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 Tempe's senior population continues to grow (23.05% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Tempe, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 11.98% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 19.21%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (8.54% in Tempe 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 Tempe. 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 Tempe, 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.
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Brookdale Tempe is an Alzheimer's and dementia care community that prides itself on personalized support. Highly trained team members are available around the clock, assisting with daily tasks, such as bathing, grooming and medication management, while encouraging a sense of purpose and engaging residents in their talents and skills. Programming addresses residents at all stages of memory loss. Clare Bridge is for those with early-to-moderate dementia, while Solace supports seniors in later stages of memory loss. Clare Bridge focuses on socialization and staying active in the body, mind and soul. Residents enjoy daily fitness classes, mental workouts, poetry, devotionals, creative exercises, live music and movies. Solace adds a layer of sensory programming, including aromatherapy and extra time for grooming. The memory care neighborhood is safe and easy to navigate with way-finding cues, soothing wall cues, secured entry and exits and an emergency alert system.
Visiting relatives compliment the competent team. "Staff was always caring and they actually enjoyed interacting with the residents," says a resident's wife. "The administrator, nurses, and activity director set the tone and were actively involved with the residents and the other staff. The staff are well trained. Respectful diversion and personal comfort are used very successfully."
Brookdale North Mesa is a homey community that pairs country living with convenient access to nearby shops and parks. Its Clare Bridge memory care program is tailored for residents living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Seniors reside in their own secure neighborhood with keypad entry, monitored entrances and exits and enclosed courtyards. This easy-to-navigate setting is designed to function as a home, with walls painted in soothing colors and comforting areas to relax, dine and enjoy daily activities. Personalized care plans ensure every resident receives the support they need. Highly trained staff members are available around the clock, helping with tasks, such as bathing, eating meals and taking medication. Supportive dining features nutritious, dementia-friendly meals served family-style. An engaging social calendar centers around seniors' interests and abilities, including brain games, art classes, dancing, music programs and gardening, to explore life stories.
Visiting relatives like the friendly ambiance. "Everybody is happy. It is a nice place. My mother said everybody is so nice," says one reviewer. "When we walked in the front door the first day, three or four people stopped and waved. They have been very good to my mother and even to us as visitors."
Courtyard Towers supports assisted and independent living along with memory care. Located in the historic district of downtown Mesa, AZ, Courtyard Towers opened its doors in 1987. The community offers a full social calendar of activities and adapts services to residents' specialized needs. For memory care residents, Courtyard Towers proudly utilizes an award-winning SPARK program, based on research and science, rehabilitation techniques, meaningful social engagement and proprietary assessment tools. The community focuses on healthy living by offering nutritional meals and a daily fitness program. On-site occupational, speech and physical therapies are also available. Scheduled outings for errands, such as shopping, banking and libraries, are encouraged.
Overall, residents are happy at Courtyard Towers, speaking well of the staff and the views the rooms afford. "My loved one is here and she is really improving. They are really helping her in the memory care unit," writes one reviewer. "They try to individualize a plan to the person and they are taking good care of her. They try to individualize a plan to the person and they are taking good care of her."
An award-winning community in the heart of the city, Sunrise of Chandler provides personalized memory care with easy access to numerous medical facilities. Its Reminiscence neighborhood is designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and dementia. In this secure, easy-to-navigate environment, they receive around-the-clock care from a highly trained team. Personalized plans include assistance with bathing, dressing, mobility, socialization, continence and medication management. Using validation therapy, staff ask open-ended questions and match residents' emotions to learn about their unique needs and preferences and provide individualized support. Recreational, social and educational programs are tailored around residents' interests, including crafts, puzzles, cognitive programming and art projects in the community's soft-lit reflection rooms or activity areas.
Loved ones appreciate the community's family-like feel. One relative says, "My parents have been at Sunrise for about a year and a half now and feel secure, cared for and have made many new friends and "family" in the staff and residents. Thank you for helping create an environment that meets both of my parents needs."
North Chandler Place is a senior living community that offers a full continuum of care to residents ages 55 and up. Seniors who have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia reside in the community's memory care program. The dementia-oriented advanced care program is based in a safe, secure memory care neighborhood that's independent of the rest of North Chandler Place's 19-acre campus. Seniors enrolled in memory care here can choose from private studios or companion suites, both of which feature simple, intuitive floor layouts that keep feelings of confusion and agitation among residents at bay. Personal care attendants encourage residents through any activities of daily living they struggle with, reducing the incidence of frustration in seniors with dementia. Caregivers give memory care residents kind, patient reminders throughout the day, in turn eliminating feelings of confusion as they happen.
