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10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Atlanta, GA

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Lovely weather, first-rate health care, and a diverse fusion of cultures are a few qualities that draw people to Atlanta, also called ATL. This bustling yet darling Southern city is also home to world-class memory care facilities for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Memory care facilities provide a secure haven with specially trained staff and therapeutic activity programs for residents with cognitive impairments. A Place for Mom partners with 20 memory care facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Atlanta. Half of these communities are stand-alone memory care facilities, which means they exclusively accommodate residents with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.

We’ve fashioned this guide to help families throughout every stage of finding memory care for a loved one in Atlanta. Using proprietary data from our partnered Atlanta memory care communities, we highlight specific information about the costs, amenities, and types of services available in these communities. We also outline different ways to pay for memory care units in Atlanta, laws and regulations for memory care facilities in Georgia, and what you can expect to find from Atlanta memory care facilities.

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During the time my mother was a resident at Montclair Senior Living, she received quality care from a dedicated and caring staff. She enjoyed the daily activities and interacting with the other residents...
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.
Montclair is a not-for-profit personal care community that offers a safe and stimulating environment catering to a resident’s unique needs. Montclair care partners balance providing essential care with optimizing privacy and independence. Montclair’s mission is to give the highest regard to...
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It's expensive, but I feel like my dad is in a safe place and well cared for. The Holbrook has great staff who care a lot about the residents. It's a good community to be a part of.
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.
At Holbrook Decatur, we have 200 custom designed apartments for Active Adult, Assisted Living and Memory Care. With our leadership team, we have over 100 years experience in the senior living industry. Our vision is to create, develop, serve and inspire life giving residences; buildings of light....
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This is an excellent community where the staff is attentive to your comfort at all times and is always ready to go the extra mile.
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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My mother lives at Hollander in Sandy Springs and we all love it. Rooms have wonderful natural light and spacious. The staff is remarkable! We could not ask for a better home for our loved one in her...
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.
Where Home is a Feeling, Not a Place. Hollander Senior Living & Memory Care is a Bed and Breakfast Style Community designed to provide a bright and warm environment where residents live a relaxed lifestyle, make lifelong friends, choose to pursue hobbies, join outings, attend group...
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My Mom was treated very well while in memory care at the Mann House. And, I did notice that other residents were well cared for as well. The Mann House is very pleasant and well cared for. The residents...
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.
With all the amenities here, it's silver tray, residential assisted living. It began back in 1988, when The Mann House launched the whole luxury-care, assisted-living concept. Today, as large corporations clamor to compete, we stand in quiet contrast. Judged by every criteria — reputation,...
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In a nutshell, Vernon Springs rates very high for me. It is a smaller, private family run facility. Immaculately clean, newly renovated, fabulous location, wonderful caring caregivers, reasonably priced,...
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.
At Vernon Springs Senior Living, we have elevated senior living to a new level of luxury and style in a distinctive community. We area a family owned and operated facility. Our family has been in the senior care business for over 25+ years. We care about you and your family. We too are mothers...
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I have no complaints of how things went for my loved one while he was at this community for his respite stay. The staff where wonderful to work with and I was comfortable with the care they provided him. He...
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.
With over 30 years of experience in senior care and 50 years in the healthcare industry, PruittHealth has acquired PruittPlace Sandy Springs. Located in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area, we provide both assisted living and memory care neighborhoods. PruittPlace Sandy Springs has a robust...
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They were sold about a month or so ago, and now they're Villa Palazzo. I think everything is really well done here. They take care of the residents very well. If I were rating everything overall, I would...
Provides: Memory Care
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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.
At Sandy Springs Place, our pet friendly senior living community, we deliver compassionate care while helping our residents with their daily routine. We develop individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident, and a full-time licensed nurse is available 24 hours a day to provide clinical...
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After growing pains in the beginning, the new management company and new Executive Director have really turned this place into a first class home for our Dad. I am so pleased and would recommend them to...
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.
Oasis at Scholars Landing Oasis at Scholars Landing is a senior residence provides seniors with a safe place to call home in the great city of Atlanta, GA. The individuals who choose this community as their own will find that its location allows for much entertainment, as Atlanta has a lot to...
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Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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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.
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.
Parkview Manor is a 186 bed Skilled Nursing Facility that is dedicated to providing high quality in an environment that not only promotes medical healing, but also enriches the quality of our residents lives. The staff of our facility takes our slogan to heart “Exceeding the expected!” We are...
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Photo of Westminster Commons
Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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.
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.
Nestled on a street of beautiful Victorian homes, Westminster Commons has a cozy, tranquil environment. We have two floors, both with an outside entrance. Each floor has a large activity area with television. In addition, the second floor has lobby with a window garden for quiet activities or...
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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, Independent 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.
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.
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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My mother went to Budd Terrace for rehab after having surgery on her hip. The therapists there are wonderful and extremely caring. We couldn't be any happier with the progress she made and with the quality...
Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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.
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.
From the moment you walk in our doors, you'll sense a positive difference, friendly greetings, warm smiles, cheerful staff and genuine caring attitudes. A private, not for profit nursing-care facility, Emory Healthcare’s Budd Terrace is the place where generations of Atlantans have honored their...
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.
Photo of Fountainview Center-Alzheimers
Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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.
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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I have lived at Lenbrook 6-1/2 yrs. moved in with my husband, who passed away 3 years ago. Lenbrook has been the perfetc place for this time in my life. They took excellent care of my husband. After his...
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.
Lenbrook is a senior community located in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, the Empire City of the South. The community is centered in the most energetic part of the city on the famous Peachtree Road and is walking distance from the legendary Lenox Square Mall as well as the area’s best attractions...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent 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.
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.
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: 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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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 Safe Haven Home For All you can expect great care from our team of caregivers who seek ways to give residents no less than the best possible care. We participate in the health management of our clients. Safe Haven Home For All is not just a place to live – it is a place to enjoy your golden...
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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
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.
Sandy Springs Assisted Living offers a full range of social activities in a warm and caring atmosphere. We provide assistance and supervision in all activities of daily living by a congenial, professional and caring staff. The Assisted Living facility occupies the entire second floor of the...
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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.
Alterra Wynwood is an assisted living residence that is purposefully designed to meet the needs of the frail elderly in a comfortable, home-like environment. Alterra Wynwood features a “neighborhood” concept, with six small neighborhoods of resident rooms clustered around dining and living...

