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10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Birmingham, AL

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Families with loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can often be left wondering what to do when it comes to care. A Place for Mom is here to help.

Currently, there are nine memory care facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Birmingham, many of which offer a variety of memory-enhancing activities, dementia therapies, medication management, security features, and extracurriculars for their residents — all in an effort to reduce confusion, minimize agitation, enhance wellbeing, and keep your loved ones safe.

In addition, memory care in Birmingham offers significant value to residents and their families. A Place for Mom’s proprietary data shows that the average cost of memory care facilities in Birmingham is $4,200. In comparison, the national average is $6,935.

In this guide, expect to find all the necessary information on memory care facilities in Birmingham. You’ll also learn about costs, regulations, services, and senior-specific local resources.

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1919 Photos available
1010 Floor plans available
9.9
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87 reviews
9.9
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87 reviews
5 star
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The staff are and have been Wonderful caring helpful people that treat you and your love ones like family. The staff did not rush us and spent several hours with us in the first visit and answered all our...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Danberry at Inverness reflects a complete break from the conventions of ordinary senior living communities by embracing a distinctive philosophy focused on celebrating life with style. Here, you will find every convenience and amenity imaginable for active adults over 55, including a full...
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99 Photos available
4646 Floor plans available
9.9
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28 reviews
9.9
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28 reviews
5 star
78%
4 star
14%
3 star
4%
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What has made Monark Grove such a great experience so far is the staff. [name removed], [name removed], [name removed], and [name removed] are great. We also really like the programs different activities...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
There's beauty in new beginnings - and a thrill in knowing the possibilities they bring. Just like the metamorphosis of a butterfly, nature has a way of showing us there are wonders to be celebrated in all of life's stages - and now that you've worked hard, it's time to enjoy. Senior living at...
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1212 Photos available
88 Floor plans available
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9.5
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60 reviews
9.5
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60 reviews
5 star
55%
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25%
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I have experienced the compassion that have been beyond what I expected. the staff has All been very friendly + helpful They sometimes have gone out of their way to accomadate my needs.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Come see if our continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, is the right fit for you and your family. Here you’ll have independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus. So if you or your spouse need more care later, you’ll have the lifestyle you want and...
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1010 Photos available
9.5
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7 reviews
9.5
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7 reviews
5 star
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We moved my grandmother to Proveer at Grand View about 6 months ago. She seems happier and more cognizant then I have seen her in several years. The staff is wonderful. I bring my children to visit their...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Proveer at Grande View provides the Hoover and Shelby County communities with vibrant, upscale and modern senior living.The word “proveer” means to provide. With Proveer at Grande View, that is their purpose. The staff at Proveer has dedicated themselves to understanding the needs of seniors who...
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44 Photos available
9.2
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36 reviews
9.2
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36 reviews
5 star
36%
4 star
31%
3 star
8%
2 star
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Everything is great except they can be really slow with important maintenence requests such as the AC. Overall is it a great place, especially for our price point.
Provides: Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Elite Senior Living Center located in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama and provides independent living where residents receive the memory care that they need. Our community provides seniors with a great place to call home. Those who are visiting residents of this community will find that...
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2424 Photos available
77 Floor plans available
8.6
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6 reviews
8.6
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6 reviews
5 star
67%
4 star
33%
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Our objective was to find a place for my 95 year old mother with the type of dementia that still allowed her to think rationally, but was incapable of retaining any new information, even during a brief...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
THE NEW DESIGN OF CARE, LIFE AND STYLELongleaf Liberty Park is taking a fresh, local approach to senior living, service and care. We've taken every detail into consideration to elevate expectations of what assisted living and memory care should be. Our modern welcoming spaces match our forward...
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1919 Photos available
9.9
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109 reviews
9.9
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109 reviews
5 star
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We are very pleased with the quality of care. Like any long term care facility the family needs to be involved in monitoring their loved one's care. They should visit often. We would recommend the Gardens...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
At the Gardens of Pelham Assisted Living, our retirement community meets the diverse and changing needs of today’s senior citizens. Conveniently located off 1-65 North at exit 246 in Pelham near the Oak Mountain Park, the Garden’s atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Our month-to-month rent, without...
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2121 Photos available
9.5
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33 reviews
9.5
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33 reviews
5 star
52%
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3 star
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Our overall experience is good. The staff friendliness is mixed, some cheerful and engaging, others just doing their job and don't seem to have any interest in knowing the residents. Cleanliness is good,...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
From the moment you walk through the door, you will experience the difference that is Chateau Vestavia. Family owned and locally operated, we are a part of the beautiful Vestavia Hills community. Our caring professional staff is committed to making this the most worry-free time of your life. We...
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66 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
