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 Salisbury’s senior population continues to grow (11.58% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Salisbury, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 10.34% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.79%, 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 (5.38% in Salisbury 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 Salisbury. 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 Salisbury, 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:
Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem provides quality memory care near the city’s top attractions. Its Reminiscence neighborhood, which is designed for seniors living with memory loss, features easy-to-navigate floor plans with spacious living and dining spaces adjacent to resident suites, chef-prepared dining, a 24-hour bistro, soft-lit reflection rooms and enclosed outdoor spaces. Staff training is approved by the Alzheimer’s Association, with caregivers available around the clock to assist with bathing, grooming, medication, mobility and eating, all while monitoring behavior, communication and the unique cognitive challenges affecting those with dementia. Therapeutic activities are tailored for the individual, with daily opportunities including multisensory experiences, fitness programs, off-site excursions, group programming and visits from children and pets. Emergency response systems in every suite ensure that staff is easy to reach, offering peace of mind for loved ones.
Visitors praise the staff, ambiance and meals. One reviewer says, "I liked the staff, and the breakfast was really tasty. The dining area was wonderful and spacious, and they've got very friendly people in there. I saw the staff assisting clients to eat. They had a library, beautiful walking trails and gardens. The food was fantastic."
Conveniently located just 30 minutes outside of Charlotte, Brookdale Concord Parkway offers quality care with easy access to the city. With highly-trained caregivers available 24 hours a day, residents receive personalized support with activities like bathing, grooming, mobility and medication, all within a secure, pet-friendly environment. The community’s Clare Bridge program tailors services for residents living with early-to-moderate or late-stage dementia, so they can move through the day at their own pace. With Crossings, residents enjoy art and dance classes, journaling and off-site trips. In Solace, they have more time for personal care while receiving added support and sensory programming, such as aromatherapy. Designed to feel like home, Clare Bridge features easy-to-navigate floor plans painted in soothing colors, comfortable indoor/outdoor common areas and extra protection measures like locked entryways and doorbells to monitor in/out movements.
Visiting relatives like the home-like ambiance and amenities. "From our first impression, everything was very nice, and very clean," says one reviewer. "They have a little kitchen that they let the residents do some cooking activities in, and it looked very nice. They have a nice TV room, a library, and a formal living room."
Residents of Brookdale Lexington enjoy days structured by the Clare Bridge program — a daily calendar of mental, physical and social activities designed to stimulate residents in early and late stages of dementia. The day might start with breakfast and light exercise, followed by dance class, a museum trip or journaling time. These activities can take place in the fireside living room, game room or garden of this secure community. In the cozy dining room, residents eat chef-crafted meals that can be tailored to many diets. Staff provide transportation, medication management and hygiene assistance, depending on residents' needs. To bolster evidence-based programs, personnel receive ongoing training to stay abreast of new developments in memory care research.
Residents and families commend this community's warmth. One relative says, "My wife has adjusted well and has been treated with respect, dignity and love. She is smiling and responding to her new home in a way that could only be accomplished because of the wonderful management and staff."
At Brookdale Lexington, seniors enjoy a vibrant lifestyle paired with a high level of care. The community’s Clare Bridge program is designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with personalized services tailored around their unique needs. Staffed by highly-trained caregivers, residents can receive 24/7 assistance with daily activities like medication, mobility, personal hygiene and grooming. The team receives ongoing training to stay updated on the latest dementia care methods, whether residents need help with visual cues and communication or around-the-clock support. The easy-to-navigate environment features walls painted in cheerful colors with plenty of natural light, along with a 24-hour security system and doorbells to monitor in/out movements. Engaging activities include dance classes, art lessons, multisensory experiences, outings to local museums, live music and aromatherapy, depending on the resident’s physical and cognitive skill level.
Residents love the community's home-like ambiance. One reviewer says, "This is my home. Everyone is real nice to me and they treat me good. We have activities with Hannah and she is so sweet. We have good food all the time and it's more than I can eat. I have a lot of friends here."
Brookdale Peachtree features a specially designed Clare Bridge neighborhood for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This secure setting features spacious apartments with ample natural light and walls painted in cheerful colors, along with welcoming indoor/outdoor common areas that help residents feel right at home. Experienced caregivers receive ongoing training to stay current with the latest dementia care methods, and they’re available to support seniors 24 hours a day. Divided into two distinct programs, Clare Bridge provides services tailored around residents’ cognitive and physical health. Crossings, for seniors with early- to moderate-stage memory loss, offers a full schedule of activities that encourage socialization and engagement, from art and dance classes to sharing stories, journaling and visiting local museums. Solace, for residents with late-stage dementia, adds an extra layer of programming with sensory options such as music and aromatherapy.
