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 Quincy’s senior population continues to grow (12.54% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Quincy, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 25.7% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 5.18%, 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 (4.68% in Quincy 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 Quincy. 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 Quincy, 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:
Adelaide of Newton Centre is Newton’s first all-memory care community. Set in a beautiful historic building, the community is thoughtfully designed with upscale finishes and amenities. Residents enjoy an on-site salon and spa, an Elev8 fitness center and fireside living rooms. The community's open concept layout makes navigation easy for seniors and encourages social interaction with fellow residents. Special color themes, garden spaces, interactive wall art and an abundance of natural light all help promote mental stimulation and engagement. Residents have the option to enjoy formal meals in one of two elegant dining rooms or more casual fare at the Cafe Thyme bistro. To promote cognitive well-being, the community offers a series of interactive programs, such as special brain classes, Mind & Memory activities, virtual reality and tactile wall games.
Adelaide of Newton Centre's singular focus on memory care allows caregivers to passionately serve each resident. As one reviewer shares, "Every person working there is committed to giving the residents the best possible experience." Another expressed that the care his wife received was "exceptional, in all respects. Adelaide’s management, all the caregivers, activities, food and other essential services were of the highest quality."
The memory care community at Allerton House provides a specialized care program for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia. The flexible program is structured to suit each individual while promoting a social and engaging lifestyle. The neighborhood's design makes it familiar to residents, while common areas, including a private courtyard, allow residents maximum independence in a secure environment. Residents have access to 10 hours a day of enrichment activities. Social, recreational and fitness programs are all on offer, covering areas as diverse as ballroom dancing and musical therapy classes, yoga, Zumba, stretching and cardio comedy. A walking club and art classes, as well as baking and gardening, are available and there are weekly excursions. Highly trained caregivers are on hand around the clock to provide support as needed.
People are impressed with the care at Allerton House. One family member writes, "I can't say enough good things about it. I think it will be a very enriching and safe place for [my mother] to be. ... The staff is very kind, they know everybody's name, they know my name, and they always have a smile on their faces. ... The activities are incredible."
Allerton House in Weymouth is a pet-friendly senior living community with assisted living and memory care services. Caregivers are available at all times to assist residents with activities of daily living. The memory care neighborhood is designed to encourage socialization with spacious common areas, two sunrooms and an enclosed courtyard with walking paths. The staff is specially trained to support and assist residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Nursing professionals communicate with social services and various medical care providers and make appointments on residents' behalf. A bright, cheerfully decorated dining room serves three daily meals featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients. The memory care director plans daily activities, such as exercise classes with a Wii fitness package, trivia, crafts, games and movie nights.
Families appreciate the attentive staff and interesting activities. One relative says, "This is a nice community with great staff. We like that the community is clean and they offer a great variety of meals...The community is nicely taken care of inside and out. The activities are always offered to the residents that want to participate."
Atria Marina Bay offers a welcoming, pet-friendly environment for seniors. Convenient amenities, such as a country kitchen, walking paths, a private dining room and a salon, complement the community's relaxing seaside location. The thoughtfully designed Life Guidance memory care neighborhood is secure and easy to navigate, allowing seniors to enjoy safe, leisurely walks in the lovely outdoor areas. Personal treasures and familiar items displayed outside individual rooms help residents identify their private spaces. Activity programming uses a whole-person approach, with exercises and dancing to support physical wellness and recreational events to foster social connection. Additionally, music therapy helps calm behaviors, improve focus and trigger-happy memories. The Atria team has extensive training to provide quality care services, and the nearby Marina Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides quick access to rehabilitation services when needed.
Reviewers love the location and well-kept grounds. The staff receives praise for the personalized care, with one family member saying, "Every staff member knows each resident's name. That is because they respect and care for their residents; they treat them like family. They know my name and I know their names, too, because they greet me, make themselves available to me.”
In addition to its assisted living services, Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree offers an innovative and award-winning memory care program for seniors living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The environment is designed for residents' comfort and safety, featuring visual cues and themes, contrasting colors, special lighting in common areas and familiar furniture. Its Mind & Memory program takes a research-based approach to daily life that promotes the six dimensions of wellness. Individual and group activities encourage creative expression, helping residents engage in physical, social and intellectual experiences. Some of the activities include book discussions, gardening clubs, group exercises, games and art workshops. The community also hosts support groups and educational events for residents' loved ones.
As one reviewer shares, community members are "consistently impressed by the level of dedication" shown by staff, saying they provide "meaningful activities both within and outside of the...[community]."