9.2
Review score
57 reviews
9.2
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57 reviews
5 star
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3 star
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They have been wonderful in every way. I feel like my dad is getting good care. People are helpful and kind. I have no complaints at all. I would recommend this facility for any one. I love the courtyard. Me...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Briar Glenn Alzheimer's Special Care Center is an assisted living community located in Hoover, Jefferson County, Alabama, providing residents with a safe place to call home. Those dealing with dementia or Alzheimer's are welcome in this community. The city of Hoover has much to offer to residents...
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1212 Photos available
44 Floor plans available
9.0
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22 reviews
9.0
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22 reviews
5 star
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I have been impressed with Lakeview Estates and the level of care they provide. My aunt is happy and enjoys living at Lakeview Estates.
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Lakeview Estates, a Phoenix Senior Living community, offers premier senior living services with superior personalized care and luxury-style accommodations with a comfortable, small-town feel. From the moment you enter Lakeview Estates, it will become clear that our goal is to instill purpose and...
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Photo of The Brook
1616 Photos available
8.0
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17 reviews
8.0
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17 reviews
5 star
59%
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My grandmother moved to Columbia Cottage a few months ago. I have been amazed by the wonderful, caring staff that go above and beyond to care for my grandmother. My grandmother loves the painting classes and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Newly Renovated!!Nestled within a serene neighborhood, The Brook is a haven of compassionate care and comfort for our cherished residents. Here, we prioritize individual well-being and offer personalized support that allows residents to maintain their independence while receiving the assistance...
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1414 Photos available
77 Floor plans available
8.0
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13 reviews
8.0
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13 reviews
5 star
46%
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3 star
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2 star
8%
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From the first time that I visited Galleria Woods, I knew that it was the place for me! I love my Garden Home and the privacy that it gives me overlooking the Cahaba River. I enjoy my walks up to the "Big...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
It’s not downsizing your home; it’s upsizing your possibilities. Located on 20 wooded acres in Birmingham’s prestigious Riverchase area, our continuing care retirement community (CCRC) gives you a maintenance-free lifestyle with the retirement you deserve. Our community has a full continuum...
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1414 Photos available
7.0
Review score
5 reviews
7.0
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5 reviews
5 star
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So far we have had a very good experience with St. Martins in the Pines. The staff are wonderful and very friendly, and you can tell they really take good care of our loved ones. The facility itself is very...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
A Life Plan, commonly referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement Community, St. Martin’s in the Pines offers a comprehensive range of care to support seniors through all stages of living. Accommodations include restaurant-style dining, gated beautiful grounds, community garden, daily activities,...
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66 Photos available
5 star
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I wanted to write a review for the Regency Retirement Village and share our experience. We planned an out-of-state move with my mother-in-law of 90 years. This was a very tough move for us to make but we...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Regency Retirement Village is a graciously appointed residential community designed to meet the needs of seniors. The beautiful facility offers affordable independent and assisted living. Our apartments are some of the finest in Birmingham with studios, one and two bedroom suites. We are located...
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1717 Photos available
5 star
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10%
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This community was very nice and the people were very friendly however, I needed my aunt in a community where they gathered and there were more gathering places at another community. The people were very...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Real Service At the heart of Country Cottage is CareSteps, an individualized service plan designed to solve the real, day-to-day issues that have threatened to destroy the independence you've worked so hard to achieve. CareSteps assures that you'll receive the right amount of help at the right...
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We chose Kirkwood by the River because of the convenient location for me and it was a relatively good price compared to some others we looked at. She had a 1 bedroom and it was about 600 square feet. The...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Kirkwood by the River was founded as a nonprofit in 1980 by Independent Presbyterian Church to offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Medicare Rehabilitation. Set on 120 acres on the Cahaba River, Kirkwood by the River feels miles away from the...
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1010 Photos available
5.7
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44 reviews
5.7
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44 reviews
5 star
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The facility is pretty nice, I think some things could be upgraded. But mom is very pleased. The staff is very friendly and quick to address any issues we have. They do housekeeping often and her room is...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...
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Greenbriar on Hanover is a lovely community. My mother is very happy here. The staff is very nice. The community is kept organized and cleaned. One thing i really like is that the meals are delicious. I...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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3.0
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11 reviews
3.0
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11 reviews
5 star
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My loved one has recently moved into this community and so far everything is going well for him there. The staff have been very friendly and I am comfortable with the quality of care they are providing him....
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My mom is doing great as a resident in the community. She enjoys the meals and the activities are good. She has been happy so far and the staff are good with the care and good at giving my updates where it...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Provides: Assisted Living, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
· Alabama Living Center Assisted Living Center If you or someone in your family is having difficulty living independently, yet doesn't need 24-hour care and medical supervision, then assisted living will provide the ideal solution. If you or a loved one requires assistance with bathing,...

