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 Walnut Creek’s senior population continues to grow (18.6% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Walnut Creek, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 23.2% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 11.5%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (8.5% in Walnut Creek vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in California. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Walnut Creek's memory care costs average $7,899 per month, which is $1,336 higher than California's average and $2,274 more than the nation's.
Data indicates that Walnut Creek's memory care costs are among the highest in the state. However, approximately 65 miles to the north, Santa Rosa's monthly average of $8,810 surpasses Walnut Creek's costs by nearly $1,000 per month. Los Angeles' $6,563 represents California's median memory care costs. Comparatively, Visalia and Stockton are considerably lower than the state and nation averages at $4,313 and $4,561, respectively.
Nursing home care in Walnut Creek, at $11,566, is nearly $4,000 more than the area's average memory care costs. The city's home health care, at $7,150, offers a slight reduction from the median of $7,899. In-home care and assisted living costs provide even greater savings at $6,864 and $6,319, respectively. The most inexpensive monthly care in Walnut Creek is adult day health care, which averages $1,950.
Note: Data for Walnut Creek was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Walnut Creek.
The programs included here offer seniors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia access to financial resources and available memory care facilities.
|Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter | Alzheimer's Association||408-372-9900||The Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 helpline provides reliable information and support for individuals living with memory loss and their families. The organization promotes continued research and treatment for the disease and advocates for the rights of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Local offices offer support groups and educational material.||San Jose, CA|
|Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda||510-638-6878||Ombudsmen advocate for seniors in Walnut Grove's memory care facilities. The program's representatives counsel individuals living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers about local long-term care availability and costs. Ombudsmen investigate complaints about care facilities filed by seniors or their family members and educate facility employees. The program offers in-service opportunities to demonstrate the proper care and management of residents with memory loss.||Oakland, CA|
|Contra Costa County Veterans||925-313-1481||The Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office provides senior veterans and their families access to local, state and federal benefits. Program representatives also offer insight into available medical treatment and financial assistance.||Martinez, CA|
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 Walnut Creek, 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:
Founded in 2006 with the goal of meeting the unique challenges of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, Heatherwood Memory Care offers individualized service plans with varying levels of day-to-day support. This beautiful homelike facility is located in the heart of Walnut Creek near many quality shops, restaurants and medical facilities. Residents benefit from daily housekeeping assistance, incontinence care, medication support and help scheduling physician appointments. Seniors at Heatherwood are encouraged to keep their minds and bodies active by participating in physical fitness classes and games. Due to the wonderful weather in Walnut Creek, outdoor fun in the courtyard and around town is also part of daily life. Staff work hard to maintain a welcoming environment that's comfortable for residents and guests alike.
Positive reviews for Heatherwood Memory Care are filled with comments about the staff's friendliness and dedication. The daughter of a previous resident says, "the staff know the personalities and particular needs of all their residents. ... All the caregivers are wonderful."
Lakeshore Residential Care is a senior care facility that offers a full range of assisted living services, including specialized care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. The spacious, wheelchair-friendly, single-story facility is conveniently located in Oakland’s commercial district with close proximity to major hospitals, shopping centers and downtown parks. Residents are kept busy with daily creative and physical fitness programs conducted by an in-house activity director, and trained staff is on hand to provide assistance around-the-clock. Customized plans are designed to meet a variety of individual challenges, especially for more fragile seniors who need a higher level of care. An on-site licensed nurse ensures residents’ health through daily monitoring and communicates regularly with physicians and family members. Visiting hours at Lakeshore Residential Care are flexible to encourage family meetings and bonding.
Reviewers like the supportive, responsive staff and the high quality of care they provide to residents. Families also appreciate the level of freedom their loved ones enjoy, with one saying, "There is also a room where she can go to do puzzles and such. Room to walk around helped her feel a lot more independent.”
At Livermore Valley Senior Living, compassionate caregivers work 24/7 to provide companionship and assistance with activities of daily living. In the community dining room, residents enjoy freshly prepared meals designed to be as tasty as they are nutritious. Through educational and cultural programs, the event calendar provides a bevy of opportunities for mental stimulation. To help memory care residents stay engaged and connected with their environment, staff members encourage participation in the community's diverse array of physical and recreational life enrichment activities that complement their abilities. In addition to Wi-Fi, community computers equipped with Skype are available so residents can always catch up with friends and family members.
One visitor says in their review, "It seemed nice. A lot of the patients were watching TV together." A resident's friend mentions, "They were very good about giving attention to the people, and it looked very comfortable ... I have a friend that's there, and they like the food."