Visitors make positive remarks about this community's numerous amenities and cordial caregivers. One says, "The staff was phenomenal. They had a fitness center, a cafeteria or lunch place where you can choose to eat, and a hair salon onsite. There's a Wall of Veterans, which I really love. Everyone was charming and had a great personality."
Olive Grove Assisted Living and Memory Care is a pet-friendly senior living community near the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Caregivers are available at all times to help residents with activities of daily living. Spacious apartments have a balcony or patio with scenic views of landscaped grounds. An all-day restaurant-style dining room lets residents choose their own mealtimes. Seniors can spend time outdoors safely in an enclosed outdoor courtyard. On-site amenities include a library, a life enrichment room, a beauty salon and a wellness and fitness center.
Families praise attentive, welcoming staff. One relative says, "A community that cares and respects its residents. They have listened to family and resident concerns and have taken many steps to make the community a warm and inviting place to live. Their commitment to providing exceptional care has made many positive impacts on the residents' lives."
Nestled onto a spacious five-acre campus, Brookdale Central Chandler provides a high level of care paired with lively activities. Its Clare Bridge neighborhood is purposefully designed for seniors living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. This easy-to-navigate setting is staffed by a 24-hour team trained to assist seniors at every stage of memory loss. By learning the latest evidence-based care techniques, they assist with tasks such as bathing, medication and mobility while encouraging socialization and giving seniors a sense of purpose. Programs are tailored to individual needs and preferences, with options such as art and dance classes, brain games, B-fit fitness classes, sharing stories, journaling and off-site trips. Seniors with more advanced dementia experience more sensory programming, plus additional time for grooming. Clare Bridge features keypad entry, locked exterior entries and exits, and doorbells to monitor movements for added security.
Visitors appreciate the compassionate team. "My loved one who has Lewy Body was a resident here," says one reviewer. "I just want to say that the staff is amazing. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. They showed extra care to my loved one and were all very friendly and nice to myself as well. Very accommodating."
Copper Creek Inn Memory Care Community in Chandler, AZ, is a senior living home situated close to a variety of convenient shops, restaurants, cafes, urgent care centers and Arrowhead Meadows Park. The Copper Creek community is staffed by a team of attentive, highly qualified health care providers who offer 24/7 care, family support, medication management, individualized care plans and a dynamic activity program to enrich residents' lives. The activity program includes art lessons, bible study, spiritual concerts and music classes. The community is also purpose-built with memory care in mind. Therefore, in addition to the hourly checks performed by staff, each room features motion sensors, emergency pull cords, window sensors and a call panel so residents remain safe at all times. The facilities at Copper Creek also include a clubhouse, living room, salon, spa and communal veranda.
Relatives of those living at Copper Creek praise the community's beautiful setting. One resident's wife said, "My husband is living in Copper Creek and it's always nice, clean, and neat. It's very pretty inside and out, and it has a very nice outdoor recreation area that's all fenced in so the residents can't get out. It's also beautifully done with landscaping."
Brookdale North Gilbert provides memory care using a customized approach, with two programs designed to address residents' changing needs. Clare Bridge supports seniors in the mid-to-late stages of dementia, while Solace features compassionate care for those in more advanced stages. Through consistent care assignments, residents get to know the staff well and receive support centered around their unique needs and preferences. All staff members are highly trained in dementia care and are available 24/7 to help residents with the activities of daily living, from bathing to medication and eating. Stimulating, evidence-based activities include gardening, sing-a-longs, B-fit classes, brain games, journaling and sharing stories, with more sensory options for those in the Solace program. All programs are tailored to meet residents' physical and cognitive abilities. The community has an emergency alert system with secured entrances and exits and an enclosed courtyard.
Loved ones are impressed by the engaging activities. One reviewer says, "They go and get the residents from their rooms for the activities, such as fit and be fit, bingo, bowling, puzzles, arts and crafts, mind and learning games, parties with music, sing along nights, afternoon movies with popcorn and Sunday Bible study."
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arcadia's caregivers undergo dementia training through the community's Lavender Sky program which is accredited through the Alzheimer's Association. This instruction ensures that the community's staff members provide unique yet effective treatments for each resident based upon their mild, moderate or advanced memory decline status. The community's Never 2 Late touchscreen technology allows residents to play cognitive function-enhancing games on their own, while its Life Enrichment team creates individualized, in-person resident activities based upon each senior's talents and skills. Memory care residents here are presented visual options for meals that are served on colorful plates to stimulate the senior's appetites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Family members are impressed with the friendly staff and spacious resident accommodations. One says, "I recently moved a family member to Morningstar's memory care. The staff is wonderful, very helpful and very concerned The rooms are bigger than I expected and feel much more like an apartment than as a "hospital room"."
