Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Plantation's senior population continues to grow (9% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Plantation, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased 11% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 20%, showing that while Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region, the associated deaths have decreased recently. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3% in Plantation 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 Plantation. 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.
Table of Contents
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 Plantation, 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 Sheridan at Cooper City is a luxury senior living community in Broward County. Its embrace Memory Care program ensures that each resident receives the personalized mental, emotional and physical support they need to live their best life. To help residents make decisions and remain independent, the staff creates daily rhythms that include environmental adaptations and gentle reminders. Short-term physical, speech or occupational therapy services help residents maximize their independence. The community has various recreational and social amenities, including an art center, a game room and a fitness studio to help residents stay active, and a cinema room for entertainment. Planned social activities foster a sense of community. The Sheridan at Cooper City provides meals throughout the day in its full-service dining room. Residents can access a secure outdoor area with walking paths and other amenities that encourage leisurely activity.
Residents and families praise the community for its variety of activities, the comfortable ambiance and the caring staff. One says, "This is a very friendly community, and the customer service is awesome. They are spoiling my father and giving him extra food because he loves to eat. They have activities like parties for the holidays."
Victoria Villa Assisted Living is quietly nestled on 10 acres and offers specialized memory care services for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's seniors. Licensed nurses provide around-the-clock medical care, and trained caregivers assist residents with nonmedical tasks, such as hygiene, incontinence and ambulation. Victoria Villa offers unique therapies, including animal therapy and music therapy, which have been shown to help seniors retain neural pathways. The building and grounds, which include a large garden with paved walking paths specifically for memory care residents, are fully secured at all times. Residents share apartments, and all are equipped with a private, handicap-accessible bathroom. The staff at Victoria Villas recognizes that wellness is much more than just physical, and thus a full schedule of activities is planned. Some of these activities include games, religious services, bus tours and exercise classes. Housekeeping, laundry services and meals are included.
Families rave about the kind and involved staff. One reviewer says, "This home has been wonderful for both of my parents. The caring staff keeps the residents as actively involved as possible. It has been reassuring knowing that my parents are taken care of so well. I have never visited another assisted living environment as nice as this one."
Wickshire Tamarac offers personalized care for residents of its memory care community. All staff at the community receive specialized dementia care training through the Artistry of Moments program. Staff members learn to take a positive approach toward assisting residents, focused on responding to individual needs in the moment rather than adhering to rigid care plans. The community also provides 24/7 access to a registered nurse. Memory care residents live in a secured wing of the community and can also enjoy an outdoor courtyard area with walking paths. The community maintains a calendar of events and offers activities designed to be appropriate for seniors at different stages of Alzheimer's and dementia.
Residents and their family members praise the caring nature of the staff at Wickshire Tamarac. One reviewer writes, "What I love most about this community is the consistency of the staff. Every time I visit I see the same loving people caring for their residents. Beyond the staff, the community is always clean, bright and happy."
Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace thoroughly assesses their residents to provide personalized help on a daily basis. Their Legacies Memory Care program utilizes a compassionate approach focused on resident engagement, making the most of all the community's offerings such as medication management, bathing, grooming and dressing. Crafts, games and fitness classes are included, as are 24/7 supervision and acuity care. The community is located in a forest and fitted with solar panels for green electricity. The property also features a lake, a giant chess board, a putting green and a swimming pool. There are many living arrangements to choose from � from shared rooms to two-bedroom suites. The spaces have individual climate control, cable and Wi-Fi, a walk-in shower and a kitchen. There is a daily check-in system, keypad entry and an emergency alert in each room. Laundry and housekeeping are included.
Reviewers appreciate the ease of the transition into care. One writes, "My uncle is staying in Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace, and it's great. The staff is very courteous, very friendly, and very helpful. [The] first time he moved in, they sent us sandwiches and juice, [and] it was excellent. They have a beauty salon and barber
Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise is an apartment complex near Fort Lauderdale that offers memory care and assisted living. Pets are allowed and can be walked on the beautiful, palm tree-lined grounds. Studios to four-bedroom apartments with Atlantic views are available, complete with kitchenette, window coverings, Wi-Fi and a bathroom with safety bars. Every room has an emergency call system. The community has a specialized Alzheimer's and dementia program that includes all the basics of assisted living and health care, including medication supervision and acuity care. Memory care participants are kept engaged and happy with special activities such as art therapy, music therapy and fitness classes. Meals tailored to dietary requirements can be delivered to a resident's room, or they can enjoy a meal in the large common dining room. The community offers customized payment plans with optional care choices, as well as the Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans.