Marymount Villa is an assisted living community with a separate memory care program that is secure and staffed with professionals who understand the incremental stages of memory loss. It's located within a mile of two hospitals, a short walk to public transit, and close to major roadways for convenient visitor access. Residents living in the memory care unit benefit from specially designed therapeutic activities and group sessions that encourage movement and socialization. Caregivers are available 24/7 to help residents with daily tasks, such as hygiene or mobility issues, as well as medication administration and nursing care. Coordination with outside health services and delivery of prescription medication can also be arranged.
One relative of a memory care resident commends the staff for providing care with a personal touch, and praises the dining choices, saying, "I think the food is excellent. I was impressed with it.” Other visitors and family members say the facility is clean, well maintained and that it has an upscale look.
Oakmont of Concord is conveniently located along Walnut Creek close to various downtown amenities. This luxury retirement community offers complimentary concierge and chauffeur services that give residents special treatment while attending to their specific needs. Aside from the coordination of physician’s visits, therapy, psychological services, podiatry and other health services, it has dedicated Diabetes Wellness and Concierge Medicine programs. Some of the facility’s inviting amenities include a fitness center, movie theater, salon/day spa, orchard and pet park. On-site workshops cater to residents’ hobbies and interests, and there are indoor, outdoor and bistro dining options. The Traditions Memory Care Program offers physical and brain fitness activities as well as opportunities for social engagement through sing-alongs and happy hours.
Clients commend the staff's efficiency and genuine kindness at Oakmont of Concord. A resident’s loved one writes, "What I love is that the community is smaller than many others in the area, so the staff really get to know your family members and understand their needs, how to be helpful, and are so patient and supportive when their functioning level varies from day to day.”
Established as the first freestanding dementia community in San Francisco, Providence Place specializes in caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The family-operated facility is designed to feel like home, with separate neighborhoods on each floor so seniors can live alongside residents of similar care levels. Trained 24-hour staff members provide daily wellness monitoring and assistance with bathing, grooming, incontinence care and medication management, and family members receive regular reports via email or text to give them peace of mind about their loved one's well-being. Residents enjoy homemade meals each day customized to meet any dietary restrictions or cultural needs, and feeding assistance is available if required. The facility offers a diverse selection of daily activity programs to support residents' physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, including music, board games, pet therapy and field trips.
Providence Place is consistently recognized for its dedication to supporting residents' overall well-being and happiness. A loved one of a resident shares, "They have so much experience caring for seniors that they know just what to do when anything comes up. Whether it was taking grandma to doctors' appointments, taking her out to see her friends, cooking the food she likes, they always managed to do a great and reliable job."
Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco provides care for seniors with dementia through the New Day Memory Support program, which involves a full schedule of activities every day and caregivers who receive ongoing training on helping those with cognitive issues. Memory care residents are encouraged to stay engaged with trivia, light exercise and storytelling, as well as a weekly cooking club for freshly baked apple pies and other treats. Meals are also prepared fresh each day, which allows more flexibility and dining choices, such as special dietary needs and personal tastes. Trained memory care staff are on duty at all times to help residents with activities of daily living, and transportation can be arranged for outside appointments.
Visitors to Sagebrook Senior Living comment on the design of the facility and outdoor spaces, with one saying, "They have a library and a pretty garden to sit out in.” Others describe its central location in San Francisco as a positive and say that the staff is attentive to the needs of residents and family.
Sunol Creek is a mid-sized memory care community that provides 24-7 support through a Montessori-inspired program that allows residents to remain as independent as possible. Downtown Pleasanton is a mile away, with many small cafes, restaurants and shops for a family day out, and Interstate 680 is just half a mile south. Caregivers are trained in research-based methods for managing memory loss, maintaining each resident's skills and improving their procedural memory in comforting and familiar ways. Staff assist residents with regular everyday tasks, such as bathing and grooming, as well as medication management, care coordination and escorts to appointments. Meals are prepared on-site for seasonal menus that offer new experiences along with time-tested favorites.
The daughter of a Sunol Creek resident comments positively about the community, saying, "There are plenty of activities too. I think they have a warm and very friendly atmosphere.” She's also happy that her mother is socializing with peer groups and eating more since making this her new home.
The Parkview is an upscale senior community that provides assisted living and memory care in a large complex that includes a secure courtyard area. It's located approximately 1 mile from Interstate 680 and just under a mile from downtown Pleasanton, on the south side of Centennial Park. Staff are available at all times to offer a helping hand, and residents can use their emergency alert pendant for immediate assistance if needed. The activity committee sets a monthly schedule with games, movies, trivia and group outings to local restaurants, theaters and shops. Residents can also take part in events that are open to the public, such as craft fairs, home tours and cultural celebrations.
