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 Waldorf’s senior population continues to grow (18.22% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Waldorf, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 21.05% between 2014 and 2019. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (1.79% in Waldorf 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 Waldorf. 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 Waldorf, 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:
Located near Virginia's border, around 30 miles northwest of Waldorf, Arden Courts of Annandale is a specialized memory care community for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The community features an innovative layout, placing residents in one of four self-contained houses. Each house features an inviting kitchen dining area and full bath, and the four houses share community spaces that include an activities studio, a wellness center and a secured courtyard with walking paths. Plentiful visual cues aid with navigation and allow residents to move freely around the community. Meals, housekeeping and laundry services are provided along with a wide range of enriching activities. Staff members trained in the latest memory care techniques provide 24/7 care, hourly health checks, monitoring and assistance with various tasks, including medication management and the activities of daily living.
Family members appreciate the community’s layout and the caring, highly trained staff. One reviewer writes, "The kindness, care and deep understanding of people who are struggling with dementia was immediately and consistently apparent. … My father was still an active man and the ability to have outside exercise was invaluable.” Adds another, "Management and staff were very professional, friendly and caring.”
Brandywine Living at Alexandria is a six-story luxury senior community with a fancy and homelike setting. Centrally located in the West End neighborhood of Alexandria, it’s steps away from Armistead Boothe Park and surrounding shopping centers, about two miles from Inova Alexandria Hospital and a short drive from Washington, D.C. In addition to common areas with ornate furnishings, featured amenities include a cinema-style theater, indoor therapy pool, taproom, salon and landscaped terrace. The community’s wellness team, which includes licensed nurses that are on-site 24/7, performs health monitoring, medication administration and coordination of health care services. Brandywine’s Reflections memory care unit offers the Serenade living option which includes butler services for residents and their families. Other signature memory care programs include the Promenade Club social engagements, Music is Magic, My Life My Story and the INVEST Butterfly Program for tailored activities.
Families admire the community’s beautiful environment and compassionate people. One reviewer writes, "Our family is most grateful to all the wonderful people that work at Brandywine. The attentiveness, skilled backgrounds of all members of staff and just the kindest actions and words expressed to our family member living at Brandywine is so appreciated each and every day.”
Grand Oaks Assisted Living is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine and ideally situated within the campus of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Its Georgian-style residential building is tastefully designed with landscaped gardens, upper-level terraces, fireside common areas and bright, spacious modern apartments. The specialized care team includes a nurse practitioner with a subspecialty in Alzheimer’s care who performs on-site medical services. Restaurant-style dining options include zero-trans fat selections and diabetic menus. The Oasis Neighborhood of Grand Oaks is dedicated to memory care, staffed by full-time nurses to provide 24-hour support. Oasis residents may benefit from hands-on daily living assistance, medication administration and close monitoring of their routine, behavior, cognitive changes and overall health. Aside from brain fitness activities such as reading, music and playing bridge, therapeutic activities include gardening, arts and crafts, motion-range exercises, pet visits and outings.
Residents and their loved ones greatly recognize the uplifting atmosphere and exceptional care provided at Grand Oaks. A resident’s daughter writes, "We were both impressed with the level of personalized care she received with occupational and physical therapy, as well as the friendliness of the staff and the true neighborhood feeling – including social activities and fine dining!”
Maple Heights Senior Living offers residents a quiet, beautifully landscaped community located along a quaint neighborhood block. The campus is just 4 miles north of the White House and Washington DC’s museums and attractions. Maple Heights provides a safe, secure community and activities promoting physical and mental health for residents with dementia and Alzheimer's. Tastefully decorated studio and one-bedroom living quarters are handicapped-accessible and designed with large bright windows, sitting areas and kitchenettes. The 24/7 staff assists with daily living needs, and a nurse is on-site for wellness checks and medication assistance. Three meals a day are prepared with seasonal, local fresh ingredients and cater to resident’s dietary needs. The community offers a theater, bistro and exercise room, and it provides a full calendar of activities and off-site trips.
