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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 6, 2023

Located in the heart of Alabama, Birmingham is noted as an emerging community by the Dementia Friendly America organization. This is great news for the city’s senior population, which accounts for over 15% of Birmingham’s 196,910 residents. It’s no surprise the area affords access to cutting-edge cognitive therapies and top-notch dementia care. It is home to the University of Alabama and the college’s Alzheimer’s Research Center. The center provides next-generation education to health care providers and operates its own Brain Aging & Memory and Neuropsychology Clinics. Additionally, the Dementia-Friendly Alabama Initiative works in conjunction with Alabama’s Area Agency on Aging to provide printed resources and host memory cafe dates throughout the state.

Due to the specialized nature of dementia and Alzheimer’s care, added security measures and highly trained staffing needs, residential memory care costs are approximately 25% more than standard assisted living. In Birmingham, memory care rates are $5,035 per month, much higher than the Alabama average of $4,379 but more economical than the national median of $5,625.

Families have many options when exploring Alzheimer’s and dementia care in a residential long-term care environment. These secure communities provide specialized 24-hour health care for residents with cognitive impairments and peace of mind for loved ones. Read on to discover our top recommendations for memory care in Birmingham.

Brookdale University Park

Brookdale University Park offers a continuum of care, enabling seniors to age in place and maintain familiar surroundings in memory care. Its Crossings program for residents with early-stage dementia helps ease care level transitions, while those affected by late-stage dementia can benefit from the extra support provided in the Solace program. Consistent caregiver assignments help establish comforting daily routines. Using its signature Clare Bridge Daily Path, residents are presented with six areas of programming to encourage physical activity and exercise cognitive skills. Way-finding cues along the corridors help guide residents to activities, dining and outside to the secured gardens. The community invites volunteer organizations and youth groups to enliven scheduled activities with intergenerational events, including theater performances and live music.

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Lakeview Estates

The homey atmosphere at Lakeview Estates begins at the front doors, where rocking chairs under the covered veranda invite residents to relax in the shade. We chose to highlight Lakeview Estates for its high level of specialized dementia care. Its compassionate associates minimize stress with familiar routines and encourage seniors with purposeful activities to promote cognitive health. Music, art and reminiscence therapies are incorporated into engaging activities and games to promote physical and mental health. Residents can benefit from maintenance-free living in a private studio or companion suite, with daily housekeeping, personal laundry and linen service, free Wi-Fi and all utilities except phone and cable included. Executive chef-prepared meals are served in the communal dining room.

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  • Secure courtyard with raised garden beds for resident use
  • Nondenominational Sunday church services

Proveer at Grand View

Sitting tucked into a residential neighborhood surrounded by the scenic Double Oak Mountains, Proveer at Grand View offers luxury assisted living and memory care accommodations in a beautiful location. Its Cherish memory care program helps build confidence and encourages residents to explore new interests by incorporating its signature programs into daily activities. Residents can benefit from multisensory experience excursions, participate in the Green Thumb Gardener program, and celebrate their accomplishments with My Moment programming. The single-level community offers studio and one-bedroom suites with modern finishes and spacious accessible bathrooms. Using farm-to-table ingredients, its tenured chef creates nutritious meals and finger-food options served on special plates with easy-to-grip utensils to simplify self-feeding.

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  • Hosts monthly senior health educational discussion groups
  • Home health care and hospice coordination are available

Somerby St. Vincent's One Nineteen

Somerby St. Vincent's One Nineteen earns a spot on our list for its exceptional quality of care, coordinated health and wellness services and resort-style amenities. The campus includes a comprehensive health and wellness center, in-house pharmacy and employs a resident physician for on-site doctor's visits. Its signature Discover Your Spark program encourages residents to rediscover their favorite hobbies in the creative studio, learn about new interests in the library and computer center and explore the outdoors on the paved walking paths in the gardens. Memory care residents have a choice of three private studio floor plans and receive daily personal assistance, housekeeping, laundry and medication management according to their individual needs and care plans.