Reviewers praise Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise's senior care. One family member writes, "The staff here at Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise has been incredible. My grandmother can be challenging at times, yet the staff continues to be caring and compassionate. I looked at many places before deciding on Pacifica and am convinced I made the right choice. I would not hesitate to recommend Pacifica Senior Living Sunrise to a friend or relative."
Cherry Oak Active Senior Living Residence uses a whole-person approach to care, with personalized plans for memory care residents that focus on their strengths, unique needs and interests. Staff receive specific training in order to attend to the needs of these residents. The community is secure, including its outdoor spaces, to ensure the safety of residents. Fresh meals are served daily in the community dining room. Residents can also enjoy a variety of activities and social events, such as music therapy, movie nights, game nights, religious services and more.
Reviewers praise the overall quality of care, focusing on the clean environment and friendly, knowledgeable staff. One reviewer speaks highly of the long-term care her mother received, saying, "My mother has lived here for  years now. She is well taken care of. The food is good. The place is always clean. The staff is friendly and communicative. She is a happy woman, about to turn 89 years old. I feel good knowing my mother lives here."
Residents entering the memory care community at Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood engage in the Bridge to Rediscovery program, which is customized to each individual. The program focuses on helping residents maintain and build basic self-care skills, as well as performing activities that match their skill level. Walking and exercise activities build residents's strength and mobility. Other services and amenities include the Ageility gym, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, regular assessments, on-site nursing supervision and medication monitoring. The apartments include hurricane-impact doors and windows and are adjacent to critical services and amenities. The community features open floor plans and an enclosed courtyard for safe exploration. Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood is located just 13 miles southeast of Plantation, FL with a community that offers memory care, assisted living and independent living close to the beach, casinos, parks and several hospitals.
Family members and residents praise the caring staff and upscale aesthetic of the community. One reviewer says, "It's well-kept and has two large bodies of water with fountains in the front so it looks like a luxury resort. The staff who assisted us during our tour was very pleasant and very helpful."
The Colony Club Sunrise offers secured memory care accommodations to seniors who need daily support and 24/7 care. Trained staff help memory care residents with the activities of daily living and encourage residents to participate in daily activities such as movies in the on-site theater, bingo and occasional themed events such as monthly pizza lunches. Community staff are trained in a whole-person approach to memory care, including creating activities tailored to the interests of memory care residents. Meals are served family-style in a dining hall, and residents are encouraged to interact with neighbors. A secured outdoor courtyard is available and accessible to residents.
Reviewers frequently mention the great staff and cozy accommodations at The Colony Club Sunrise. One reviewer writes, "I love The Colony Club Sunrise. It's very nice, and the staff was great. The place looked clean, and the rooms were nice. I saw both assisted living and memory care. I love the environment. It's small, so it's homier."
Artis Senior Living of Davie provides care for older adults living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia with The Artis Way program. When a resident enters the community, trained staff works with them, their family and outside health care providers to develop a specialized care plan, and a holistic team approach and tight-knit community allow all staff to learn the needs and preferences of each resident based on their plan. The community is a flexible environment where residents can choose how to spend their days. The Director of The Artis Way Experience plans engagement programming to help residents with cognitive maintenance and takes into consideration the interests of residents when selecting activities. Nursing staff is on-site 24-7 to assist residents, and the community provides personal care such as assistance with activities of daily living, which includes help dressing and eating, housekeeping and daily meals.
Friends and relatives of residents praise the staff and activities calendar. The child of one resident says, "Artis Senior Living of Davie is superb in terms of appearance and the staff is phenomenal. They have stuff happening all day long like memory games, music and outdoor activities. Everything about them is phenomenal, including the cookies
The memory care community at Sonata Coconut Creek uses the Positive Approach to Care or PAC developed by Teepa Snow, an international expert in dementia care. The program has five cornerstones: Connect, Protect, Reflect, Engage and Respond. Under PAC, memory care specialist staff complete comprehensive training and are educated on how dementia and other forms of memory loss impacts the brain's function, learning how to provide better care for residents in the process. This enables them to manage challenging behaviors with residents and help them to feel secure. The community celebrates the individuality of all residents, and uses special PAC techniques to encourage socialization and participation in the community and daily life. Other programs at Sonata Coconut Creek include the health and wellness program Live It Up!��, the care and compassion commitment At Your Service!��, the life enrichment through music program Duets!��, and Sonata Safe��, which features a ten-point safety program to protect residents and staff.
