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 Sacramento’s senior population continues to grow (19.72% growth between 2013 and 2018), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Sacramento, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose by a staggering 94.65% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 14.91%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (11.77% in Sacramento 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 Sacramento. 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 Sacramento, 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:
ACC Maple Tree Village is a specialized neighborhood for older adults in need of assisted living and memory care. With a focus on accessibility and state-of-the-art design, Maple Tree Village aims to ensure comfort for its residents and to provide continuous care in a family-oriented environment. Its beautiful landscaped outside spaces and rooftop entertaining decks are paired with the goal to ensure both a sense of community and independence for residents while providing assistance and opportunities for life-enriching activities. Culinary services present residents with a culturally inspired menu cooked with fresh ingredients. Additionally, the community features its own spa room, walking paths, raised flower gardens, therapeutic water attractions, a gym and two communal television rooms, all with 24/7 available assistance and on-call emergency services.
Residents particularly like the best friends approach of the community, noting that the staff supports them throughout their stay. The landscaped courtyards are also appreciated.
Aegis Living Carmichael is a senior living community located in a quiet residential neighborhood with towering oak trees, beautifully maintained grounds and a small-town feel. It offers personalized care to residents with memory loss and has developed programs to meet their needs. The community’s around-the-clock expert staff assists seniors with the activities of daily living and a life enrichment program that offers opportunities to socialize, stimulate the brain and maintain physical health. It also provides programs catered to the cognitive level of residents, including music therapy and exercise classes. Aegis Living Carmichael hosts a variety of events including expert speakers, support groups and holiday celebrations, while its manicured gardens and walking path allow residents to take advantage of the region’s mild weather.
A customer praises the dedicated staff at the community saying, "I can't say enough good things about Aegis of Carmichael. They go above and beyond to make sure that our loved one receives the best care possible. My heartfelt thanks go out to all the staff."
Atria El Camino Gardens is located on 12 acres of park-like land surrounded by towering redwoods. The Life Guidance memory care neighborhood has secure indoor and outdoor spaces allowing residents to retain a sense of independence. Each room has a memory display area at the entrance that is filled with photos and mementos of the residents' life which helps with navigation and can evoke happy memories. The dedicated caregiving staff is always on hand to provide assistance or companionship when required. Each staff member attends mandatory orientation training and additional training hours each year in dealing with seniors with dementia. Two sessions of yoga, walking, dancing and stretching are offered each day. Social activities involving music, crafts and card games are provided to create a sense of community for the residents.
Family members praise the staff and appreciate the family events with one reviewer saying, "They take such great care of my mother who is a resident. They also help us, family members, with every aspect of our family members’ care and needs, as well as regularly providing us with beautiful events to share together."
Nestled on more than 5 acres of landscaped property, Brookdale Elk Grove offers a homelike atmosphere for seniors. Its memory care neighborhood is designed for those living with cognitive conditions, providing a purposeful environment that encourages participation in meaningful daily tasks, such as gardening, meal preparation and light household work. Brain games and physical fitness activities make up its Clare Bridge Daily Path program, an evidence-based approach that helps maintain and explore seniors’ abilities and skills. Regular activities promote a brain-healthy lifestyle, including the Flex Your Brain mental fitness workout and Grow Your Brain connection-building projects. A dementia-friendly dining program is in place, offering easy-to-manage, healthy menu selections that feature residents’ favorite recipes. With its myriad of community amenities, such as the outdoor courtyard and garden, large community living room and country kitchen, Brookdale offers plenty of secure, calm spaces for seniors’ everyday relaxation.
Reviewers love the beautiful layout and the secure, gated outdoor spaces. "The inside is very welcoming and gives a nice homey feel and ... seems to have lots of windows for natural light,” one said. The attentive, approachable staff is mentioned in highly rated reviews, with people describing Brookdale as a well-organized community.
Every feature of the memory care community within Carlton Senior Living Sacramento is geared towards enhancing the lives of its residents while keeping them safe. Team members must become certified in the Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care program before working with residents, while SafelyYou, an artificial intelligence system, has reduced injuries caused by falls. Emotional care comes in the form of frequent meals by candlelight, served restaurant-style, and there's TimeSlips, a program that encourages feelings of self-worth by living and thinking in the here-and-now. The Live 2 B Healthy and Dakim BrainFitness programs encourage physical and cognitive well-being. The community's pets also contribute to the homely environment. An on-site hairstylist helps make residents look their best and there's frequent trips to nearby attractions, such as ferry rides across the San Francisco Bay and exploring Pier 39.
