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 Westport’s senior population continues to grow (13.21% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Westport, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 0.4% between 2014 and 2019. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (5.12% in Westport 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 Westport. 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 Westport, 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:
Atria Stamford is a memory care and senior living community located in a modern high-rise building in downtown Stamford, New York. Atria's Life Guidance memory care neighborhood has caregivers who help residents with personal grooming, bathing and other discreet care where needed. Its holistic approach to dementia and Alzheimer's care encourages residents to actively participate in decisions regarding what they'll do each day. Along with daily exercise classes, residents can participate in social, educational and entertaining activities designed to stimulate and help retain cognitive skills. The on-site physical therapy room, wellness center and full-service salon and spa help seniors maintain their physical well-being. The community hosts several courtyards with manicured garden beds and chairs where residents can enjoy nature amid the city.
Relatives are happy with the dementia care program and luxurious environment. One says, "The services and amenities at Atria Stamford are great, and they're taking good care of my dad in the memory care unit. They give him a lot of attention. The surroundings are beautiful, like a luxury hotel. It's a really nice place. I really couldn't ask for more."
Benchmark Senior Living provides memory care and assisted living to seniors in a quiet neighborhood near the historic town of Shelton, CT. Nearby conveniences include shopping, dining and medical facilities. On-site, amenities include indoor common areas, a salon, a spa, a gym and a library. Meals, housekeeping and transportation are all provided, and trained staff is available 24/7 to provide care and assistance with the activities of daily living. The community offers a dedicated and secure memory care neighborhood that's designed with visual cues, specialized lighting and contrasting colors for easy navigation. An experienced and certified dementia practitioner runs the signature Mind and Memory program, which provides individualized care and assistance, along with tactile stimulation, sensory dining and individual and group activities that encourage creativity and self-expression.
Family members frequently praise the caring staff. One reviewer writes, "I cannot say enough about the very caring, considerate, and committed staff serving at Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock. The staff is always caring and attentive to mom's needs.” Another adds, "I would give the staff a 10 if I could! They do more than just take residents. The overall concern for the residents is great.”
Located in a residential area, Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull offers a home to seniors living with memory conditions. The community contains certified memory impairment specialists who create individualized treatment programs that support the dignity of seniors while also ensuring they feel joy and are fulfilled. Staff is available to residents 24/7 so they can receive help whenever they need it. An emergency call system in each room ensures residents are kept safe, while the secured courtyard areas provide safe wandering possibilities for seniors. The Bridges program involves art therapy as well as pet therapy. It also uses exercise groups, spiritual events, brain games and reminiscence activities. To ensure seniors are receiving adequate nutrition as well as socialization opportunities in a small, close-knit environment, the community serves meals family-style. Families are also given the chance to socialize with others, through the family support groups.
Residents at Bridges love the staff and activities, with one family member writing, "He received outstanding care and thoroughly enjoyed all the fun activities, outings and entertainment. ... Management and staff at Bridges are extremely compassionate and professional. They work tirelessly with the residents and are very responsive."
Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk is a memory care community in West Norwalk, close to a number of health care facilities including Norwalk Hospital, as well as local amenities and peaceful nature. On-site amenities include spacious lounge areas, a sensory garden and a salon. The community's life enrichment program offers activities designed to reduce cognitive decline and nourish body, mind and spirit, including yoga, craft class and photography club. The kind staff provide personalized care and assistance 24/7 to ensure residents are happy, safe and treated as individuals. Residents can enjoy three meals a day together in the restaurant-style dining room.
Visitors appreciate the welcoming community, with one reviewer saying, "The staff is very caring, and everything works out very nicely. The size of our aunt's room is nice, the layout is wonderful and it's convenient to all the nurses there. They have all kinds of things for the residents. They have patios that you can walk out to, they have exercise classes and so on."
Located just minutes from downtown Stamford, Brighton Gardens of Stamford offers memory care, assisted living and short-term care. The community is conveniently located close to shops, restaurants, cultural offerings and multiple hospitals. The 10-acre campus features beautifully landscaped grounds, courtyards and gardens. Memory care residents live in a dedicated Reminiscence neighborhood on the first floor, designed to be secure, comforting and easy to navigate, with a secure patio and walking paths. Staff, who are available 24/7, are trained in the latest memory care techniques, including validation therapy. Reminiscence residents are also encouraged to take part in memory-specific activities and programs. Additional amenities include restaurant-style dining, a fitness room and a library. Resident nurses and various rehabilitation services and therapies are available on-site. Residents also have access to a wide range of activities and events.