Residents and their families enjoy the home-like environment at Maple Heights Senior Living. They can take comfort knowing the community is a safe and secure campus with excellent care. The assisted living and memory care services provide mental and physical wellness with a well-trained staff available 24/7.
Seniors at Morningside House of St. Charles benefit from the community’s serene residential location, upscale amenities and research-based approach to care. Memory care is personalized and supported by Senior Lifestyle’s award-winning embrace program. Through specialized programming, residents experience meaningful moments from daily structured routines, sensory stimulation and activities that promote social interaction and foster connections. The environment is nurturing and features living spaces designed with familiar elements for a calming effect. Safety is ensured through alarmed exits, enclosed outdoor spaces and around-the-clock security systems. For seniors with early-stage cognitive conditions, personalized care includes gentle reminders for everyday tasks, while those with late-stage conditions benefit from the care team's full support with daily routines. Meals are tailored to individual preferences and dietary needs, with manageable servings and meal assistance provided for those with special needs.
Visiting family members feel happy seeing loved ones thrive in the community. "My mother who is 80 years old was recently admitted to Morningside. I must say that after less than a week, we see positive changes in her. She is not as lonely … She feels safe, protected and for the first time in a while, she appears happy,” says one.
Paul Spring Retirement Community provides varying levels of care in the Mount Vernon area. Both independent and assisted living residents can enjoy the amenities on-site, including a movie theatre, library, gym, putting green and walking trails, while scheduled group and one-on-one activities are designed to help foster friendships and create a sense of community. Transportation is provided for residents to visit the local area. Weekly housekeeping takes care of chores and maintenance, a licensed nurse is available 24 hours a day and a chef prepares meals using seasonal ingredients. For those in assisted living, additional help is available for tasks such as bathing, dressing, personal laundry and managing medications. Residents in memory care have their own secure neighborhood, which includes a courtyard and private gardens. Here, residents receive personalized care that focuses on their cognitive, social and emotional needs.
The compassion of the staff is highlighted regularly, with one family member of a resident saying "The entire staff have amazing relationships with the residents and exemplify quality care, compassion, and respect for all," while another stated, "The facility is very nice but the thoughtful people working there is what makes it stand out!"
Silverado Alexandria is an assisted living community that specializes in memory care. Every member of staff is trained in dementia and how it affects people, and a trained nurse is available 24/7. Housekeeping chores are taken of, and an on-site chef prepares nutritious meals. Pets are welcome to help give residents a sense of purpose, and secure walking paths encourage mobility and balance while fostering a feeling of independence. Daily activities build self-esteem and allow residents to explore their creativity through woodworking, gardening and cooking. Off-site trips help residents enjoy new experiences and social interactions. Each community is divided into three neighborhoods based on the level of care required, so each resident receives the care they need in a specially designed, safe environment.
One family member of a resident praises the staff, saying, "His days are filled with art, live music, bus rides, museum visits and engaging in activities with fellow residents. The staff know my husband's name, his interests, his likes and dislikes... As a result, my daughter and I have seen my husband grow physically stronger and much more social."
Situated on Arlington’s lively Wilson Boulevard, Sunrise at Bluemont Park provides award-winning senior care in an ideal location, just a short distance from Virginia Hospital. Designed for residents living with memory loss, the Reminiscence neighborhood pays attention to every detail. From soft-lit reflection rooms with soothing music to designated activity areas for art, crafts and cognitive programming, the easy-to-navigate environment encourages comfort, familiarity and socialization. Available 24/7, experienced life enrichment managers and caregivers are trained in the latest evidence-based dementia care approaches, including person-centered validation therapy, behavior and communication assistance, and support with bathing, dressing and grooming. Activities include social, creative, physical and spiritual options, so residents can explore their interests while maintaining current skills. From fitness classes to music programs, there's plenty to do. Chef-prepared meals include flavorful choices designed around dietary needs, along with a 24-hour bistro.
