Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Schaumburg’s senior population continues to grow (9% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Schaumburg, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 11% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 28%, 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 lower than the rest of the nation (4.59% in Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg. 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.
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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 Schaumburg, 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:
Friendship Village of Schaumburg provides a comprehensive range of memory care services and amenities to seniors living with memory loss. Its Reflections neighborhood is specifically designed for those who are living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, with 24-7 care from experienced and compassionate dementia care specialists in a secure and calming environment. The specialists create individualized care plans that are tailored to each resident's needs and abilities. Friendship Village of Schaumburg also provides a variety of activities, including music therapy, art therapy and daily exercise programs to help enhance their residents's quality of life. The community also offers a variety of amenities, including private apartments with kitchenettes, a beauty salon, an on-site library and chapel and an outdoor patio and courtyard. All of these services and amenities are designed to help residents of Friendship Village of Schaumburg lead a fulfilling, purposeful and safe life.
Family members speak highly of the considerate care team. One writes, "I give Friendship Village a five-star rating. [My mother-in-law] and our family were always treated with care and respect... We were warmly welcomed by staff who took the time to get to know us."
Residents entering the MyTapestry memory care program at Lutheran Home live in private rooms with integrated safety and accessibility features. Staff caregivers are trained in dementia and Alzheimer's care techniques, and support residents throughout their daily routine by employing a whole-person approach that acknowledges differences in individual strengths, beliefs, preferences and family histories. Community-sponsored activities take place within secure and comfortable community spaces, and include sensory activities such as music therapy, pet therapy, massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. In addition to memory-focused services, the community's staff members provide skilled nursing, incontinence care, medication management, respiratory care and wound care services. Caregivers provide around-the-clock assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming and ambulation, and occupational, speech and physical therapies are also available. The dining staff provide three nutritious meals per day, and can accommodate a variety of special diets.
Residents and their family members praise the community's activity calendar and level of staff professionalism. One family member writes, "Lutheran Home checked all the boxes. They have intellectually stimulating activities [where] you can really put your brain into gear... The staff was friendly with the other residents and with each other."
Located at the heart of Schaumburg, IL near churches, parks and restaurants, Mount Prospect Senior Living offers personalized memory care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions related to memory loss. The community offers specialized, sensory-focused programs designed to enrich the lives of its residents, which can include culinary classes, gardening opportunities and arts and crafts sessions. Mount Prospect has implemented systems to help keep residents and their visitors safe from viruses and pathogens, with a safe memory care lounge and a hands-free entry portal that inactivates harmful pathogens using ultraviolet light. The community features comfortable one and two-bedroom suites in a variety of configurations. Amenities for memory care residents at Mount Prospect Senior Living include a beauty salon, a movie theater, spacious gardens and walking paths and a wellness and fitness center. A full activity schedule is available each day, with choices such as brain teasers, beach ball toss and movie nights.
Residents are grateful to the community's thoughtful, devoted staff. One writes, "Mount Prospect Senior Living is the best senior living facility in the area. The staff cares for the residents, takes pride in their work and provides exceptional service to help families feel comfortable... The move-in process could not have been easier."
Charter Senior Living of Poplar Creek is a memory care provider in Hoffman Estates, IL. The community features the only Flourish memory care program in the Chicago area, which personalizes care with research-backed technology and unique activities that include seven core areas of programming. The Oshiboro experience provides consistent schedules and calming aromatherapy. Caregivers assist with activities of daily living as needed, including grooming and medication assistance. The community fitness room helps residents maintain their physical health, while common rooms lend spaces for them to take part in activities or relax. Seniors can take a stroll through the landscaped gardens in a secure courtyard. Chefs prepare and serve four meals, and residents can snack throughout the day. Weekly housekeeping and laundry are provided, and the community is pet-friendly.
Visitors report the community was well-kept and the staff takes good care of residents. One writes, "It was clean and they had nice visitation areas for their patients. I saw the [residents] there and they all seemed to be well taken care of... The rooms I saw were very nice and nicely arranged."
Arden Courts of Elk Grove is designed as a safe and secure environment for residents to be independent. Staffed by specially trained caregivers, the community cares for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Upon entry, seniors are assessed by a professional staff member, who helps to develop an individualized service plan that can be regularly adjusted to meet changes in routine and cognitive decline. Warm, friendly common spaces lend an opportunity to residents to relax and socialize, with an inviting kitchen, family rooms and walking paths within enclosed courtyards to let residents safely explore. The ProMedica Memory Care Fund assists those coping with memory loss via support center services and caregiver education. Visual cues around the community and homelike amenities enable residents to navigate and live to their fullest ability.
Reviewers praise the devoted care team for easing the process for residents and family. One writes, "Arden Courts is a small community of caring staff that make it a point to work with families to make the transition to memory care the best it can be."