Our methodology

How we rank order the Birmingham community options above

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that orders Birmingham community options based on factors we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your search location
  • Availability of recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of detailed community information available

Where we source our information

14,000+ communities

We collect proprietary data from our network of 14,000+ senior living communities in the U.S., with regular refreshes of data and information

350,000+ reviews

We have 387,000+ reviews from senior living residents and family members that provide first-hand accounts about senior living communities

Read our full methodology

Costs of memory care in the Birmingham area

The average cost of memory care facilities within our network in the Birmingham area is about $4,200, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] This would include housing, meals, associated fees, and add-on service fees, such as specialized therapies, 24-hour supervision, and other ancillary services. This is the average, however, and the cost for the facility and its services will likely vary by location, floor plan, layout, level of care provided, and any additional service fees. Birmingham memory care communities offer great value compared to the national average cost of $6,935.[02]

The following figures represent the average baseline costs for the area and do not include additional fees for services.

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Birmingham, AL vs. nearby cities

Birmingham, AL
$4,185/mo
$4,245/mo

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Birmingham, AL vs. the state and national average

Birmingham, AL
$4,185/mo
$3,847/mo
U.S. national average
$4,778/mo

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Birmingham vs. other types of senior living

Memory Care
$4,185/mo

Median monthly costs of Memory Care in Birmingham, AL by room type

Semi-Private
$4,850/mo
Studio
$4,370/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,327/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,243/mo

Average cost of Memory Care in Birmingham over time

Birmingham, ALAL stateNational

What families are saying about memory care in Birmingham

Recent reviews for memory care in Birmingham

Fair Haven Retirement Community in Birmingham, AL

4.0
There have been some issues with the billing but I'm having a meeting with them this week to get that resolved. Based on our experience I would recommend them.

Proveer at Grayson Valley in Birmingham, AL

4.5
The meals and dining service is like clock work, very consistent and good. What really stood out to us and sold us on the community was the overall friendliness of the staff members we met.