Family members appreciate the high level of support. "They have a lot of individualized care," one relative says. "They have a nurse on-staff and a 24-hour nurse if there are any issues on the premises. They're very attentive, and they all come in several times a day to check on him."
With an ideal location on the INOVAMount Vernon Hospital campus, Sunrise at Mount Vernon provides assisted living and memory care with extensive medical support, all just a short drive from Alexandria’s top attractions. Its Reminiscence neighborhood was designed to address the unique challenges facing seniors living with memory loss, so its floor plan is easy-to-navigate. Resident suites are directly next to living, dining and activity areas, and seniors can help prepare meals in country-style kitchens. Reflection rooms feature soft lighting and music for relaxation, while enclosed outdoor areas offer safe spaces to stroll. The 24-hour staff has Alzheimer’s Association-approved training, offering a high level of support with daily living and personal care. Activities allow seniors to explore their interests through diverse creative and cognitive programming, including art classes, engaging with nature, participating in brain games, working puzzles, cooking and visiting local attractions.
Loved ones appreciate the staff, activities and community pets. "I love that he gets to participate in group outings, and activities," says one relative. "The staff is so nice! One of the best staff members is Kate- Sunrise resident dog. She brings so much happiness to my dad. ... I’m so glad we made the move!"
Located across the border in Virginia, around 25 miles northwest of Waldorf, Sunrise of Alexandria provides memory care, assisted living and respite care for seniors in a homelike environment. The community is conveniently located near Old Town Alexandria and numerous conveniences, including several hospitals. Residents receive an individualized care plan and have access to registered nurses and medical technicians on-site, along with weekly visits by gerontologists, physiologists and podiatrists. Meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation services are all included. Memory care residents live in a dedicated Reminiscence neighborhood. The secure area is designed to be comforting and easy to navigate, and includes its own dining room and living room. Staff trained in the latest memory techniques, including validation therapy, is available to provide 24/7 care. Residents are also encouraged to take part in a wide variety of memory-specific activities, tailored to their individual skills and interests.
Family members appreciate the caring staff. One reviewer writes, "I have nothing but top marks to give Sunrise of Alexandria. The people running the places were superb to deal with." Adds another, "She is in Sunrise, and the staff is excellent. They are taking really good care of my sister.”
At Sunrise of Arlington, residents can expect a close-knit community in an urban environment, with numerous shops and dining options nearby. From short-term stays to assisted living, memory care and hospice coordination, a full spectrum of support is provided. In the secure Reminiscence wing, residents have access to a 24-hour team via the push of a button, as each apartment is equipped with an emergency response system. Award-winning life enrichment managers and caregivers offer consistent support, becoming trusted friends as they assist with medication, mobility and hygiene. Using the person-centered validation method, staff designs a busy schedule of programming that features art and music, educational workshops, and social and recreational activities. Easy-to-navigate floor plans feature community dining rooms, where chef-prepared meals are served. Other amenities include living areas for visiting loved ones, a 24-hour bistro, a sun room and a media room.
Loved ones appreciate the quality care and kind team. One says, "Sunrise of Arlington was incredible in providing an amazing service and making the transition for my father, who was in a serious accident, very simple. Great place, offers flexibility and support, with great staff who were very helpful throughout his stay."
Conveniently located just off the East-West Highway, Sunrise of Chevy Chase offers assisted living and memory care with easy access to Washington DC. The community features a secure Reminiscence neighborhood to address the challenges of seniors living with memory loss, staffed by a team with Alzheimer’s Association-approved training. Available 24 hours, they assist with hygiene and grooming, continence, medication and mobility. The environment is focused on comfort, with soft lighting, carefully-chosen color schemes and plush furniture. Spacious living and dining rooms are next to each other for easy navigation, along with a country kitchen where residents can have coffee, a 24-hour bistro and reflection rooms with soothing music. The activity calendar includes diverse creative and cognitive options, from puzzles to painting and crafts. Meals are prepared by the in-house chef, with fresh, seasonal menus crafted around dietary needs.