Loved ones like the spacious rooms and active calendar. "My parents have a very nice, large room that looks out to a wooded area, which is very calming," one relative says. "They also offer programs every day ... They do get the people out of the building to eat once or twice a week."
The Brookdale Winston-Salem community is dedicated solely to memory care. Its cozy fireside living room, enclosed patio and library are painted soft, cheerful colors to help create a familiar environment. In these areas, residents can enjoy dancing, painting, card games and karaoke. The staff also provides 24/7 help with hygiene, transportation and incontinence support. Through the Clare Bridge memory care program, residents have a day structured around six gentle activities each day, with separate programs dedicated to early and late-stage dementia. The staff encourage residents' independence by supervising activities such as gardening and cooking. All suites include large windows and personal baths. In the on-site clinic and therapeutic whirlpool, staff assist residents with physical and medical needs. Personnel regularly receive updated training. The security system and keypad entries help keep residents safe at all hours. To provide nutritious meals, the rotating menu can be tailored to residents' dietary needs.
Residents and families consistently praise the staff's personal, compassionate care. One reviewer says staff "takes care of my mom like she is their mom. I could not ask for more love and care from the staff."
Concord Place provides memory care, assisted living care and respite care in a quiet, calm community about 30 minutes northeast of Charlotte. The community's caregiving staff develops resident-specific care plans coordinated and overseen by a licensed nurse. The site's layout works to engage memory care residents on cognitive and social levels, providing easily recognizable visual cues that stoke familiarity and welcoming common spaces that encourage spending time with neighbors. Religious services, fitness classes, bingo nights and ice cream parties, among other activities, help keep residents engaged with the community. Residents are encouraged to bring their companion pets. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services and apartment maintenance are built into monthly rent, helping residents keep their living areas tidy.
Family members give this community's caregiving staff exceptionally high marks. "From the moment we first visited the facility to this day the staff has been extremely helpful, kind, and compassionate to the family and my mother," writes one resident's daughter. "Mom wants for nothing. They watch over her and care for her with professionalism and kindness and empathy."
Located in central Charlotte, with shops and entertainment in the vicinity, Elmcroft of Harrisburg offers pet-friendly assisted living and memory care options. Residents enjoy meals prepared by a professional chef in restaurant-style dining rooms, a large patio and gardens to take in some fresh air, and various activities tailored to their interests and needs. The range of activities on offer is impressive and includes bingo, art classes, wood crafts and exercise. While the on-site beauty salon and visiting cosmetologist ensures seniors always look their best. Memory care residents participate in the Chronicles Program, which provides specialist care and a secure environment with activities that focus on independence, engagement and wellness. The living spaces are designed to encourage socialization while creating a safe space for activities.
Family members noted the caring staff and activities offered, with one family member saying, "...The staff was very nice. They just were the nicest people we've ever met. All of them were very friendly. They go to Wal-mart once a week, and they do bingo and exercise classes, and that kind of thing..."
Elmcroft of Salisbury is a welcoming and comfortable senior living community that focuses on providing independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. The community features a memory care program called Chronicles that is designed to give older adults with Alzheimer's, dementia or other types of cognitive impairments as much independence as possible. Its spacious apartments are laid out with security and privacy in mind and allow residents to decorate them with their own cherished keepsakes for familiarity. Specially trained 24/7 staff assists with daily living tasks and manages disruptive behaviors, communication problems and loss of appetite. Seniors are encouraged to participate in fulfilling activities such as gardening, exercises, games, crafts and social outings. A culinary team prepares and serves three restaurant-style meals each day. Housekeeping, laundry and maintenance are services also offered at Elmcroft of Salisbury.
Reviewers appreciate Elmcroft of Salisbury's attentive care. A relative wrote, "The facilities are very clean and very pretty. It is just an excellent place. They have a minimum of 6 activities a day. They keep them very busy. The dining area is very nice. It is like a nice posh restaurant."
With local shops and attractions within easy walking distance, Forest Heights Senior Living Community provides assisted living, memory care and respite services to the Winston-Salem area. The large courtyard surrounded by trees has seating for residents who enjoy spending time outdoors. Inside, plenty of living and community spaces encourage social interaction. Seniors can take advantage of restaurant-style dining in the community dining room, or they can head to the bistro. The large activity center also doubles as the perfect venue for regular entertainment. The Bridge to Rediscovery program is the basis of care for memory care residents, offering activities and therapies designed to engage. A number of planned social activities encourage interactions among the community members.
