of-the-art memory care and a luxurious environment describe The Terraces, an Oakmont Senior Living community that houses 33 residents. The meticulously landscaped property adjoins the Fountaingrove Lodge and Fountaingrove Country Club golf course. A specially trained staff delivers an innovative program of memory-stimulating opportunities that include activity stations designed for homemakers, handymen, writers and mothers. Birdwatchers can survey the aviary, and gardeners putter outside in the flower beds. Music stations are preprogrammed with customized selections that trigger positive associations for residents. The multisensory approach extends to the cozy movie theater with a popcorn machine and meals, which can be enjoyed restaurant-style in the dining room or on the lanai. Residents are pampered at the on-site salon and day spa and encouraged to stay physically active at the wellness center. Popular activities include yoga, stretch and the walking club. Those with advanced memory loss are supported in the Traditions program, which provides the extra care they may need. 

What Residents Are Saying
The patient, accommodating staff that supports both residents and family members receives high praise, as does the engaging activities program. “It is run very well and very professionally. They give my mom love, and she has turned completely around,” one daughter shares.

Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 21 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 703-5062
Address: 4200 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Website: http://oakmontoftheterraces.com/

The Vineyard at Fountaingrove

  • Resident Capacity: 64
  • Room Types: Studios
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

The Vineyard at Fountaingrove is a modern, upscale senior community that’s dedicated to memory care. It’s located just off Highway 101 on the north side of Santa Rosa near a large hospital and specialist clinics. Residents are cared for via the Spark lifestyle program, which utilizes Montessori-inspired methods of helping seniors with cognitive issues, such as biography boards and memory boxes that encourage storytelling and self-guided exploration. Caregivers are always nearby to help the residents get around the facility or provide an escort to outside medical appointments, and they can help as little or as much as needed. All meals are prepared fresh on site by the chef, with everyday favorite dishes that provide a comforting routine, as well as new creations and meals for special dietary needs.

What Residents Are Saying
One recent visitor gives top marks to the care, activities and meals, and also adds, “The apartments are situated around 2 courtyards, allowing free walking for residents and the interior is gorgeous, anyone would want to live there.” Another visitor who is in the medical profession says she’s happy with the services at Vineyard.

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 39 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 544-4909
Address: 200 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Website: http://vineyardatfountaingrove.com/

Primrose of Santa Rosa

  • Resident Capacity: 50
  • Room Types: Not Available
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Day Services, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Not Available

Primrose of Santa Rosa is a small assisted living facility that exclusively cares for older adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s located 2 miles west of downtown Santa Rosa with public transit available nearby. The facility is secure and has features that help seniors with cognitive issues, such as a gated garden and patio area for residents to walk safely, and the smaller, homelike atmosphere helps with relaxation. Routine activities also create a calming environment, and include arts and crafts, music and aromatherapy, as well as life skills and hobbies associated with each resident. Staff guide residents through computer-based activities via the Primrose Brain Gym that uses research-based methods to retain and promote cognitive function.

What Residents Are Saying
A family member comments on the pleasant and colorful outdoor spaces for residents, and says of her mother-in-law, “She was awake and engaged in various daily activities, such as exercise, miniature golf, cooking, art, music, etc.” Another relative talks about the attentive staff and relaxed residents.

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 17 reviews
Phone Number: (707) 578.8360
Address: 2080 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Website: http://www.primrosealz.com/