St Martins in the Pines in Birmingham, AL

3.9
They have been very helpful at this community. They have been very responsive. My mother adapted very well and I did not think that she was going to adapt well. Given my mothers situation this is a good place for her to be. They are very caring and the staff are genuinely concerned about the ...
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Birmingham review score based on 127 family reviews

8.3
Review score23 facilities127 reviewsWrite a review
This proprietary review score is based on 127 reviews of 23 Birmingham memory care communities. All reviews were submitted in the past two years by verified community residents and family members.
The Birmingham review score informs your search by letting you see at a glance how memory care residents and family members rate memory care in your area. Compare review scores in multiple locations to understand how overall satisfaction rates differ from city to city. Based on recent reviews, the maximum possible score is 10.Methodology: How we calculate our city review scores

Birmingham review score compared against nearby cities

8.3
Birmingham, AL23 facilities
8.6
Mountain Brook, AL23 facilities
8.6
Homewood, AL26 facilities

Review subcategories for Birmingham memory care

When memory care residents and family members submit a review on our site, they rate each community on categories such as cleanliness, activities, meals, and more. The chart below is based on 127 reviews of 23 Birmingham memory care communities. This chart helps you compare Birmingham resident and family memory care satisfaction rates against national averages. Use it to assess your needs and develop criteria for your own search. If you know that one of these categories is important to you or your loved one, our senior living advisors can help you find communities to match your needs.
Birmingham, AL averageNational average
Cleanliness
4.6
4.4
Friendliness
4.7
4.5
Care services
4.2
4.2
Staff
4.7
4.4
Meals & dining
4.2
4.0
Activities
4.2
3.9
Value for cost*
4.2
4.0
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How people pay for memory care in Birmingham

Paying for a memory care facility and its associated services will often entail a combination of private and public resources. Below, you’ll find additional details on a variety of payment methods, including Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, and private funds.

Private payment methods in Birmingham

Many seniors and their families will find themselves using private funds to pay for memory care facilities. These might include personal savings accounts, pensions, Social Security benefits, distributions from retirement accounts, income generated from investments, inheritances, and any of the following resources:

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VA benefits for memory care in Birmingham

Birmingham offers certain veteran benefits that could help offset the costs of a stay in a memory care facility. VA pensions can help cover assisted living expenses, which would include memory care. The VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension is probably the most common benefit (outside of the VA pension) used for memory care, as these funds have been earmarked for veterans who require assistance in bathing, dressing, eating, and other activities. To be eligible for this pension, veterans must have served during wartime and either have a disability, be at least 65 years old, be a patient in a long-term care facility because of a disability, or receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.

Please note that the application and acceptance process for the A&A pension can be long and difficult, so it’s often advisable to contact one of the resources below for assistance. Seniors and their families in Alabama might also find it valuable to look into the United Way Priority Veteran, which is an assistance program that helps veterans obtain entitled benefits. These resources can also help answer other questions and connect seniors and their families with other services that may be of benefit to individuals with age-associated memory impairments. Other veterans service organizations can also provide information and assistance.

9061

Number of veterans who live in Birmingham

14% of Birmingham veterans are 75+, according to the US Census Bureau

Resources for Birmingham veterans

VA offices

Jefferson County Veterans Service Office
1515 Sixth Ave. S, Five West
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-521-7305
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Birmingham VA Medical Center
700 S 19th St.
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-933-8101
Hours: 24/7

Veterans Service Organizations

VFW, Kelly Ingram Post 668
1801 11th Ave. N
Birmingham, AL 35234
Phone: 205-252-2696
Email: cmd@vfw668.org

DAV Birmingham Chapter 4
238 Second Ave. N
Birmingham, AL 35204
Phone: 205-202-4460

Priority Veteran Office
3600 Eighth Ave. S
P.O. Box 320189 Birmingham, AL 35232
Phone: 866-460-3827
Email: information@priorityveteran.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Local Veteran Service Officer
Angela Hunter
a.hunter@va.alabama.gov

Medicaid for memory care in Birmingham

In Birmingham, the Medicaid program is called Alabama Medicaid, which is health care for low-income residents that pays for services such as medical appointments, hospital stays, and rehabilitation. If your loved one requires memory care, it’s a helpful resource.

Alabama Medicaid benefits that could help pay for memory care facilities usually come in the form of waivers, which are then applied toward the overall cost of care. The following are just a few of the waiver programs available in the Birmingham area:

HCBS provides Medicaid beneficiaries waivers to help offset the costs of memory care facilities. Certain age, income, and care level requirements do apply.