Family members comment on the accommodation and activities offered, with the sibling of a resident saying, "He has participated in a couple of outings. They have people who come in to volunteer, some residents play the piano and music instruments, and so on. Also, during the holidays they had lots of gatherings for the residents..."
Homestead Hills, located in the north part of North Carolina, focuses on ensuring residents live longer, healthier and happier lives. Its memory care program, Reflections, includes family engagement and a person-centered approach delivered by highly trained caregivers. Floor plans are designed to be cheerfully lit and easily navigable for those with cognitive issues. An emergency call system and 24/7 staff monitoring provides peace of mind for residents and families alike. Homestead Hills' award-winning WAVES programming uses the community's heated indoor pool to provide a therapeutic, low-impact exercise option. The community also offers assisted living, independent living and skilled nursing services.
Residents and their relatives love Homestead Hills' care. "My wife moved into Homestead Hills," writes one resident's husband. "It is excellent, and there's absolutely no problem. It's very well taken care of. The staff is good, the nursing staff is sufficient, and the food is good, too. The dining area is very nice ... Overall, it has been very favorable."
Mallard Ridge Assisted Living provides memory care and assisted living services in historic Salisbury, North Carolina. The community's Horizons memory care neighborhood emphasizes independence, individuality and dignity, with a full-time social director tasked with creating activities that appeal to residents' specific interests and skills. Professional caregivers are available at all hours, providing regular wellness checks, administering medications, and assisting residents with dressing and grooming as needed. The staff coordinates care with external services to offer access to various therapists. Mallard Ridge's staff also provides off-site transportation to medical appointments. Seniors receive three nutritious meals a day and can help shape the menu by participating in the regularly scheduled resident food councils.
Family members and friends of residents enthusiastically recommend this community. "Only praises for the staff at Mallard Ridge," says one resident's daughter. "They have gone above and beyond on so many occasions. ... [Dad] is well cared for and I feel like they keep him safe, which is always my first priority."
Mocksville Senior Living aims to provide a community that feels like home, boasting a private spa, on-site beauty salon and barbershop among its amenities. The community dining room serves nutritious meals and doubles as the perfect spot to catch up with the neighbors, while residents looking for some time out can relax in their rooms which are fitted with cable TV and individual climate control for comfort. Memory care residents all receive a personalized care plan that addresses their specific needs and considers their interests and personalities. The secured memory care area ensures that those with wandering behaviors are kept safe at all times. Life enriching programming includes a range of activities such as arts and crafts and holiday parties, designed to create a sense of purpose among community members.
Family members are impressed by the staff and family atmosphere, with one family member saying, "I have been very impressed by the caring staff at Mocksville Senior Living. They are taking such good care of my father in his time of need. I really appreciate all of the staff for their excellent and compassionate care. They really treat my father like he is a part of the family."
Morningside of Concord is a pet-friendly community offering assisted living and memory care options. The community has plenty to keep the residents busy with a games and cards room, library and activities center. There is an on-site beauty salon so residents can ensure they look their best. The restaurant-style dining provides individualized healthy and nutritious meal options while residents who enjoy cooking can participate in the cooking competitions offered as part of the activities program. In the secured memory care area, seniors enjoy the benefits of community living and having other residents to interact with socially. The overarching goal of memory care is to assist the residents in functioning at the highest level possible. To achieve this goal, medical resources tailored to individual needs are provided, along with stimulating activities designed to fulfill social, spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
Family members praised the entertainment, activities and wonderful staff, with one family member saying, "...When anyone is searching for a Community that is terrific with daily living as far as conversation, dressing, eating, grooming, bathing, transportation; come here... The Residents have indoor & outdoor activities; and Family Night... a musician and finger food that is finger licking good..."
Built on beautifully landscaped grounds, Southfork provides assisted living and memory care services for seniors in the Winston-Salem area. The community's staff is available 24 hours a day to help residents with activities of daily living, medication administration, and housekeeping and laundry services, ensuring a stress-free lifestyle. Residents with Alzheimer's and similar forms of memory loss reside in a specialized, secure neighborhood and have access to an emergency call system for safety and peace of mind. Living areas feature simple layouts free of stairs and elevators, making them easy to navigate for those with cognitive or physical issues. A registered dietitian oversees the community's food services. Flexible meal times allow seniors to enjoy dinner on their personal schedules.
Family members praise the community's care. "I have had nothing but good experiences ... The staff is top notch and attentive to the residents needs," writes a resident's niece. "The facility goes out of their way to ensure that its residents are well taken care of and host a wide variety of daily activities to keep everyone busy."
