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 Portland’s senior population continues to grow (18% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Portland, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 30% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 2%, 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 (7.77% in Portland 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 Oregon. 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.
Memory care in Portland costs an average of $6,219 a month which is $594 above the national average and $87 below the statewide median. Average care costs in Albany and Corvallis are relatively affordable at $5,663 and $5,606 a month, respectively, while the average cost of memory care in Salem is $656 above the median cost of memory care in Portland. In nearby Eugene, memory care costs an average of $7,029 a month, one of the state's highest averages.
Nursing home care is Portland's costliest type of senior care; it's over $4,000 more than memory care per month. Homemaker services and home health aides in the city have the same average cost, $7,146 a month—$927 more than memory care, and assisted living averages $4,975 a month—$1,244 less than memory care. For adult day health care, the city's seniors are spending an average of $2,708 a month. This is typically the least expensive cost of care since it only provides daytime services.
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 Portland.
The following resources may help seniors in the early stages of memory loss access the treatment and care they need to thrive despite the challenges posed by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Some programs help families find an appropriate memory care facility and different ways to pay for its care.
|Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center||(503) 494-8311||Part of the Oregon Health & Science University, the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center uses neuroimaging to spot early markers of dementia. As part of its Clinical Core, the organization provides treatment services directly to the community, prioritizing underrepresented groups.|
|Alzheimer's Association - Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter||(800) 272-3900||In addition to its initiatives in education and advocacy, the Alzheimer's Association hosts support groups and provides training to caregivers. In the group's Early-Stage Programs, seniors with minor memory loss can socialize and join creative pursuits with like-minded older adults.|
|Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman||(503) 378-6533||Advocating for the rights of seniors in Portland's memory care facilities, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman provides free counseling to older adults and their loved ones looking for objective information about the city's long term care communities and how to pay for care. With topics ranging from billing and lost property to quality of care and meals, volunteers in the program investigate complaints filed by facility residents or other concerned parties.|
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 Portland, 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:
Using the “Expressions technique” designed by the author of the “best friends approach,” this community focuses on the five key pieces of life (health, taste, artistic, educational, spiritual) to customize their approach to each resident’s healthiest lifestyle. Each resident works with the staff independently to figure out what their interests are and plan their activities and exercises around the residents’ tastes. There is a dedicated wellness coach who leads exercise groups five days a week, as well as an activity director working five days a week to fully engage residents in personally meaningful ways. The 3,000 square foot courtyard is fully enclosed with a security-coded gate, and residents are allowed to walk the landscaped yards as they choose, as well as participate in any activity or group event, or just visit their friends.
This center is noted for its caring atmosphere, as one reviewer writes, “The staff exceeds our expectations and.. are the most compassionate and wonderful people. We feel good knowing that our mom is in great and professional hands.”
Life at Cherrywood Village is intentionally designed to re-create the resident’s larger experience of living in the Portland Metro area, from the familiar landscapes dotting the great room for residents to reminisce over, such as the painted chapel entrance at the bottom of the grand staircase, to the gorgeous murals of the International Rose Test Garden and the Columbia Gorge. In addition to classically luxurious surroundings, this facility offers state-of-the-art therapies and technologies for enhancing and maintaining the wellness of their residents. The fully-trained and licensed staff includes a personal trainer in the wellness center, which features various exercise machines and a 75-foot therapy pool and hot tub. The rent here includes level one care costs, and each successive care level increase will increase the monthly cost of care by $300.
One online reviewer says, “The Cherrywood Memory Care is nice. They're all friendly and helpful. They have really good staff who take good care of the people...My mother-in-law is comfortable and safe there.”
The Courtyard at Mt. Tabor is dedicated to high-quality healthcare for Portland senior, at a fair price. They use a points system here to determine care costs in addition to rent, from an ala-carte style service menu where residents with extra care needs can choose to pay for exactly what services they require, instead of paying an expensive next-level-up care rate like in other facilities. Apartments here can be shared, or private for an extra fee when available. In addition to top-notch aging care, this facility offers daily exercise programs and many social activities, like the coffee club and cooking hour. There are also cognitively-enriching games and activities, like the book club, as well as classes such as painting and aromatherapy. The fitness regime is also varied, offering balance improvement and yoga groups as well as strength conditioning, and various swimming programs.
People visiting their relatives here are pleased that “The staff treats them with such compassion and have such patience for these people that they truly do care for. They treat them on an individual basis to meet each one's needs.They are always putting on exciting events for the residents!”