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What families are saying about memory care in Atlanta

Recent reviews for memory care in Atlanta

Oaks at Fayetteville

4.5
Overall Oaks at Fayetteville is a great place We're very pleased with the facility and they staff. They need to work on activities on the memory care side - taking the residents outside, etc. They have fewer things going on in memory care than in assisted living. But overall it's a ...
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Oaks at Stockbridge

5.0
My father was in the memory care area, they do an excellent job with meal time, making sure everyone is there and eating out if they need help they would feed them. The community nurse Helga is great, she always kept me informed if anything with my dad would change. The only improvement might be ...
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Brookside Stone Mountain

5.0
After looking all over the place for substantial senior living for my mom, i was severely disappointed by most places in that they offered low monthly Apartment rates but the Level of care rates skyrocketed. Also they were being run by tyrants that wouldn't budge on Pricing or room type ...
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Atlanta review score based on 167 family reviews

8.2
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This proprietary review score is based on 167 reviews of 48 Atlanta memory care communities. All reviews were submitted in the past two years by verified community residents and family members.
The Atlanta 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

Atlanta review score compared against nearby cities

8.2
Atlanta, GA48 facilities
8.0
East Point, GA18 facilities
8.2
Hapeville, GA24 facilities

Review subcategories for Atlanta 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 167 reviews of 48 Atlanta memory care communities. This chart helps you compare Atlanta 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.
Atlanta, GA averageNational average
Cleanliness
4.4
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
4.5
Care services
3.9
4.2
Staff
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4.4
Meals & dining
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Cost of memory care in the Atlanta area

The cost of memory care at our in-network Atlanta communities averages around $4,500 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2022 proprietary data.[01] This amount factors in the cost of room and boards, care costs, and potential fees for pets, parking, and medication administration.