Pennington Gardens is a secure senior community offering compassionate care options for aging adults with Alzheimer's, dementia and other types of memory loss. The memory care neighborhood has soothing, easy-to-navigate accommodations to encourage a sense of comfort and ease. An experienced team of caregivers provides around-the-clock assistance with bathing, dressing and other daily tasks. Should the need arise, residents have access to physical, speech and occupational therapists. Seniors can join their peers for group outings into town to shop or in the courtyard for a coffee and chat. Delicious meals and snacks are served in the dining room, and residents are welcome to enjoy meals in the privacy of their own room. Other amenities at Pennington Gardens include a beauty salon, movie theater and laundry services.
Pennington Gardens provides personalized care services for older adults with varying needs. One family member writes, "They were so very helpful with moving my loved one there. They have always been available to answer my questions, and help me in any way they can."
Just a short distance from Chandler Regional Medical Center, Avenir Memory Care at Chandler provides a safe, homelike environment to seniors experiencing memory loss conditions. Here, staff members are specially trained to implement personalized care plans tailored to each resident. They provide assistance with activities of daily living and can respond to emergencies 24/7. The building has similarly designed neighborhoods as part of its Cognitive Lifestyle program so residents can navigate the community easily. Meals are served restaurant-style, and there's a special breakfast club residents can join. Seniors can also soak up the fresh air in the courtyard area and enjoy several walking trails on-campus.
Family members express that residents are treated exceptionally well at Avenir Memory Care at Chandler. One reviewer says, "Our loved one expanded her family to the memory care staff. It is obvious they truly know her personally when we call with concerns or to request an update. We are welcome to come and go and spend time at the residence, joining with activities and having a meal."
Hawthorn Court at Ahwatukee has been carefully tailored to address the needs of seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This community uses the Montessori-inspired, award-winning Spark approach to care, placing focus on the individual. The staff tries to bring out each resident's unique spark by listening to their input and ideas and filling their days with activities that improve their sense of purpose and belonging. Available around the clock, caregivers help with bathing, dressing, grooming, medication, care monitoring and health care management. With Spark, residents' abilities and interests are celebrated, and they're encouraged to focus on their current skills. Through repetition, every skill can be learned and improved, with goal setting in place to help seniors stay engaged, whether they're painting a landscape or participating in an exercise class. Fresh meals, specials and desserts are served in the community restaurant.
Loved ones compliment the individualized care approach. "I feel so fortunate to have found Hawthorn," says one reviewer. "I like the smaller size and the individualized care. The staff really does work with each resident to help them flourish and use the skills they still have. Everyone I have met there is caring and fun."
Southwest Comfort Care offers an intimate setting, where seniors can access assisted living services as well as hospice and dementia care. The staff monitors seniors' medical status and medication around the clock. Wound, occupational and physical therapy are available as well. Residents can use a call system to summon assistance, and security features help keep seniors safe. For entertainment, seniors can watch cable TV and use the internet. The community is accessible for wheelchair users. Events such as birthday parties and recreational and social activities provide chances to gather with others, while housekeeping and laundry services add to the convenience of this community's lifestyle. Haircuts are available, as is assistance with bathing and other hygiene needs.
One reviewer praised the nature of the community, calling it a "very nice" place populated with pleasant people. They noted that Southwest Comfort Care is a small community.
Nestled in a charming residential neighborhood, Scottsdale Village, A Pacifica Senior Living Community is close to restaurants, shops and medical facilities, with HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center less than 10 minutes away. This community's Legacies memory care program helps seniors with early stages of dementia preserve independence and freedom of choice by offering person-centered care focusing on capabilities, strengths and preferences. The resident care director thoroughly assesses each resident's health before developing an individualized care plan catering to their requirements. The highly trained staff is available 24/7 to help with activities of daily living, such as grooming and dressing, and household tasks, including housekeeping and laundry. Residents can participate in social events, cognitive programs, church services and pet therapy, while a team of rehabilitation specialists offers physical therapy. A beautician is available, and the culinary team serves three nutritionally-balanced meals every day.
Family members praise the caring staff and safe environment. A resident's brother writes, "I am most grateful to the staff for their attention to detail, their mindfulness of my brother's needs. They are aware of his challenges and respond with great kindness and clarity. It's the safest place yet that he has lived in."