Emerson House’s philosophy is to help each person be as independent as possible for a long as possible. With three floors of residential living, there is a perfect spot for people in many different stages of their aging. The shared studios on the second and third floors are mixed in with activity rooms and amenities at every turn to make for an immersive living experience for residents here. The base rent here includes level on care services, and costs increase with every consecutive care level a resident reaches. The loving caregivers here use a person-centered approach that incorporates the personal tastes and interests of every resident, to ensure everyone is able to participate in their lives in meaningful ways. Residents are encouraged to participate in daily activities like laundry, or setting the table. Popular activities here include art, music, pet visits, and twice-monthly trips to attractions around Portland.
“Just can’t thank you enough for the quality care you have at Emerson House. Larry was well taken care of. Your staff is top notch from the top down.” writes one satisfied customer, a family member of a resident.
With high-quality and affordability in mind, Firwood Gardens offers residents premiere memory care services in comfortably sized studio and one-bedroom apartments, each including all utilities, wifi, and individual temperature control. As well as apartments, the building has a full-service salon, and spacious dining venues. This community offers a home-like environment, including all meals, housekeeping, and transportation needs, in a modernized building with spectacular grounds as well as fabulous parlors. Residents can spend their free time in the beautifully manicured grounds, which include a greenhouse and putting green for the retired golfers, or in one of many lounges, featuring gorgeous views and contemporary furnishings. The specialized Best Friends Approach dementia program offered here incorporates each residents’ personal histories, abilities, and interests, providing a supportive and serene environment to help residents thrive using their lifelong hobbies.
One reviewer online writes, “People here are the nicest, and are so dedicated. My Mom lived there about 1 1/2 years. They are very helpful, and always have an answer to all our questions.”
Operating in the area for over 50 years, Harvest Homes is a small family-owned facility in a quiet neighborhood. The antique-decorated inside has access to a covered deck, fenced courtyard, and walking gardens. Residents enjoy walking the delightful landscaped gardens, or lounge in the enclosed sunroom. The secured courtyard features a covered patio, where residents are free to dine in pleasant weather, as well as meet for their gardening club events. Three nutritionally balanced meals are served daily, which are cooked with fresh fruits and vegetables and served with their wholesome family style in the large dining room. Care costs here are based on a points system, and residents here enter the program with 37 care points included in the rent of their private or shared rooms. According to managers here, a typical resident enters needing 26 care points), and costs increase as more care points are needed.
One reviewer online writes, “My father, Manny Renov, was a resident here for the last couple years of his life. The staff went out of their way to make him feel at home. May you all be blessed for the great work that you do at Harvest Homes.”
Hawthorne Gardens helps residents in private or shared memory care studio apartments retain their independence by providing them a wide-range of activities for them to choose from, between the various groups, activities, and classes. In the activity area, residents can learn to paint, or they can go outside to the secured gardens to learn and participate in their lifelong hobby of playing in the dirt. Meditation and yoga groups also enjoy the landscaped grounds for their activities. Church services are available as well to provide for the spiritual care of residents. Education seekers will enjoy the wide array of classes, from computer lessons and estate planning to politics, history, and stress management. There are cooking and book clubs as well as groups of those that enjoy reciting plays aloud. Residents can enjoy happy hour and meals in the dining room, and are invited regularly to join the group on outings to restaurants, sporting events, comedy clubs, and more.
“My mom lived at Hawthorne Gardens. It is beautiful and well-kept. The staff was wonderful, very kind, and worked very hard. The food was OK. They offer painting, walks, trivia games, memory games, parties for every holiday, music, barbeques, and blowing bubbles,” expressed one family member of a resident.
This community features spacious studio apartments, roomy lounges with fireplaces and comfortable seating, and beautifully landscaped grounds. At Monterey Court, residents love to participate in a variety of activities that reflect the hobbies they had before moving here, such as wine tasting and brewing beer. More craftsy residents will enjoy making soap, canning jam, staining wood, and gardening. Residents are also able to stay healthy with fitness classes, and participate in intergenerational community events and volunteering. These events are crafted with the residents and their families, and can include impromptu community needs such as the fostering of abandoned kittens. Caregivers here love providing for their residents, enjoying meals with them, and helping them live the best lives possible during their stay here.
“It's beautiful and the staff is loving and caring. My husband says the food is great. They have all kinds of crafts and field trips for those who are able to go outside. They have something going on all the time and they try to keep them busy”, writes the spouse of a resident here.
