Birmingham, Alabama has about 200,000 residents living within its city limits. More than 15% of those residents are age 65 or older, an age group that’s at a heightened risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. In Birmingham, Alzheimer’s-related deaths among seniors increased by about 17% between 2014 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 294 Alabama residents died of Alzheimer’s disease, with that number increasing to 344 in 2018. These figures align with information from the Alzheimer’s Association that indicates cases throughout the U.S. are rising.

Fortunately, seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders can benefit from memory care communities in the Birmingham area. These communities provide around-the-clock care by trained staff to ensure that seniors’ needs are met as they live with Alzheimer’s disease. This guide details the advantages and disadvantages of living with Birmingham and offers insight into memory care facility costs and resources for seniors and their families. 

Memory Care Facilities in Birmingham, AL

2014

Brookdale University Park Alabama

400 University Park Dr., Birmingham, AL, 35209

Brookdale University Park is described as a luxury senior living community. Located in one of Birmingham, Alabama’s quiet residential neighborhoods, this facility offers residents a life of peace and … (read more)
Brookdale University Park is described as a luxury senior living community. Located in one of Birmingham, Alabama’s quiet residential neighborhoods, this facility offers residents a life of peace and … (read more)

LakeView Estates

2634 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL, 35244

Lakeview Estates had a very homey feel. We had to wait for our interview though, but we were sitting in an area where residents were also sitting, so we were able to see the staff coming through, talk … (read more)
Lakeview Estates had a very homey feel. We had to wait for our interview though, but we were sitting in an area where residents were also sitting, so we were able to see the staff coming through, talk … (read more)

Somerby At St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

200 One Nineteen Blvd., Birmingham, AL, 35242


Truewood by Merrill, Riverchase

1851 Data Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35244

Located in a peaceful segment of Birmingham, AL, River Highlands of Birmingham is an assisted living community with a resort-like atmosphere and the best interest of its residents in mind. Residents r … (read more)
Located in a peaceful segment of Birmingham, AL, River Highlands of Birmingham is an assisted living community with a resort-like atmosphere and the best interest of its residents in mind. Residents r … (read more)

The Bluffs at Greystone

6328 Farley Ln, Birmingham, AL, 35242

The Bluffs at Greystone assisted living facility offers premiere accommodations in Birmingham’s upscale suburbs. The diverse activities calendar paired with the outstanding amenities create … (read more)
The Bluffs at Greystone assisted living facility offers premiere accommodations in Birmingham’s upscale suburbs. The diverse activities calendar paired with the outstanding amenities create … (read more)

Kirkwood by the River

3605 Ratliff Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35210

Relaxing during retirement is easy at Kirkwood by the River. Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, this facility is just miles outside of the city near Jefferson Park. This community offers bot … (read more)
Relaxing during retirement is easy at Kirkwood by the River. Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, this facility is just miles outside of the city near Jefferson Park. This community offers bot … (read more)

Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham

285 West Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL, 35209

My father moved into Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham. They were extremely easy to work with and answered all my questions about the program. I was very impressed with both the administration a … (read more)
My father moved into Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham. They were extremely easy to work with and answered all my questions about the program. I was very impressed with both the administration a … (read more)

2013

Morningside of Vestavia Hills

2435 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL, 35216

My mother is a resident of Morningside of Vestavia Hills. It’s an above-average facility. Everybody where she’s at has some form of dementia, so it would be a different patient mix than the other plac … (read more)
My mother is a resident of Morningside of Vestavia Hills. It’s an above-average facility. Everybody where she’s at has some form of dementia, so it would be a different patient mix than the other plac … (read more)

Longleaf Liberty Park

451 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, AL, 35242


2015, 2017, 2021, 2022

Danberry at Inverness

235 Inverness Center Drive, Hoover, AL, 35242

Danberry at Inverness is a senior living facility offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care services in Hoover, AL. Around-the-clock onsite staff and nurses are available to assist … (read more)
Danberry at Inverness is a senior living facility offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care services in Hoover, AL. Around-the-clock onsite staff and nurses are available to assist … (read more)

