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 Windsor’s senior population continues to grow (28.08% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Windsor, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 96.84% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 16.41%, 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 (10.26% in Windsor 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 Windsor. 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 Windsor, 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:
AltaVita Memory Centre is a locally-owned family-orientated collection of senior residences that provide memory care, assisted and independent living. A daycare program and short-term respite care are also available for individuals with memory-related illnesses who are not ready for full-time community care. Experts designed the memory care neighborhood to be both comforting and completely safe. Despite being secure and staffed 24/7, the community promotes a sense of independence through uninterrupted access to secure indoor areas and outdoor spaces, including four garden patios and a central courtyard that both residents and guests can enjoy. In addition, memory boxes are placed outside each resident's room as a gentle, familiar reminder of their location. A full roster of daily activities keeps residents engaged. In addition, there is a fitness space, beauty salon, barbershop, bistro and ice cream parlor.
Family members of residents appreciate the "quality care and attention" their loved ones receive in the community. One relative says, "My father lived at AltaVita Memory Care Centre for six years. The management and staff took time to get to know him as an individual and were accommodating to his needs whenever possible."
Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood in Evans, Colorado, Ashley Manor Memory Care – Evans 1 is an assisted living center focused predominantly on providing high-quality memory care. They utilize a variety of techniques designed to slow memory loss while enhancing the quality of life. The experienced and caring staff offers personalized therapies, including aroma, music, light, reminiscence and hydration therapy. Living units are small and homelike, which comforts residents and minimizes confusion in daily activities. Daily social activities facilitate camaraderie among residents and a sense of community. Three hot meals and snacks are served each day.
People praise the homelike environment of Ashley Manor. A family member of a resident wrote, "She's loved, cared for, entertained, kept clean, safe and happy. …Each time we visit, we're regaled with mom's escapades and jokes. We leave those visits with heavy hearts, knowing her disease is progressing. But we know we leave her in the best hands possible."
Aspen House is a secure memory care community providing personalized care for older adults with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other forms of memory loss. The community's Life Engagement program helps improve the cognitive, social and physical skills of seniors through sensory activities and exercises. A specially trained team of 24-hour caregivers assists memory care residents with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, incontinence care and managing medications, and the on-site nursing staff monitor the health and well-being of seniors. Weekly housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services keep seniors' spacious apartments clean and tidy. Three nutritious meals each day accommodate the special diets of residents. Seniors also enjoy Aspen House's outdoor patio, full-service hair salon, library and private courtyard.
Aspen House has many years of experience caring for loved ones with memory impairments. One reviewer says, "Aspen House Memory Care is such a great place to have your loved one! The care staff are amazing, and the activities are the best. They work very hard each day to love and care for the residents."
Aspyre Rock Creek is a safe, secure and calm memory care community focused on serving the special care needs of seniors in the Fort Collins area. A variety of spacious and comfortable apartments are available for residents to choose from. Older adults who have dementia or other memory impairments receive assistance with daily living needs from a team of trained 24-hour staff. Aspyre Rock Creek's exercise programs and sensory activities such as art, music, aromatherapy and gardening help reduce the cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms of dementia. An on-call nursing staff monitors the health of seniors and handles any chronic medical issues. Three restaurant-style meals are prepared and served in the dining area each day. The community kitchen is also available for residents who wish to participate in cooking activities. Other services offered include housekeeping, laundry and respite care.
Family members are happy to have found Aspyre Rock Creek for their loved ones to live at. One relative writes, "This community is a hidden gem. It is beautiful and the staff are all amazing. They truly care about my dad and his well-being."
Atria Longmont is a premier senior community offering beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains. It provides memory care residents a life of meaning and fulfillment in a warm environment with all the comforts of home. The community's innovative approach to memory care focuses on physical activity, with at least two exercise opportunities provided per day as well as social connection and engagement. It also offers individualized care and thoughtfully designed spaces with secure indoor and outdoor areas. Artwork and personal mementos are displayed outside seniors' residences to assist them in locating their apartments with ease. Residents receive thorough assessments by a licensed nurse upon joining the community and every 90 days thereafter. Care support is available around the clock, including assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management, escorts to events and scheduling appointments with medical professionals.