Memory care facilities must provide additional resources, such as round-the-clock supervision, additional staff training, and additional security features. These extra services usually make memory care pricier than assisted or independent living and are typically included in the monthly rate.

When touring different memory care facilities, you may hear some communities start their pricing at a baseline cost. This is essentially a memory care facility’s starting cost before any extra fees or services are added in. You can take a look at the average starting cost of memory care facilities in Atlanta and surrounding areas below.

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Atlanta, GA vs. nearby cities

Atlanta, GA
$4,338/mo
$4,319/mo

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Atlanta, GA vs. the state and national average

Atlanta, GA
$4,338/mo
$4,071/mo
U.S. national average
$4,889/mo

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

Memory Care
$4,338/mo

Median monthly costs of Memory Care in Atlanta, GA by room type

Semi-Private
$4,234/mo
Studio
$5,060/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,498/mo
2 Bedroom
$6,172/mo

Average cost of Memory Care in Atlanta over time

Atlanta, GAGA stateNational

How people pay for memory care units in Atlanta, GA

Paying for memory care can seem like an impossible feat at first, but it’s attainable with planning. Part of this entails becoming familiar with what financial resources may be available, including both public and private sources of funding. Since many families utilize a combination of private and public payment methods, we highlight several examples of both types that may be able to help pay for memory care in Atlanta.

Private pay methods in Atlanta

The availability of private funds differs from family to family. In many cases, these payment methods come from personal savings, retirement income, and investment returns from stocks, bonds, etc. These can all be used to pay for an Atlanta memory care facility, and some families look to these resources before diving into public funding options like Medicare and Medicaid.

While those are among the most common forms of private pay methods, there may be additional assets you may be able to leverage as a means to pay for memory care. You can explore how to use these different types of assets below.

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VA benefits for memory care in Atlanta

Federal benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can provide some financial support for veterans and their families. Some benefits, like Aid and Attendance, provide supplemental monthly income that can be used to pay for long-term care costs of memory care. VA benefits can be a huge financial relief for veterans and families, but many often find the VA benefits system tricky.

Atlanta is chock-full of local Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), which can help veterans and their families apply for and access benefits that can be put towards memory care costs. VSOs are an invaluable resource to make sure veterans don’t miss out on any benefits they may be eligible for. You can reach out to one of the VSOs located in the Atlanta Regional Office below.

17800

Number of veterans who live in Atlanta

Around 22% of Atlanta veterans are age 75 and older.

Resources for Atlanta veterans

Local Veterans Service Organizations (VSO)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Georgia Directory
Post 12164-Buckhead Atlanta
384 Woodward Way NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-219-9389

Regional Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office
1700 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-929-5956

Atlanta Veterans Field Service Office
205 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive, Suite 460
Atlanta. GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-5940

American Legion Post 140 Buckhead
3905 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-219-9389
Email: service@post140buckhead.com

AMVETS Post 9-1-1 Atlanta
3011 Campbellton Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Phone: 404-349-1964

Atlanta Medicaid for memory care

Georgia’s Medicaid program covers some services provided in a memory care facility in Atlanta, but it can’t be used for room and board expenses. Eligible seniors may qualify for a Medicaid waiver program, which helps provide an alternative to nursing home placement. You can learn more about Georgia’s Medicaid waivers that can be used for a memory care facility below.

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) benefits seniors age 65+ who need a nursing home level of care but can receive services within their community setting or from home. A person must be eligible for Medicaid to qualify and meet the following criteria:[03]

  • They are age 65+.
  • They want to receive care services from a community or their home instead of a nursing home.
  • They have a physical impairment.

You can apply by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging, which can help you get started with an eligibility screening. If you’re approved, a SOURCE staff member will perform an assessment to become familiar with your loved one’s needs and develop an appropriate care plan. Before getting started, make sure you have proof of income, assets, and citizenship on hand.

Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program

Formally known as the Community Care Services Program (CCSP), the Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program also makes it possible for eligible seniors to receive services in a community setting rather than a nursing home. To qualify, seniors must meet the following requirements:[04]

  • Be at least age 65
  • Need a nursing home level of care

You can apply for this waiver program by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging. You’ll want to make sure you have the following available beforehand:[04]

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Verification of income and assets
  • A doctor’s support for nursing home care and creation of a care plan

It’s worth noting you can only participate in one Medicaid waiver program at once. Both SOURCE and the Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program provide services that include the following:

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Personal care services, such as activities of daily living
  • Care coordination and management
  • Home health services including speech, physical, and speech therapy

You’ll need to be enrolled in Medicaid to apply for any of the state’s Medicaid waiver programs. You can apply for Medicaid online using the Georgia Gateway website. In-person applications can also be completed at your local Division of Family and Children Services office.

Medicaid resources

Local Medicaid resources for Atlanta residents

Division of Family and Children Services
Find a location near you

Area Agency on Aging
Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division
229 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-463-3333

Medicare memory care coverage in Atlanta

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for seniors age 65+ and people with disabilities that is aimed at helping with medical- and health-related costs specifically. Because of this, it doesn’t pay for the cost of living in a memory care community in Atlanta.

Any memory care costs related to custodial care, such as room and board or personal care support, aren’t considered Medicare-approved expenses. Some short-term health costs and preventative services that can be paid for by Medicare include the following:[05]

  • Vaccines
  • Hospice care
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Inpatient hospitalization
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)

Certain memory care-related costs and services may qualify for Medicare coverage for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These include cognitive assessments, medications, and care planning support services for patients and caregivers.

There’s often a lot of confusion surrounding what is and isn’t covered by Medicare. The Georgia State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) has free Medicare counseling services to guide seniors through Medicare coverages, find a plan that fits their needs, and even identify financial assistance resources to lower out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare resources in Atlanta

Local Medicare resources for Atlanta residents

Georgia Department of Human Services
Division of Aging Services
2 Peachtree St., NW., 33rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-657-5258

Georgia State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Medicare assistance
Phone: 866-552-4464, ext. 4

Understand Georgia laws and regulations for memory care facilities

In Georgia, stand-alone memory care facilities and assisted living communities with specialized memory-care units are licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD). The HFRD is also in charge of inspecting facilities. You can access inspection reports, license verifications, and facility listings on its website.

All facilities have to comply with the state’s rules and regulations for assisted living communities, which include the following:

  • Providing medication administration or supervision
  • Serving nutritiously acceptable meals
  • Planning daily social activities

Atlanta assisted living facilities with specialized memory care units must meet a few extra requirements on matters such as community design, admission requirements, and staff training. You can browse through some of the criteria in place for Atlanta memory care facilities below.

Pre-admission requirements

Assisted living communities in Georgia can’t admit residents who require skilled nursing care, are bedridden, or have care needs that can’t be met at the facility. Additionally, prospective residents must meet special requirements to be admitted to a memory care center, which includes completing a physical examination within 30 days of admission. This report must be able to confirm the following:[06]

  • The resident has a confirmed or likely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
  • The resident doesn’t need round-the-clock nursing care.
  • The resident has symptoms that warrant the need for memory care placement.

Post-admission and care plan

Memory care centers must conduct an assessment of residents after admission to determine their care needs. The post-admission assessment should identify elements such as the following:[06]

  • Physical care needs
  • Amount of familial support
  • Level of behavioral impairment
  • Functional levels and ability to perform activities of daily living

All residents in a memory care center should receive a direct care plan that’s reviewed and signed by all participating direct care staff. Residents’ families are also encouraged to participate in developing a care plan, when possible, to factor in personal and family history. These care plans should be reassessed quarterly and updated as needed to reflect any changes in a resident’s needs.

