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 Queens County’s senior population continues to grow (16.1% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Queens County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by 58.76% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 5.09%, 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 (3.87% in Queens County 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 Queens County. 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 Queens County, 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 suite-style living accommodations at 305 West End Assisted Living provide a variety of spacious apartment layouts for seniors who are accustomed to an upscale lifestyle. This community offers memory care services in a secured area of the building that has electronic keypad locks for a more secure setting. The surroundings are familiar, safe and a comfort to residents who are dealing with memory issues resulting from Alzheimer's disease or different forms of dementia. The care staff provides assistance with the activities of daily living in a positive, respectful fashion while taking care to also engage seniors in personalized, memory-based programming activities and proven therapies that enhance quality of life. Transportation is provided to off-campus events, and residents are served three delicious meals a day in a lovely country club dining room.
Visitors are thrilled with this beautiful community where the staff goes all out to accommodate its residents with organized activities and healthy meals. One recent reviewer is impressed with the memory care provided, saying, "The creative arts therapists are amazingly gifted in their work with residents with memory issues."
Amber Court of Westbury is conveniently located right in the heart of Nassau County with easy access to shops and medical facilities. The Alcove Memory Care unit is located on the upper floor of the building and provides a safe and secure place to live for seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. The building was designed to be a place of calm and relaxation with carefully chosen colors and lighting fixtures. A team of compassionate caregivers is always on hand to provide assistance or manage medications. Three nutritious meals are served on a daily basis in the spacious dining room and staff members available to assist those who cannot eat without help. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Activities offered are designed to spark memories and may include musical entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, baking and reminiscing.
Family members praise the excellent staff and activities offered, with one saying, "The staff is wonderful, from the greeter who meets you when you walk in, to anyone you come across, they always take time to say hello with a smile. ... The activities are endless, there is always something going on, from a conversation on a specific topic, to painting, to dancing to live entertainment and so much more."
Atria Kew Gardens is an active senior living community where residents can take part in over 200 social and cultural events in Queens each month. For seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, the community provides 24-hour care in a secure Life Guidance memory care neighborhood featuring indoor and outdoor spaces specially designed to allow residents with memory impairments to maintain a sense of independence. Staff members have specialized training in dementia care, and residents benefit from chef-prepared meals, daily physical activities, ample opportunities for social engagement, scheduled transportation and individualized care that includes assistance with grooming and medication management. Atria Kew Gardens also offers an extensive Jewish lifestyle program with weekly religious services, traditional holiday observances and kosher cuisine.
Three of my grandparents reside at Atria. The care is exceptional, the food is great and they love the activities, wrote one family member. Visitors who toured the memory care neighborhood said, "We liked how the room was set up. They had pictures, so people could recognize the rooms."
Atria Lynbrook enhances the lives of residents with Alzheimer's and dementia. The community's forward-thinking approach to memory care includes personalized care, thoughtfully designed spaces, and staying engaged and connected. A professional culinary staff prepares daily meals for residents, and a private dining room is available for special occasions. Besides on-site physical therapy services and daily exercise programs, residents have access to cooking and gardening classes, a beauty salon, and book clubs. A serene courtyard features a koi pond and waterfall.
Family members and residents appreciate the opportunities to socialize and the warm-hearted environment. One says, "It's absolutely fabulous. The food was very good, the accommodations are good and my mom seems very happy. She was living in her own home by herself. So here, there's a nice sense of community. There's socialization, activities and all those things we feel will be life-extending for my mother."
Atria Park of Great Neck is a community within a community as it mirrors the life of the village surrounding it, and it's situated near synagogues, retail stores and eateries. Deluxe accommodations offer residents peace of mind as housekeeping, maintenance and laundry are all taken care of. This leaves plenty of time to enjoy activities such as art classes, book readings, group movie nights and connection time with family and friends. The Life Guidance Memory Care program provides skilled care for residents and offers 24-hour care, personal care such as bathing and grooming and medication management. This community encourages autonomy through physical activity and social connection and engagements.