The daughter of two residents sees the beneficial effect community living has on her parents. "They are thriving there," she says. "Atria and their staff do a wonderful job of filling the lives of their residents with safe, creative, and fun activities. ... I am forever thankful that we have such a nice facility with an outstanding activity program in our city."
Brookdale Mariana Butte offers a relaxing, comfortable and secure place for memory care residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. The community's problem-solving process helps manage the behavioral changes of residents with memory loss. The Clare Bridge program offers a person-centered approach that helps residents develop a sense of purpose and belonging. Security features include 24-hour exterior door security, doorbells at the entrance and exit, and enclosed courtyards to control wandering behaviors. Trained staff are available 24/7. The Daily Path Program provides six planned activities daily, such as gardening, walking clubs, brain games and music performances.
Families appreciate the compassionate staff. One writes, "My loved one is at Brookdale Mariana Butte. I like the way it is laid out and the way it feels more like an apartment or like a home than like a hospital-type setting. They do have social amenities. The staff seems to be very competent."
Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory Care offers a faith-based approach to memory care based on spiritual care and various therapies, including art, music, scent and pet therapy. The Health Services Director meets with each new resident and their family to understand their needs and preferences and to develop a personal care plan. The team of caregivers is available 24/7 to help seniors with the activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and grooming, and to perform regular health assessments. Community members can also take advantage of a wide range of specialized care programs, including diabetes management, incontinence management, medication management, fall prevention programs and monitoring of chronic conditions. Various physicians regularly visit this community to provide on-site medical care, such as podiatry and rehabilitation. Residents can participate in many enriching activities, including fitness and balance classes, daily devotion and sensory groups.
Family members rave about the caring staff. The daughter of a resident writes, "My mom is doing really well at Collinwood. It's very clean and the people who work there are extremely nice and caring. ... I'm totally happy with it. They've been checking on her and keeping a close eye on her."
Garden Square of Greeley is an assisted living and memory care community dedicated to providing specialized care services that allow residents to remain independent for as long as possible. The pet-friendly community offers seniors cozy studio apartments with private half-baths and many energy-efficient features. Its 24-hour memory care staff is trained to help those with Alzheimer's and dementia complete daily living tasks and manage their medications. For added peace of mind, the buildings are kept secure with a keypad entry system to reduce the chance of seniors wandering away. Health care providers are available to closely monitor the well-being and medical needs of residents. A variety of activities and social programs keep older adults from feeling alone. Services that seniors can also enjoy at Garden Square include restaurant-style meals, housekeeping, laundry and respite care.
Family members like that the care staff is trained to take care of seniors with memory impairments. One writes, "Garden Square of Greeley was very clean and people are absolutely friendly and caring. I'm very comfortable with my mom being there. The staff is trained in memory care and they understand Alzheimer's and dementia."
Good Samaritan Society's Water Valley Senior Living Resort offers thoughtfully arranged living spaces designed to support and comfort memory care residents. The Water Valley Senior Living Resorts provides memory care, assisted living, and respite care. Memory care residents reside in an open-concept living space designed to feel like a private home. Community members enjoy individual bedrooms and full private bathrooms, shared living spaces and an environment designed to promote wayfinding instead of wandering. A unique feature of the community is its sensory room, where residents can enjoy comforting blankets and pleasantly scented lotions and self-soothe in the community Wellness Nordic Relaxation Chair. The life skills station offers opportunities for productive, meaningful activity that stimulates memories. Residents receive three chef-made meals a day. The memory care staff at Water Valley receives ongoing training to ensure that each resident receives care with compassion and dignity.
Multiple residents reported enjoying the food and environment, but they especially favored the warmth and friendliness of the staff. One resident reported, "One thing standing out from our visit and living here is what we call a culture of kindness. This culture was evident in all aspects of life."
