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Memory Care in Rhode Island

Overview of Memory Care in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is known as “The Ocean State” because a large portion of the state borders the Atlantic Ocean. While it may be the smallest state in the union – with a total area of only 1,045 square miles – “Little Rhody” still has plenty to offer. Rhode Island’s vibrant cities like Providence and Pawtucket, along with its pristine beaches and proximity to the Boston metropolitan area make it one of the Northeast’s ideal retirement destinations.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 30 senior living communities in Rhode Island that provide memory care. The median monthly cost of memory care in Rhode Island is about $5,800.

Top-rated Memory Care facilities in Rhode Island

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Atria Lincoln Place

612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.9
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jacqueline E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My brother had decided that he didn't like to be in Rhode Island. He wanted to move to an assisted living residence on Long Island. Both my daughter and I felt that Atria Lincoln Place was a wonderful...

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Chapel Hill Senior Living

10 Old Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI 02864
9.7
Review Score
58 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

5s across the board. They are great to work with and based on the experience we have had with would recommend Chapel Hill Senior Living to other families who may need a place for their loved ones.

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5 Floor plans available

Pacifica Senior Living Victoria Court

55 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920
9.7
Review Score
90 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Rori and John - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My father in law has been there for 10 months although he's declining the staff there is good and redirects him when he wants to leave or find his car. He seems happy, well fed, and safe.

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Top-rated Memory Care facilities in East Providence

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Anchor Bay at East Providence

1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lindsey - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I highly recommend Anchor Bay Assisted living. The staff are very conscientious. The residents are friendly. The community spaces are bright and the activities are designed to capture a broad audience.

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12
12 Photos available
8
8 Floor plans available

Atria Lincoln Place

612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.9
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jacqueline E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My brother had decided that he didn't like to be in Rhode Island. He wanted to move to an assisted living residence on Long Island. Both my daughter and I felt that Atria Lincoln Place was a wonderful...

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13
13 Photos available
5
5 Floor plans available

Pacifica Senior Living Victoria Court

55 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920
9.7
Review Score
90 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Rori and John - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My father in law has been there for 10 months although he's declining the staff there is good and redirects him when he wants to leave or find his car. He seems happy, well fed, and safe.

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Top-rated Memory Care facilities in Lincoln

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Atria Lincoln Place

612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.9
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jacqueline E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My brother had decided that he didn't like to be in Rhode Island. He wanted to move to an assisted living residence on Long Island. Both my daughter and I felt that Atria Lincoln Place was a wonderful...

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The Lighthouse at Lincoln

425 Albion Road, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.6
Review Score
43 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Arnold F - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The lighthouse at Lincoln is a wonderful memory care facility. The quality of care and the staff are outstanding. They work closely with the family to ensure that the family member gets the best possible...

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Anchor Bay at East Providence

1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lindsey - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I highly recommend Anchor Bay Assisted living. The staff are very conscientious. The residents are friendly. The community spaces are bright and the activities are designed to capture a broad audience.

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Top-rated Memory Care facilities in Providence

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Wingate Residences on the East Side

One Butler Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
8.5
Review Score
36 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Paitchel family - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We have been extremely pleased with our loved ones care at the Wingate Residences community. What has really helped make it a great experience are just the people who work there, and based on the experience...

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Anchor Bay at East Providence

1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lindsey - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I highly recommend Anchor Bay Assisted living. The staff are very conscientious. The residents are friendly. The community spaces are bright and the activities are designed to capture a broad audience.

Get Pricing
12
12 Photos available
8
8 Floor plans available

Atria Lincoln Place

612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.9
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jacqueline E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My brother had decided that he didn't like to be in Rhode Island. He wanted to move to an assisted living residence on Long Island. Both my daughter and I felt that Atria Lincoln Place was a wonderful...

Get Pricing

Top-rated Memory Care facilities in Cranston

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13
13 Photos available
5
5 Floor plans available

Pacifica Senior Living Victoria Court

55 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920
9.7
Review Score
90 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Rori and John - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My father in law has been there for 10 months although he's declining the staff there is good and redirects him when he wants to leave or find his car. He seems happy, well fed, and safe.

Get Pricing
9
9 Photos available

Anchor Bay at East Providence

1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lindsey - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I highly recommend Anchor Bay Assisted living. The staff are very conscientious. The residents are friendly. The community spaces are bright and the activities are designed to capture a broad audience.

Get Pricing
12
12 Photos available
8
8 Floor plans available

Atria Lincoln Place

612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
9.9
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jacqueline E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My brother had decided that he didn't like to be in Rhode Island. He wanted to move to an assisted living residence on Long Island. Both my daughter and I felt that Atria Lincoln Place was a wonderful...

Get Pricing

Rhode Island laws and regulations for memory care facilities

In most cases, Rhode Island memory care is provided in assisted living communities. Known in the state as Assisted Living Residences (ALRs), these combined communities are licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Health Facility Regulations.[01] Regulations for both local assisted living and memory care have many similarities, but there are a few specific memory care requirements.

For more detailed information on assisted living, visit our Rhode Island assisted living laws and regulations page.

Assisted Living Residence licenses

If your loved one moves into an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) to receive memory care, it may be helpful to know that ALRs can be licensed for various services. Seniors may receive the following services in an ALR depending on the level of license it has:[01]

  • Basic care services, such as support with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Housing and meals
  • Memory care services
  • Limited health services, such as nursing and hospice care
  • Managing and administering medications

Care and safety requirements

In addition to support with activities of daily living (ADLs) and other basic assisted living services, there are a few care requirements for seniors with dementia in Rhode Island:[02]

  • Social activities must be provided in a way that allows each resident to participate.
  • Recreational activities should be planned according to each senior’s abilities.
  • Seniors must live in a secured area, which can include a secured outdoor gate or a unit that locks.

Staff requirements

In your loved one’s Assisted Living Residence (ALR), there will be specific dementia care staff. In addition to these caregivers, there should be a registered nurse who’s trained to work with seniors’ dementia symptoms, including behavior concerns.[02]

Dementia care staff must also complete more training than other ALR staff. This includes 12 hours of dementia-specific training on types of dementia, behavior, and communication.[02]

Living arrangements

If your senior relative receives memory care in an Assisted Living Residence (ALR), they’ll have either a room or an apartment-style unit. Depending on the community, their room may be in the main facility or a dedicated memory care area. In addition, your loved one can live alone or have one roommate who’s either a spouse or another resident.[02]

ALRs also have guidelines for resident bathrooms. Unless your loved one has a bathroom in their room or apartment, there should be at least one bath for every 10 beds and one toilet for every eight beds.[02]

Rhode Island Department of Health contact information

Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401-222-5960

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Inspection reports

Sometimes, understanding how a community has done during an inspection can bring families peace of mind. Assisted Living Residences (ALRs) are inspected by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Health Facility Regulations. These inspections are done based on each ALR’s type of license and how well they’ve followed regulations in the past.[02]

If a memory care community is part of an ALR, the Department of Health’s Find Assisted Living Residences in Rhode Island page can help you find its inspection reports. Start by entering the residence name, care type, or your city or town. Next, click the search icon and find the name of the community you want to learn more about. Click on the name and scroll down to “Inspection Reports.” Finally, click on the link to browse recent inspections and their results.

References

  1. Rhode Island Department of Health. (2024). Assisted Living.

  2. Rhode Island Compendium of Residential Care and Assisted Living Regulations and Policy. 2015 ed. Assisted Living Residence.

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