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  • On-site aquatics with lap pool and whirlpool
  • Open-air dining, casual dining, and restaurant-style meal options

Truewood by Merrill, Riverchase

Truewood by Merrill at Riverchase offers a full spectrum of senior living options, including memory care, independent living and assisted living. In the secure Garden House memory care neighborhood, its signature Inspire Connection program provides tailored services, while the Montessori approach encourages routines and promotes a sense of purpose. Residents are monitored with an in-room 24-hour emergency response system and receive monthly physician visits and medication management with oversight by registered nursing staff. In addition to specialized programming and activities to support cognitive health, the community offers musical entertainment and themed events to engage individuals with dementia and cognitive impairment, minimize isolation and encourage socialization.

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  • Concierge personal care for in-house physician visits and diagnostics
  • On-site hair salon, movie theater, library, TV and activity rooms

Regency Retirement Village of Birmingham

At Regency Retirement Village of Birmingham, residents can benefit from the Pathways Intentional Memory Care program. The highly trained staff manages symptoms and encourages purposeful living by using positive environments, interactive technologies and non-pharmaceutical therapies, such as pet therapy and creative arts. Licensed at the highest level of specialty care, Regency employs certified nursing staff, enabling its caregivers to assist in managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes or Parkinson's. Accommodations and common spaces are designed with security and mobility in mind to discourage wandering, help prevent falls and safeguard resident health and well-being. Regency Retirement Village is a Christian-centered community and offers Bible study activities, hymnal sing-a-longs and televised Sunday devotional services.

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  • iN2L engagement app for person-centered multisensory programming
  • Private main floor visitation room for visiting with loved ones

Morningside of Vestavia Hills

Morningside of Vestavia Hills is recognized on our list for its signature and tenured Bridge to Rediscovery memory care programming, which provides customized cognitive care built on individual skills and preferences. Residents can receive a continuum of care and benefit from secure and familiar surroundings in the dedicated memory care neighborhood while enjoying activities around campus with the supervision and companionship of a personal aide. Memory care residents can build strength and retain mobility with exclusive walking groups and fitness activities and use visual cues posted in common areas to spark memory and recognition and help guide them to activities and dining. All-inclusive rental options include private and companion suites.

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  • Partners with Ageility Physical Therapy Solutions to provide on-site services
  • Coordinated medical care provided by Windsong skilled nursing services

Monark Grove Greystone

Monark Grove Greystone is a modern senior living community offering a continuum of care within minutes of shopping and the natural beauty of Oak Mountain State Park. The resort-style campus boasts a well-appointed fitness center with an indoor pool for aquatic therapy. Guided by a unique life enrichment activity program, residents with cognitive impairment engage in specialized activities and supervised events tailored to their skills and interests. The highly trained care team includes 24-hour licensed nursing staff and provides coordinated, holistic health care through on-site visits from general and specialty physicians, including podiatry, audiology and dermatology. Memory care accommodations include private studio or two-bedroom companion suites equipped with emergency response systems.

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  • Bocce ball and pickleball courts
  • Mobility assistance and scheduled transportation to appointments and shopping

Kirkwood by the River

Founded by the Independent Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood by the River offers a full spectrum of retirement living in a retreat-like environment. It was selected as one of our 10 best communities for its peaceful 120-acre forested setting and its dedicated Hillside assisted living and memory care building. Hillside memory care residences offer a choice of studio and one-bedroom apartments with ample closet space and spacious accessible bathrooms. The secure building offers a second-floor covered terrace with seating and an interior courtyard for safe outdoor access. Residents can benefit from personalized care plans and are monitored by 24-hour nursing staff, receiving assistance with personal care, ambulation and cueing for activities of daily living.

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  • On-site visits from geriatric and specialty physicians
  • Rent includes all utilities except telephone service

Danberry at Inverness

Consistently garnering five-star reviews, Danberry at Inverness earns recognition on our list for its award-winning senior living options and amenities. Its Heartfelt Connections memory care program incorporates residents' life stories to create customized activities that help prolong daily functioning and foster a sense of community. Privacy, accessibility and safety are featured in the studio suites, which boast walk-in showers with bench seats and grab bars. These suites are also monitored by 24-hour licensed nursing staff. An open-concept community design offers multiple living/dining areas and patio seating for dining outdoors in the beautifully landscaped, secure courtyard. On-site luxury amenities include a fitness center with an indoor saltwater pool and handicapped-accessible whirlpool tub.

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  • Serenity room for mood enhancement and relaxation
  • Wheelchair-accessible bus for scheduled outings with escort