Bridges® by EPOCH at Hingham is a senior living community that focuses on assisting those with memory loss disorders. The community features three separate households that all offer spacious communal areas and secure courtyards with sensory gardens, birdbaths and comfortable seating areas. Each suite has motion sensor lighting and an emergency call system. The suites all open out into the main corridor to make it easy for seniors to navigate to the communal areas and directional visual cues are placed throughout the building. A compassionate team of caregivers is always on hand to assist with the tasks of daily living and to redirect difficult behaviors with a caring approach. Activities are tailored to the personal interests and abilities of residents and may include life stations to spark memories, aromatherapy, art classes, gentle exercises, pet therapy and social events.
Family members are impressed by the excellent staff with one reviewer saying, "The staff is superb. They follow the terrific lead of the management team who, in addition to their individual responsibilities, each spend time with residents either overseeing a group activity or just visiting briefly throughout the day in each house."
Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood is a senior living community that was purposely designed to meet the needs of seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. The community is divided into four distinct households that offer spacious communal areas and secure outdoor courtyard areas. The outdoor sections feature sensory gardens, bird feeders, raised gardens and comfortable seating. The households have been designed to be easy to navigate using visual cues and soft colors to help residents find their way independently. Life stations are placed around the building to encourage residents to take part in activities from their life history and perhaps spark a memory or a moment of joy. The team of caregiving staff is always on hand to monitor the residents and provide compassionate assistance. A licensed nurse is on-site to oversee the care of the residents.
Relatives appreciate the excellent caregiving staff, enjoyable food and well-maintained facility, with one reviewer saying, "They were wonderful, the staff was phenomenal, always willing to help us out with anything, and the place was spotless. They're awesome, the food was delicious, and there's a beautiful dining place."
Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle is situated in a quiet residential community in Ocala. Memory care services use the Clare Bridge approach. Residents are encouraged to bring with them personal effects to make their spaces more comfortable. The program promotes cognitive stimulation and physical wellness, using brain games, group fitness and participation in activities. The community offers walking paths and fishing ponds to encourage residents to spend time outdoors. The heated pool and therapy room provide opportunities for wellness.
Residents and their loved ones emphasize the activities available in this community. From social engagement to group fitness, reviews laud the community for these opportunities. One relative writes, "My sister moved into... Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle. I think it's wonderful and fun. They're always doing something, and there's always something going on that you can choose to participate in or not participate in.
Cadbury Commons At Cambridge is a family-owned and -operated senior living community that offers a cozy, homelike environment. The secure Morningside memory care area includes a spacious courtyard, a country-style kitchen, a dining room and a comfortable sitting area. Each resident has an individual care plan that includes details of their hobbies, careers and other special interests. These plans are used to develop activities that engage the resident and give them a sense of purpose. Staff encourage physical activity daily and may include yoga, walking, stretching and low-impact aerobics, depending on the physical and cognitive abilities of the resident. The team of professional caregivers is always around to provide help with the tasks of daily living and encourage residents to take part in activities each day. The Cadbury Commons At Cambridge schedules transport to medical appointments.
Residents are impressed by the professional staff and scheduled transport options, with one reviewer saying, "The staff is wonderful; they are very friendly, very courteous, and competent, and they seem to be good with people. They give everything. Everybody knows your name, and they treat you well ... They have a bus that takes you anywhere."
Evans Park at Newton Corner is a lively retirement community with interiors resembling those of a historic 1905 hotel. The 24-hour assisted living care team enables active residents to maintain their independence. The community also caters to seniors with all forms of dementia and memory loss, including Alzheimer's. Its memory care neighborhood features special lighting, contrasting color schemes, familiar furniture and other visual cues that help residents navigate their surroundings while electronic security doors protect those prone to wandering. A certified dementia practitioner heads the in-house memory care team who provide personalized care services, medication assistance and programs that help those with cognitive impairments thrive on a physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual level. Daily personal and group activities celebrate individual talents and encourage self-expression. Activities include book discussions, art workshops, gardening clubs, dance classes, local outings and volunteer opportunities.
Residents enjoy the unique look of the community. One visitor says, "Evans Park did not look like a cookie cutter copy of all the other assisted living facilities. It’s a unique building." A relative of a resident says, "The activities are fabulous and the place is kept clean."
Landmark at Longwood is within walking distance of Fenway Park, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden. The staff offers personal care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and memory care. Holistic options to treat anxiety and stress in residents with Alzheimer's disease include reiki, aromatherapy, pet therapy and art therapy. Residents can participate in arts and crafts, trivia, sing-alongs, religious services and other activities for social stimulation. Community members enjoy the courtyard, library and piano room. Financial guidance in the form of home sale assistance, veterans affairs benefits consultation and financing advice is offered. The fully furnished apartments have a private bath, kitchenette, cable television, telephone and internet. Optional services include laundry, housekeeping and transportation. On-site podiatry, salon and barbershop services are available.
