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 Redwood City’s senior population continues to grow (14.5% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Redwood City, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 8% between 2013 and 2017, while the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 2.6%, 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 higher than the rest of the nation (8.2% in Redwood City 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 Redwood City. 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 Redwood City, 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:
Bayview Villa is a luxury senior living community in San Carlos, California, offering assisted living and memory care. Care plans are tailored to the individual's emotional, medical and psychological needs, ensuring residents receive ample support without relinquishing their independence. Residents can choose between furnished and unfurnished private or shared rooms. Compassionate caregivers encourage residents to participate in the community's wide array of stimulating activities, including exercise classes, musical performances and social events. With complimentary transportation, residents always have a convenient way to attend medical appointments and religious services. Since staff members handle the laundry and housekeeping, residents have more time to socialize and participate in supervised outings to the exciting nearby entertainment and cultural attractions.
Several online reviewers have given praise to the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff at Bayview Villa. One resident's family member noted, "Bayview Villa took care of my uncle ... The food was excellent and was [sic] homemade."
Carefield Castro Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care offers exemplary services and amenities, with a professional care staff to accommodate its residents’ individual needs. The community encourages residents to eat well, make new friends, seek out creative pursuits, refine skills, revisit old hobbies and discover new passions. Residents can spend time outside on the secure, shaded patio. This community also has an on-site beauty salon for seniors to enjoy. The restaurant-style dining room allows residents to choose between a variety of daily specials or dishes from the regular menu. Guests are also welcome to dine with residents for birthdays, anniversaries and other gatherings.
Loved ones give the staff at Carefield Castro Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care top marks for being kind and personable. "First off, all the staff know me and mom by name. Second, I have found the staff to be very caring, attentive and super professional at all times,” writes one resident’s family member.
Kensington Place is in the Redwood Oaks neighborhood of Redwood City, conveniently located along a major road that provides quick access to downtown. This pet-friendly facility offers a full spectrum of memory care in two specialized neighborhoods. The Connections neighborhood houses residents with early-to-middle stages of dementia, while Haven caters to those in the middle-to-advanced stages. Individualized service plans are tailored to support each resident’s physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and there’s an on-site physician’s office to keep their health in check. Pocket Programming facilitates small-group activities to engage the residents appropriately, according to their abilities and interests. For an elevated dining experience, the facility accommodates special dietary needs, and there are daily cocktail hours and wine options for lunch and dinner.
Family members praise Kensington Place for its well-maintained premises and excellent caregivers. A resident’s daughter shares, "My father has been a resident at Kensington for over 3 years. As a family member we cannot ask for a better facility. We have no complaints. The staff is amazing as is the cleanliness of the rooms. Kensington makes a huge effort to individualize care for each resident.”
Lakeshore Residential Care is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care, with the goal of helping seniors reach their full potential. The facility is conveniently located near several major hospitals, clinics and senior centers, and transportation services are available to medical appointments. Trained staff are available 24/7 to deliver personalized care with bathing, dressing, medication management and any other individual challenges residents may face while allowing them to maintain their independence. Residents are served three well-balanced, nutritious meals, with snacks available throughout the day. Services such as housekeeping and personal laundry give seniors time to relax and do the things they love. The facility offers a variety of curated on-site activities to help residents improve their physical and mental health, including exercises, creative exploration, social hours, educational lectures and spiritual groups. Visiting hours are open, and family involvement in activities and events is always encouraged.
Residents and their families love that Lakeshore Residential Care always has its residents' best interests in mind. The daughter of one resident comments, "I really like the way they give her her freedom. They get her up at a certain time, and she's able to walk around in the hallways; at home, she couldn't do that...Room to walk around helped her feel a lot more independent."
Marymount Villa offers a range of senior living options, including assisted living and memory care, that allow seniors to age in place. The community's staff provides tailored assistance to meet the individual needs of each resident, whether that involves help with housekeeping or coordination of health and medical services. Staff strive to enhance the independence of each resident in a secure and supportive environment that respects their right to make personal choices. Seniors can participate in the wide range of social and wellness activities that contribute to Marymount Villa’s vibrant atmosphere. The facility's expansive, sunny veranda that overlooks historic Casa Peralta is a popular spot for residents to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
Reviewers are quick to mention the excellent food and beautiful rooms at Marymount Villa. The facility is described as clean and upscale with a busy schedule to help residents stay active. Many reviewers also mention the excellent care provided by staff, with one stating, "they provide great support to families.”
Meadow Gardens of Menlo Park is an exclusive memory care facility that provides specialized care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions. While encouraging as much independence as possible for its residents, the community ensures a safe, secure environment equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and in-room emergency response systems. Spacious private suites are laid out in a homelike setting, and trained staff is available for care and assistance. Socialization is encouraged through a life enrichment program with recreation activities, such as crafts and games designed to recall residents’ own abilities and interests. Utilizing Meridian Senior Living's exclusive Montessori Moments in Time programming, Meadow Gardens strives to provide rich, fulfilling lives for its residents and creates individual customized care plans based on preferences, routines and wellness needs.
Meadow Gardens gets positive feedback for its clean rooms, well-kept yard and secure, cheerful surroundings. Reviewers praise the friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Family members appreciate how their loved ones are cared for, with one relative saying, "It's been two months now that he's been there and it's been working out very well for him. He feels comfortable. The people are very friendly.”