Located near the historical district of Albemarle, Spring Arbor of Albemarle offers assisted living and memory care options to the area. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, with the front porch rocking chairs a popular choice. Residents can pursue an active lifestyle with programs that promote fitness, regular entertainment and excursions to visit local sites. The communal dining room is the perfect spot to chat with other community members over one of the three delicious meals served each day. Memory Care residents have several programs available to them. The Wise and Well program provides different classes and sessions designed to improve strength, maintain balance and increase mental functioning. Hearts and Harmony recognizes the value of music as therapy with activities such as Singfit stimulating the brain while encouraging movement.
Family members praised the accommodation and the friendly staff, with one family member saying, "My husband has moved into Spring Arbor... The place is excellent... All of the staff members are extremely friendly and helpful. The place is very clean...They have people coming every day with different activities... They play games and take them out."
Conveniently located near local shops and medical facilities, Summit Place of Mooresville offers assisted living, memory care and respite care. Summit Place's Bridge to Rediscovery memory care program focuses on providing seniors with activities that relate to their interests and create daily opportunities for empowering successes. The community's layout is designed for easy, stress-free navigation. Residents enjoy 5-star meals served restaurant-style in the community dining room; seniors who enjoy gardening can take advantage of raised beds in the campus' backyard. An on-site beauty salon ensures residents can always look their best.
Family members speak well of the community's caregivers. "I am 100% satisfied with the staff. They are awesome," says a resident's daughter. "My mom likes the food they serve, and that makes me happy ... The rooms are very nice and always clean too ... They do offer several different activities all the time. I would surely recommend this community."
TerraBella Lake Norman is a pet-friendly senior community located near downtown Mooresville with various assisted living, independent living, and memory care lifestyle options. The community offers a choice of inviting studio, one and two-bedroom apartments with a full kitchen or kitchenette, walk-in shower and emergency alert system. For older adults living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other types of memory loss, its Life Guidance memory care program helps them live a fulfilling and independent life. A caring staff is available 24 hours a day to lend seniors a hand with daily living needs. Nurses are always on-call to manage medications and any health issues. Residents are encouraged to get involved in the many brain-enriching activities at the cognitive learning center. Chef-prepared meals, including vegetarian, are served in the dining area. Other services include housekeeping, laundry, scheduled transportation and apartment maintenance.
The staff is so caring and TerraBella is located within minutes of local amenities. One resident remarked, "I love everything about this facility!! It’s sleek, close to almost EVERYTHING which is a huge plus for me and the staff is AMAZING- so personable and friendly!"
Nestled in a quiet, rural area around 30 miles north of Salisbury, NC, Trinity Elms Assisted Living is a nonprofit retirement community operated by Lutheran Services Carolinas. Located within the homelike community is the Josie Simmons Eller Memory Enrichment Center. In the center, seniors with Alzheimer's disease can benefit from personalized bedrooms, enhanced monitoring, specialized activity programming, nutritional meals and regular visits from therapy dogs. The center's staff members include certified nursing assistants and dementia-trained caregivers who take time to learn each resident's personal life history, interests and preferences. Residents receive customized personal care assistance and 24/7 support dealing with dementia-related physical and emotional challenges. An ice cream parlor and outdoor walking trails are amenities residents can enjoy with visiting loved ones. Residents have priority access to skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services at Trinity Elms Health and Rehab Center.
Families appreciate the clean facilities, kind, competent staff and happy atmosphere within the community. "I could not be happier with how my mother is cared for. The staff is so loving, and always has a smile on their face," expresses one resident's daughter. The daughter of two long-term residents adds, "[It's] always so clean, and everyone is so nice."
Located close to restaurants and shops, Westchester Harbour at Providence Place offers assisted living and memory care options to the High Point area. Each community member receives a customized care plan that provides assistance with the activities of daily living and supports them to remain socially engaged, interact and participate in the opportunities on offer. An outdoor courtyard patio with plenty of seating is the perfect place to spend some time relaxing. A partnership with the Culinary Services Group sees residents served locally sourced, fresh meals designed to meet nutritional requirements. Memory care residents are provided with a range of stimulating daily activities. Staff ensure that they understand each resident's personal story so they can converse and offer activities that meet the changing needs and abilities of each resident,
Family members praised the food and helpful staff, with one family member saying, "My aunt and uncle moved into Westchester Harbour and seem to be adjusting well. She has therapy, and people come in and hold services, and sing. The staff was very helpful... My uncle said he's never had a meal that wasn't good."