Pacific Gardens provides private or shared memory care studio apartments, as well as an immersive larger community filled with friendly neighbors and specially trained staff to assist with all aspects of care while encouraging independence. The monthly rent fee includes level one monthly care costs, and increases with higher care needs. To rent a private studio, residents must pay an extra $2,000 a month. The facilities here include pleasant living spaces with TVs, activity rooms, and a fully secured and landscaped courtyard with many walking paths. There is a robust activities calendar, as well as regularly scheduled social outings and family days. Residents and their families can utilize a variety of support groups, and have access to many educational programs. Pacific Gardens is dedicated to memory care, and every aspect of the program, from the highly-skilled care staff to the dementia-friendly menu, is focused on maintaining physical wellness, cognitive health, and independence in the residents.
The caring staff here earn high ranking reviews. As one person online wrote, “The caregivers truly care for and understand the needs of people with memory care issues and how to respectfully address the Sundowner issues which my husband had...the medical staff on site is right there when needed and they were so supportive..”
A home-like environment is created in this community of memory care cottages, where 14 residents have a private studio apartment and a large shared kitchen and common areas, within one of their eight luxury cottages. These cottages, some of which are gender segregated, are connected by beautifully manicured gardens and walking paths. This group is dedicated to cognitive support and has a dementia-specific activities program, featuring regular group outings, games, dances, and happy hour. There are licensed nurses available 16 hours a day, seven days a week, offering support for dementia including difficult behaviors. The campus also has a full-service beauty and barbershop, and a dedicated beautician. This group also has three other facilities that offer memory care in the Portland area.
Residents here say online, “I like the variety of people and different things we get to do, trips, bingo, music, happy hour. There’s never a shortage of activities for us to do. Of course, if you want to just sit on your rump, that’s fine too. I just love living.”
Regency Park provides assisted living and memory care in a quiet, beautiful wooded area of southwest Portland. The serene residential setting provides easy access to many features of the city, such as shopping, medical care, and dining. This facility is just minutes away from Washington Square Mall, the Oregon Zoo, and the International Rose Test Gardens. This group is dedicated to high-quality senior care and have developed a team of specialists to help residents maintain independence as much as possible, including skilled caregivers and a professional trainer in their state-of-the-art fitness center. The scenic forest setting includes large landscaped courtyards, fully secured, with a variety of walking paths, patios, and garden spaces for nature lovers. There are two dining establishments here, a full-service restaurant and a casual bistro, as well as a theatre and dance hall.
People love Regency Park for their personalized care and kind staff, as one reviewer writes- “We are so appreciative of the staff for their patience and keeping us updated... the staff make a special effort to personalize services and give gentle care to both of our parents. Thank you to Regency for easing our anxiety as we made this transition.”
On the northeast side of Portland, Revere Court provides state-of-the-art memory care to the residents of their 40 spacious apartments. With making the lives of those living with dementia easier in mind, this facility is decorated specially for those with memory care needs, and they keep music playing and community pets available for cuddling, making the space inviting and serene. Using newly-researched techniques such as aromatherapy in their cognitive wellness program, this community is dedicated to maintaining and improving the cognition of their residents as well as caring for their overall needs. The menu here is also dedicated to a dementia-friendly lifestyle, using healthy fats, low sugar, and the latest research to provide nutritious and delicious meals. Outside of this facility is a beautifully landscaped and secured courtyard, which residents are welcome to enjoy as they please.
The Revere Court is reviewed online as “very clean and maintained. The activities are very helpful.” This reviewer says they “Would recommend other families to this facility for great care and value.”
A secure yet serene environment is offered to the residents at Royalton Place, as well as life-enriching programming and gentle care for any health needs. The beautiful resident garden and patio that surrounds the neighborhood is easily seen from the large windows, and the entire neighborhood is secured with key codes so residents can enjoy the view from inside or out in the courtyard as they please, without worry of anyone losing their way. There are regularly scheduled outings, such as to downtown Portland or just on a scenic drive, as well as a wealth of various activities offered on-site. The activities are created based on the interests of current residents, and include trivia, art therapy, and pet therapy. In addition to daily care, housekeeping, and gourmet meals, this facility also features a library with a fireplace, a complimentary laundry room, and a full-service salon.
“When my mother was ready for assisted living, we were lucky to find Royalton Place”, remarks one relative of a resident here. She continues, “The staff here, from the executive director on down the line, were all caring and attentive to my mother's needs.. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone looking for a place where their loved one will be valued and respected.”
This continuing care community provides luxury apartment living combined with a dementia-friendly approach to aging care, from the interactive group and individual activities to the farm-fresh menu. The memory care studios are designed to minimize confusion, and many feature secured outdoor patios. There is also cable TV, WiFi, and wireless emergency and fire safety systems in these private and semi-private suites. The comprehensive activities calendar includes standard social events like bingo and card games, as well as exercise groups, music, art, and horticultural therapy. Residents are also able to attend Alzheimer’s support groups, where family of residents are invited to join in the conversation. Surrounded by a luxurious setting that includes many elegant lounges and dining areas, featuring fine dining with fresh, local ingredients, people that live here enjoy the white-glove service that makes the facility seem more like a resort hotel than a memory care facility.