With the variety of lifestyle options available at Grace Pointe Senior Care Community, seniors with varying care needs can comfortably age in place. For those diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other cognitive conditions, the community's specialized memory care program enhances wellness and quality of life. The staff regularly trains in dementia care and behavior management. A full-time activities director regularly schedules programs that match individual abilities and interests. These include fitness and therapeutic exercises, outings, social events and hobbies that residents have enjoyed in the past. Grace Pointe partners with Dementia Together for twice-a-week Memory Cafe events where seniors with mild to moderate conditions can participate in group activities and share snacks. The community values residents' unique life stories and features engaging personal experiences through the A Handful of Life program.
Families observe that purposeful programming has helped loved ones thrive. "My husband Guy goes to the memory care unit at Grace Pointe," says a resident's wife. "The entire staff nurtures him (and me) with kindness and compassion. They have meaningful activities and music and trips and gardening and recognize his need to be helpful by finding tasks that give him purpose."
Greeley Village enriches the lives of residents and helps them thrive through a range of activities including music, dance and creative art. The vibrant nature of such activities encourages the reawakening of personal memories and fosters a sense of well-being. The Revere Memory Care neighborhood engages with community members through a holistic approach covering mind, body and spirit. Each resident has a personalized care plan, and the staff builds supportive relationships with family members and residents. Pet therapy and sensory stimulation help reduce anxiety and elevate mood while placement with like-abled peers for activities keeps group engagement high. Communal spaces offer visual cues to aid navigation, and the secure outdoor area is ideal for relaxation and gardening. The studio apartments feature walk-in showers for easy access. Residents receive assistance with daily living tasks, three chef-prepared meals daily, and medication monitoring and administration.
Family members praise the staff with one relative saying, "What a wonderful community with a kind and caring staff." Another comments, "Greeley Village has been a great place for our Mom. The staff are attentive and caring. The community....has a wonderful outdoor area."
Hillcrest of Loveland is located in a scenic setting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It offers a caring and supportive environment for memory care residents, featuring cozy residences and warm community areas that include a dining area with bright table settings and delicious menu options to appeal to seniors' senses. The memory care community also features way-finding cues that assist residents in moving around their residences and the larger community with confidence. Hillcrest of Loveland's care staff gets to know residents and strives to understand their life stories and interests to create personalized care plans that encourage engagement and participation. Its TLC program creates opportunities for residents' families to connect with the families of other residents, spend time with their loved ones and participate in volunteer efforts. The community also has a holistic care model that focuses on physical wellness, a stimulating environment, enriching activities and active family participation.
Reviewers regularly comment on the community's warm and cheerful atmosphere. One says, "I like the homey but stylish feel of this retirement home. I have two friends who are happily living there. My name is on the waiting list!"
Legend Of Broomfield is a warm and inviting assisted living and memory care community overlooking the scenic mountain views of Colorado. It offers various spacious suites and private room options for seniors to choose from that include cozy living areas and bathrooms. A licensed nurse is available to help seniors with medications and other health care issues. Flavorful meals and snacks are prepared and served in the main dining room by the community's team of Gold Leaf chefs. Residents are encouraged to participate in therapeutic activities and sensory exercises to improve their cognitive and motor skills. Upon request, seniors can receive 24-hour individualized care services for assistance with bathing, dressing, incontinence maintenance and other daily living needs. Legend of Broomfield also provides housekeeping and laundry services to keep rooms clean.
Legend of Broomfield offers personalized care for seniors in a secure atmosphere. One reviewer exclaimed, "The facility is a great location that is always clean and the residents are well taken care of. The staff are attentive and you can tell, they really care about the residents."
The memory care program of MacKenzie Place Fort Collins takes a whole-person approach to memory care by providing individualized care plans based on each resident's life history and a diverse set of pillars of wellness, including physical, social, therapeutical and sensory. The physical pillar focuses on developing the unique physical abilities of each resident in group and private sessions. The social pillar focuses on helping residents feel connected through group activities, such as themed dinners, scenic drives and excursions. The therapeutic pillar gives residents the opportunities to complete tasks with a purpose by offering various types of therapy, including art and horticulture therapy. The sensory pillar provides daily opportunities for residents to interact with the world through their five senses. Residents can also express themselves through creative activities such as drawing and clay sculpting.