Relatives are happy with the level of care. One writes, "My grandmother is a resident since November 2016 and we have been very happy with the care. We feel that she is thriving more in a couple months at Atria than she had been in the years before at home. Everyone that works there is so nice ... everyone knows her name."
Brandywine Living at the Savoy is a well-appointed memory care and assisted living community that takes excellent care of its residents. The Savoy staff focuses on engaging residents with activities such as karaoke and Trivia Quest. Weekly programs such as Cooking with Class and the Artist Palette are geared towards continuing knowledge enrichment to help those with dementia and Alzheimer's stay mentally stimulated, as does the Reflections memory care program. Opportunities for exercise are plentiful and there's a walking club for residents who enjoy social walking. There are plenty of beautiful outdoor areas to enjoy, and delicious meals and snacks are available all day. The Savoy also has a movie theater and a beauty salon. Wi-Fi and basic cable are provided as well as scheduled transportation. Quality licensed nursing care is available on site at all times, and the Savoy staff is happy to assist residents with medical appointment coordination.
The Savoy is known for its caring staff members, especially their skills in helping new residents make a smooth transition, and residents like that everyone is treated like family. One family member says, "The care was extraordinary. The staff have continual smiles on their faces and are always willing to help."
The Reflections neighborhood at Bristal Assisted Living of Garden City houses residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions that cause memory loss. The staff provides around-the-clock care and frequently goes through training to understand each resident's individual needs for happiness and a better quality of life. Activities offered to promote brain health include creative writing, art, music and reading circles. Family members are also encouraged to visit loved ones at Reflections as much as possible to enhance the quality of life and general well-being. Full-time residents are served three healthy meals each day. The entire neighborhood is protected by electronic keypads so that residents can feel safe and secure in familiar, consistent surroundings.
Family members love the staff and interior beauty of the community. One says, "My experience with The Bristal of Garden City has been nothing short of spectacular. The facility is gorgeous! The staff is wonderful. They go above and beyond. they truly treat your family as if they were their own. I wish that I can give them more than five stars!"
Sunrise of Glen Cove helps improve the lives of seniors living with Alzheimer's and dementia in a peaceful neighborhood in Glen Cove. Through its Reminiscence memory care program, this community provides individualized care based on each resident's needs. Personnel trained in cutting-edge Alzheimer's and dementia care techniques are available 24/7 to help seniors as needed. A daily activities schedule is purposefully designed to ensure a holistic approach to wellness. Classes such as physical fitness, arts and crafts classes, learning and spiritual activity strengthen residents' cognitive and social capabilities. Residents can also take advantage of well-balanced meals prepared by the on-site culinary staff and enjoy snacks throughout the day.
Family members are impressed by how helpful staff members are. One says, "The staff is wonderful, very compassionate and empathetic. They make sure we have contact with our loved one, and they will even assist my sister with making FaceTime calls to us. The care is good, and they have been very accommodating with her needs."
Sunrise of North Lynbrook offers individualized memory care services with memory-focused activities, life enrichment managers and a secure and simple ground layout. The community delivers 24/7 nursing services to ensure that residents have medical care consistently available to them. Sunrise of North Lynbrook provides a variety of unique activities for residents, such as music therapy and gardening. This community is located in a lovely residential neighborhood close to both Nassau County's North Shore and multiple railway stations.
Residents and their families love the atmosphere and thorough care at Sunrise of North Lynbrook. One said, "My mom is in Sunrise of North Lynbrook. I have only good things to say, it's a nice environment, the people seemed very caring, and so far it's been a great experience. The food is good, the room is immaculate, clean, and the grounds are beautiful."
The Bristal Assisted Living at North Woodmere helps residents with assisted living and memory care in a peaceful Valley Stream neighborhood. Through daily activities, such as art and music classes, reading circles and creative writing, its Reflections program emphasizes the importance of place and purpose in senior living. A specially trained team is available to provide around-the-clock care and assist residents in the creative arts studio and fitness center. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the on-site putting green while the country club-style dining room allows seniors to make new friends while enjoying meals prepared by a professional chef.
