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 Richmond's senior population continues to grow (20.54% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Richmond, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 10% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 12.97%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (6.36% in Richmond 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 Richmond. 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 Richmond, 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:
Morning Pointe of Danville is a senior living community located right in the heart of Danville. The memory care unit offers a safe and secure environment for seniors with memory loss disorders. Each resident in the memory care section has a personalized care plan that is designed to enhance their quality of life on a daily basis. The care plan includes details of their life experiences, work-life, hobbies and daily routines. This information helps caregivers to provide care that is specific to each senior and assists the activities director in designing activities that will interest the residents. A team of caregivers is on-site around the clock to provide compassionate care and assistance as needed. Family members are encouraged to visit their loved ones and take part in social events to build happy memories together in a safe setting.
Family members are impressed by the well-maintained facility and professional staff with one saying, "Wonderful place with friendly staff! Very clean and inviting. Enjoyed a nice lunch with my family. We liked everything about this place! My Aunt loves it there and is very happy. Her room is a perfect size for her!"
Highgrove at Tates Creek incorporates a nationally recognized, non-pharmacological personalized approach in its senior memory care program. Called Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET), this system promotes resident engagement and decreases falls, agitation, depression and medication use. The community's staff members also use the Varietas Program, a model for treating residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, to create a therapeutic, stress-reducing environment filled with positive artistic stimulation, exercise, nutrition and reminiscing activities to maximize each senior's quality of life and enhance their social engagement with family members, caregivers and other community members.
Family members are happy with the care, abundance of activities and beautiful community grounds. One says, "My mother-in-law has been at Highgrove since it has opened, and we are very happy with her care. The variety of activities offered and staff is wonderful. It is a beautiful home for so many, and the sense of community you feel as you enter the door is very welcoming."
Minutes from Eastern Kentucky University and close to restaurants and shopping is Dominion Senior Living of Richmond. Residents enjoy bright and airy common indoor spaces and tastefully decorated, modern rooms. Caregivers are trained in evidence-based, compassionate programs to give residents strategies for coping with memory loss, with a personalized care plan developed for each individual. Staff also undergo significant training to effectively prepare them for any situation. Amenities at Dominion Senior Living of Richmond include a salon, a cyber cafe and daily enrichment activities.
Reviewers express their appreciation for the beautiful atmosphere and staff that make their loved ones feel at home. Says one, "At Dominion, you find staff that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional compassionate care, and you can experience peace of mind knowing that the Dominion family is caring for yours!"
The pet-friendly Cedarhurst of Beaumont provides access to everyday amenities and varying levels of compassionate care tailored to individual needs. Professional caregivers are available 24/7, nurses regularly monitor residents' health, there's an on-site therapy team to offer health support and each resident has a pendant alarm for peace of mind. Chef-prepared home-cooked meals are served in a restaurant-style dining room, promoting social interactions and seniors can socialize or relax in shared spaces such as the living room, library and secure garden. An array of resident-focused enrichment activities is offered, including fitness classes and exercise sessions, music therapy, intergenerational programs and parties. Worship in the on-site chapel and personal care in the salon and spa further enhance overall wellbeing and life satisfaction.
Residents like the dedicated staff, diverse activities and warm ambiance. One says, "I have found the staff to be top notch. That are always available and take the time to listen to our needs. And they do it with a caring smile! I look forward to all the fun activities and visiting with all the new friends I have made since being here."
Memory care residents at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods are assisted by specialized caregivers available 24 hours a day to help them with the activities of daily living, such as meals and personal care. Staff provide personalized care that builds trust and forges strong friendships after learning each resident's life story, preferences, likes, dislikes and individual abilities. A customized program is designed for each resident to meet specific care needs and provide the support needed to live life to the fullest. Every day, residents enjoy great culinary experiences with a restaurant-style menu designed around their preferences. In addition to fitness classes, in-house programs include craft and art classes and relaxation time in the outdoor patio and gardens designed to accommodate memory loss.
Family members consistently mention the love and support the staff give. One writes, "Everyone at Bridgepointe is SO nice and helpful. They treated us like family from the very first point of contact on. The facility is clean and well kept, and you can tell that the staff truly cares about the residents and their family members. You won't go wrong choosing Bridgepointe as your loved one's new home."