Residents here say in online reviews, “It feels more like a classy hotel than a retirement center. Meals are top notch; staff is kind and eager to help. Rooms are very nice.”
Studio apartments at St. Andrews, which can be shared or private for an extra cost, are affordable and include access to the many amenities and wellness programs offered by this memory care facility. The dementia-specific group and individual activities are designed to encourage cognitive health as well as independence among their residents. The wellness program here, Legacies, begins with a personalized assessment to determine the level of care needed. The stress-free classes offered are designed to encourage independence, community involvement, and intergenerational relationships. In addition to gardening, cooking, and creative endeavors, there are also spiritual opportunities, and scheduled outings with the center’s wheelchair lift bus. There are also monthly support groups and ongoing support for residents, as well as their families.
“My father was there for only a month before he passed. He was cared for very well, even though he was very contrary.”, writes one reviewer. They continue, “The caregivers treated him and us like family, we felt he was safe with them 24/7.”
The Ackerly at Timberland is located in scenic Portland, minutes from downtown, the Oregon Zoo, the Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Test Garden. Residents love the scheduled and private transportation available to these and other locations, as well as the beauty found at home in the Ackerly campus. The landscaped courtyards and garden paths are perfect for nature-loving homebodies, and welcome resident gardeners, and this group tailors their activities plans based on the pleasures that a resident held throughout their lives, such as fishing trips, attending concerts, and flower arranging. The medical needs of residents here are also provided for, with a visiting dentist, podiatrist on every month's schedule as well as a 24-hour awake staff, in-house physical and occupational therapists, and a dedicated group fitness coach. There are two on-site restaurants with seasonal, dementia-friendly menus, and Miller’s pub for brews and casual dining.
Families trust this facility with their aging loved ones, as one reviewer online notes, “My mom in her current condition needs some extra special help and I am so grateful to the good people at Ackerly for seeing that she receives it.”
With four recent service awards, the Pearl is known for its dedication to excellent care for elders in Lake Oswego, a beautiful city just south of Portland. A warm, secure environment is offered to memory care residents here, and those in need of skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The skilled caregivers are specially trained in dementia care, and the facility reflects the dedication to people with dementia, with walls painted to look like beautiful seaside, plants peppering the lounge areas, and dementia-friendly meals that use less salt and sugar than a traditional menu. A multi-disciplinary team of nurses, therapists, dietitians, and social workers work together here to provide comfort and joy to aging Portlanders in a high-quality setting.
Reviewers online claim, “This place is clean well organized and the people are amazing...If anyone ever has to make the decision to move their parents or needs a nice safe friendly environment to recover, I suggest The Pearl!”
This modern gem is tucked away in quiet Lake Oswego, behind tall and lovely garden gates that keep residents secure and nearly hidden from street view. Inside is a gorgeous multi-story home that is built in a contemporary style with luxurious amenities in the building, such as their large therapy pool and wellness center, which features a certified aquatic trainer as well as personal trainer. The arts and educational events are also top-notch here, with a variety of activities every day, including craft groups, leisure sports, spa days, and coffee hour, as well as happy hour. The two dedicated activity directors work with the residents to plan interactive events that the residents love to participate in, such as scenic tours of Portland in the private bus. The dementia-friendly kitchen serves fresh, delicious food, and residents are welcome to invite their guests twice a day for complimentary meals with their loved one.
Residents here love the active lifestyle, with one online reviewer writing, “My three years here have gone by quickly, most likely due to my involvement in so many of the activities, outings and special events offered here! The food is delicious and the staff and residents are very friendly which makes forming friendships so much easier.”
Located in scenic Beaverton, just west of downtown Portland, Waterhouse Ridge provides memory care to active seniors in a modern building with many amenities. The building is surrounded by carefully tended courtyards where residents enjoy the natural beauty on walking paths or relaxing in the many outdoor seating areas. Residents here enjoy relaxing indoors as well, in one of many cozy lounge areas, with large TVs and comfortable couches. Meals are served in a formal dining room, or at the casual breakfast bar, and there are many fun activities involving food here such as happy hour and ice cream socials, as well as cooking classes. Fitness is also a priority to Waterhouse Ridge, and the residents here are offered group fitness classes as well as walking clubs.
Visitors of this facility say it is “absolutely beautiful, very pleasant, clean, and modern. Everything was there for people who were far gone in the memory situation..I was very impressed.”