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I. Getting Help

I. How Memory Care Facilities Can Help

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.

As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.

In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.

II. Our Selection Process

To choose the best memory care facilities in Raleigh, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.

Overall, our team:

  • Spent over 15 hours researching memory care facilities in Raleigh
  • Read more than 56 reviews written by residents and their loved ones
  • Interviewed 4 representatives from local communities

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

Sunrise at North Hills

  • Resident Capacity: 160
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Starting at $4,200 plus care costs

Minutes away from shopping, dining and multiple hospitals, Sunrise at North Hills keeps residents engaged with a diverse event calendar that satisfies a variety of tastes. Residents enjoy all-day snacks and three well-balanced meals with a bevy of savory entree choices. This facility handles residents’ housekeeping and laundry, and the highly-trained staff is available 24/7. There are numerous resident-sponsored clubs and frequent outings to cultural destinations, shops and restaurants. Residents can participate in ongoing exercise classes and the walking club is a great opportunity to stay in shape while socializing with like-minded companions. In addition to being near churches, spiritual residents appreciate the on-site bible studies, Sunday religious service and daily scripture. With meditation sessions, trivia, movies and wine and cheese socials, this senior living community provides a plethora of opportunities for residents to stay busy and connect with their neighbors.

What Residents Are Saying

The facility is beautiful, well-kept and has a positive energy about it. They always have fresh flowers on display and the community Labrador, Tilly, always greets you at the door. They have therapy services on-site and an abundance of activities all day long, said one reviewer. Several reviewers noted the food is exceptional.

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 95 reviews
Phone: (919) 439-4622
Address: 615 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
Web: www.sunrise.com/north-hills/

Sunrise Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

  • Resident Capacity: 115
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Starting at $6,000 plus care costs

Conveniently located a block away from Rex Healthcare and minutes from award-winning dining, museums and shopping in downtown Raleigh, NC., Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is a senior living community offering a continuum of care. Residents receive housekeeping, laundry service and assistance with activities of daily living. In addition to all-day snacks, residents enjoy three daily chef-prepared meals with a variety of choices ranging from gourmet classics to regional fare. Book lovers flock to the well-stocked library, and the media room is a favorite place among the community’s film buffs. Frequent outings give residents a chance to interact with their neighbors while enjoying popular destinations, such as the Museum of Art and the Crabtree Valley Mall. Many residents find tending the community garden especially therapeutic, and arts and crafts classes offer the perfect outlet for residents to express their creativity.

What Residents Are Saying

My father-in-law moved there for respite care … The people there were very friendly … He said the food was good, and he had a private room with his own bathroom, said one online reviewer. The high-quality dining program is frequently mentioned, and several reviewers were impressed with the staff’s friendliness.

Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 61 reviews
Phone: (919) 439-4698
Address: 3101 Duraleigh Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612
Web: www.sunrise.com/brighton-gardens/

Sunrise of Cary

  • Resident Capacity: 85
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Companion Suites
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite
  • Base Pricing: Starting at $4,200 plus care costs

Sunrise of Cary is a pet-friendly senior living community that focuses on providing engaging activities and delectable dining to elevate residents’ quality of life. Residents receive assistance with activities of daily living and monthly wellness visits from the licensed on-staff nurse. Every week, the facility provides laundry and housekeeping services. Many residents enjoy joining friends for a stroll with the walking club, munching on popcorn during movie nights, attending religious services and listening to live music performances. Frequent outings to local shops and restaurants offer residents an opportunity to explore the area and interact with their companions. The culinary team prepares a diverse menu of gourmet entrees and can make accommodations for religious preferences and special diets, such as reduced-fat and low-salt. There are also savory pureed options for residents who have trouble swallowing.

What Residents Are Saying

One resident’s family member stated, “The staff is very nice people, very friendly, and very helpful … They have all kinds of entertainment there. I’ve seen my sister-in-law eating there, and they have pretty good food.” Other online reviewers spoke highly about the professional and friendly staff and the wide range of engaging activities.

Reviews: 3.7 out of 5 stars; 85 reviews
Phone: (919) 439-4583
Address: 1206 Chatham St., Cary, NC 27513
Web: www.sunrise.com/cary/

Carillon Assisted Living

  • Resident Capacity: 96
  • Room Types: 30
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $6,375 companion room, all-inclusive

Carillon Assisted Living in Raleigh, North Carolina, is located on a main route that connects its northern suburban neighborhood with the heart of the city‘s downtown area. Amenities and services available at Carillon focus on keeping residents active with hobbies and engaged with loved ones and other members of their community. Regularly scheduled family nights and holiday celebrations provide ample opportunities for visiting and socializing. Exercise, painting and gardening classes help residents maintain their interests or learn new skills. Shady porches and a secure, pet-friendly backyard make it easy to enjoy the outdoors. Inside, common areas feature tasteful decor, plenty of seating and well-lit rooms. A spacious dining room with restaurant-style seating, floral centerpieces and formal tableware creates an elegant atmosphere that residents can enjoy during every meal.

