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Located in the heart of the picturesque Sonoran Desert, nearly a quarter of Scottsdale’s population of more than 243,000 are aged 65 or older. Although its ratio of doctors to residents is slightly below the national average, Scottsdale has several local hospitals and is a Dementia Friendly America community. As an active participant in age- and dementia-friendly community networks, Scottsdale ensures residents have dementia care resources. The Dementia Friendly Arizona initiative, led by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, further helps support Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their caregivers.
Dementia is a complex condition that impacts people differently but may require assistance at a memory care community with staff trained in dementia care. Memory care services are usually about 25% higher than regular assisted living services, and the average memory care cost in Scottsdale, AZ, is about $4,969 per month. While this nearly mirrors the state average, it’s about $650 less than the national average.
Older adults in Scottsdale have several long-term care options providing memory care services. Memory care communities offer specialized care in a safe environment where loved ones get the support they need based on their changing needs.
Note: Data for Scottsdale was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Phoenix, was used instead
Explore these top 10 memory care communities in Scottsdale, AZ, to evaluate options available in the city.
Sunrise of Scottsdale
We chose the award-winning Sunrise of Scottsdale because it won both Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards from the Agency for Health Care Administration. The memory care section offers residents studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments in a peaceful Reminiscence neighborhood. Its spacious living area, thoughtfully designed and meticulously tailored, provides an ideal environment for individuals with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia, incorporating features that promote safety, comfort and a sense of familiarity. The pet-friendly community has trained team members available 24/7, scheduled transportation and weekly housekeeping and laundry services.
Brookdale North Scottsdale
Brookdale North Scottsdale is a pet-friendly assisted living and memory care community that takes a person-centered approach to help promote feelings of belonging and preserve a sense of self. We chose Brookdale for its exclusive brand of dementia care called Clare Bridge, developed more than 30 years ago. Because it specializes in memory care, Brookdale incorporates dementia-friendly features such as circular paths and way-finding cues to help residents locate activity areas and prevent confusion. The community’s secured exits and enclosed courtyard and garden allow memory care residents the freedom to explore while ensuring their safety by preventing wandering. Attentive staff provides 24/7 support, three meals daily and laundry and housekeeping services.
Belmont Village Scottsdale
We chose Belmont Village Scottsdale for its award-winning and nationally recognized memory care programs, including its Whole Brain Fitness and Circle of Friends programs. Both programs are designed to slow cognitive decline and promote ideal ability-centered activities. The pet-friendly community also offers assisted living services and has a licensed nurse and well-trained staff on-site 24/7. The community is a short drive from top medical facilities, including Mayo Hospital, HonorHealth, Barrow Neurological Institute and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Belmont Village has a dedicated memory care neighborhood with a private outdoor area for exercise and activities.
Legacy Village of Salt River
Nestled among beautiful desert vistas, Legacy Village of Salt River provides assisted living and memory care in a tranquil setting. The professionally trained caregivers within its Alzheimer’s care community, called the Cottage, provide specialized care for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Residents have private studio apartments furnished with personal belongings to provide familiar surroundings and a full activity program that enhances seniors' quality of life. Services include three meals daily with snacks, weekly housekeeping and linen services, medication monitoring, increased incontinence care and activities tailored to residents with memory loss.
Amber Creek Inn Memory Care Community
Amber Creek Inn Memory Care Community made our list because it specializes in memory care and offers a personalized care model to reconnect your loved ones to their cherished memories. Its memory care services cater to residents diagnosed with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s and provide specialized care techniques, social connection, family support and 24/7 on-site nurses. Amber Creek is near medical facilities with health care providers equipped to serve the unique needs of those experiencing Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. The community’s advanced safety systems include motion and window sensors to ensure resident safety and a switch response whenever needed.
Scottsdale Village Square, A Pacifica Senior Living Community
Scottsdale Village Square is a Pacifica Senior Living Community conveniently located in the heart of beautiful Old Town Scottsdale. It offers independent living, assisted living and memory care to provide customized care based on individual needs. Scottsdale Village Square’s forward-thinking memory care and life-enhancing amenities ensure residents have the care and support they need. Residents may choose from private or shared studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments, with private cleaning services, including housekeeping and laundry for linens and clothing. A full calendar of social events and physical activities for all ability levels stimulates the mind, strengthens the body and buoys the spirit.
The Gardens of Scottsdale
Nestled between the stunning Camelback and Papago mountains, The Gardens of Scottsdale offers a spacious senior living community with assisted living and memory care services. We included The Gardens on our list for its award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s and dementia care program that provides each resident with individualized attention. Every aspect of its secure memory care neighborhood is designed to stimulate engagement, including exercise classes that help build strength and mobility and dining options that prompt residents to make empowered choices. Its open floor plans and enclosed courtyard encourage residents to explore safely while receiving the necessary care.
Truewood by Merrill, Scottsdale
Located near world-class medical centers, Truewood by Merrill, Scottsdale, offers independent living, assisted living and memory care. Its specially designed memory care neighborhood promotes safety, security and overall well-being while encouraging life-enrichment activities for residents with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. Using a Montessori approach designed for memory care, Truewood’s Garden House residents engage in community routines and activities with a sense of belonging. Residents may choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments with outdoor areas featuring beautiful desert landscapes and mountain views. The community’s environment enhances individuality while ensuring quality care, including on-site registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and physical and occupational therapies as needed.
We included Maravilla Scottsdale on our list for its innovative Enliven™ memory care program that allows residents to feel as independent as possible by focusing on their strengths and abilities, not their impairments. The adaptive program helps residents thrive, regardless of their disease stage, to promote overall well-being. Maravilla’s carefully selected, trained staff provide personalized care in a secure environment with private alcove residences. Specially designed common areas, an outdoor courtyard and walking paths further enhance safety and security while offering an enjoyable community for socializing and recreational programs.
Mosaic Gardens Memory Care at Scottsdale
Mosaic Gardens Memory Care at Scottsdale empowers its residents to make decisions based on their comfort levels and needs while providing the highest level of support possible. Its personalized care plans create a positive environment for residents to lead meaningful lives. Mosaic Gardens’ floor plans are tailored to the unique needs of memory care residents to ensure a secure yet welcoming atmosphere, with studio and deluxe studio apartments available. The staff takes a person-centered approach to provide a stimulating environment while assisting with meals, activities and necessities of daily living. Services include housekeeping, personal and flat laundry, transportation and medication management.