The Moorings of Arlington Heights focuses on granting seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss the delight of sharing life and laughter with kindred spirits. In an environment sensitive to individual needs, residents enjoy a sense of belonging, and caregivers highlight everyday successes. As part of the community's person-centered dementia care, a well-thought-out activities calendar helps residents improve their socialization. It's Never 2 Late, an integrated technology system, adapts activities to the residents's abilities, aids in increasing cognitive stimulation and encourages family involvement. The memory care music therapy program Songs by Heart brings together professional singers and residents to make music. Meals are served in family-style dining rooms, with early-bird breakfast options and snacks throughout the day.
Residents speak highly of the attentive care and quality dining. One reviewer writes, "The staff was very good. The room was clean and nice, and it was well-serviced... The food was good, and you could even pick your own menu."
Residents entering The Radcliff's memory care program participate in a holistic health and wellness program designed to keep them socially, mentally and physically engaged through a variety of individualized programs and care services. The community offers a selection of floor plans, each equipped with a kitchenette, individual thermostat control and a host of safety and accessibility features. Memory care residents live in a secure neighborhood with access to an enclosed outdoor courtyard, and can enjoy supervised access to community amenities. 24-7 awake staff members provide emergency monitoring and assistance with activities of daily living, and the community employs a general practitioner and physical therapist on the staff roster. The community-sponsored event schedule includes both on- and off-site activities, including light exercise classes, arts and crafts workshops, live entertainment and spiritual services. The community provides regular housekeeping and laundry services, and features an on-site beautician. Pets are accepted within a size limit.
Radcliff residents and their loved ones value the staff's level of competence and attention to residents's well-being. One family member writes, "I have to say the staff is very well-trained and are hands-on with caring for the residents. My family and I feel so grateful to have our mom in a place that really takes good care of her."
Residents entering the memory care program at The Oaks of Bartlett live in private rooms in a secure neighborhood with their peers. The community approaches memory care through a social model that creates meaning and purpose through structured interaction, and schedules events and activities that offer residents physical, cognitive, spiritual and social stimulation throughout the day. Each room includes a private bathroom and can be furnished with residents's own personal items or mementos. 24-7 awake staff provide emergency monitoring, programmatic support, medication management and assistance with activities of daily living. In addition to an indoor walking area, residents have secure access to outdoor walking paths surrounded by woods and greenery. The community has a spiritual life coordinator on staff, and organizes on-site spiritual services. Three chef-inspired, dietician-approved meals are served daily in the communal dining area, and residents have access to a therapeutic spa and physical therapy services. Housekeeping and laundry services are available on the premises.
Residents and their families appreciate the staff's dedication to residents's well-being and overall professionalism. One reviewer writes, "The staff was friendly, interactive, knowledgeable, and interested in the individual residents. They seemed to be doing everything right."
Oak Crest Residence & Atrium Apartments, located in Elgin, IL, about 12 miles west of Schaumburg, is a secured community with a signature memory care curriculum: The Keeping Program. Residents at Oak Crest living with memory loss are treated with respect and dignity in a secured environment, where caregivers are focused on using cues and daily reminders to preserve what matters most. On-site amenities include a dining room, pub and a bistro as well as a beauty salon, an enclosed courtyard and indoor and outdoor walking paths. The staff takes care of laundry, housekeeping and private cleaning services and can assist residents with daily living tasks. Caregivers can also help with grocery shopping and running errands as needed, and a nurse is on campus at all times. For entertainment, residents enjoy movies, crafts and puzzles. Lifelong learning is encouraged through classes in art, cooking, stretching and wine tasting.
Family members praise the hands-on staff and the array of activities. One writes, "The staff members, from top to bottom, are fantastic... every time we came to visit they were so engaged with the residents and always being kept busy with a variety of activities."
The Auberge at Lake Zurich offers assisted living and memory care in the Lake County region of Illinois. The property includes peaceful outdoor spaces, including a patio and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Common spaces, indoor and outside, encourage residents to socialize. The beauty salon, library and arts and crafts center allow residents to carry on with the activities they enjoyed before their transition. Memory care services at The Auberge are based on the Montessori method, and include programs designed to increase cognition and give residents a sense of purpose and accomplishment. A typical week might include group exercise classes, musical performances and cooking classes. Residents's individual care plans are updated at least once every six months. Health care services may include assistance with daily living tasks, medication management and diabetic care. Each day, the chef prepares three nourishing meals, which often incorporate vegetables grown in the on-site garden.
Family members of residents appreciate the friendly staff, the family atmosphere and the varied activities. One writes, "It is a great community to put your loved one in. They have great teamwork, and everyone has a caring personality."