Enhanced security measures

Certain safety measures need to be met in a building’s physical design to make sure memory care residents can safely live within a community. Memory care facilities must provide multipurpose common spaces for dining and group activities, as well as the following:[06]

  • Adequate lighting that reduces shadows and glares
  • Secured, wheelchair-accessible outdoor spaces and walkways
  • High-contrast design elements that distinguish walls from doorways and floors
  • An automated alert system to notify staff of any unauthorized entrance or exit
  • Personalized entrances that help residents recognize and identify their personal living space
  • A communication system that helps staff directly connect to each other and to emergency personnel services

Specialized activities

Just as assisted living communities are required to provide residents with social activities, memory care centers must provide activities that promote the following:[06]

  • Socialization, which can include games and trivia
  • Gross motor skills, such as exercising, gardening, and cooking
  • Sensory enhancement, which includes reminiscence programs and light therapy
  • Self-care and personal hygiene

Staffing

Memory care centers must be properly staffed to make sure the unique needs of each resident can be met. At a minimum, the following requirements must be provided by memory care centers:[06]

  • Two on-site direct care staff must be available at all times.
  • An on-site registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or qualified medication aide must be available at all times.
  • There should be one dementia-trained direct care staff per 12 residents during awake hours, and one on-site for every 15 residents during non-awake hours.
  • A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse should be on-site or available in the building from 8 to 40 hours per week, depending on the number of residents in a memory care center.

Staff training

All memory care center staff should receive initial and annual training. Memory care centers are required to preserve all documentation for all training sessions that details the course content, attendance rosters, and instructor qualifications.

All direct care staff in an assisted living facility must receive an initial orientation within the first 30 days that goes over matters such as general infection control practices, emergency preparedness, and recognizing physical or cognitive changes in residents.

All direct care staff who work in a memory care center, regardless of their role, must complete 4 hours of dementia-specific orientation within their first 30 days of employment. This orientation specifically covers the following topics:[06]

  • How to recognize and reduce safety risks for residents
  • General information about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
  • Techniques to diminish challenging dementia-related behaviors from residents
  • Ways to effectively communicate with residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia

Additionally, memory care staff must complete an annual 8 hours of dementia-specific training, as well as 16 hours of specialized training that include subjects such as those listed below:[06]

  • Common dementia-related behavior problems
  • Effective interventions and therapeutic activities
  • A family’s role in caring for residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
  • The memory care community’s philosophy, policies, and procedures for providing care to residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

COVID-19 regulations for Atlanta memory care facilities

Georgia doesn’t currently have COVID-19 regulations in place for memory care communities, but facilities will likely have their own policies in place to protect staff and residents. You can find general guidance for long-term care facilities on the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website, but it’s always a good idea to check with an Atlanta memory care facility directly before visiting.

Atlanta has lifted most of its emergency COVID-19 restrictions, but city officials encourage residents to continue following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the following:

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Vaccinations. Everyone should stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, especially people who are immunocompromised.

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Quarantining. People should self-isolate for at least five days if they test positive for COVID-19 and follow the CDC guidelines on when to end isolation.

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CDC guidelines. The CDC recommends getting tested if you have symptoms, were exposed to COVID-19, or will be in contact with someone at risk of getting very sick.

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Masking. People should consider wearing a mask when visiting people with a higher risk for severe illness, and some communities may require them in public indoor spaces.

What to expect from memory care living in Atlanta

Atlanta memory care communities range from comforting homelike settings to luxurious high-rise buildings. About half of our in-network memory care facilities exclusively cater to residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, while others may offer other types of care like assisted living and/or independent living.[01]

No matter your preference, you’ll find that memory care facilities in Atlanta offer a perfect balance of Southern hospitality, safety, and specialized programs for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Stately living spaces

Elegant entrances with charming walkways and lavish lobbies set the tone for most Atlanta memory care facilities. Delightful common areas await inside where residents can enjoy gathering for meals, activities, or simply unwinding. Some memory care facilities are adorned with modern fixtures, and others with homelike décor. Outside, many communities feature manicured grounds with covered seating and walking paths.

Some communities even offer upscale amenities, such as outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and home theaters for movies. Memory care units in Atlanta come in a variety of floor plans, with private and semi-private living options available at most. Over half of our partnered Atlanta memory care facilities include kitchenettes, and the majority are wheelchair-accessible with well-lit bathrooms and grab bars available.

Five-star services

A wide range of top-tier services can be found at Atlanta memory care facilities. You can expect all memory care facilities in Atlanta to have round-the-clock awake staff available to make sure your loved one’s safety needs are accounted for at all times. Additionally, all of our partner Atlanta memory care facilities have visiting occupational, speech, and physical therapists available, and several also have a visiting nurse.

