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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Austin, TX
Austin is becoming one of the nation’s leading destinations for seniors and has earned a place in the top 10% of U.S. metro areas on various lists of the best cities for retirement living. Although the percentage of seniors among the population is still relatively low, the area is not lacking in health care and other important services for seniors, such as a large number of assisted living and memory care facilities and access to some of the best hospitals in the country.
The cost of living is very high in Austin, and this greatly affects the cost of all residential long-term care facilities. Memory care services add approximately 25% to the monthly cost of assisted living, which is $5,395 in Austin, according to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This cost is far higher than the national average of $4,051 and higher still when compared to the Texas average of $3,750. After calculating the additional cost of care associated with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, the difference between Austin and other locations increases for memory care.
- Austin: $6,743
- Texas: $4,688
- U.S.: $5,064
Read more about the memory care facilities available in the area and find out which received the top ratings for Austin, TX.
Brookdale North Austin
Brookdale North Austin is a midsize assisted living and memory care facility located just off US 183 in the north end of the city. Residents who have Alzheimer's or other types of dementia participate in Brookdale's specialized Clare Bridge program, which is designed to create fulfilling opportunities in different areas of life that are known to be beneficial for people with cognitive issues. The program's influence can be seen in everything from the structure itself to the dining experience, where residents choose from dementia-friendly menus that provide a balance between familiar, reassuring dishes and interesting new combinations.
Legacy Oaks of South Austin
Legacy Oaks of South Austin is an assisted living facility with a dedicated memory care neighborhood – The Cottage – located in a residential area southwest of the city center. As one of the Civitas family of care facilities with the Passion Program in place, Legacy Oaks and its caregivers are well-equipped and able to deal with cognitive impairment and residents affected by it. Residents, family and caregivers can participate in the Dementia Live program, which gives them a greater understanding of the problems faced by those with the disease through an immersive virtual reality experience.
The Heritage at Hunters Chase
The Heritage at Hunters Chase is a large, multilevel assisted living and memory care community near US 183 in north Austin. The programming available at Heritage reflects current studies and best practices for memory care and dementia in general, such as the proven brain health benefits of remaining socially and physically active. This is organized in a holistic approach that accounts for the age, abilities and interests of the individual, such as music memory groups and seated exercise programs.
The Plaza at Querencia Barton Creek
The Plaza at Querencia Barton Creek provides memory care and assisted living within a larger senior community, approximately 8 miles west of downtown Austin. Residents with dementia receive care in a customized area of the facility with staff who receive additional training, as well as and housing, activities and services that are appropriate for those with cognitive issues. We ranked this facility in the top 10 for its medical capabilities, including in-house skilled nursing and dietitian.
Ledgestone Senior Living
Ledgestone Senior Living is a large facility located 15 miles west of Austin along US 290. The Cottage is Ledgestone's separate memory care wing, which provides personalized services for seniors with dementia. This smaller, more homelike part of the larger senior living community has a higher ratio of staff to residents to ensure their additional needs are met. Ledgestone made our top 10 list due to the large number of activities, programs and staff that are exclusive to memory care.
Tech Ridge Oaks
Tech Ridge Oaks is an assisted living and memory care community located a few blocks from I-35 in north Austin. Residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia live in The Cottage, which is a separate wing of 20 customized apartments and companion suites. The care philosophy combines traditional elements, such as food and music, with current research on dementia, including the Ageless Grace exercise program and Sagely tool that keeps family connected to loved ones and events at the facility.
Auberge at Onion Creek
Auberge at Onion Creek is a memory care community located approximately 9 miles south of Austin and just off I-35. We ranked The Auberge at Onion Creek highly for its exclusivity to memory care, which gives residents with Alzheimer's more freedom to move around and more to do in general. This dedication to memory care carries over to staff selection and training, including regular assessments, care coordination with third-party services and the everyday parts of life, such as a specialized calendar of activities and dining menus.
Arden Courts of Austin
Arden Courts of Austin is a midsize facility for people with memory loss, located in a residential area north of the city. It sits next to the large Tanglewood Park, and the facility itself is surrounded by secure, landscaped outdoor areas with walking paths and relaxation areas with large trees and gardens. Residents are free to move around the various interconnected buildings and outdoor areas, which is known to alleviate some issues associated with Alzheimer's, and they're kept safe by caring staff at all times.
The Watermark at Southpark Meadows
The Watermark at Southpark Meadows is an assisted living and memory care community located roughly 7 miles south of Austin's city center. It has large, modern buildings that are attractive, well-lit and designed to maximize freedom of movement for residents. The Gardens is a separate environment for residents who have been diagnosed with dementia, which is staffed with NCCDP certified memory care experts around the clock. Residents go on group outings customized to their individual preferences and abilities, such as fishing trips and days at the beach.
Belmont Village West Lake Hills
Located outside of Austin in a quiet area of West Lake Hills, Belmont Village West Lake Hills is a midsize facility that offers assisted living and memory care. The programs, activities and care provided are individualized and evidence-based, with regular assessments and brain health checkups, and groups are kept smaller to promote participation. We ranked this facility in the top 10 for its expansive Circle of Friends program, which is designed specifically for the early stages of memory loss and mild to moderate impairment.