ACT provides waivers to individuals with disabilities or long-term illnesses who seek to transition from nursing facilities to home or community settings, such as memory care. Certain restrictions do apply, and an assessment is required prior to distribution of funds.

Operated by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Elderly and Disabled Waiver offers services allowing seniors and/or people with disabilities who would otherwise need care in nursing facilities to live in community settings, such as memory care facilities.

Seniors and their families in Birmingham might also want to get in touch with the United Way Area Agency of Aging of Jefferson County, as this agency can help improve access to long-term care services in the state of Alabama, as well as those offered in Birmingham proper.

Birmingham resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid resources

Alabama Medicaid
600 Beacon Parkway W
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 866-371-4073
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County
3600 Eighth Ave. S
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 1-800-243-5463

Alabama’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Phone: 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463)

Medicare memory care coverage in Birmingham

Though Medicare doesn’t directly cover the cost of a memory care facility, this benefit can be applied toward approved services and/or programs associated with memory care. This could include physician fees, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and dietary counseling, among other services.

Seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia may be eligible for Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model, which provides additional benefits, reduced cost sharing, and more flexibility in Medicare plans. And if a memory care facility qualifies as a “skilled nursing home,” Medicare may cover some of the costs. Certain restrictions do apply, so it’s important to know the facts prior to admitting any senior into a memory care facility if you plan to rely on Medicare.

For more information on what may or may not be covered, you can visit the official Medicare website or call 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227). Seniors and their families may also want to contact the local Social Security office for more detail on memory care payment options or the Alabama State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which provides patient advocacy, insurance counseling, and legal assistance.

Birmingham resident Medicare resources

Birmingham Social Security Offices

Social Security Administration
1200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35285
Phone: 866-397-4238
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1972 Gadsden Highway
Birmingham, AL 35235
Phone: 800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Medicare resources

Alabama Department of Senior Services
Alabama Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (Virginia Moore-Bell, Director)
RSA Tower
201 Monroe St.
Suite 350
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-242-5753
Email: ageline@adss.alabama.gov 

United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County (UWAAA)
3600 Eighth Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 1-800-243-5463

Birmingham ombudsman representatives (part of the UWAAA)
Contact: Sheree Head
Contact: Marc Newell
Contact: Lakinda Taylor

Understand Alabama laws and regulations for memory care facilities

In the state of Alabama, all memory care facilities must be licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Health Provider Standards. The facilities are licensed as “Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities” (or SCALFs). Once licensed, the facility must comply with all associated rules and regulations. These include:

  • minimum staffing ratios
  • training requirements
  • nursing requirements
  • care coordination
  • resident rights protections
  • specialized programming
  • activities for residents
  • health and safety standards
  • annual staff and administrator continuing education
  • single or double occupancy units
  • secure facility boundaries
  • exit door locks
  • in addition to personal care staff, facilities must have an administrator, medical director, unit coordinator, and a nurse

Regular inspections are done by the Alabama Department of Public Health. This online database will show you facility inspection reports. These reports, along with license statuses, are also available to the public directly through the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Alabama Department of Health contact information

Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 800-252-1818
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Birmingham memory care facilities

Birmingham follows the CDC’s guidelines on protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. However, chances are good that family members and other guests of memory care residents will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry and might even be asked to wear masks to protect vulnerable residents. You can learn more about Alabama’s COVID-19 guidance here.

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Vaccinations. Vaccinations are not required but strongly recommended, especially for seniors.

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Masking. Face coverings are recommended for immunocompromised and other vulnerable individuals and required in medical facilities in the state of Alabama.

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Facility cleanliness. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is strongly encouraged, though each location will have its own disinfecting practices.

