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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 17, 2020
The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Dallas, TX
Memory care is considerably more expensive in Dallas than in most cities in Texas and some areas in the United States, based on the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019. At $4,150 per month, the cost of assisted living in the Big D is higher than the Texas state average of $3,750 and the national average of $4,051. Because of the higher degree of care needed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, memory care typically costs about 25% more than assisted living. Adding this percentage to standard assisted living rates results in the following cost estimates for memory care:
- Dallas: $5,188
- Texas: $4,688
- USA: $5,064
The estimated monthly cost of memory care in Dallas is $5,188, which is $500 more than the corresponding Texas average. The higher costs associated with memory care are normally due to the enhanced level of caregiver skill and training, higher staff-to-resident ratios, specialized programs and state-of-the-art security systems required.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 memory care facilities in Dallas, and each one has unique characteristics that makes it stand out. Read our detailed list below to help you find the right fit for your loved one.
The supportive purpose-built environment of Brookdale Preston is an ideal setting for memory care. This 107-bed homelike facility in North Dallas accommodates up to 28 memory care residents. Its dedicated memory care neighborhood is designed with calming wall colors and an easy-to-navigate layout, while the secured landscaped courtyard allows residents to stroll safely. Carefully structured for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the community's Clare Bridge program offers an array of life enrichment activities, such as B-Fit morning exercises, music and movement, reminiscing sessions, creative arts and family sundae socials.
- 24-hour availability of life skills and life enrichment boxes
- Pet friendly
Edgemere's innovative approaches to Alzheimer’s and dementia care makes it one of our top recommendations for memory care. This luxurious continuum of care community accommodates memory care residents in spacious private suites. Its calming common spaces include a secured courtyard for safe strolling and therapeutic gardening. Residents enjoy personalized playlists through the Music & Memory program, while the facility’s It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) programming offers technology-based activities for positive cognitive stimulation.
- Use of therapy dolls and robotic animal companions
- Real Food First nutrition program offering visually appealing pureed food, plated finger foods and nutritious smoothies, mousses and dips
The Avenues of Park Forest
The Avenues of Park Forest takes a comprehensive, evidence-based and loving approach to dementia care, which is why this Northwest Dallas facility is on our top 10 list. The Cottage memory care wing of this Civitas Senior Living community has its own secure courtyard, activity stations and community kitchen. Its My Legacy program offers memory care residents personalized experiences that spark happy memories and encourage positive engagement in everyday living. Enriching activities include Ageless Grace brain fitness exercises, pet therapy, hand towel aromatherapy and live entertainment.
- Themed sensory boxes and interactive life and work stations
- Alzheimer’s and dementia support groups
The Tradition - Lovers Lane
Designed for first-class retirement living, The Tradition - Lovers Lane is one of our top choices for discerning seniors. The 7.5-acre assisted living neighborhood of this luxury senior community accommodates up to 30 memory care residents. Its elegant memory care unit has its own central courtyard, country kitchen, multisensory room and life stations, and the well-trained staff provides personalized care with graciousness and respect. Residents have access to the facility’s physical therapy center, and there are furnished guest suites available for visiting loved ones.
- Flexible gourmet dining
- On-site health screenings, flu shots and consultations with an audiologist, podiatrist and other medical specialists
Sunrise of Hillcrest
Sunrise of Hillcrest has a tranquil setting in the vicinity of Valley View Park. We included this assisted living facility on our top 10 list for its memory care neighborhood’s supportive environment and easy-to-navigate layout, where all resident suites are located next to the living and dining areas. Its Reminiscence memory care program provides residents with customized care plans and therapeutic activities according to their needs and personal interests. A licensed on-staff nurse visits monthly to perform wellness checks.
- Care team trained in validation therapy and other special memory care techniques
- Restaurant-style dining with wholesome pureed diet options
Entrust of DeSoto
Exclusively designed for memory care, Entrust of DeSoto offers a secure, calming environment. This 52-bed, pet-friendly single-floor facility is guided by three pillars of care: wellness and community, safety and simplifying life. The compassionate staff provides individualized care and builds meaningful relationships based on each resident’s life story. Residents are offered rejuvenating treatments at the full-service salon/barbershop, and they can participate in various activities such as card games, music, gardening, intergenerational programs and scheduled outings.
- Intimate settings and secure outdoor grounds for each wing
- Betty Boop Cafe offering daily specials and alternative choice menus with vegetarian, low-sugar and low-salt options
Iris Memory Care of Turtle Creek
We recommend Iris Memory Care of Turtle Creek for seniors who prefer smaller and familiar homelike settings. This 54-bed premier facility has an easy-to-navigate single-level layout, and the intentionally designed common areas are enhanced with stimulating artwork displays. Its Personalized Path of Care program places high importance on staff getting to know the residents, attentive physical care, positive social engagements and sensory enrichment. The facility’s Snoezelen cart produces calming sights, sounds, aromas and textures. Other therapeutic activities include creative arts, gardening, music, pet therapy and scheduled outings.
- Hug rotations for continued interaction
- Nurturing, secretarial, handyman and fishing life stations
Windsor Senior Living
Windsor Senior Living is our top choice for memory care for older adults who desire an urban lifestyle in a supportive community. This multistory retirement facility in North Dallas accommodates up to 85 memory care residents in a safe, positive environment. The community has secured landscaped gardens with walking paths, a gazebo and calming water fountain. Other engaging amenities include a fitness center, massage room, movie theater, library and salon. Transportation is provided for doctor’s appointments, shopping trips and scheduled outings. Windsor’s dining program offers residents fresh, healthy meals that are prepared using local ingredients.
- Small pets welcome
- Anytime dining
Caruth Haven Court
Offering professional memory care in a dignified and upscale environment, Caruth Haven Court supports each resident’s unique lifestyle. We highly recommend this pet-friendly assisted living facility for its memory care program that promotes residents’ confidence, self-esteem and independence. This 95-bed Discovery Senior Living community consists of multiple studio and one-bedroom floor plans. It has a secured garden, multifunction recreation area, fireside library and salon/barbershop. The Sensations dining program serves a selection of home-style meals and international cuisines.
- "Food on the run" for residents who frequently wander and can no longer focus during mealtimes
- Purpose-driven activities that are noncompetitive and failure-free
The Preston of the Park Cities
Boasting resort-style amenities in a posh environment, The Preston of the Park Cities offers luxurious senior living. This Silverstone/Watermark assisted living community is among our top picks for its flexible memory care options. In addition to The Gardens memory care neighborhood, the facility offers The Bridge program that is tailored for those with mild cognitive impairment. The caregivers who are trained by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners are called Nayas, a Sanskrit word associated with guidance, wisdom and connection.
- Gourmet Bites dining program, Pantry Program comfort foods
- Watermark University classes including pet therapy, music and movement, writers’ circle, yoga and wine pairing