One reviewer said that Landmark at Longwood was an excellent community for their mom. The community was clean and provided a comfortable living environment. The staff members were caring and attentive. They made sure the resident engaged with other residents. The reviewer stated, "I would highly recommend this community for the care of a loved one."
Prospect House is a memory care and assisted living community just north of Boston that encourages residents to participate in day-to-day decision-making and exercise. Staff members create a personalized care plan for each resident, and trained caregivers and skilled nurses are available to assist residents around the clock. Memory care services include help with grooming, health monitoring and medication management. Prospect House's support staff also takes care of laundry services and helps residents who need transfer assistance. The community has a stunning courtyard with pathways, lush lawns, flowerbeds and benches, allowing residents to relax while getting fresh air. There are also outdoor activities and grilling areas in the yard. Residents can enjoy three daily meals prepared by the in-house chef and served by a wait staff. An on-site bistro is open throughout the day for snacks and beverages.
Relatives appreciate the attentive staff. One niece said, "The staff has been super ... [My aunt] is on the automatic pharmacy program, and the meds came in the second day she was there. The staff makes sure she takes her meds twice a day. On the first night she was there, a staff member checked on her several times to make sure she was ok."
Providence House Assisted Living welcomes seniors to its tranquil environment featuring an outdoor courtyard, walking paths and gazebo. Through the community’s Beechwood Memory Care Program, seniors with cognitive conditions lead a purposeful lifestyle in a secure, low-stress neighborhood. The living areas are designed with navigational cues to help residents move about safely and freely. There are plenty of cozy common areas such as a country kitchen, sunny dining room, hair salon and raised gardens. Memory care activities incorporate individual abilities and familiar tasks to promote social interaction and improve cognitive health. These are supervised by a dedicated program director and include pet therapy, fitness classes, music entertainment, religious services and learning programs. The community also assists with the coordination of health care services and provides transportation to medical appointments.
Families appreciate receiving timely updates, especially when there are urgent issues. One reviewer is thankful for the staff’s effort in caring for their loved one, saying, "The staff and administration have done an excellent job providing a safe environment for the residents… I have gained a tremendous amount of peace of mind knowing my mother is in a safe, comfortable and very caring environment.”
Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle provides a safe environment with professional staff available 24/7 for residents who don't need nursing care but require assistance with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing and attending medical appointments. A busy activities schedule promotes positive and fulfilling engagement, with events including book clubs, gardening, art and various forms of exercise. Dining is restaurant-style, with a menu to select from; residents also have the opportunity to meet the dining services director to discuss special requests and pass along favorite recipes. Those requiring memory care will receive assistance with everyday activities and take part in individualized and group activities designed to engage and encourage creativity. The community is designed and decorated specifically to aid those with memory loss: contrasting colors, special lighting to reduce shadows and electronic door security. Those in respite care have access to all the activities and assistance available to permanent residents.
The staff's dedication and kindness are something reviewers are particularly appreciative of, with one family member of a resident saying, "The staff is friendly, positive, encouraging and patient... She was greeted by name constantly as she moved down the halls, which I know meant a lot to her."
Conveniently located just thirteen miles from Boston, Sunrise of Braintree is an award-winning community that provides every resident with personalized care. In the Reminiscence neighborhood, seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia benefit from a specially trained staff that uses evidence-based care techniques, including validation therapy’s person-centered approach. Through ongoing education, the team learns and implements the latest Alzheimer’s Association-approved care methods. The dedicated team delivers 24/7 assistance with daily living, mobility and medication. Life Enrichment managers design plans around each resident’s preferences, giving purpose to every day through a full schedule of therapeutic activities. With brain games, music therapy and group programming, seniors foster their existing skills while sampling new interests. Meals feature nutritious options crafted by the acclaimed on-site chef, with snacks and beverages readily available. Multiple medical facilities are nearby for added convenience.
Visiting loved ones are impressed by the dynamic programming. "She is doing more activities (cake decorating, trivia, karaoke, tea parties, art of all sorts, even quilting!) than I ever imagined," one relative says. "They have done a nice job making sure there is something for everyone since the patients have a very wide range of abilities."
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood less than a mile from the South Shore coastline, the award-winning Sunrise of Cohasset provides assisted living, memory care, respite and hospice coordination services in one convenient location. For residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the secure, specially designed Reminiscence neighborhood delivers a high level of support. The environment features easy-to-navigate floor plans with adjacent living, dining and activity areas. Residents benefit from highly trained caregivers available 24/7, who provide daily assistance with bathing, dressing, medication management, meals and activities, while emergency response systems ensure aid is available at the touch of a button. Staff members receive training in the latest Alzheimer’s Association-approved techniques, and each resident is paired with their own Life Enrichment Manager. Engaging activities encourage seniors to live with purpose through art, music, spiritual activities and group programming.