What to expect from memory care living in Birmingham

Any facility in Birmingham that offers support to individuals with age-related memory impairment will provide intensive, specialized services to its residents. All facilities listed here offer 24-hour care and supervision.[01] Most locations also help with personal care, memory-enhancing activities, dementia therapies, medication management, and mobility assistance. For example, 78% of our listings are designed specifically to accommodate memory loss, and 89% have specialized memory care training for staff.[01]

The facilities themselves also provide a safe, structured environment, as seniors with dementia can benefit from routines and are prone to wander. As such, most of our listings provide restlessness, pacing, and wandering care, as well as redirection, cueing, and disorientation care.[01]

Tailored Health Care Services

Beyond memory-enhancing activities and memory-specific care, memory care facilities offer services to help with general health care needs. For instance, 78% of listings provide full medication management to residents, and nearly all have on-call doctors.[01] Residents may also receive diabetic care, ambulatory care, and incontinence care. It’s important to consult the specific facility to determine the specific services offered to residents, as each one varies.

Engaging Facility Activities

With 89% of our partner facilities employing activities directors, residents can engage in special events for those struggling with dementia. Each listing contains indoor common areas where residents can be in community with each other and their families and friends. In addition, all of our partner facilities have libraries, so residents who still enjoy reading or visiting loved ones can have easy access to books or a quiet place to relax. Just as many locations have outdoor common areas and patios so residents can get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.[01]

In addition, many memory care communities facilitate devotional activities for residents. Often, these will be offered off-site, but arrangements can be made to get residents back and forth from the place of worship.

Also, several facilities schedule communal time for their residents, where seniors can participate in various games, hobbies, and other activities of their interests. Many of our listings even have barber shops or beauty salons where residents can be pampered. After all, memory care is about enriching the lives of people with age-related memory impairment.

Birmingham memory care services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Birmingham memory care communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Birmingham, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Birmingham memory care

Memory care communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of memory care partners in Birmingham that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Birmingham, ALNational
Full medication management
Full medication management
69.6%
65.1%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
56.5%
47.9%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
100%
82.4%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
100%
99%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
69.6%
71.7%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
34.8%
28.3%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
100%
89.5%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
65.2%
61.5%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
39.1%
72.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%
*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Birmingham memory care

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Birmingham Memory Care partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Birmingham, ALNational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
73.9%
73.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
47.8%
45.7%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
69.6%
70.1%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
21.7%
26.1%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Birmingham memory care

Memory care communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Birmingham partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Birmingham, ALNational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
47.8%
27.4%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
60.9%
43.9%
No sugar
No sugar
43.5%
41.1%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
52.2%
49.6%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Birmingham memory care

Our memory care communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Birmingham communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Birmingham, ALNational
Professional chef
Professional chef
34.8%
31.4%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
52.2%
39.2%
Room service
Room service
39.1%
36.3%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
13%
22.6%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Birmingham memory care

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered memory care communities in Birmingham offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Birmingham, ALNational
Activity director
Activity director
56.5%
45.2%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
47.8%
33.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
43.5%
27.9%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
69.6%
54.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
65.2%
51.1%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
69.6%
60.7%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
56.5%
39.1%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
52.2%
34.3%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
52.2%
35.8%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
65.2%
46.8%
Live performances
Live performances
60.9%
47.2%
Dances
Dances
34.8%
30.5%
Fitness center
Fitness center
43.5%
21.5%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
65.2%
45.9%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Unfamiliar with Birmingham? Highlights for seniors

33494

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Birmingham, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

17%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Birmingham population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

34511

Median annual income for Birmingham seniors 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Birmingham

Though the senior community may be small by comparison to other generations, Birmingham offers many healthcare options for the aging population.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital

UAB is ranked 36th in the nation for Geriatrics.

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Birmingham VA Health Care System

The VA Health Care System in Birmingham offers a variety of programs, services, and resources, including community-based outpatient clinics, for veterans in several locations throughout the area. The goal is to provide more accessible care to veterans.

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Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham

Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham is regionally ranked as #3 in Alabama. It’s known for its cardiology program, orthopedics program, and cancer center, though other specialties are also available.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is another area hospital known for its cardiology and orthopedics programs. It also specializes in women’s health services.

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Grandview Medical Center

Grandview Medical Center is known for its cancer center, heart and vascular center, and orthopedics program.