The Lantern at Morning Pointe is a senior living community that focuses on providing holistic care to seniors with memory loss disorders. The community has a single-level layout to promote independence and enable easy access to the communal spaces and landscaped gardens. The entire perimeter of the community is secure, allowing residents the freedom to safely walk around on their own. A team of compassionate caregivers is always on-site to assist seniors with daily tasks and offer a friendly face. Each resident has a personalized care plan that notes their life history, likes and dislikes, allowing staff members to provide care that's always tailored to the specific senior. All activities are based on the Meaningful Day program, which focuses on creating joyful connections through art, social events, music and group outings.
Family members praise the well-maintained facility and caring staff. "Morning Pointe of Lexington is very clean, very friendly, has lots of activities and is a good community," writes a resident's son. "The staff seemed to be doing very well, were very attentive, very friendly, and very quick to respond if you ask for help."
Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm provides individualized senior memory care services in a specially designated neighborhood with caregivers who focus on each resident's comfort. All of the community's 24/7 staff members are trained in handling the unique challenges that residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease face and are equipped to assist seniors with all daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing and medication management. Group brain fitness and memory enhancement games are held often to enhance each senior's cognitive abilities. Reminiscing sessions, music therapy and aromatherapy sessions are also on the weekly activities calendar. The all-day dining program gives seniors a chance to enjoy a fresh, made-to-order meals at their own preferred meal times.
Family members applaud the community's caring, supportive staff members, saying, "Every single employee is dedicated to making residents feel special, safe and cared for. My mother has received flawless care and support for the past 2 1/2 years. Thank you Legacy Reserve for all you do for your residents! You are amazing!"
Richmond Place is a senior community that serves people living with dementia and related conditions. Residents receive help from caregivers with daily activities and personal care, and nurses manage their medications to make sure they're taking the correct doses on schedule. Richmond Place also coordinates health and wellness needs for residents by transporting them to doctor's appointments and managing any post-care or in-residence needs. A range of social and recreational events tailored to the cognitive abilities of those with dementia are routinely organized to keep everyone intellectually stimulated and engaged with one another. Those living in this community enjoy restaurant-style dining experiences tailored to their nutritional needs and can dine in private rooms with friends and family members. Guest suites are also available for visitors. Management handles all housekeeping and grounds maintenance needs.
Reviewers express satisfaction with Richmond Place and its staff members and care programs. One says, "Richmond Place is a beautiful place for your loved ones. The staff is amazing. They take care of each resident as their family. They offer so many amazing activities for the residents each day so they can stay active and social with fellow residents."
The pet-friendly Meadowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care provides access to day-to-day amenities in a cozy village-like setting, with eight spacious one-bedroom apartments spread between several homey and easy-to-navigate cottages. Residents are free to personalize their apartments for comfort and familiarity. Trained caregivers support residents to live as independently as possible, providing assistance with tasks such as washing, toileting and dressing as required. Diverse activities offer opportunities for physical, emotional, educational, spiritual and social enrichment, including volunteer programs, days out, games, exercise classes, art, live entertainment and gardening. Nutritious chef-prepared meals are served in the communal dining room, providing more opportunities for socializing and sharing stories, and residents can relax in the beautiful living spaces and gardens.
Residents especially appreciate the compassionate and dedicate staff. One family member says, "I am very impressed with the care and support that my uncle has received while living at Meadowthorpe Assisted Living. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the interactions that I have witnessed between staff and residents have been consistently caring and patient."
Preston Greens is a senior living community offering memory care services. It requires that its caregivers receive ongoing, extensive certified training to be qualified to properly support its senior residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's diseases. Its Generations memory care program seeks to highlight and celebrate the remaining abilities of its residents through dignified assistance with activities of daily living and the coordination of innovative, research-based programming that strives to enhance each senior's cognitive abilities. Each resident has a life story display that honors their lifetime accomplishments and personalized jukeboxes that play their favorite songs from years gone by. The on-site chefs prepare resident favorite past recipes to encourage seniors to better connect to their mealtimes, and staff members host music, art and pet therapy sessions regularly to help decrease the agitation felt by many of its memory care residents.
Family members are impressed with the community and the care their loved ones receive. "I am totally amazed how clean the facility is kept," says a resident's daughter. "Residents can come and go inside and out, in fenced-in garden/patio and walking path. Food is delicious. Preston Greens is such a beautiful and welcomed facility, I would not put my parent anywhere else.