The sister of a Parkview resident comments on the dedication of staff members, saying, "The people who work there are incredible. They are patient, friendly and caring.” Other reviewers agree, saying they feel that their loved one is in good hands as well as being confident in the way medications are handled.
The Point at Rockridge is conveniently situated less than 3 miles from downtown Oakland. This first-class senior living community features premium amenities including a sixth-floor lounge, fitness center, movie theater, salon/barbershop and outdoor areas for strolling and barbecues. The facility’s dedicated GENERATIONS Memory Care neighborhood offers a range of signature programs that support its residents’ overall well-being. These programs provide immersive experiences and include life story displays, Tune Into Me personalized music playlists, intergenerational programming and local community events. Some of the activities that memory care residents can join are chair exercises, social hours, cooking classes and therapy dog visits. The Elevate dining program at The Point at Rockbridge lets residents enjoy enhanced homestyle meals through California Fresh cooking and seasonal menus.
Satisfied family members appreciate the high-quality care their loved ones receive at The Point at Rockbridge. One reviewer shares, "My dad adjusted well to the environment. He went from being isolated at home to being with people who genuinely like and support him. Everyone there is so friendly when we visit. I highly recommend it.”
TreVista Concord is a conveniently located senior community where residents can enjoy everything from active dance parties to tranquil walks along Benicio Waterfront. This facility has a special focus on the safety of its residents. That's why they've implemented Wander Guards for seniors who need them and a secure environment known as Reflections for those with dementia-related cognitive impairments. Everyone has access to 24-7 assistance from compassionate staff and pleasurable dining experiences with snacks available at all hours. Activities and outings are a big part of life at TreVista. A typical monthly calendar includes arts and crafts, shopping outings, live music performances and visits to local attractions. The fantastic local weather gives residents frequent opportunities to enjoy the sun-filled courtyard.
Positive reviews for TreVista Concord consistently note the helpfulness and friendliness of the staff. The daughter of one of the residents said, "The caregivers are very caring and have given us nothing but positive experiences. My parent is in a private room with adequate lighting. He can go up to the courtyard, so he gets sunshine every day. He’s very happy with his room."
Situated on a 10-acre campus in Antioch, California, TreVista Senior Living and Memory Care offers assisted living and memory care lifestyles. Its memory care residents experience care, joy and fulfillment through meaningful and engaging activities. A high staff-to-resident ratio provides personalized residential services that include round-the-clock nurse supervision and a whole-person wellness program. Health care plans are designed based on individual assessments, and additional services are available at tiered levels of care. Residents are encouraged to personalize their apartments for a sense of familiarity, and common areas are strategically located to promote bonding with visiting families and friends. The memory care neighborhood features an enclosed courtyard, providing a secure, relaxing environment for its residents.
Reviewers describe TreVista Senior Living and Memory Care as a bright, well-maintained and nice place, and note that residents seem happy and active. A five-star review focused on the facility’s family-friendly atmosphere, saying, "They encourage family members to come visit their loved ones as often as they can, eat with them whenever they can and even enjoy their activities room (painting, games, etc.) with a family fun night!”
Villa at Castro Valley is an assisted living community with a memory care neighborhood that's secure and staffed by caregivers who are experienced in dealing with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues. It's located just blocks from Eden Medical Center and Castro Valley Boulevard with dozens of eateries and shops, and it's under a mile to Interstate 580. Residents can start their day with light exercise in a group setting and then catch up on the news while enjoying a snack before taking part in more activities, such as arts and crafts, manicures and performances by visiting musicians. A specific care plan is created for each resident, based on ongoing assessments, and may include medication management as well as transportation to medical appointments.
The brother of a Villa resident comments on the dining experience and attentiveness of staff, saying, "We are very pleased with the care that he gets. On occasion we have eaten there and find the food very tasty.” Others comment on the schedule of activities and events available for residents throughout the day.
Vista Prado is a memory care community situated between Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center and Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, California. The memory care team works to nurture residents’ bodies, minds and spirits by making an effort to understand behavior and communicate effectively. Residents can spend time participating in a variety of activities in the Great Room, such as art therapy, physical exercises and pet therapy. Seniors can also update their appearance at the on-site beauty salon, or socialize on the secure outdoor deck overlooking Richardson Park. Freshly made meals are served three times each day in the restaurant-style dining venue, and nutritious snacks are also offered daily. Short-term respite care is also available.
Reviewers appreciate that Vista Prado is a well-designed facility with kind staff members. One resident’s loved one writes, "The layout is very nice, it's open. It's not fancy but it's very comfortable. I think what makes it comfortable is the people that are there. The staff is very caring and attentive.”