The community receives high marks for its caring staff, quality of the food and extensive activities. One family member writes, "If we could give the staff a 10 out of 10 stars we would, they are great. The grounds at this community are absolutely beautiful… Our loved one is a pretty picky eater, and she absolutely loves the food.”
The memory care community in Brightview at New Canaan provides as much independence as possible for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia. Activities are tailored to each resident's unique abilities and interests to encourage self-reliance and a sense of belonging. Seniors can also participate in the Mind and Music program, which is designed to enhance their well-being and social programs are encouraged. The community is designed specifically for those living with Alzheimer's or a memory disorder, with helpful cues to help with everyday tasks and living skills. Trained staff are on hand to provide support when needed, and the health services team and medical director are on-site and available 24/7.
People love the care and atmosphere at Brightview. One reviewer writes, "Brightview has been a perfect place for my dad. He was very wary of moving out of his longtime residence, but Brightview made him feel at home very quickly. Through COVID, the staff and management have been very attentive to residents' needs while balancing appropriate precautions. The activity schedule is robust, and my dad enjoys having things to do every day, he especially likes trivia, nightly movies and the musical performances. Thank you to the staff and management of Brightview for everything you've done and continue to do."
Offering a modern and luxurious atmosphere, Brookdale Wilton is a memory care community that serves the seniors of Wilton. The staff take a person-centered approach to the care and activities provided to residents. Licensed and trained staff are available 24/7. Brookdale uses the Clare Bridge program, which gives residents structure within their day while also encouraging them to engage their skills. Seniors can participate in whatever activity catches their fancy, including dance classes, brain games, music therapy and art classes, using their cognitive abilities and memory in a non-stressful, comforting environment. The community also offers the opportunity for residents to visit the neighborhood and local places such as museums.
Residents love the staff and the community. A resident's family member writes, "They have a number of interesting activities in this community. They have a nice dining room for meals. The food is good, and they offer a nice variety of choices. The community is clean, and the staff are helpful. They have aides available if you need a little extra assistance. I would recommend this community."
Live Now, Live Engaged is the program staff use in the Carriage Green at Milford memory care neighborhood. This program encourages group and one-on-one activities that help residents be creative and express themselves in positive ways. The program covers most facets of life, including social, physical, intellectual and emotional well-being. The specially designed neighborhood provides visual clues, colors and lighting to help residents get around safely, stress-free. Security of residents is important to staff, and electronic door alerts let them know immediately if a resident is wandering. Tasty meals help ensure nutrition is optimal, and residents receive as much assistance as they need during meal times. When home carers need respite, this community welcomes short-stay memory care residents, and they have access to all the same services and amenities as permanent residents.
Family members show appreciation for the care their loved ones receive. One son says, "I have been very impressed with the communication during these trying times of Covid-19." A daughter comments, "They have done an excellent job of communicating to family members what’s going on in the community by phone and teams...they have gone out of their way to keep our loved ones safe and healthy!"
Maplewood at Darien is a luxury senior living community that offers an array of activities and amenities. The memory care unit is divided into sections with the first section, called the Tides, catering for seniors with mild to moderate memory loss and the second section, called Currents, assisting those in the advanced stages of memory loss. Both the Tides and Currents neighborhoods are located in secure buildings for the safety of residents. A team of certified caregivers is always on hand to provide compassionate care and assistance. A dedicated coordinator oversees the individual daily routines and activities of the memory care residents. Common indoor and outdoor areas are used for a range of activities such as arts and crafts, brain fitness center exercises, musical entertainment and card games. The staff focus on making the residents feel safe and secure.
Family members appreciate the attentive staff and range of activities offered with one saying, "The Maplewood staff has been caring and attentive to my Mom since she moved in about 6 months ago, and helped to ensure a smooth transition. The activities staff is helpful at having residents participate daily in a range of events."
Maplewood at Southport offers a memory care community that focuses on the unique traits of each person. Maplewood's emotion-based approach to treatment takes into account the resident's personal history, the hobbies make them happy and the things that make them comfortable in the present. Seniors have access to on-site visiting physicians who oversee their well-being, and trained staff are on hand 24/7 to provide any assistance needed. Residents can control their schedule, and physical exercise and activities also help maintain a sense of control in their lives. The community is equipped for outdoor leisure. Its secured perimeter ensures the well-being of residents.
People are grateful for the care of their loved ones at Maplewood at Southport. One reviewer writes, "The entire staff made the transition for my 90-year-old father and our family as seamless as possible. They lessened the burden on us and made him feel so welcomed as he transitioned to the memory care floor, and they were extremely transparent and protective as we all navigated through COVID. I recommend highly."