Magnolia Springs Lexington's Memory Way residences provide specially trained staff members and an environment of safety and security that helps its residents celebrate their interests and abilities through purposeful daily interactions and activities. The community's Heartfelt Connections program for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease incorporates reminiscence tools to enhance each senior's sense of well-being, purpose and quality of life. Staff members help residents with daily living activities such as bathing and dressing, perform hourly senior wellness checks, host support groups for family members and prompt residents to engage with other community members daily through specialized memory care programming. Residents of the secured first-floor unit live in their choice of private or shared accommodations.
Family members state their loved one is treated like a cherished family member here. One says, "Our mother is an 86 year old resident in Memory Way at Magnolia Springs. We are blessed to have the care of the staff for her. They treat our little Mom like family - Mom loves all the staff and she loves her new home."
Morning Pointe of Lexington is a pet-friendly senior living community near St. Joseph's Hospital. The memory care neighborhood has an open layout with spacious apartments so residents can move freely throughout the unit. Caregivers are always available to help residents with activities of daily living, and licensed nurses manage medications and supervise care. All memory care staff attend continuing education courses to provide the best possible care for residents with dementia. Morning Pointe communicates with other health care professionals to arrange on-site services from doctors and physical, occupational and speech therapists. A restaurant-style dining room serves daily meals prepared by a culinary team with input from a dietician. The life enrichment program organizes activities, such as exercise classes, games, arts and crafts, dessert or tea socials, discussion of current or historical events, and puzzles or trivia contests. Residents can also participate in supervised group outings.
Families appreciate the community's caring staff. One relative says, "My mom has been in the memory care here for over a year. The staff does a lot of special things for her. I can't say enough good things about the staff! They have become like family. They paint and exercise, and there is always something going on."
The Willows at Hamburg, a trilogy senior living community, provides all the comforts of home in a tranquil environment for seniors, minutes away from Appalachian Regional Healthcare and UK Hospital. Seniors living with Alzheimer's, dementia or other memory loss ailments receive enhanced comfort and support in the specially designed memory care neighborhood. Trained caregivers tailor programs under the Best Friend Approach to create an emotional connection and serve the unique needs of each senior. Families can seek support and guidance through the Family Forum and stay connected with their loved ones through the LifeShare program that allows them to share messages, posts and photos. A robust schedule of engaging and stimulating activities invigorates seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain active. Other signature programs such as Mindful Moments, Music To My Ears and Keeping It Sharp provide opportunities for growth and connection for all seniors.
Residents praise the caring staff and amenities offered by the community. One writes, "I was at The Willows at Hamburg, and I liked it really well. The staff was absolutely excellent, and I always got my medicine on time, and if I needed help with anything, someone was there within a minute. They were very cooperative."
Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods is a Christian faith-based community that provides a range of care levels to meet the varying needs of its residents. The memory care unit offers a safe and secure environment for seniors with memory loss disorders. The community uses the Best Friends approach for memory care, which encourages caregivers to spend time with residents on a one-on-one basis and learn details about their lives, enabling caregivers to build relationships based on true trust and friendship. Licensed nurses are on-site 24/7 to oversee the medical care of residents and to perform daily wellness checks. Daily activities are offered in small groups based on the abilities and interests of residents. Such pastimes include religious services, arts and crafts, fitness classes, spa days, book clubs and daily news discussions.
Family members praise the community's dedicated staff. "My mother is doing very well here at this community," says one resident's daughter. "She [is] being cared for well, they have a lovely staff here. They are very friendly and upbeat. I know she is safe and in at a good place here. This is a community I would recommend."
Ashton Grove Senior Living is in a mixed-use development off U.S. Route 62 in southern Georgetown, with an idyllic setting adjacent to vast farmland while conveniently situated next to UK HealthCare Clinic and a few blocks from Georgetown Community Hospital. Its single-level main apartment building features upscale amenities including a fitness center, movie theater, chapel, game and billiards room, bistro, and salon and spa. The building's Varietas memory care wing has its own secured courtyard and well-appointed common areas that create a therapeutic environment, and all of its staff members receive specialized dementia care training. The Varietas program uses non-pharmacological dementia care practices through the nationally recognized Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) approach, benefiting residents with personalized attention and engaging activities that promote positive stimulation for an enhanced quality of life.
