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 Visalia's senior population continues to grow (15.19% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Visalia, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 100.9% between 2014 and 2019. To put that into perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 13.74%, 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 (10.2% in Visalia 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 more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Visalia. 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 Visalia, 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:
The Tribute memory care program at Quail Park on Cypress helps seniors with dementia remain active and find enjoyment by creating meaningful moments every day. The highly trained staff becomes familiar with each resident's life story and pays tribute to their achievements and significant milestones while nurturing their relationships and strengths. Many specially designed cognitive and wellness programs are available. Seniors have access to iN2L, a cutting-edge tablet-based technology that connects seniors with their hobbies and enables them to share experiences, learning, conversations and fun with caregivers, family and each other. It boasts an extensive library of content and apps that support social, cognitive, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. Residents can also participate in Eldergrow, a therapeutic gardening program designed to increase engagement. A licensed nurse and medication technicians regularly monitor each senior's health needs and provide medication management.
Family members rave about helpful staff, delicious meals and the clean environment. A reviewer writes, "We would recommend this great community. We like the wonderful staff that is helpful with keeping us informed on mom's progress. She is liking the meals that are served with a good variety. The community is clean and maintained."
Conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Visalia, Quail Park at Shannon Ranch offers a stunning vista of the Sierra Nevada mountains and easy access to restaurants, shops and medical venues, with Kaweah Health Medical Center just 10 minutes away. This community's Tribute memory care program helps seniors with dementia stay active and find joy by honoring and cherishing their life accomplishments in a safe, homelike environment. Residents have access to iN2L, a state-of-the-art, touchscreen-based technology designed for seniors to help them connect with families and each other and engage in hobbies and learning. Aquatic fitness training is available in the heated therapy pool featuring a submerged treadmill and underwater jets, while the Eldergrow program helps residents reduce stress and improve engagement through therapeutic gardening. Other activities include arts and crafts, chair tai chi, classic radio and pet therapy.
Family members rave about the accommodating staff. The daughter of two residents writes, "The folks at Quail Park at Shannon Ranch have done a very caring and thorough job of looking after my parents. They have bent over backward to make them feel welcome and to take care of their needs. We recommend them very highly!"
Prestige Assisted Living at Visalia strives to create a nurturing environment for its residents by proving a balance of health and happiness. Memory care residents thrive through its award-winning Expressions program, an innovative approach where they're encouraged to pursue their creative passions. Arts classes, cooking, learning activities and spiritual programs keep seniors engaged and fulfilled while under the care of a carefully selected, trained team. Caregivers use the latest research on dementia care, and the community's philosophy of respect, integrity and commitment helps build trusting relationships with residents and their families. The pet-friendly community is located conveniently close to medical facilities, and transportation is available for appointments and errands. The memory care neighborhood is secure, and residents and their families can gather in the private dining room for intimate celebrations.
Prestige's outstanding memory care program leaves a good impression on family members, with one saying, "The memory care wing at Prestige Assisted Living in Visalia California is a wonderful facility for those with dementia or other memory-related problems who need professional and compassionate care. My father needed a high level of care due to progressive memory problems and placing him with Prestige was the right decision."
Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Park Visalia Assisted Living and Memory Care offers a vibrant environment that promotes engagement and meaningful connection with residents, families and the staff. The community's memory care neighborhood provides a well-balanced lifestyle, combining a tranquil, secure atmosphere with regularly scheduled programming, socially stimulating dining experiences and round-the-clock support from trained caregivers. The team uses Carefield Living's Lightfinder memory care program, a personal and holistic approach based on evidence-based dementia care techniques. Through this program, residents engage in organized activities, such as music, outings, creative projects, intergenerational programs and sensory exercises. These activities help seniors create new friendships, pursue old hobbies and discover new interests. Community amenities include Wi-Fi connection, a fully equipped fitness room, salon and barber services and a 24-hour emergency response system.
Families and relatives describe Park Visalia as a very nice place and the staff as helpful. "Our experience with Park Visalia has been a very positive one," shares one family member. "Our loved one needs a high level of care, and they've handled everything very well. The facility is clean and well kept, and the staff seems friendly and professional."