Country Cottages Hoover – CLOSED

4000 Greenwood Dr., Hoover, AL, 35216

Country Cottages at Birmingham, Hoover is an assisted living and memory care facility offering studio apartments to retired seniors in Hoover, Alabama, near the Woodmeadows neighborhood. Each apartmen … (read more)
Country Cottages at Birmingham, Hoover is an assisted living and memory care facility offering studio apartments to retired seniors in Hoover, Alabama, near the Woodmeadows neighborhood. Each apartmen … (read more)

Briar Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

570 Southland Drive,, Hoover, AL, 35226

I went to Briar Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Everybody was very nice. They had a lot of areas outdoors where people could sit. I thought it was very nice. The rooms were big enough, and it’s … (read more)
I went to Briar Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Everybody was very nice. They had a lot of areas outdoors where people could sit. I thought it was very nice. The rooms were big enough, and it’s … (read more)

Terrace Oaks Care & Rehabilitation Center

4201 BESSEMER HIGHWAY, Bessemer, AL, 35020


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Birmingham

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Alabama. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Birmingham

The Alabama Department of Public Health oversees memory care facilities throughout the state, including those in Birmingham. The department establishes regulations for memory care facilities and issues licenses to those facilities that comply with state standards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Birmingham

  • The Cost of living in Birmingham is 9% lower than the national average. Health care, notably, is even lower, coming in at 16% lower than the national average, which can result in some savings for seniors seeking medical care in Birmingham.
  • The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority oversees the operation of fixed-route buses that run throughout the city. Seniors ages 62 and older can receive half-priced fares, which can make using public transportation affordable.
  • Alabama doesn’t tax Social Security retirement benefits, which makes it a tax-friendly state for seniors. 
  • Birmingham’s poor air quality may be problematic if you have lung issues. The city has some of the worst air quality in the Southeast, particularly particle pollution and ozone. However, there were fewer unhealthy high ozone days in 2022 than in 2021, indicating the city may be trending in a positive direction when it comes to air quality.
  • Birmingham is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. This designation indicates that the city’s leadership has made an active commitment to make the city a welcoming place for all ages, including seniors.

Paying for Memory Care in Birmingham

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The cost of memory care in Birmingham is $5,035 per month on average. This cost is below the national average making Birmingham an affordable place to receive the vital care needed to manage the devastating conditions surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

In Birmingham, memory care costs are higher than the Alabama state average of $4,379. However, Birmingham’s memory care costs aren’t the highest in the state. Memory care facilities in some cities, such as Montgomery at $4,385 and Tuscaloosa at $3,938, cost less, on average, than Birmingham. However, memory care communities in other cities, including Auburn at $5,373 and Anniston at $5,964, cost more than Birmingham facilities. Additionally, Birmingham’s communities come in under the national average of $5,625 per month.

$5035

Birmingham

$4379

Alabama

$5625

The United States

$3938

Tuscaloosa

$4385

Montgomery

$5373

Auburn

$4964

Anniston

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other types of senior care are also available in Birmingham at a variety of price points. Adult day health care services are the most inexpensive option, costing $867 a month. Assisted living facility care costs $4,028 a month in Birmingham. Home health aides average $4,338, and homemaker services cost $4,242 per month. Nursing home care is the most expensive option, with a semi-private room averaging $6,768.

$5035

Memory Care

$4242

Homemaker services

$4338

Home health aide

$867

Adult day health care

$4028

Assisted living facility

$6768

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Birmingham

In Birmingham, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Alabama page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Alabama

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Alabama page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Birmingham

Seniors and their families living with Alzheimer’s disease can access a variety of resources in the Birmingham area. These free resources include educational materials, counseling and support services for Birmingham families facing a dementia diagnosis.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Alabama chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides a variety of educational resources for seniors living with Alzheimer's and their families. Online resources provide information on living with an Alzheimer's diagnosis and caregiving. Plus, a 24-hour helpline is available to provide additional information and support.

(800) 243-5463

The United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County includes an Aging and Disability Resource Center that provides counseling and referrals to various assistance programs throughout the county. It also sponsors a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program that works with residents of memory care facilities to resolve any problems between the resident and the facility.

(205) 996-2691

Housed within the Integrative Center for Aging Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alzheimer's Family Program is a helpful resource for families dealing with a dementia diagnosis. It provides families with educational resources on Alzheimer's disease and offers caregiver support groups. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Birmingham

Birmingham Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Alabama page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Alabama