Relatives praise the professional wellness staff and personalized care. One says, "The staff members at the Bristal at North Woodmere are very friendly and genuinely nice people. They have extended themselves at every turn, helping to make things as easy as possible. The Wellness staff (both the registered nurses and the support staff) are kind and caring and very attentive to my mother's health issues."
The Bristal Assisted Living at Westbury offers seniors the comfort of luxury while providing them with memory care services. Residents are kept safe with emergency response systems installed in all apartments and staff on hand 24/7. The community uses the Reflections Memory Care program in the individualized plans that are crafted for each resident. It offers the opportunity for seniors to remember their past, all the while promoting consistency and familiarity. To engage seniors' cognitive faculties, The Bristal provides a putting green, billiards room, and a creative arts studio where people can have some fun. A library, cinema and fitness center are also available. Housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services are provided, as are meals. The country club dining room offers the chance for residents to socialize with their friends as well as enjoy healthy and flavorsome meals.
Residents love the entire experience, with a daughter of a resident writing, "It is truly a community, an extension of family, and her home. Everybody who works there is kind, compassionate, and genuinely caring. My mother felt welcomed immediately. She enjoys the trips they take, her arts and crafts, the friendships ... she is happy, well cared for, and safe."
The Bristal at Lake Success is nestled between three scenic golf clubs and beside North Shore University Hospital. The community has a specialized memory care neighborhood that offers personalized care programs designed to reinforce a sense of place and purpose. Activities include creative writing, reading circles and music classes. The on-site Our Place Memory Cafe provides a safe place for residents and caregivers. It offers a comfortable and socially engaging environment for residents to relax with neighbors and loved ones. The experienced staff are available 24 hours a day to care for residents and assist them with their daily needs while also ensuring they keep their dignity and independence.
Visitors praise the amazing care, with one reviewer saying, "The Bristal is excellent. My mother is very well cared for and much happier and healthier there than she was in her own apartment. The staff is friendly, professional, very patient with the residents and takes good care of them. The facility is beautiful and like a luxury hotel."
The Bristal at Lynbrook is located in Lynbrook, a village in Long Island, New York. It's a community that has assisted living and independent living services, as well as memory care, which occurs in the secure keypad-protected Reflections neighborhood. The Reflections Activities Calendar includes activities such as sing-a-longs, trivia, crafts, exercises and bingo. There's scheduled transportation available to museums, stores and a variety of other outings. Residents also have access to the arts studio, beauty salon, fitness center, library and additional spaces packed with interaction and enjoyable happenings. Bright colors and fun patterns throughout the community help contribute to a cheery environment.
Family members find comfort in knowing their loved ones are being well-cared for at The Bristal at Lynbrook. A recent review explained, "My Mom... was treated with utmost care and dignity. Each member of the staff did everything they could to make her stay comfortable and they were always on top of any issues that needed family intervention."
Willow Gardens Memory Care, set in the tree-lined streets of New Rochelle, is a community that exclusively caters to those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. The memory care programs aim to help residents lead lives of dignity, joy and connectedness with loved ones. Activities include music and dance, pet visits and holiday celebrations. Personalized activities ensure the stimulation and maintenance of cognitive and social skills to lessen the frustration that may sometimes be felt by residents whose mental capabilities are deteriorating. Residents' physical health and daily nutrition are monitored by certified, licensed staff. All staff members receive continual training. Soothing colors and natural light are plentiful throughout the building, and indoor and outdoor spaces are easily accessible yet secure. Visual cues assist residents to make their way comfortably around their rooms and within the community. Communication with families is ongoing to keep all involved with their loved one's current care plan.
Family members appreciate the care their loved ones get at this community. One person says, "We really feel comfortable with her being here. Everyone who visits her remarks on how much better she is doing. ... The staff is very caring and very understanding about what’s going on with people who have dementia." A daughter remarks, "I see my mother participating. There’s live music, entertainment and activities that engage the residents."