Family of residents appreciate the clean community and the wonderful staff, praising their communication and caring. The daughter of one resident says, "It's a very clean, upscale, small facility, which is very nice, and the staff and everyone is wonderful. The food is good. So far, I've had no complaints. It's fabulous. Everything is clean, much cleaner than any other place that I went to. When I call, they answer, and they get back to me. It's a very good place."
MiCasa Senior Living is an all-inclusive, secure community with an electronic security system and recorded closed circuit video surveillance. The community focuses on the unique care needs and personality of each resident, and provides individualized care based on the level of memory loss a resident is living with and their level of independence. Nursing staff is available 24 hours a day to assist residents. Staff creates a calendar of activities that includes enrichment programming to maintain and improve cognitive functions, health and wellness exercises and group outings to local attractions within the nearby community. Other services provided by the community include fully furnished bedrooms with cable, Wi-Fi, phone services, daily and weekly housekeeping, laundry services and three gourmet meals a day with personalized diet accommodations.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the clean community and pleasant staff. The daughter of one resident writes, "My mom is at MiCasa Senior Living. I go see her every day and spend a couple of hours with her every day. It's excellent, brand new, spotless, and the people that I've seen and interacted with are excellent. Everyone that I have dealt with, and has dealt with my mom, has been very good. They do their exercises in the morning. I know they do a lot more during the day."
The Meridan at Waterways is a luxury senior living community that offers a dedicated memory care floor for seniors who need extra support due to dementia, Alzheimer's, or other forms of memory loss. Staff members are trained to follow the compressive Montessori Moments in Time program, which focuses on creating meaningful moments via personalized care. All memory care residents have private suites and supervised access to amenities within the larger community, including a movie theater, luxury spa, Sky Lounge and waterside seating. Residents receive assistance with the daily activities of living and are encouraged to take part in Life Engagement Programming that begins with their life history and ends with exciting activities with neighbors.
Reviewers often commend the staff and the great amenities. One reviewer writes, "We are very happy having our family member at The Meridian at the Waterways and recommend it highly to anyone looking for a home for their loved one. The staff is very friendly and they care about the residents."
Presidential Place is a luxury senior community that offers a dedicated, secured memory care unit where memory care residents receive assistance with the activities of daily living from trained caregivers. All memory care residents receive 24-hour health monitoring, and an emergency response system is installed in every bathroom. The community prides itself on offering compassionate care while supporting residents and encouraging residents to engage in meaningful activities such as fitness programs, activities and wellness programs. Housekeeping, linens and laundry services are also provided for all memory care residents. Every resident receives three chef-prepared meals daily in a restaurant-style dining area, and feeding accommodations are available.
Many people comment on the great staff at Presidential Place, with one writing, "After two weeks of living at Presidential Place, my stepmother appears happier than she's been in years. myself and other family members have regularly visited and are consistently impressed by the kindness and patience of staff as we not only interact with them, but as we watch them interact with other residents."
Residents entering memory care at The Peninsula Assisted Living & Memory Care use the Montessori Moments in Time program, customized to help residents lead purposeful and meaningful lives. The community also emphasizes life engagement to promote resident conversation and to minimize and redirect agitation. Before a resident joins the community, family members fill out a resident life story so the community can offer a more engaging experience. Memory care residents live in a homelike setting with private suite and companion apartment options. Staffers supervise their use of amenities. Services and amenities include a nurse on staff 24 hours a day, medication management, personalized care plans, specialty dementia care, a therapy center, weekly medical transportation within five miles, weekly shopping outings, a double generator in case of power outages, a game room and outdoor seating with a fountain.
Residents and family members like the variety. One says, "They have different exercises. They provide transportation within ten miles. They have a library with books and do games. [My father] gets three square meals a day."
Covenant Living of Florida is located in Plantation, FL, which is just west of Fort Lauderdale and a 30-minute drive from Miami. Residents live in compact, airy apartments with balconies. The memory care neighborhood at Covenant Living, called Reflections, ensures residents are protected with a WanderGuard personal bracelet and electronic perimeter alert system even as they are encouraged to enjoy the amenities of the community. Care associates tailor the support residents receive to their needs, offering medication management, dressing and grooming assistance and non-confining resident monitoring. Reflections residents enjoy a private garden with supportive cues, park views and specialized dining options. The community includes transportation to appointments, a fitness center and pool, and maintenance-free living. Speech, physical and occupational therapy is available as well as a podiatrist service.