Sunrise of Schaumburg is an award-winning community with around-the-clock care for seniors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Residents have access to a 24-hour team of caregivers for help with the activities of daily living, as well as visiting physicians, a pharmacy and physical and occupational therapy on-site. The pet-friendly community has a Reminiscence neighborhood that's carefully designed for those facing cognitive challenges. Its easy-to-navigate layout has motion sensors, contrasting colors and life skills stations filled with interactive items such as vanities filled with jewelry. The activity program features unique opportunities to socialize and engage everyday, including fitness classes such as yoga and tai chi, gardening and social events. Cognitive activities help seniors maintain their abilities and include options such as trivia and games.
Visiting family members like the peaceful environment. "Lovely, cheerful clean facility indoors & outside," notes one relative, who appreciates the secure nature areas. "The outdoor patio spaces are inviting: peaceful, well kept & uplifting with plenty of plants, trees & comfy seating areas. The staff is professional, warm & helpful. Food services are good quality & lots of variety. Friendly residents."
Located near Elmhurst and Central DuPage Hospitals, Sunrise of Bloomingdale provides specialized memory care with convenient access to medical support. Using the latest research, caregivers offer individualized assistance for seniors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss 24/7, including help with the activities of daily living. Using the Validation method, they use empathy and clear communication to understand residents, tailor programs around their needs and help improve well-being. Team training is recognized by the Alzheimer's Association, and the Reminiscence memory care neighborhood features motion sensors for wayfinding, life skills stations and personalized shadow boxes outside resident apartments. Tableside dining technology lets staff view residents' preferences and dietary requirements to connect them with menu choices or tailor dishes around their needs. Activities such as music therapy, hobby clubs and one-on-one programming help tap into residents' memories.
Loved ones value the active lifestyle available at Sunrise. "Mom is settled into the routine and is putting on weight," says one relative. "I often see her participating in watching old movies and playing Bingo. She still talks about riding in the bus as part of the Bloomingdale parade. A favorite memory. My mom is thriving again at Sunrise."
Clarendale of Addison offers seniors a continuum of care from independent living to memory care. The community boasts indoor and outdoor common areas, a library and a salon. Residents also enjoy access to Main Street shops and a media room. They receive help with daily tasks like housekeeping and laundry as well as health care services such as medication management and high acuity care. The restaurant-style dining room offers anytime dining with a variety of meals prepared by a professional chef. Special diets are accommodated. The Health & Wellness Navigation Program incorporates eight aspects of wellness,including emotional, environmental, physical and social,into each resident's personalized care plan. This wellness mindset aims to foster playfulness, laughter and positive experiences. The physical aspect of care includes fitness activities, nutrition and preventative health screenings. Residents can also get help managing sleep and stress.
Relatives of residents praise the accommodating staff, the exceptional food and the cleanliness of the community. One says, "My mom moved into Clarendale of Addsion a couple of months ago. The building is beautiful, clean and brand new. The staff is attentive, friendly, and comforting to both residents and family."
Lakeview Memory Care Community in Bloomington, IL, is one of 39 senior care homes in the Keolsch communities network. These communities feature Historical Surprises designed to spark residents' memories including classic cars, pictures of residents' alma maters and a personalized shadow box outside every suite filled with memorabilia from the occupant's life. In the club room, residents play games and watch TV, while the communal living room offers comfortable seating for reading or visiting. A full-service salon and an ice cream shop are also available. Through the Humantitude care model, the staff focuses on establishing eye contact, speaking softly to residents and helping them be physically upright whenever possible. Licensed nursing is available 24/7. The Living Well life enrichment program aims to engage residents on seven pillars of wellness, including nature, art and spirit. The full social activity calendar includes musical experiences, physical fitness activities and interest-based clubs. Day trips and outings are also part of the schedule.
Relatives of residents appreciate the family-like setting, the high-end furnishings and the personalized care. One says, "In my observations and interactions with the staff, I've found them to be compassionate, humane and professional, and they have treated my aunt and other residents like family."
Waverly Inn Memory Care Community is conveniently situated right off Route 12 in Arlington Heights, IL. Residents here can play card and board games in the clubroom, take in scenic views from the sun room and enjoy fresh air from the secured, interior courtyard. They can also benefit from participating in the distinctive Koelsch memory care program, which is designed to help residents renew their sense of purpose by providing a multifaceted approach to care. This approach encourages residents to appreciate different forms of art and music and interact purposefully with their loved ones and the greater community. The activity schedule gives residents the chance to participate in crafting projects and music therapy and offers opportunities for their families to attend special celebrations.
Waverly Inn earns high marks for being a thoughtfully designed community with spacious rooms and amiable caregivers. One reviewer remarks, "The building is built in a circle so that residents who wander cannot get lost. The room sizes are decent. The staff is very pleasant to work with, the facility is done up nice, and it is a stimulating environment."
