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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 3, 2023
Cape Coral, FL, has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in recent years — coming in 8th place overall as of 2023 —, and it’s home to around 217,000 people. Approximately 53,000 of these residents are aged 65 and over, which makes the population significantly older than average for the nation and Florida itself. Seniors can take comfort that Cape Coral’s crime rate is remarkably low for such a large city, and its cleaner air helps reduce the risk of various cancers and respiratory illnesses.
Dementia care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and similar conditions is approximately 25% more expensive than assisted living. In Cape Coral, seniors in memory care communities pay an average of $5,418 per month, which is $207 less than the national average. Florida’s overall average is lower by $418.
The relatively high cost of memory care is due to many factors, including an increase in staff and training, extra security and safety precautions. Most facilities also develop specialized wellness programs and activities that are engaging and suitable for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Find out which of Cape Coral’s memory care communities ranked in our top 10 list below.
The Windsor of Cape Coral
The Windsor of Cape Coral is an upscale senior community offering assisted living and memory care around 5 miles north of downtown and right next to a golf course. We ranked The Windsor high on our list partly for its beautiful common areas and large courtyard. All staff members in the dedicated memory care residence are trained in the Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care, which focuses on empathy, positivity and making residents feel safe. Seniors can relax in various gathering places with homelike designs, eat well at the country kitchen and visit the spa. There are also planned outings to local points of interest.
Highpoint at Cape Coral
Tucked away between a residential neighborhood and the sprawling Four Mile Cove nature preserve, the Highpoint at Cape Coral provides a continuum of care. This community earned its place on our top 10 for its licensed care services, including nurses on-site 24/7 to oversee medication and health monitoring. Seniors with Alzheimer's live in the safe and secure memory care unit and can benefit from the signature Masterful Moments holistic wellness program. This individualized programming helps keep everyone engaged in physical and cognitive exercises, celebrations and preferred activities. The memory care neighborhood has its own private courtyard where residents can take a break or a walk.
Atrium at Liberty Park
Atrium at Liberty Park is a large senior community on the north side of Cape Coral that provides memory care as well as independent and assisted living. Each level of care is accommodated separately throughout the community. The memory care unit features Montessori Moments in Time programming and has specially trained caregivers. Seniors receive extra supervision, encouragement and reminders in this unit, and they live in private apartments designed with a familiar homelike touch. Atrium at Liberty Park is designated as an Authorized Validation Organization, and its caregivers are well versed in the Validation Foundation's techniques that aid communication and engagement with Alzheimer's residents.
The Gallery at Cape Coral
The Gallery at Cape Coral is located around 4 miles northwest of downtown, next to a country club, where it offers assisted living and memory care in luxurious surroundings. Seniors can enjoy many outdoor amenities, including a resort-style pool, entertainment area with grills, bocce ball court and paved walkways. Caregivers and nurses are on duty 24/7 for personalized assistance and medication management. Additionally, all residents have medical alert systems for an added layer of protection. Staff hosts planned and unplanned activities, including group trips throughout the local community, to keep memory care residents active physically and mentally.
Brookdale Santa Barbara
Brookdale Santa Barbara is a relatively small community providing memory care for up to 38 residents. The community has a convenient central location around 1 mile south of FL-78 and less than 2 miles from Cape Coral Hospital. The entire community is secure, including the courtyard and garden, with keypad entry doors for family and trusted visitors. Brookdale Santa Barbara is licensed to provide limited nursing services (LNS), which helps seniors age in place while receiving high-level care. We included this community in the top 10 partly for the LNS license and for the range of activities that include gardening, art classes, guided meditation and daily fitness groups.
Elite ALF at Cape Coral
Elite ALF at Cape Coral has accommodations for assisted living and memory care in a midsize complex near the city center. Its presence as one of only a few senior communities located this far south helped earn its place in our top 10 list. The specially trained staff engages seniors through many cognitive stimulation activities, such as memory games, music therapy and reminiscence therapy for residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. All entrances to the community are secure, and it features 24/7 monitoring systems as well as a purposeful design that helps minimize confusion. In addition to personalized care with day-to-day tasks, Elite ALF can provide pharmacy and hospice services on-site.
Gulf Coast Village
Gulf Coast Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with all levels of care available in one place, including memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. This sprawling, tree-lined campus is located in central Cape Coral around 1.5 miles south of FL-78. Seniors with Alzheimer's and similar conditions live in the Palmview memory care wing, which provides a homelike environment with common areas, social activities and secure outdoor spaces. Long-term skilled nursing care specifically for residents with memory loss is also available. Meals are prepared fresh by an on-site chef, with a menu including seasonal seafood, filet mignon and farm-to-table salads.
Hampton Manor of Cape Coral
Located opposite the Palmetto-Pine Country Club and golf course, Hampton Manor of Cape Coral offers memory care, independent living and assisted living in a resort-style community. Each of the three levels of care has its own courtyard, and seniors with dementia receive care from dedicated memory care staff 24/7. Medication coordination may also be provided as necessary. Cognitive programs and senior-friendly exercise groups help residents maintain and improve their focus, and there are regularly scheduled creative, social and spiritual opportunities.
Brookdale Fort Myers Cypress Lake
Brookdale Fort Myers Cypress Lake is a large assisted living and Alzheimer's care facility located around 3.5 miles from Cape Coral Bridge. The community backs on to a golf course and features several outdoor spaces, including a pool, walking paths, courtyards and screened lanai. Residents can also socialize indoors at the coffee shop and ice cream parlor or meet at the game room and theater. The indoor-outdoor memory care neighborhood was purposely designed to maximize freedom of movement while still providing safety and security. Seniors with mid to late-stage dementia can benefit from cognitive fitness exercises and brain games via the Clare Bridge program, while the Solace program supports those with late-stage dementia.
Pacifica Senior Living Fort Myers
Located next to HealthPark Medical Center, with its emergency room and various specialists, Pacifica Senior Living Fort Myers is a single-story community for seniors with Alzheimer's and memory loss. In contrast to most alternatives, this facility houses residents in small neighborhoods — known as cottages — where they can socialize among others with similar abilities and interests. Each resident has a private apartment and bathroom, while shared spaces such as the kitchen are small to maximize engagement and familiarity. Residents can age in place gracefully with on-site therapies, home health services and doctors and nurses as needed.