Maplewood at Strawberry Hills offers a home to those living with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related conditions. Containing three distinct neighborhoods for the different types of care offered, the community provides a comfortable atmosphere so residents feel safe. Maplewood's HEART philosophy supports residents with humor, empathy, autonomy, respect and trust. The staff utilize an emotion-based approach to care, so that when residents get confused about what they were to do, they don't get stressed. The approach means the activities that seniors partake in are only the ones that make them happy. Residents are further supported by the design of the community, because while the community is secure, it doesn't feel like it. Seniors can get out and dig around in the garden or take a walk around the grounds without their families having to worry.
One resident's family member says, "My mother moved into Maplewood at Strawberry Hill. The care is going very well.... There they have bingo, baking, cooking, and arts and crafts. Also I think the staff is amazing and wonderful. They really have a good staff; very attentive and very caring... They make a point of getting to know the residents."
Middlebrook Farms offers memory care services to seniors across the Trumbull area, in leafy surroundings and a country atmosphere. Specially trained staff members are on-site 24/7 and help the seniors with the ADLs and activities. Middlebrook Farm's Mind and Memory approach focuses on supporting seniors in engaging in individualized and group activities that they want to try out or they enjoy. The approach gives residents a purpose in life so that they feel like they are worth something and can contribute to society. As part of the connected Live Now, Live Well program, seniors can participate in art workshops, book clubs, gardening, sing-alongs, quizzes and exercise classes. Residents can also participate in activities and events in support of various charities. The communal dining room provides a chance for residents to socialize with their friends, further giving them more of a purpose in life.
Seniors love the facilities, with one resident's family member writing, "It's attractive and fabulous. I give the workers a compliment every time I see them. They are doing a wonderful job. The staff is warm and friendly. ... I cannot think of anything that is missing. ... She is with her good friends. ... I couldn't ask for a nicer environment."
Spring Village at Stratford is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community specializing in providing care for seniors, and it offers safe and affordable options for residents who need minimal assistance as well as for those requiring higher care needs. Chef prepared healthy and hearty meals along with meaningful and engaging activities provide daily opportunities for residents to socialize with new-found friends. Memory care is provided within the safety of the warm and welcoming Memory Care neighborhood where residents can freely explore the activity areas, living spaces and enclosed courtyard. The 24-hour Memory Care is staffed by specially trained serving heart caregivers and offers private and semi-private suites. Individualized care plans are developed for each resident in partnership with staff and family, and address the residents’ emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness through balanced nutrition, quality care, enriching activities, medication management and the creation of positive daily experiences.
A family member of a current resident wrote, "My Mom lives here and is very happy. ... The staff is easy to interact with. ... They have ... a social happy hour every afternoon, trips to the store, movies twice a day in the theater, a walking club, and arts and crafts. I’ve already recommended this place to others, it’s been wonderful."
Sturges Ridge of Fairfield is an assisted living and memory care community in Fairfield. It's conveniently located next to Carolton Hospital and is only 5 minutes from the beach. The community features a variety of communal spaces where residents can socialize and make friends, including a scenic courtyard with outdoor seating and indoor lounge areas. There is a memory care program that is tailored to each individual's needs and abilities. The compassionate staff strives to find out the passions and hobbies of the residents so they can continue to do their favorite activities, such as gardening and sewing. With 24/7 care and a secure community, loved ones can rest easy knowing their family members are safe and being looked after. The in-house culinary team prepares three nutritious meals per day that residents can enjoy together in the dining room.
Family members praise the caring staff, with one saying, "Sturges Ridge is a beautiful community with wonderful amenities and activities. The staff is absolutely wonderful. They go above and beyond for the residents. Their level of compassion and patience is remarkable. They show a high level of knowledge and professionalism in every area."
Sunrise of Fairfield is located on a landscaped campus filled with parklike scenery and comfortably furnished outdoor sitting areas. Its main building features beautiful New England-style architecture and holds 83 senior apartments where residents receive professional assisted living and memory care services. Caregivers specially trained in matters unique to older adults with dementia are available 24 hours a day to provide the extra support needed to live independently. On-staff nurses complete monthly wellness visits to ensure each resident is carefully monitored for changes in their condition. Dietary needs are thoughtfully managed by a team of trained chefs who create an enticing variety of highly nutritious meals each day. Multiple daily activities enable individuals to explore new hobbies and participate in enriching cognitive and social programming.
The signature dining program and its wide variety of seasonal dishes are among the top features of Sunrise at Fairfield. Another high point of the community is the engaging activities provided each day, including visits with children from local schools and live musical performances.