Reviewers praise the quality of the staff. One writes, "This retirement community is great. My grandma lives there and she receives superb care. I had multiple conversations with the executive director and found him to be very caring and understanding to my grandmother's needs. The community here is super friendly and accepting, my grandma had no troubles finding friends almost immediately."
At HarborChase of Tamarac, staff takes on the role of care partners for their residents and are available 24 hours a day. Their specialized memory care community is known as The Cove, where care plans are personalized to each resident's unique interests and requirements. The program is focused on the safety, security and comfort of its residents and aims to provide a variety of life enrichment experiences, such as cooking classes, art classes, guided fitness, social events and other group activities. Residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces and participate in weekly excursions to local beaches, shopping and various attractions, including Everglades National Park, which is located just five miles away.
Relatives praise the care team at HarborChase of Tamarac: "I was pleased to see that ALL residents, no matter where they are in their journey, were cared for with respect and dignity by the staff there."
Oakmonte Village of Davie is the kind of community that focuses on providing a comfortable lifestyle with an extensive list of amenities and activities. Residents have access to memory care services and assisted or independent living arrangements to meet their individual needs. The memory care program cultivates a safe, dignified environment for residents to engage in cognitively stimulating pastimes, such as educational and fitness classes. A complete wellness program, a wide range of activities and a homelike environment come together to enhance the comfort and wellbeing of each resident. Rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, refrigerator, washer and dryer. Residents can expect three meals a day, including a continental breakfast, and a social hour that features live entertainment.
Residents and families have high praise for the community's accessible, amicable environment. One writes, "The staff is extremely friendly and personable, going to extra lengths to make each resident and their families feel at home. "
Lenox on the Lakes is a multi-story apartment building with assisted living and memory care for seniors. It is located just north and a bit west of Fort Lauderdale. Each room has individual climate control, cable TV and a telephone line. Experienced staff provide assistance with all daily activities, including medication management, and help with coordinating medical, dental and therapist appointments. An emergency call button is in each space and in all washrooms. Residents are served three meals a day in the dining room, with menus tailored to the special needs of those with Alzheimer's. Planned social activities and outings are scheduled daily for ambulatory residents. There is a salon and barbershop, and fitness courses are taught by qualified instructors. There is also free local transportation for residents within ten miles of the community.
Reviewers appreciate and praise the kindness and attention from staff at Lenox on the Lakes. One says, "The Director of Sales and Marketing, Ms. Ambrose, is superb. She is knowledgeable and took time out to explain the process. she is always friendly and easily available."
The W Assisted Living at Pompano Beach provides memory care and assisted living services for residents, with 24-hour support staff on duty and a security gate surrounding the community. A dedicated memory care program is available for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia, with compassionate caregivers who are specially trained to support memory-impaired residents and their families. The Wellness Center provides skilled medical care any time, day or night, with a team of licensed nurses and on-site physicians to look after residents' health needs. Physical therapy and a community pharmacy round out the health care offerings from The W, and medication management, room service meals and laundry and housekeeping services ensure that residents are comfortable, safe and only have to think about which leisure activities to enjoy. Residents can share meals with friends in the dining room, relax on the patio, stroll through the garden, get a haircut at the salon or venture out for organized off-site recreation using the dedicated resident transportation service. The W offers private and semiprivate rooms, as well as companion suites, to suit every preference.
Reviewers praise the community's polite and helpful staff. One relative says, "I would recommend this place to anyone in a heartbeat. Everyone is so helpful and courteous."
Murrieta Gardens focuses on the care, happiness, and wellness of their residents. Families can feel comfortable and safe, knowing their loved one is cared for by a professionally trained staff, specializing in dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The staff at Murrieta Gardens is available to provide services tailored to residents who may be experiencing symptoms of memory loss, whether they're in the need of Memory Care or Respite Care. Staff also provides assistance with the activities of daily living, including, dressing, grooming and bathing, as well as transportation and medication administration. Many of the suites are designed with accessibility in mind to support a comfortable living experience for all residents. All suites promote the use of natural lighting and feature special home decor to make the residents feel like they really are right at home. There are plenty of engaging activities for all the residents to enjoy, and the chef prepares each meal with seniors' nutritional needs in mind.
Residents and their families appreciate the caring and attentive staff at Murrieta Gardens. One reviewer says, "During this pandemic we have trusted this facility to be a second family to our loved one while we watch from outside. They are highly trusted and really do love the residents."