Family members adore the staff and the atmosphere at this community. A loved one shares, "The tremendous caring, professionalism, knowledge and bright personalities was what I felt EVERY time I have visited and from EVERY person. My parents have told me so many times how fortunate they feel being able to call Ashton Grove 'home'."
The Homeplace at Midway uses the Best Friends Approach in its senior memory care services. Under this program, the community's staff members and volunteers learn all that they can about each resident and become emotionally close to each senior to provide them with a secure bond that results in quality time that's uplifting, positive and life-affirming. Each resident's suite is equipped with a secure entry and emergency call buttons, and staff members provide in-room assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and grooming. Medication management, ambulation and chronic disease management services are also available. The community's made-to-order meals are served family-style to help memory care residents feel at home.
This community surpasses resident family members' high expectations. One says, "Our mother and father began their stay at The Homeplace in an assisted living unit. They've since transitioned separately to memory care and skilled care. Our parents' careers were spent in hospitality, they have a discerning eye and expect a high level of care and attention. They, my sister and I could not be happier with our experiences."
Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is a community that helps those with dementia to live safely. Experienced staff members receive extensive training on dementia and related conditions and encourage positive physical and emotional changes in residents. The Tapestry by Dominion Senior Living program creates an individually tailored care schedule that accounts for each resident's wants, needs and health conditions. Caregivers are always present to help residents with getting ready in the morning, bathing and grooming themselves and eating. The community schedules and transports residents appointments with doctors or specialists.
Reviewers frequently discuss the high-performing staff members and hospitality shown to residents at Dominion Senior Living of Richmond. One says, "Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is a wonderful community. Great, knowledgeable, caring team members, amazing activities, 24-hour nursing, and good food. This community is the best around."
The Breckenridge is a secure yet homey community designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Many staff members have more than 10 years of experience. The community's fenced-in backyard and walking trail allow residents to enjoy fresh air and nature walks safely. Seniors can also gather in the cozy common sitting room beside the fireplace to visit with the house pet and socialize with friends. A staff-led daily regimen of full-body stretching and strengthening helps them stay active, and other activities support skill retention. All meals are made on-site with fresh ingredients and feature classic foods prepared to meet the unique nutritional needs of each individual.
The staff's genuine concern and compassion consistently impress family members. One reviewer says, "They are very attentive to the residents' needs. They eat alongside the residents and check on the residents at various times of the day. They love the residents as if they were their own family."
Regency Memory Care helps seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory impairments retain their independence and quality of life through 24-hour care support and the unique Moments Matter activity program. The activities are designed to help residents make meaningful encounters and nurture relationships while enriching their daily lives. In addition to the communal activity room, alternative areas to socialize or relax within the community include the cozy library or lounge with large screen TVs. The community is conveniently located next to its sister facility, the Windsor Care Center, which offers additional nursing and therapy services for seniors who require physical, occupational or speech therapy. At Regency Memory Care, residents receive person-centric memory care with individualized daily support, including assistance with medication and continence. Three well-balanced meals are served in open-plan dining areas alongside additional snacks.
One reviewer mentions that the new Regency Memory Care community is a "wonder facility and healthcare provider!" People also describe the place as "pleasant" and the staff as "very caring and helpful for the residents and visitors." One family member writes, "Great place and wonderful, caring staff! My parents are very happy there."
Liberty Ridge Senior Living, a faith-based, nonprofit community located just outside the Hamburg neighborhood of Lexington, offers multiple levels of care to accommodate older adults as their needs change. Its caregivers have extensive dementia-specific training and provide around-the-clock personalized care and monitoring, and emergency response systems with personal pendants ensure that help is never far away. The community provides three restaurant-style meals plus snacks served daily, wireless internet, cable television, weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal. Indoors, residents enjoy private apartments with accessible bathrooms, well-appointed common areas and recreational areas, and a secured garden with walking paths promote exercise.
Residents and family members note the friendliness of the staff and appreciate the community's engaging environment. One visitor notes, "I was impressed with Liberty Ridge, and I like the idea that it has independent living, assisted living, and then memory care. The person who assisted me was very informative and took his time in letting me view the facilities, so I didn't feel rushed, and answered all my questions."