Located west of Westport, CT, Sunrise of Stamford provides memory care, assisted living and short-term care. Residents can walk to shopping and dining, and downtown Stamford is just a short drive away. Nearby medical facilities, such as Stamford Hospital and Greenwich Hospital, provide additional medical support. The pet-friendly community features pretty, park-like grounds with walking paths and numerous indoor common areas. Meals, housekeeping and transportation enable a worry-free lifestyle, while an active calendar of activities allows residents to stay active and engaged. Memory care residents live in a dedicated Reminiscence neighborhood, designed to be comforting, secure and easy to navigate. Staff trained in the latest memory care techniques, including validation therapy, provides individualized and compassionate care. Memory care residents are also encouraged to take part in specially designed memory-specific activities and programs.
Family members appreciate the clean and homey environment and praise the staff. One writes, "The staff is great, they are completely open to your suggestions. We are very pleased with everyone here. It has a homey atmosphere with kind people.” Another adds, "The community looks great, they keep everything very nice and clean. The staff have been more than helpful.”
Offering a modern yet quiet home, Sunrise of Wilton is a memory care and assisted living community that supports seniors with Alzheimer's disease and similar memory issues. The community's Live With Purpose provides seniors the opportunity to engage in activities that they enjoy while also supporting their brain health and cognitive abilities. The staff are on hand 24/7 to help residents with anything they need. The CareConnect system used at Sunrise helps staff keep track of potential health issues with residents, so that falls and similar accidents are avoided. Sunrise of Wilton is also very close to Norwalk Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine, so if any residents need medical assistance they can receive it quickly. Music, art, nature walks, gardening, exercise classes, and discussion groups all are offered.
One resident's family member praised the staff, saying "It's hard to do justice to just how dedicated they have been to the safety and well-being of their residents. ... Staff and administration are invested in doing everything they can to protect the residents, while ensuring their activity level, good nutrition and personal well-being are attended to."
The Greens at Greenwich is a small memory care community that offers a peaceful environment for seniors dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia-related conditions. Staff members are specially trained in caring for seniors with memory issues, and further training is done semi-monthly to ensure staff is up-to-date with the latest information and care methods. Prior to a resident moving into the community, staff members learn about the senior and their personal journey so that they immediately feel like part of the family once they arrive. The staff also engages with residents and their families over care decisions and activities offered. Creative arts therapies involving art, music, dance, and storytelling form the basis of The Greens memory care program. The activities allow the residents to express themselves while supporting cognitive health and social bonding. Residents may also bring a small pet with them, helping support emotional health.
Residents enjoy the activities and staff, with one resident's family member writing, "Dad moved into The Greens at Greenwich over 2 years ago at the age of 98 and never looked back! ... Dad loves the staff, activities, and food. And we love the fact that he's so well taken care of! It's a pleasure to visit Dad."
Located in the picturesque town of Darien, CT, The Residence at Selleck's Woods offers memory care, assisted living and independent living in luxury surroundings. Seniors have easy access to shopping, dining and medical facilities. On-site, seniors have a choice of spacious apartments with smart technology and amenities that include a bistro, billiard room, library, theater, spa and salon, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Memory care residents live in a specialized and secure neighborhood with a private dining room, sunny sitting areas and outdoor recreation areas. The community offers care through its Reflections program, which provides connections through physical, social, cognitive and emotional experiences. Memory care residents are engaged through therapies and activities that include art, music, cooking, cognitive and sensory exercises. Meals, housekeeping, maintenance, transportation and concierge services enable an easy and worry-free lifestyle.
Family members love the beautiful facilities, extensive amenities and caring staff. As one reviewer writes, "This place is a real gem… The facility itself is beautiful, clean and secure. The warm and friendly staff goes above and beyond and treats every resident as if they are family. The food is delicious, and the list of activities is mind-blowing.”
Set in a peaceful environment, The Residence at Westport offers a home to seniors living with Alzheimer's and memory-related conditions, as well as to those needing a bit of help with daily living tasks. The community takes a non-pharmacological approach in its memory care program and focuses on the holistic needs of the resident rather than just treating the disease. Under the Four Pillars of Engagement model, staff offer help with activities that support seniors to engage in their lives, including cognitive sensory activities, physical exercise, cooking, and music and art therapies. The sunny and secure outdoor area offers an opportunity for seniors to get outside in a safe manner. All staff are NIDE-certified dementia professionals and undergo regularly updated training.
Residents love the peaceful environment of The Residence at Westport and the nearby community. They also are thankful for the sheer amount of activities offered.