In addition to assisting with activities of daily living, Palm Villas of Redwood City helps seniors facing the challenges of dementia thrive through its comprehensive selection of activities that includes physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, music therapy, social events and dining. The premises are thoughtfully designed to enhance residents' sense of familiarity, increasing confidence and independence through easy navigation. Palm Villas of Redwood recognizes the positive impact pets have on quality of life for people with dementia and encourages residents to bring their furry friends to stay. Licensed nurses oversee medication administration and caregivers receive ongoing training in the latest techniques for assisting seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Because residents receive regular functional and cognitive assessments, family members gain additional peace of mind knowing their loved ones' care is always tailored to their needs so they can retain maximum independence.
One resident's husband mentioned, "It's very clean and it has a very homey atmosphere. The staff is fantastic." The high-quality dining program and engaging activities are often praised by residents' family members.
Providence Place prides itself on forming a community that includes residents, their families, the staff and other people who interact with the facility. It has focused on memory care for more than 25 years and also offers assisted living and respite care. Staff are specially trained in dementia care and provide active daily management for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory conditions. Staff also stay in contact with families, providing regular updates on their loved one’s condition. The family owned and operated community provides delicious, homemade meals and daily wellness checks. The facility has no long hallways to navigate and common spaces have been designed to foster socialization and participation in the daily activities.
Reviewers say that Providence Place is a small and intimate facility that feels like home. Staff are described as knowledgeable and professional, and the family of residents appreciate the regular communication. People also mention the high level of care given to residents, with one saying, "The residents are … treated as more than just a case number.”
Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco provides assisted living, memory care and respite care to seniors in a nurturing environment. The facility offers residents help with activities of daily living, including grooming, mobility assistance and medication management. Transportation is available for appointments, shopping and outings. Residents enjoy three delicious meals daily, served in dining rooms or the privacy of their own apartments. Staff receive continuing education to help meet the needs of memory care residents, and offer individualized care to support them in living life to the fullest. The memory care neighborhood includes secured outdoor courtyards and porches. as well as a supportive community and programming designed to keep the mind active.
Happy customers describe Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco as clean and well laid out, with many mentioning the amazing garden and atrium available for residents to enjoy. Reviewers also mention the friendliness of staff, with one stating, "the staff are very caring and seem to work as a good team.”
The goal of Silver Oaks Memory Care is to provide an engaging environment for seniors with various stages of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. The facility features spacious, open common areas and amenities such as an on-site beautician, an inviting front patio and resident transportation services. Caring staff members work to develop a relationship of trust and respect with each resident and are available 24/7 to provide assistance with activities of daily living and medication management. Seniors enjoy three daily meals made from scratch that can be customized to meet dietary restrictions and preferences. Memory care residents and their families enter into a unique experience through the facility's Aviator Care Program. The program focuses on providing seniors with memory-focused activities and opportunities for social interaction in a safe, secure environment. It also helps seniors use technology to connect with loved ones.
The staff's dedication to providing the highest quality of attention and care to each resident is what sets Silver Oaks Memory Care apart. A loved one of a resident shares, "From the administrator to the activities director to the nursing staff to the caregivers and hospitality workers, each one has such a loving and caring attitude."
Sunol Creek Memory Care is a senior living facility in Pleasanton, California, manned by a dedicated, caring team committed to providing quality care that meets residents’ physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs. It’s a specially designed community that caters to the needs of those with living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. A Montessori-inspired Life Enrichment Program offers activities that promote inclusion and purpose. A variety of floor plans are available and set amidst the resort-like neighborhood, with a housekeeping and maintenance team ensuring well-kept accommodations. Sunol Creek provides opportunities for healthy living, where residents can take part in fitness and yoga classes at the well-equipped fitness studio or enjoy relaxing strolls along lovely outdoor walking paths. Physical activities are complemented with mind-stimulating programs such as painting, crafts and lectures.
Positive feedback goes to the safe, nurturing environment, attractive, well-maintained facility and accommodating staff. Reviewers commended the many activities that spark residents’ interests. A family member says, "Dad loves all the activities and interaction with other residents. I would not hesitate to recommend Sunol Creek Memory Care to my friends and extended family.”
The Parkview offers assisted living, memory care and respite care in a thriving, close-knit community located adjacent to Centennial Park. The facility provides for the comfort and security of residents with 24-hour staffing and personal emergency response systems. Memory care residents live in spacious studio suites and also have access to a library, lounge, dining room and enclosed courtyard. Regular social and recreational activities give The Parkview a lively feel and public events, such as a craft fair, connect residents with the community. Snacks are available around the clock to complement the three daily meals, and a private dining room is available for special events. Some units are offered at a reduced rate for people on a low income.
Residents and their loved ones speak highly of staff at The Parkview. Their respectfulness is often mentioned, with one reviewer stating, "compassionate and engaged describes the commitment that the staff provides.” Reviewers also described how welcoming and clean the facility is, and many people praised the excellent food.
Memory care services provided by The Point at Rockridge focus on each resident's story, from comforting memories of music and food to new connections and intergenerational events. Residents have their own private studio or one-bedroom apartments, and housekeeping and meals are all taken care of. Staff receive continuous certified training in supporting seniors with memory loss, including Alzheimer's, and they're available 24/7 to provide assistance with activities of daily living, transportation and medication reminders. A private space is available for family parties, and residents also have access to relaxing outdoor spaces that are safe, secure and designed with the particular needs of the community in mind. There are two major hospitals within a mile of The Point at Rockridge, and dozens of cafes and restaurants for relatives to get together.
Family and visitors often comment on the facility's bright, clean and spacious feel due to the oversize windows in common areas and apartments. Another visitor noted some of the amenities, saying, "They have a hair salon, and they have a van that takes the people out. It is a very nice place.”