Meals are provided at many of our partnered memory care facilities, with dining options ranging from restaurant-style and anytime dining to room service. More than half of our in-network memory care facilities offer the convenience of grocery shopping or help with errands. On-site beautician services, housekeeping, and personal laundry are available at most of our partnered memory care communities.

Delightful activities

Most of our partnered memory care facilities have an on-site activity director to coordinate regular activities for residents. This often includes a mix of social activities and dementia-specific programs. You can expect therapeutic activities, such as reminiscence programs and sensory-based programs, to be available at most Atlanta memory care facilities. These are designed specifically to help residents express themselves and explore happy memories.

At several of our partnered communities, stretching classes, yoga, and tai chi are favorite activities that encourage residents to use their motor skills and stay active. Most communities also offer educational activities that include cooking classes, art classes, and trivia games. Additionally, many memory care facilities hold gatherings to celebrate birthdays and holidays, and several also host dances and outdoor festivities like BBQs and picnics.

Atlanta memory care services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Atlanta memory care communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Atlanta, 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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Atlanta, GANational
Full medication management
Full medication management
70.8%
65%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
50%
47.8%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
89.6%
82.5%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
100%
99%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
79.2%
71.7%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
45.8%
28.1%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
89.6%
89.5%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
64.6%
61.5%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
77.1%
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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta Memory Care partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Atlanta, GANational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
66.7%
73.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
47.9%
45.7%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
56.3%
70.1%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
33.3%
26%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Atlanta 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 Atlanta partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Atlanta, GANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
27.1%
27.2%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
66.7%
43.6%
No sugar
No sugar
64.6%
40.9%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
56.3%
49.4%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
18.8%
15.6%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Atlanta 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 Atlanta communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Atlanta, GANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
58.3%
31.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
62.5%
39%
Room service
Room service
58.3%
36.1%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
31.3%
22.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Atlanta 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 Atlanta offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Atlanta, GANational
Activity director
Activity director
70.8%
45.1%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
45.8%
33%
Community service programs
Community service programs
43.8%
27.7%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
72.9%
54.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
66.7%
51%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
77.1%
60.7%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
62.5%
38.9%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
50%
34%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
54.2%
35.6%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
66.7%
46.6%
Live performances
Live performances
64.6%
47.1%
Dances
Dances
43.8%
30.3%
Fitness center
Fitness center
33.3%
21.4%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
62.5%
45.8%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Number of seniors over the age of 75 currently living in Atlanta

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Mean retirement income for Atlanta seniors age 60 and older

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Percentage of Atlanta seniors age 65+ with a disability

Health care for seniors in Atlanta

Access to premium health care is among Atlanta’s many attractive qualities. Several hospitals are nationally ranked in a variety of specialties that include cancer and neurology. Explore a few of Atlanta’s top hospitals below.

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Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital ranks as the one of the best hospitals in Atlanta and Georgia. It’s rated among the top 50 hospitals in the country in specialties ranging from cancer, diabetes, and geriatrics to neurology and neurosurgery. This acclaimed acute and medical teaching hospital features a nationally recognized Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), which provides dementia-sensitive primary care services to patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

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Atlanta Neurology

Atlanta Neurology is part of the Emory Healthcare System and is located on the Emory St. Joseph campus. It’s one of Atlanta’s first private neurology clinics and specializes in diseases or conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. Atlanta Neurology provides wide-ranging services that include thorough neurological exams, EEG tests that record electrical activity in the brain, and several advanced diagnostic imaging techniques and brain scans.

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Piedmont Atlanta

Piedmont Atlanta consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in Atlanta. This acute care hospital has 24-hour emergency care and major medical services available that include cancer care, transplant medicine, and neurology services. Piedmont Atlanta has comprehensive neurology treatments for conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Alzheimer’s disease. It also offers access to one of the top-ranking cardiology programs in Georgia.

Transportation for seniors in Atlanta

Caregivers and loved ones can breathe a sigh of relief knowing complimentary transportation is available at over 75% of our partnered Atlanta memory care facilities.[01] This convenient service makes sure your loved one can safely get to and from the places they need to be, like medical appointments or other errands.