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Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Princeton has received numerous awards and distinctions for cancer care, heart and stroke care, and radiology.

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Transportation for seniors in Birmingham

While most memory care facilities provide transportation for their residents should they require medical care or participate in a group outing, it’s still important for seniors and their families to know their options for transportation — and there are many in the Birmingham area.

  • The Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium (ClasTran)The Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium is a nonprofit company that provides specialized transportation services for individuals with disabilities. Rides are subsidized, costing $4.00 for one-way travel or $8.00 for a round trip.
  • MAX TransitMAX Transit also offers paratransit services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. However, this is a door-to-door service should someone require assistance, and all drivers are trained to work with people who have mobility or cognitive limitations, which would include dementia. The cost is $2.50 per ride.
  • SilverRideSilverRide is a private transportation service, specializing in door-to-door transit for seniors. Much like MAX Transit, drivers have been trained to work with people who have mobility or cognitive limitations. Prices vary.
  • UberASSISTUberASSIST is a service that Uber offers to better accommodate seniors and individuals with disabilities. It, too, is door-to-door transit, with all drivers having been trained to work with individuals who have either mobility or cognitive limitations.

Senior activities in Birmingham

Birmingham is the seat of the most populous county in Alabama, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there is plenty to do in the area. From gardens and parks to museums and zoos, more than a few of the attractions and activities are perfectly suited for seniors and their loved ones. In fact, many of the memory care facilities in our listings will take advantage of what the area has to offer by scheduling group outings for their residents.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in particular, offers a serene and relaxing environment that seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can enjoy, with its beautiful flowers, plants, and sculptures along the walking paths. The same can be said for the Birmingham Museum of Art, which offers a range of exhibits and historical pieces that may be of interest to seniors and their families. If one is looking for a bit more of a tactile experience, there’s also the McWane Science Center. It’s a hands-on museum that offers a number of interactive exhibits and activities around topics such as physics, biology, and space exploration — perfect for seniors and their younger family members. Plus, visitors can enjoy its on-site IMAX theater.

For those who really want to get out in the open air, Birmingham also has no shortage of parks. The Oak Mountain State Park, for one, offers a variety of activities that seniors and their families might enjoy. Bird-watching, fishing, golfing, and strolling through its petting zoo are just a few of the options. If not that, then there’s always Railroad Park, which can be found in the very heart of downtown Birmingham. Walking paths, picnics areas, festivals, fitness classes, and simply the view make a visit to this attraction worth the trip.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has the world’s largest collection of motorcycles and Lotus race cars. History buffs can visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Southern Museum of Flight.

Seniors and their families may also enjoy the Christenberry Planetarium, Birmingham Zoo, or the Market at Pepper Place, which is the local farmer’s market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gardens of Pelham, Danberry at Inverness and Monark Grove Greystone are the top-rated Memory Care facilities near Birmingham, AL. These Memory Care facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Memory Care in Birmingham is $4,185 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

The 24 memory care facilities near you in Birmingham, Alabama typically provide housing, therapies, and care tailored to those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. To find memory care in Birmingham, Alabama, browse our detailed listings showing photos, floor plans, amenities, activities, and reviews from real families.

Browse A Place for Mom’s listings for memory care in Birmingham, Alabama, to take a virtual tour. Our local senior living experts can arrange for a live tour of these communities as well.

The cost of memory care facilities in Birmingham, Alabama ranges from $1189 to $9990. The average Memory Care cost in Birmingham, Alabama is $4,185. Prices often vary based on care provided, amenities, unit size, and more. 

The cost of memory care in Birmingham, Alabama typically starts at $1189. A Place for Mom’s local, expert senior living advisors can help you find affordable memory care facilities near you and offer advice on how to lower costs and pay for care with VA benefits or public payment options.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Crouch, M. (2021, December 6). Memory Care: Specialized Support for People With Alzheimer’s or Dementia. AARP.

  3. U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.

  4. World Population Review. (n.d.). Populations of counties in Alabama (2023).

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