Reviews often mention the quality of the food and staff attentiveness. One reviewer stated, "I am constantly amazed at the patience, love, and dedication all of the employees show to each resident. The food is outstanding as well." Another wrote, "The staff members were very professional. They interacted very appropriately with the people who were there."
Courtyard Terrace is conveniently close to Interstate 80, Highway 50, and the Business 80 corridor but far enough away to be nestled in the historic and charming neighborhood of Arden Arcade, close to the American River. The community specializes in caring for seniors affected by dementia, Alzheimer's and other conditions that alter their cognitive abilities. Its life-enriching programs include engaging residents in the arts to stimulate their creative minds, such as drawing, coloring outlined images and making objects from clay. The community's low staff-to-resident ratio, wander detection system and 24-hour care ensure that there's always a trained team member nearby to provide support and guidance, while the concierge services make sure that residents never miss a doctor's appointment or need to worry about who will look after them on their next shopping trip or cultural event outing.
The staff at Courtyard Terrace come in for particular praise. A reviewer wrote, "I know my mom is in good hands ... being treated with dignity, respect, and love." Another stated, "The staff is very attentive and helpful. They are always looking out for the residents and they inform us right away regarding any incidents."
Golden Pond is a locally owned retirement community with dedicated spaces for memory care, assisted living and independent living residents. Apartments have full-size kitchens and are cleaned weekly, and they can be furnished and decorated by residents. The 24-hour support comes from trained staff, who also conduct daily safety checks on every resident, while a full-time nurse is also close by to provide more specialized support. Monitored security cameras watch over residents, and there are emergency pull-cords in every bathroom and bedroom should they need immediate help. Meals are served in the restaurant 3-times daily and a 24-hour bistro ensures residents never go hungry, while private dining areas can be used to eat with family on special occasions. The community's movie nights come with popcorn. In addition, there are live events for theater lovers and balloon volleyball, spa days and singing events for memory care residents.
Reviews of Golden Pond often refer to its cheerful and motivational environment. One reviewer wrote about her mom, saying, "Since she has moved into Golden Pond, it's like she's 10 years younger. She's happy there. She's socializing with everybody and she just loves it there. It's like she's come back."
Located within its own landscaped grounds, Greenhaven Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care provides a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment for seniors over 62 years old affected by Alzheimer's, dementia and other debilitating cognitive conditions. Trained staff provide 24-hour care, including assistance with bathing and grooming, while Montessori-inspired activities aim to foster a feeling of belonging while also stimulating the senses and encouraging exercise. These include motivating residents to adopt meaningful roles within their personal limits, such as sweeping and helping to set dinner tables. The community's staff assists residents with their medication and organizes transportation for medical appointments and visits to shopping areas and cultural events. Seasonal meals made with fresh ingredients are prepared by the chef and served in the community's restaurant, which also hosts winemakers' dinners.
Many of the community's reviews refer to its cleanliness and the abundance of activities organized for residents. One reviewer recorded how the staff arranged "a big car show last weekend with a lot of classic cars and they barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. All the families were invited."
Legacy Oaks of Sacramento offers spacious rooms and a homelike environment where residents can relax and feel comfortable. The secure memory care neighborhood has private suites that open onto the communal living areas for easy navigation. All of the entrance and exit doors require keypad access for the safety of residents. The highly trained caregiving staff is always available to provide assistance with personal care tasks or to redirect behaviors. The Montessori-designed Moments In Time program strives to integrate moments of meaning for each resident through a customized care plan and activities program. The staff gets to know each resident's past history and their personal preferences so they can have a better understanding of how best to assist the resident. Three nutritious meals are served each day in the elegant dining room and special diets can be accommodated.
Family members praise the friendly environment and caring staff with one reviewer saying, "Legacy Oaks stands alone with the homey environment I wanted for my father suffering from MCI. Very cordial staff, dedicated management team and clinical properly managed. My search is over. Thank God for Legacy Oaks!"
Mercy McMahon Terrace Senior Living is a Catholic faith-based assisted living facility in Sacramento that helps seniors live their final years in dignity and comfort. For seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia, June's Place is the memory care option within Mercy McMahon. It's a smaller neighborhood that ensures residents get the specialized care they need. The staff at June's Place create an open environment that allows seniors to positively interact with staff anytime. Additionally, the community provides activities for seniors, including watercolor painting and music. Skilled nurses are available to help residents with reminders and medication management. The Sister of Mercy Chaplain offers spiritual support for all residents, and daily chef-prepared meals are cooked from scratch.