Evergreen Residence Assisted Living is an intimate community that offers flexible and personalized care, allowing seniors to thrive and age in place. Reminiscence Hall, the community's memory care neighborhood, features a spacious, secure layout with relaxing outdoor courtyards, walking paths and wall murals and artworks that trigger nostalgic memories. The community's Reminiscence memory care program provides meaningful activities that accommodate unique passions, interests and needs, while helping promote independence and quality of life. Calendars are filled with exciting activities and social outings. To address wandering behaviors, Evergreen has a Project Lifesaver in place, using small personal transmitters to quickly track seniors who may mindlessly go beyond the neighborhood's safe zones. The team encourages family members to be actively involved in their loved ones' care through support groups and service planning meetings.
Reviews reveal that leaving loved ones in the community's care takes the worry from family members. "Evergreen provides the solution all the way around," writes a son. "Pop gets quiet, round-the-clock care and supervision and we get to live without the worry for Pop. Staff at Evergreen are very family-like with Pop and treat him well. He is as happy as I have seen him."
Situated in a charming small town, The Harvest at Fowler prioritizes the wellness of each resident in an intimate, homelike environment. While the community reflects the warmth of small-town life, urban amenities are close by, including hospitals, shopping, theaters and restaurants. The Harvest Garden memory care program provides social and recreational programming along with regular staff assistance and supervision. The community designs weekly schedules around residents' interests and passions, involving life-enhancing activities, such as morning strolls, gardening, magazine socials, ice cream socials, music and light exercises. A picturesque patio and garden courtyard areas provide spaces for quiet relaxation and socializing. Each day, residents can enjoy three chef-prepared meals per day that feature fresh, local ingredients. Rooms include daily light housekeeping, laundry services, cable, internet, safety features and arranged transportation services.
Residents and family members appreciate the family-like environment and the caring staff. One family member writes, "The Harvest did not disappoint. The staff became my mom's family. They were caring and attentive and embraced her like their own loved one."
Quail Park offers specialized memory care in Visalia, California. The Tribute Program is a specialized memory care program that seeks to honor each residents' individual life and interests, tailoring the services and activities to each resident's individual needs. Within the Tribute Program, research-based programs such as iN2L, Mindful Nourishment and Elderglow programming are utilized to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of memory care residents. This community has been designed with a warm, inviting, lodge-like interior that feels comfortable and familiar. Plenty of inviting community spaces, alongside a beautiful, fully secured outdoor courtyard offer options for indoor and outdoor socializing. A rotating calendar of events, such as ability-appropriate sports, music events, and arts and crafts offers opportunities for physical, cognitive and social engagement.
Residents and their loved ones love the attentive staff and beautiful grounds at Quail Park, saying, "The facility was very impressive. They have twenty-four-hour nursing service. The ratio of employees to clients was three-or-four to one, and I thought that was impressive."
Family-owned and operated, Glory Days Memory Care Assisted Living provides a comfortable bed-and-breakfast style setting, creating a familiar environment where residents can thrive. Each room is equipped with a call button response system, making it easy for residents to reach out when they need help. The dedicated care staff is available 24/7 to assist with everything from bathing to transportation. Memory care residents enjoy three healthy meals each day and have access to snacks throughout the day. Social and spiritual programs keep residents engaged. Each senior receives a customized care plan that grows and changes with them.
Residents and their families are pleased with the intimate environment at Glory Days. One relative says, "My mother was at Glory Days for several years, and we couldn't have been more happy with the care that was given to her and the other residents. It's definitely a loving family atmosphere."
Casa Grande Care & Assisted is located in the south of Visalia, close to medical facilities and parks. The community has a variety of useful amenities, including a sunroom, a party room and a computer center. Residents who enjoy the outdoors can go for a walk on one of the outdoor walking paths or relax in the outdoor gazebo. For residents with memory impairments, there is a specialized memory care neighborhood with easy-to-navigate floor plans to reduce confusion. There is a team of professional staff available 24/7 to provide personalized care and services such as laundry and medication management. Residents can take advantage of an on-site activities director and daily planned activities. The culinary team provides three nutritious meals per day for residents to enjoy together in the elegant dining room.
Family members praise the happy community, with one reviewer saying, "My mother is in memory care at Casa Grande. We chose it because of its proximity to my home, it's clean and cheerful, and the facility has what she needs, like activities, games, and large common areas where visitors come in and put on religious music. They have outings for those who are interested and able."