Visiting a loved one in an Atlanta memory care facility can be a piece of cake for residents’ family and friends. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is one of the largest public transit systems in the country, with countless rail lines and bus routes that operate daily. MARTA’s Red and Gold rail lines travel directly to and from the Airport Station, which is located in the Domestic Terminal at Jackson-Hartsfield. MARTA also operates the Atlanta Streetcar, which loops around the city’s popular downtown area.

Senior activities in Atlanta

While 95% of our in-network Atlanta memory care communities have on-site activities, the city is also jam-packed with accessible activities that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Take a peek at just a few of the city’s popular attractions among both residents and visitors.

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre has been a historic symbol of Atlanta’s arts and culture scene for more than 90 years. This regal venue hosts countless live performances ranging from Broadway and comedy shows to year-round tours. Fox Theatre also offers the following accommodations:

  • Closed captioning
  • Accessible seating
  • Sign language interpreting services
  • Designated seating for guests with visual or hearing impairs

Center for Puppetry Arts

A beloved destination for grandkids, the Center for Puppetry Arts has dazzling performances, a hands-on museum, and engaging workshops for everyone to enjoy. The treasured venue also boasts measures to promote inclusivity, such as providing sensory-friendly programming, adaptive art supplies, and noise-reducing headphones.

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta has a range of accommodations, such as sensory bags, quiet areas, and weighted lap pads, to make it a sensory-inclusive space. Individuals with disabilities can bring their trained service animals along, which can include both dogs and miniature horses that help perform specific tasks. Zoo Atlanta also has the following adaptations for guests with hearing or visual impairments:

  • Tactile displays with unique shapes and textures
  • Videos with captions and ASL interpretations
  • Animal ID signs with QR links, which connect guests to an informative video with captions and an ASL interpreter

Georgia Aquarium

Immerse yourself in one of the largest aquariums in the world, right here in Atlanta. Georgia Aquarium features a sensory room for visitors who experience sensitivity to noise and other stimulation, and it also makes the following accommodations for guests with limited mobility or hearing and visual impairments:

  • Wheelchairs available for guest use
  • Three-dimensional animal representations
  • Visual scripts for cellphone and iPad tours
  • Accessible touch pool experience
  • Acceptance of guide dogs for blind visitors, service dogs for people with disabilities, and in-training working dogs
  • Audio exhibits
  • Tactile wood carvings available to touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Presbyterian Village of Austell, Legacy Ridge at Peachtree and Canterfield of Kennesaw are the top-rated Memory Care facilities near Atlanta, GA. 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 Atlanta is $4,324 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

The 58 memory care facilities near you in Atlanta, Georgia typically provide housing, therapies, and care tailored to those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. To find memory care in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 Atlanta, Georgia, 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 Atlanta, Georgia ranges from $1000 to $12000. The average Memory Care cost in Atlanta, Georgia is $4,324. Prices often vary based on care provided, amenities, unit size, and more. 

The cost of memory care in Atlanta, Georgia typically starts at $1000. 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. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American community survey.

  3. Georgia Division of Aging Services. Apply for service options using resources in a community environment (SOURCE).

  4. Georgia Division of Aging Services. Apply for Elderly and disabled waiver program.

  5. Medicare. Parts of Medicare.

  6. Rules and regulations for assisted living communities, Georgia Department of Community Health Healthcare Facility Regulation Division § 111-8-63 (2021).

  7. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and sex (S0101) [Data set]. American community survey.

  8. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 60 years and over in the United States (S0102) [Data set]. American community survey.

  9. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 65 years and over in the United States (S0103) [Data set]. American community survey.

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A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American community survey.

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Georgia Division of Aging Services. Apply for Elderly and disabled waiver program.

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Medicare. Parts of Medicare.

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Rules and regulations for assisted living communities, Georgia Department of Community Health Healthcare Facility Regulation Division § 111-8-63 (2021).

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and sex (S0101) [Data set]. American community survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 60 years and over in the United States (S0102) [Data set]. American community survey.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 65 years and over in the United States (S0103) [Data set]. American community survey.