Families love the level of care the staff provides as well as the friendly administrators. They commend the activities seniors get to enjoy and the interactions they have with family and friends who visit. Because the change of routine is an adjustment, loved ones appreciate the patience caregivers have with everyone. One reviewer writes, "It has been such a blessing to our family to have found a place so wonderful for our mom."
Oakmont of Carmichael is an upscale senior living community surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. The memory care neighborhood is completely secure, and residents have access to a safe outdoor area where they can take a walk or relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. Each resident wears a pendant with a GPS tracker so staff can quickly find them in an emergency. The professional caregiving staff is all certified in working with seniors who have memory impairment disorders. The staff members spend time getting to know the history and personality of each resident so that they can provide personal and compassionate care. All-day meal service is offered so that seniors can eat at a time that suits them, and staff members are always available to assist at mealtimes. Activities provided include pet therapy, musical entertainment, gentle exercise and religious services.
One reviewer praised the care and activities offered in the memory care unit for her mother saying, "The staff is very loving and treats her like she's family. The food is great and we often eat with her. She is always doing some type of activity and keeps quite busy."
Oakmont of East Sacramento is a luxurious resort-style community located in Windsor, CA. It provides residents with customized programs to meet their specific needs, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. The community offers five-star amenities, including an executive chef, providing healthy and enjoyable meals every day, a concierge service for daily tasks and a complimentary chauffeur. For meals, Oakmont offers formal dining, private dining and dining al fresco. Additionally, residents can enjoy the use of the library, activity room and fitness center. To help residents maintain social interactions, Oakmont boasts an outdoor fitness program, a cocktail bar, a wine cellar and a great hall for special events. Additional amenities include a movie theater, wellness center, gardens and a pet park. The community is operated by well-trained and professional staff who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also provides weekly housekeeping and annual deep clean of residents' accommodations.
Residents describe Oakmont of East Sacramento as "fabulous" because of its friendly staff and high-quality food. One reviewer says, "I think their amenities are great and really varied, and their facilities are first-class."
Regency Place is a spacious senior living community located in a peaceful residential neighborhood that is conveniently close to medical facilities and shops. A registered nurse is on-site to monitor the health and well-being of every memory care resident through regular wellness checks. The caregiving staff is always on hand to assist residents with the tasks of daily living or to offer comfort and companionship when required. The memory care neighborhood is fully secured and all entry and exit doors require keypad access. Residents have access to a secure outdoor area with walking paths and a shaded patio. Activities are customized to the abilities of each resident and can include appropriate outings, arts and crafts, inter-generational activities, gentle exercises and musical entertainment. Three home-cooked meals are served each day in the elegant dining room and special diets can be accommodated.
Visitors are impressed by the caring staff and range of activities and amenities in the memory care unit with one reviewer saying, "They were clean and neat. The staff were very helpful and very nice. They had a lot of things -- especially for dementia care."
Revere Court offers memory care in a beautiful setting where the safety and security of the residents are a priority. The community provides residential care, respite care, hospice care and adult day care in a campus with 3.5 acres of park like landscaped grounds. Here, residents can participate in a vast range of recreational activities, lifestyle enhancements and amenities tailored to their needs. Besides daily medical and nursing services, available treatments include more novel approaches, such as aromatherapy, light therapy, touch therapy and music and pet therapy. Accommodations have private showers and individual climate control, and staff is available day and night. Particular attention is devoted to the dining experience, with dieticians ensuring meals adhere to personal restrictions.
Reviewers praise Revere Court for the friendliness and professionalism of its caring team. One says, "The staff was fantastic, helpful, accommodating, and went out of their way to help. The facilities were very nice. I really liked the way housing was set up, and they were very clean." Another says, "I would recommend them to anybody."
Overlooked by trees and surrounded by well-tended gardens just 10 miles northeast of Sacramento is Sunrise of Carmichael, a memory-care and assisted-living community dedicated to giving seniors the support they need while helping them retain as much independence as possible. Chefs tailor freshly prepared meals to residents' diets, including pureed versions for those who struggle with whole foods. Snacks are also available throughout the day. The activity calendar includes a wealth of programs designed to satisfy the social, psychological and spiritual needs of the community's residents. It includes music therapy, gentle walks in the gardens and personalized kits that engage the senses and stimulate the mind. These often include puzzles and adult coloring pages. There are also supervised trips to local attractions, such as the Jensen Botanical Gardens.
The community's efficient organization and individual care for residents get a lot of praise in reviews. The wife of one resident wrote, "My husband is doing very well and is very happy living in this community. The staff are very open, and we have great communication with them regarding his care."