People love the staff, and they also love that therapy is available. A visitor writes, "MacKenzie Place Fort Collins was good and very nice. The staff members were very positive. The room was beautiful. There was a tremendous amount of activities. I really liked that they have therapy and the availability to medical care when needed."
MeadowView of Greeley is a welcoming assisted living and memory care community situated near the Rocky Mountains in Greeley, Colorado. Its memory care neighborhood provides comfortable suites and quiet rooms for seniors who have Alzheimer's or other memory-related impairments. The community's award-winning Paro Seal program combines robotics with animal therapy to keep residents engaged and feeling fulfilled. Companion services offer assistance with bathing, dressing, mobility and other daily tasks whenever requested. Licensed nurses and health care staff handle medications and any medical issues that may arise. Meadowview has a variety of activities, such as chair aerobics, walking clubs and fitness classes, to keep seniors active each day. Legend's team of Gold Leaf Chefs prepares and serves flavorful meals in the main dining room. Laundry and housekeeping services ensure residents' rooms are clean and free of any falling hazards.
Meadowview provides personalized care for seniors in a safe and comforting environment. One reviewer says, "Meadowview stands out in Greeley. ... Their community is welcoming and beautiful, as well as having all the amenities one needs to feel at home. The staff is welcoming and always willing to help out where needed."
MorningStar of Fort Collins is an assisted living and memory care home for seniors 55 and older. The facility offers resort-style architecture and amenities with one and two-bedroom apartments available to residents. Some of the apartments on the property reach 800 square feet, making it an appropriate place to retire for individuals and couples alike. Every day, residents enjoy a calendar full of activities that keep them well and active physically and mentally. Residents have all-day dining, including three chef-inspired meals a day. Other on-site amenities include multiple dining rooms, a chapel, a theatre and a library. Outside the house, residents have access to transportation, all-season porches and an enclosed patio and courtyard for memory care residents. Staff is available 24 hours a day to provide care to residents.
One resident says: "My husband and I chose to move to MorningStar together in August 2016, and we are very thankful for our wonderful, beautiful home here." Other reviewers praise the staff for the environment they create and the care they provide, with one saying that they "left no stone unturned" during their family's orientation.
Seven Lakes Memory Care is beautifully situated on the edge of Horseshoe Lake in the north of Loveland, near the Banner Health Clinic. Every detail of the community has been designed with memory-impaired seniors in mind, from the thoughtfully designed floor plans to the welcoming atmosphere. Programs designed to evoke feelings of purpose and belonging include community outreach and fieldwork. The kind staff offers care and assistance 24/7 and takes care of household chores. The pet-friendly community features spacious secure patios, walking paths and a beauty parlor.
Family members praise the loving care, with one relative saying, "My mother is in Seven Lakes Memory Care. They're fantastic, that's why I don't want her to move in every way. The food is all handmade in the kitchen there. It's beautiful. I'm perfectly happy where she's at. They do internal crafts, music, exercise, musicians would come in."
Windsong at Northridge offers memory care in a compassionate, welcoming environment. The beautifully landscaped grounds offer a stimulating outdoor experience, and the private suites are individually styled to feel like home. This community provides five levels of memory care, using Montessori-based activities to help residents lead active and fulfilling lives. In the community kitchen, residents can safely participate in supervised cooking activities. Restaurant-style dining is provided, and private dining for special events is also available. The 24/7 care team works closely with families, and a registered nurse is on staff. Health and wellness services include art, music and pet therapies, and pharmacy services are provided on site. A 24-hour emergency call system is in place for added security.
Families appreciate that their loved ones can maintain some independence in a caring and supportive environment. One reviewer comments, "I loved how even the building was designed to let the clients to do the tasks... that help them feel a little more independent but with supervision. ... New, clean, well-designed building. Love the Montessori approach to care!"