Memory care services at Church Creek include the Bridge to Rediscovery dementia care program and the Ageility gym, where residents can partake in physical, occupational and speech therapy. Staff also provides medication management, regular health and wellness assessments and on-site nursing supervision. The community features a library and movie theater so residents can enjoy themselves reading a new book or joining in a movie night. There's also a salon where residents can take care of their physical appearance in a way that helps them maintain their dignity. Dining options include a restaurant-style dining room, a pub and a cyber cafe. Residents can choose from a wide variety of activities such as exercise classes, cultural excursions and happy hours. Free transportation to local attractions such as parks, historical sites and museums is available.
Family members of residents appreciate the attentive staff and the quality of care. One says, "We were very happy with the care that my mom received from this nice community. The staff was very nice and attentive to her needs. The community was always clean and maintained. The menu was very good for her."
Located northwest of downtown Chicago, Westbrook Senior Living is a perfect transition into a convenient and well-tailored retirement life with access to memory care services. A Montessori-based philosophy for care encourages and maximizes the residents' abilities, interests and preferences to foster the development of residents with dementia and their families in the community. Trained and dedicated team members customize the seniors' experiences to help them do what's comfortable and familiar. The community care team uses an assessment tool to determine the level of dementia in residents to serve them better. Residents are offered weekly housekeeping services and assistance with daily living activities such as grooming, bathing and toileting. The dining room serves three nutritious chef-prepared meals daily. Schedule transportation to doctor's appointments and outings are available. The community has a signature fitness program hosted by certified physical therapists, customized according to individual demands to boost the health and wellness of seniors.
Family and loved ones speak highly of Westbrook Senior Living. One reviewer says," I visited several rooms, and they were extremely clean. The environment in Westbrook was really good, and I was really impressed. Everything was organized, and all the people there were happy and well-assisted so I became very confident. I saw their amenities."
Artis Senior Living of Bartlett is a homey community providing a secure environment with four distinct neighborhoods. The community uses intentional design to provide security and independence for the residents. The home offers specialized care and innovative engagement programming to seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia forms- all in one safe and serene atmosphere. The community focused on memory care and assisted living to provide education and support for residents through their journey. Caregivers have advanced training in dementia care and are skilled at managing clinical manifestations of memory loss, such as wandering, aggression and anxiety. 24/7 supervision in a secure setting ensures residents are safe, while treatment and innovative therapy raise their engagement with the outer world and slow the progression of dementia. The staff serves with genuine compassion, partnering with residents and family members to create customized care plans.
Artis Senior Living of Bartlett generates confidence among residents and their loved ones. One reviewer remarks, "I am so grateful for the kind and loving community we found at Artis. It is a priceless feeling knowing that my dad is in capable and loving hands in a safe environment."
Encore Memory Care at South Barrington is located only 1 mile from Interstate 90 and 4 miles from the Ascension Saint Alexis hospital in South Barrington, IL. This community is designed to be bright and cozy with numerous indoor gathering spaces, including a great room with a fireplace and a library with comfortable seating. There are also several enclosed courtyards where residents can enjoy the outdoors in a safe setting. Residents can foster feelings of accomplishment and purpose by taking part in guided activities, such as setting tables and folding towels. The memory care program here takes into account each resident's personal history by working with loved ones to accommodate their health care needs and honor their legacy. Licensed nurses are given specialized training to provide daily assistance and support services for residents with memory-related conditions.
Reviewers appreciate that Encore at South Barrington has roomy accommodations, helpful staff members and fun activities. One says, "They met our expectations. Their amenities are good. The rooms are big and accessible, as well as the bathrooms and the dining room.. They have staff there to help them. They play bingo and music."
With two distinct neighborhoods for seniors living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, Sunrise of Barrington supports residents at all stages of memory loss. Programming is tailored around their individual needs, so residents can rely on 24/7 personalized assistance with the activities of daily living. In Terrace Club, seniors with early to moderate dementia benefit from an easy-to-navigate setting with small-group programming involving physical fitness, home and life skills and occupation-based activities. Resident support groups help seniors find comfort in each other and share their experiences. A brain-healthy diet promotes well-being, so seniors dine on chef-crafted meals made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. In Reminiscence, seniors with advanced dementia are paired with life enrichment managers who learn their needs and keep them stimulated with evidence-based activities, such as exercise programs to get them moving, brain teasers, art classes, trivia, gardening, games and puzzles.
Residents' family members appreciate the vibrant schedule. "They have an AWESOME activities coordinator who shares through an app all the latest projects, activities, etc. the residents are doing," says one satisfied relative. "You can feel the passion she has for her job. It has been so great to see pictures of my mom participating!"