Residents enjoy the community ambiance. "I previously had lived at 2 other assisted living places in this area, and Sunrise of Chevy Chase is SO MUCH nicer and more comfortable," one resident says. "There are activities throughout the day everyday. The food is excellent, and the staff and managers are very friendly, and helpful."
Nestled into a quiet neighborhood near downtown, Sunrise of Falls Church offers quality senior care in an agreeable environment, just minutes from Virginia Hospital Center, the Old Virginia State Theater, top restaurants and shops. Both assisted living and memory care are available, and residents can select from an assortment of floor plans. In the Reminiscence memory care neighborhood, a specially trained team is available 24 hours a day, offering support with personal hygiene and grooming, continence, medication and mobility. Using person-centered validation therapy, they get to know every resident through eye contact, emotion matching and open-ended questions. The environment is easy to navigate, with secured spaces that include common areas, soft-lit reflection rooms, community dining and an activity space for creative and cognitive programming. From arts and crafts to fitness and education, scheduled activities nurture residents’ unique talents and skills.
Loved ones appreciate the ambiance and staff. "This facility is excellent!" one relative says. "The accommodations are very pleasant, extremely clean. The meals are delicious and many activities are offered for the residents to take part in. Lastly, the staff has been nothing but professional and caring."
With a favorable location, just minutes from Washington, D.C., Sunrise of Old Town is an assisted living and memory care community with easy access to urban life. INOVA Alexandria Hospital is nearby, so medical support is within easy reach. The caregiving team has in-depth knowledge of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, so it provides a high level of support using a person-centered approach. In the Reminiscence memory care neighborhood, life enrichment managers and caregivers offer 24-hour assistance with daily living and personal care, from hygiene and grooming to behavior and communication monitoring. This secure wing features innovative spaces, such as softly lit reflection rooms with soothing tunes, country kitchens where residents can participate in meal prep and activity areas for puzzles and crafts. Residents can nurture their talents through Live With Purpose programming, which includes classes in art, music, fitness and nature.
Residents like the diverse activities and convenient location near multiple medical facilities and numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options. Activities include educational programs and workshops, social events and excursions as well as painting classes, art discussions and opportunities to connect with nature, so there's something for everyone.
At Sunrise of Springfield, seniors benefit from award-winning care in a convenient location, with numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options in the area and I-95 just minutes away. Visiting physicians; medical providers; and physical, occupational and speech therapists provide a full spectrum of support, and residents have access to a 24-hour team of experienced caregivers. In the Reminiscence memory care neighborhood, staff members receive Alzheimer’s Association-approved training. From helping with grooming and clothes selection to escorting seniors to dinner, managing medication and monitoring behavior, these caregivers offer consistent support. The environment is easy-to-navigate, and the living, dining and activity spaces are all next to each other. In addition to cognitive stimulation, such as puzzles and brain games, activities include fitness classes, music therapy and connecting with nature. Fresh meals are crafted by the staff chef, with nutritious options available for diverse preferences and dietary needs.
Visiting relatives like the kind staff and activity choices. "She's in a wheelchair and she's able to get the help that she needs," one family member says. "I find the staff to be very caring and pleasant people. ... They have exercises every week, they have lots of stimulating things, and everybody seems to be happy there."
Nestled in the heart of residential Washington, D.C., Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue offers award-winning care with renowned shopping and dining walking distance away. An on-site medical director helps monitor resident well-being, supported by visiting physicians and a licensed nurse, who provides monthly wellness checks. For residents living with memory loss, life enrichment managers offer an additional layer of support, getting to know their preferences to become trusted friends. Staff undergo Alzheimer’s Association-approved training, and they’re available 24/7 to assist with showering and bathing, mobility, continence and medication management. Within the secure Reminiscence wing, residents can expect carefully designed living spaces with comfortable furnishings, including media and activity spaces where they can enjoy cognitive games, crafts and puzzles. Painting classes, music therapy, gardening and educational workshops encourage social interaction and new skills. Meals are chef-prepared, with a 24-hour bistro on-site.