What Residents Are Saying

One reviewer writes, ”Carillon Assisted Living is very nice, clean, organized, and well laid out. The people are nice and they seem to really care about their residents. They have activities like cards and socialization. The residents seem very happy and are well taken care of.”

Reviews: 4.2 out of 4 stars; 48 reviews
Phone: (919) 701-6784
Address: 5219 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
Web: www.carillonal.com/north-raleigh/

Elmcroft of Northridge

  • Resident Capacity: 161
  • Room Types: Studios
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite
  • Base Pricing: $5,085 for memory care; $3,345 for assisted living

Residents at Elmcroft of Northridge enjoy an active lifestyle with a vibrant social life while retaining maximum independence due to the full slate of engaging activities and care plans tailored to residents’ needs. Staff at this pet-friendly senior living community handle residents’ laundry, linen and housekeeping and scheduled transportation is available for medical appointments. On-site religious services make it easy for residents to practice their faith, and the beauty shop comes in handy when it’s time for a trim. When it comes to exercising the body and mind, Elmcroft of Northridge offers a bevy of exciting classes that fit the bill. With ongoing parties for birthdays and holidays, live musical performances and outings to local restaurants and cultural attractions, there’s always a fun opportunity for residents to socialize with their neighbors.

What Residents Are Saying

One resident’s family member noted, “The rooms are nice and clean. Their dining room is pretty, and it is set up like a restaurant. They have activities like bingo, day trips and music. They have their days filled with things to do.” Other reviewers were impressed with the staff’s friendliness and interaction with residents.

Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 118 reviews
Phone: (919) 999-3611
Address: 600 Newton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615
Web: www.elmcroft.com/northridge/

Falls River Court

  • Resident Capacity: 60 residents
  • Room Types: Studios, Companion Suites, Private Rooms
  • Care Provided: Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Services start at $4,750 per month

Falls River Court is located in northern Raleigh, next to Green Hills County Park. It offers multiple programs to its memory care residents, including its Walk With Me program, which matches residents with a care partner to help ease the transition to memory care services. The property’s Brain Health University encourages a fun, lively atmosphere that focuses on solving puzzles, playing games and interacting with other seniors to help stimulate memory functions. Outside of those programs, residents have access to several activities, including gardening, community visits and happy hours. Loved ones are invited to dine with residents, and the dining staff encourages interested residents to collaborate with them on the menu and bring their own tastes to the kitchen.

What Residents Are Saying

Residents and loved ones are pleased with the facility’s intimate feel, describing it as a “smaller community, but it is not overwhelming.” Loved ones also appreciate staff communication concerning the needs and status of residents. “The staff are sure to communicate with family. It’s smaller and more personal, and we appreciate that.”

Reviews: 4.36 out of 5 stars; 59 reviews
Phone: (984) 265-1654
Address: 1130 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614
Web: www.seniorlifestyle.com/falls-river-court/

Waltonwood Cary Parkway

  • Resident Capacity: 17
  • Room Types: Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments, 2-Bedroom Apartments, Detached Homes
  • Care Provided: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care
  • Base Pricing: Shared suites start at $4,895, private suites are $7,100, in addition to care costs

By offering a full suite of senior care, Waltonwood Cary Parkway helps residents retain relationships across the community while enjoying various amenities in a location convenient to entertainment, boutique shopping and fine dining. Memory boxes are located outside apartments to help residents find their bearings, and each apartment includes safety features, such as barrier-free bathrooms with grab bars and walk-in showers with bench seats. In the restaurant-style dining room, residents enjoy three nutritious, dietician-approved meals daily. This facility handles residents’ housekeeping and laundry which leaves more time to wade in the therapy pool or enjoy a classic film in the movie theater. The well-stocked library is a favorite among book lovers. Pets are welcome, and the manicured grounds’ peaceful walking paths are the perfect place to take furry friends for a walk.

What Residents Are Saying

It’s very nice. They have excellent equipment for working out, and the food is excellent. They have a whole list of activities like bingo … They have an excellent library, so that keeps me very happy, said one resident. In addition to the food, many residents and their relatives are especially pleased with the robust activities program.

Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars; 34 reviews
Phone: (919) 651-3964
Address: 750 SE Cary Pkwy., Cary, NC 27511
Web: www.waltonwood.com/-cary-pkwy/