Sunrise of Sacramento is conveniently located near several highways, a short walk from the American River and only eight miles from the shopping and dining experiences of downtown Sacramento. It offers memory care for seniors affected by cognitive conditions and assisted living for those who can retain some independence. The community has many programs and activities designed to enhance its residents' lives, such as Suite Stops, where team members provide colored pencils, word searches and other games that stimulate the mind. They also ensure residents are properly hydrated. Music therapy, nature walks and religious services cater to residents' entertainment, exercise and spiritual needs. Meals are prepared from scratch, cater to special diets, and can be taken with others in the dining room or visiting family members. The community's pet adds a homelike feel to Sunrise of Sacramento.
A common theme amongst reviews is how accommodating the community is regarding changes in doctors and appointments. One resident wrote of how she "really liked that they are small enough to be able to accommodate your doctor's appointments wherever you happen to have them." Another reviewer described the community as "a very bright and cheerful place."
The Meadows at Country Place is tucked behind Lake Greenhaven and within a few minutes' walk of Lake Greenhaven Park, where residents and their families can stroll safely among the trees, bushes and flowers. The community is home to those experiencing dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other conditions that require them to be looked after by trained and experienced carers. Residents can rely on around-the-clock personalized care and assistance with daily tasks, such as moving from their beds to their wheelchairs, grooming and showering. The carers also monitor insulin levels in diabetic residents. Three healthy and nutritious meals are served daily and the cook also prepares snacks throughout the day. Private and shared rooms are designed to be easy to navigate while also offering a measure of luxury and homelike experience.
Reviews of The Meadows at Country Place frequently mention its cleanliness and draw attention to its staff going the extra mile. As one reviewer wrote, "They're fantastic, very inviting, and very friendly. They do a lot of extras. There's a set of candles, flowers, and balloons there. The inside and outside are very clean and inviting."
In the Village at Heritage Park, residents live in a specially designed neighborhood that offers memory care, independent living or assisted living. Here, they can enjoy an active lifestyle aimed at promoting independence and the pursuit of personal interests, whether they have Alzheimer's or forms of dementia. The SPARK lifestyle program, a Montessori-based philosophy for care, helps residents work toward encouraging individual self-expression, pairing it with 24/7 assistance from staff. Among the amenities and activities accessible are wine tasting, cooking and painting classes, lectures, fitness, yoga and a large variety of outdoor activities. Additionally, the dining experience is enriched by a true restaurant setting with daily specials. Escorts to appointments are provided if needed.
Reviewers love the options available and the care the staff provides. "I highly recommend this facility! I recently brought my mother-in-law here and she's very comfortable and enjoying all the amenities," says one.
The Woodlake is a luxury senior living community in Sacramento, situated close to shopping, restaurants and quality healthcare facilities. Residents enjoy independence while receiving holistic, person-centered memory care and assisted living services that include a 24-hour emergency communication system. Its personal trainers conduct wellness assessments on admission to the community to set goals for residents such as increasing flexibility and endurance and improved nutrition. The community also has a signature memory care program that tailors its services according to each residents’ interests and abilities as well as its seven pillars of wellness to ensure that seniors’ days are filled with purpose. Its activities calendar includes fitness classes, language learning programs, music and art therapy, while also offering the world’s first brain fitness center to enhance memory, concentration and brain health. Staff in charge of social programming additionally makes sure that there are always entertaining activities on offer including yoga, cooking classes, golf trips, wine tastings, happy hours and movie nights.
Residents particularly love the gorgeous fireplaces in the communal areas and the traditional vibe. The staff receives praise for its devotion to care, as does the calm, relaxing ethos of this senior living community.
Windsor Care Center of Sacramento specializes in caring for seniors affected by Alzheimer's and dementia at every stage of their memory-loss journey. Its trained caregivers communicate with residents in multiple languages, including Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Igbo and Farsi. Language forms a key part of the community's approach to making the environment homelike, as do the pet therapy sessions and nondenominational religious services. Activities and treatments focus on helping residents attain their highest degree of independence, such as the variety of rehabilitation programs with therapies designed to improve speech, physical fitness and respiratory conditions. Regular entertainment comes in the form of in-house movies and an array of daily activities, such as walks in the community's gardens and games sessions that include arts and crafts and puzzles. There's also an on-site beauty salon and barbershop to help residents look and feel their best.
Despite it being a large community, several reviewers have commented on the personalized standard of care their relatives receive. One wrote, "The place is clean and I like that my wife can sit outside in a garden-like setting. I highly recommend this place if you have a loved one who has memory problems and wanders."