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Page Reviewed / Updated – June 29, 2023

Virginia Beach, the largest and most populous city in Virginia, is situated on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the South Hampton Roads area. An estimated 455,000 people live in the city, 14% of whom are seniors 65 and older. The flourishing senior community has access to high-performing medical facilities offering a range of services, including dementia care and emergency care. They include the city’s principal hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, and Riverside Regional Medical Center across the bridge tunnels.

Memory care is typically 25% more expensive than assisted living. This is due to the medical attention and specialized services provided to residents. Seniors in these communities also require 24-hour supervision and extra security measures to keep them safe. The average monthly fee in Virginia Beach is $5,863. This is higher than the national median of $5,625 but significantly lower than the state average of $6,563.

Virginia Beach offers a number of long-term care communities dedicated to providing comfort and care to people living with dementia. These communities provide residents with assistance with daily tasks and medications, as well as a variety of programs, therapies and tailor-made activities based on their cognitive abilities.

Below are the top 10 memory care communities in Virginia Beach to help you get a better idea of what they offer and make an informed choice.

The Waterford at Virginia Beach

The Waterford at Virginia Beach is a senior living community offering high-quality amenities and convenient services in a safe, homelike environment. Magnolia Trails, the community's signature memory care program, was created in partnership with experts in dementia care. A critical component of the program is its flexible programming, creativity boxes and interactive stations that offer engaging activities such as pet therapy, sewing and gardening, trivia, crafts and sing-alongs. Magnolia Trails' nurturing environment is another asset, with its dementia-friendly décor, scents, sounds and tactile elements that aid in stimulating and engaging residents. The dining program provides residents with nutritious meals served three times daily, delicious snacks and a friendly dining area that encourages social interaction.

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Harmony at Independence

We have listed Harmony at Independence as one of our top 10 senior living communities for its family-centered memory care program, Reflections. Through art and music therapy, this family-focused program stimulates positive memories and engages residents in their present-day experiences. Exercise, walking clubs, movies, manicures and spelling bees are among the activities that provide residents with stimulating socialization throughout the day. Comfortable and spacious studio apartments with easy-to-navigate bathrooms can be decorated by families to provide familiarity and help residents feel at home. On-site amenities include a beauty salon, barbershop, a pub and bistro, and a 24-hour fitness center.

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  • Building features include safe and secure indoor/outdoor areas
  • Nurse on-site to monitor basic health needs

Discovery Commons Virginia Beach

Having earned the Alzheimer's Association's Certificate of Recognition for its memory care program, Shine, Discovery Commons Virginia Beach has earned a place in our top 10. The program includes residents and staff collaborating to create a personalized "My Story" book that can enhance a resident's sense of identity. Seniors can participate in relaxing activities, such as gardening, cooking, making crafts, playing music and storytelling. Round-the-clock care is provided by medical professionals, including nurses, who maintain regular contact with families to keep them updated on their loved one's health condition. Meals are served at the same time each day to offer structure. A multifunction games room and a living room for socializing are among the amenities available on-site.

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  • Services include weekly housekeeping
  • All team members undergo ongoing training and education

Bickford of Virginia Beach

Pet-friendly Bickford of Virginia Beach offers assisted living and memory care to residents in a safe environment. The dementia care program at Bickford, Lifesong, offers a wide variety of individualized activities geared to residents' interests, hobbies and cognitive abilities. The staff facilitates activities either in small groups or one-on-one to maximize engagement. On-site nurses provide medical attention, and caregivers trained in advanced dementia care are available 24/7 to assist with daily tasks. Dementia-friendly features, such as the building's circular design, make it easier for residents to navigate so they won't get lost. The building also features an enclosed courtyard and garden area for residents to enjoy. Transportation is available for residents' appointments.

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  • Caregivers ensure individual needs are met
  • Health care professionals are available for family consultations

Commonwealth Senior Living at King's Grant House

Commonwealth Senior Living at King's Grant House provides memory care services designed to support residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Care is delivered by a team of dementia-certified nurses and caregivers through the community's Welcome to Sweet Memories dementia care program. As part of the program, memory care stations and activities are used to stimulate the senses and evoke memories and passions. Residents are engaged in conversation by receiving life kits that contain a wide variety of themed items based on their interests and hobbies. The courtyard and patio provide a safe and secure environment, while the serenity room offers soft music, soothing videos and pleasing scents to help residents relax.

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Brookdale Virginia Beach

For offering multiple signature programs, Brookdale Virginia Beach earns its place in our top 10. The senior living community specializes in dementia care for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. The programs are based on the Clare Bridge Approach which offers residents a gentle structure of six planned programs daily. These can include cognitive workouts, brain games, dancing and participation in the B-Fit program. Residents in the later stages of dementia can benefit from the Solace program, which offers extra time for personal care and sensory activities such as art and aromatherapy. On-site amenities include a secure courtyard and garden, a beauty salon and barbershop and an art studio.

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  • Security features include keypad entry to the building
  • Three homestyle meals served daily

Bay Lake

Taking a holistic approach to dementia care, Bay Lake staff provides memory care services based on residents' needs and interests. Seniors in the community's secure memory care neighborhood, Inspiritás, have access to a private courtyard and garden, interactive arts programs and elegantly designed life havens where they can relax while taking in the warm sea breeze. The neighborhood also offers tastefully decorated private suites with emergency call systems, as well as state-of-the-art common areas. A team of specially trained caregivers provides compassionate, 24-hour care that addresses residents' physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs. Licensed nurses are available around the clock to assist with any medical issues.

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  • State-of-the-art fire and safety systems in place
  • Scheduled resident transportation available

The Gardens of Virginia Beach

Elegantly designed, The Gardens of Virginia Beach offers residents peace of mind with monitored entry and exit points in their secured memory care community. Through The Bridge to Rediscovery program, seniors receive individualized care and support based on their histories, interests and abilities. The program includes recreational and occupational therapy and activities to stimulate and engage the senses. Care, supervision and medical assistance are provided 24/7 by specially trained caregivers and licensed nurses. Barbershop and salon services, a spacious activity center and restaurant-style dining are available. Community activities and events include board and card games, crochet, musical entertainment, scrapbooking, movie nights and supervised outings.

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  • Regular health and wellness assessments
  • Various memory care accommodations are available, including studios

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is a beachfront senior living community offering a continuum of care, including memory care for those with cognitive impairments. There is a team of extensively trained caregivers on-site 24/7 to assist with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and incontinence care, while skilled nurses provide medical care and around-the-clock supervision. The on-site Birdsong clinic offers blood pressure monitoring, medication management, dentistry and mental health services. Through activities such as happy hours and tai-chi, the Wellness for Life program addresses residents' social, spiritual, intellectual, vocational, emotional and physical needs.

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  • Beachfront dining room offering views of the bay
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool

Commonwealth Senior Living at Leigh Hall

Dementia care residents at Commonwealth Senior Living at Leigh Hall can benefit from the Welcome to Sweet Memories memory care program. Sweet Memories offers residents a portfolio of gently stimulating activities and tools, including melodies and fine arts programs that help spark memories and promote engagement through nostalgic musical and creative pursuits. Before meals and bedtime, residents are given warm towels scented with citrus oil and lavender oil to evoke their taste buds and promote a good night's sleep. Activities include virtual reality adventures such as flying in an airplane, playing with puppies or strolling through a flower garden. Residents can also enjoy a secured outdoor courtyard and indoor walking paths.

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  • Staff training includes advanced dementia training and Virtual Dementia Tours
  • Farm-to-table dining