Fellowship Square Historic Mesa offers three supportive lifestyles, independent, assisted living and memory care. This nonprofit Christian-based community welcomes residents of all faiths. Residents living in the Reflections Memory Care neighborhood participate in the Comfort Matters program. This multi-pronged individualized care program helps ensure community members are in an environment that meets their needs at all levels. Activities keep residents engaged, and trained assistants foster compassionate connections with those under their care. Physical well-being is important, and family and residents can choose their own health and wellness providers. The indoor and outdoor communal areas have a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the homelike environment is safe and secure.
Residents find this community a good place to live. A community member says, "Love the courtyards and green spaces Also the friendly and courteous staff." This residents comments, "This is an awesome community! Residents are friendly. The grounds are lovely. Lots of activities, or you can just relax! And the staff really cares!"
Sitting in a residential neighborhood in Phoenix, Mountain Park Senior Living is close to shops, parks and medical venues, with Chandler Regional Medical Center 15 minutes away. This community helps seniors with dementia live meaningful lives by encouraging them to grow through sensory activities based on the Montessori methods. The highly trained staff thoroughly assesses each resident's health, likes and dislikes before creating an individualized care plan tailored to their needs. Residents can participate in brain games, arts and crafts, coffee and cookies, community field trips and fitness classes. Caregivers provide medication management and insulin injections and help with activities of daily living. Home maintenance, housekeeping, laundry and linen services are available, while the culinary team prepares three nutritious meals every day using local and seasonal ingredients. Amenities include a beauty salon, a fitness center, a theater and courtyards.
Family members love the friendly staff and well-maintained facilities. A reviewer writes, "The staff is just unbelievable. They were so nice to my mother (as well as all the other residents) in every way. Mt. Park is very well-maintained, and it has the look of a really nice hotel. The place is great, and I would highly recommend it."
Located in the heart of the city, The Gardens of Scottsdale offers memory care close to top restaurants, shops and cultural attractions. Numerous hospitals and medical venues are located nearby. The award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery program provides individualized care for residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This safe, stimulating environment features around-the-clock support from a team specifically trained in memory care. This team offers 24-hour assistance with personal care, helps manage dementia symptoms and tailors medical resources to residents' needs, so they can thrive regardless of memory loss. Enriching activities include daily opportunities to help seniors stay active intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially, including physical and occupational therapy. Restaurant-style dining features chef-prepared meals crafted around dietary needs, and amenities include a fitness center, social worker, concierge and full-service barber and beauty salon.
Loved ones appreciate the compassionate team. "The Gardens has a competent and caring staff that provide a level of care beyond expectations," says one relative. "They are truly dedicated to the residents and treat them as family. Their level of care has allowed my wife and I to sleep at night knowing that my mother was safe."
The Grand Court Senior Living is a conveniently located community in Mesa, AZ, that combines luxurious amenities with customized care plans designed to engage the interests of seniors, whether they're mostly independent or have cognitive disabilities. In addition to assistance with daily activities, mentally engaging programs and restaurant-style dining, this community employs staff that's available 24/7 to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. Staff members support those with memory care issues as individuals, helping them feel at home and providing engaging activities, a flexible routine and opportunities for socialization. Amenities at Grand Court Senior Living include a swimming pool and hot tub, a barbershop and spacious courtyards with fountains.
A family member of one of the residents at Ground Court Senior Living writes, "Just moved my Dad in here and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and welcoming. Everyone was so great with him and I really feel confident in our decision to move him here!" Other reviewers commented on the quality dining and beautiful grounds.
LivGenerations Ahwatukee is a resort-style continuing care community that offers a wide range of care options under one roof. For residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss, the neighborhood-style environment is designed to feel comfortable and familiar. With certified caregivers and a nurse on staff around the clock, residents receive personalized care tailored to their needs. A holistic approach ensures seniors are supported in their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The engaging calendar of educational, entertainment, spiritual and social programs keeps seniors active, with scheduled transportation that escorts them to off-site activities and appointments. Therapies help residents relax and enhance wellness, with aromatherapy, sound/vibration therapy, reflexology and hand massages all available. Luxurious amenities include four unique restaurant options, a panoramic sky deck, an English-style tea room, a wine cellar, a movie theater, a game room and live entertainment.
Visiting relatives compliment the engaging environment. "My mom is 98 and the staff is always taking her to activities like jewelry making, & crafts," says one reviewer. "They check in on her just to say hello. She no longer needs to travel for medicare physical therapy, they have a gym and also do in room sessions."