Relatives note the abundant activities. "They offer all sorts of things,” one says. "They go out for dinner, or if the weather is nicer, they go to the beach. They try not to keep them in their rooms and keep them active during the day. They also try to keep them independent for as long as possible.”
A mid-sized senior living community close to downtown, Sunrise of Norwood provides quality care within easy reach of the city. With one-on-one, personalized support, residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can feel at home in their own neighborhood: Reminiscence. Designed specifically for those living with memory loss, this secure environment is designed with easy navigation in mind, with adjacent resident suites and living and dining areas. Life Enrichment Managers and caregivers are specially trained in the latest memory care techniques, including Validation Therapy, which features open-ended questions and a person-centered outlook. Residents can rely on 24/7 support from the skilled team, including assistance with bathing, grooming, continence and medication. Throughout the day, a schedule of therapeutic activities keeps seniors active in mind, body and spirit. They can try brain games, puzzles, connect with nature or enjoy music and art lessons.
Visitors enjoy the community ambiance. "I was impressed with everything about Sunrise," one recent visitor says. "I was also impressed with how clean they were, and for me that was very important. The staff was fabulous. They were excellent. Everyone was very friendly ... They also had so many rooms to go to during the day."
The Atrium at Faxon Woods is a well-established, close care community that provides a safe and compassionate space for residents. The skilled team of nurses, led by a Certified Dementia Practitioner, is dedicated to maintaining a healthy and active environment. Positioned atop a hill and surrounded by foliage, the community offers picturesque views and encourages refreshing strolls through nature. It consists of two wings connected by a bright dining hall, which accommodates diabetic, low-fat and low-salt diets. As a Benchmark Senior Living Community, The Atrium also has access to the "Something in Common" digital program, which carefully tracks residents' interests and connects them with the activities, programs and even neighbors they might enjoy.
Reviewers appreciate the community's cleanliness, range of stimulating activities and quality of on-site medical and memory care. One reviewer says, "What I like is that my parents are well taken care of. They have on-site dental and a doctor who comes in. They set up my father's pacemaker...they just take care of everything."
The Parc at Harbor View Senior Living offers specialized memory care to seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory-related illnesses. With 24-hour access to a wide selection of care options, residents benefit from professional health care, assistance with daily activities and other tailored services. Seniors who reside in memory care units receive specialized care from skilled and dedicated caregivers to ensure that all of their needs are met. Amenities at The Parc at Harbor View include an on-site executive chef, regular housekeeping, scheduled transportation for social events, group exercise classes, community outings and religious services.
To residents of The Parc at Harbor View Senior Living, the community sets itself apart with its dedicated staff and superior accommodations. As one resident notes, "The accommodations are beautiful, the atmosphere is home-like, they offer a varied choice of activities, and the staff is kind, caring and go out of their way to be helpful.”
Traditions of Dedham is an LCB Senior Living community located just a couple of blocks from Dedham Plaza and minutes from several hospitals. Its modern building is pet-friendly and designed with classic New England-style touches. Inviting common spaces include a fireside piano lounge, a well-stocked library, a restaurant-style dining room and a jukebox bistro. Residents may benefit from medication assistance, in-house wellness programs and coordination of third-party services. Wholesome meals are prepared daily with farm-to-table ingredients. In the community’s 14-bed special care unit, the Reflections Memory Care program uses non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care. This evidence-based social model, led by NIDE-certified professionals, is based on the Four Pillars of Engagement that help reduce symptoms or even improve the residents' conditions. Activities for cognitive, physical, emotional and social engagement are designed to create enjoyable daily living.
Families recognize the community’s reassuring environment. One reviewer comments, "Perhaps the greatest benefit...has been the new friendships, daily activities, and the structure of this community. Having a daily routine has always been important...and with the onset of cognitive/memory issues, this structure has been even more important to making this place feel like home.”
Windrose at Weymouth is conveniently situated only minutes away from the South Shore Hospital and numerous shopping centers, including the Pleasant Shops shopping mall and Weymouth Shopping Center. The licensed nursing staff and dedicated caregivers are specially trained to help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Residents can participate in low-impact exercise programs, as well as Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapies (BBET), which can vary from music therapy to memory prop therapy. This award-winning program provides a non-pharmacological option to help reduce anxiety and disruptive behaviors through individualized therapies based on the residents’ cognitive capabilities and personal interests. Various rehabilitation therapies are also performed in-house, along with hospice and psychiatric care. The community's cloud-based platform offers education and support groups and helps residents stay connected with their friends and family.
Reviewers compliment the cleanliness of the community and its friendly staff. One writes, "The staff were all very nice and very helpful... The community was amazing. They... had music devices to give to the residents if they were feeling stressed out. It was a beautiful place… We did think the price at Windrose At Weymouth was mostly worth it.”