Family members appreciate the caring team. "Mom did not want to leave her house, and now she couldn't be happier," one relative says. "The staff is loving and communicative. There is a much more vibrant social/activities life, and my life with my parents has changed in such a positive way!"
The Charleston is centrally located in the commercial area of Waldorf, across from St. Charles Towne Centre, adjacent to a local Walmart and a block from Pembrooke Square Medical Center. It features vibrant, modern amenities, including a ballroom, movie theater, sundeck, salon and tavern. Residents are equipped with medical alert pendants, and they benefit from routine health assessments, medication management and pharmacy services, and consultations with a community physician. Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are provided by FOX Rehabilitation, and the community’s FOX Wellness program offers concierge wellness services through personalized care plans. Memory care residents particularly benefit from FOX’s dementia-focused wellness strategies for optimal mobility, fall prevention and enhanced or retained independence. Incontinence care, diabetes management, podiatry and mental health services are also available.
A happy loved one compliments The Charleston and writes, "It’s obvious that they care about the residents and do their best to make them feel special and comfortable … I often call the Front Desk or Nursing to check on Dad and everyone knows him and gives me an update. The food is delicious and the kitchen staff is so courteous.”
A luxury high-rise in the heart of Arlington, The Jefferson is an award-winning continuing care community with convenient access to urban amenities. Residents can choose from an assortment of floor plans split between two 21-story towers. For seniors living with memory loss, the Reminiscence neighborhood offers a secure environment with a trained team of nurses and caregivers available around the clock. Using person-centered validation therapy, they offer routine assistance with personal care and medical needs. The easy-to-navigate setting features spaces designed for stimulation, with living, dining and activity areas next to resident suites. Softly-lit reflection rooms feature soothing music and a relaxing ambiance, while lively activity areas offer space for puzzles, crafts and cognitive programming. The schedule includes lectures and classes designed around resident interests, along with excursions to local cultural spots.
Loved ones praise the staff, activities and meals. "She loves it, and it helps me to know she is safe and cared for," one resident's daughter says. "The entertainment and activities are absolutely wonderful. The staff are the most patient and caring people you could ask for. The food is good too, not your regular fare."
Nestled in the heart of Washington, D.C., The Residences at Thomas Circle provides a continuing spectrum of care with convenient access to renowned shopping, dining and cultural attractions. The award-winning Embrace Memory Care program encourages joy and connections everyday. Using the latest research, staff develops activities to stimulate the senses, including visual cues. Specialized programs to nurture brain health are designed around ability level, with gentle encouragement to keep seniors engaged. The staff develops a highly personalized care plan for each resident. In the memory care wing, residents live with 24/7 support, alarmed entrances and exits, a security system and enclosed outdoor spaces. Available around the clock, the skilled team offers assistance with hygiene, dressing and medication while conducting daily wellness checks.
Loved ones like the community ambiance and active calendar. "She is very happy there," one relative says. "We chose it because of the full range of care as well as the culture of the place... There are so much activities, like movies and concerts in-house and out every night, and talks several times a week."
Vitality Living Arlington has a sought-after location in the Virginia Square neighborhood, less than 2 miles from Virginia Hospital Center and minutes from Washington, D.C. This premier senior community is also just steps away from Oakland Park, about a block from Arlington Arts Center. Its nine-story residential building is pet-friendly and has a hotel-like feel with engaging amenities, including a fitness center, theater, game room, community kitchen and fountain courtyard. Residents also have access to the therapy room, salon/barbershop, computer room and concierge desk. The Vitality memory care neighborhood’s staff members are trained to provide specialized care with respect and compassion. Activities held at Vitality Living Arlington are made more fun and unique with varied daily themes.
Families love the location of Vitality Living Arlington, as well as its warm environment and caring people. A resident’s daughter expresses gratitude to the staff and writes, "Can't say enough about the entire team here. The care given to our father was the best of the best. We could not have found a better place for his care.”