The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Smyrna, GA for 2023
According to a 2023 report by the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 6.7 million Americans live with the disorder, potentially growing to almost 13 million by 2050. The report also notes one in three seniors dies with dementia. Therefore, it's possible adults aged 65+, who comprise 10.1% of Smyrna's 56,000 residents, may be more likely to die from Alzheimer's than previous generations. CDC figures for the city between 2106 and 2020 suggest this may be happening, as Smyrna's Alzheimer's-related deaths increased by 18.99% in that period. Since there is as yet no cure for Alzheimer's, families may wish to consider dementia care.
Memory care facilities provide secure and safe homes for seniors with dementia as well as structured programs developed to mitigate cognitive decline. Residents typically reside in private or shared rooms with staff on hand 24/7 to help deliver programs, manage medications and assist with activities of daily living.
This guide compares memory care costs in the area, considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Smyrna and lists some free and low-cost resources for families.
Directory of Memory Care Facilities in Smyrna, Georgia
1418 Spring St SE, Smyrna, GA, 30082
"Mom moved to Smyrna Village. She is in the memory care. I knew they were under a new management system, but when I first went there, I was amazingly impressed with Germain and his staff and how they were handling things and how they had changed th..."READ MORE
4838 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA, 30080
"My parents were at Provident Village at Creekside. My mom was in the assisted living and my dad was in the memory care. The memory care did a really good job with my dad. He had end-stage dementia. My mom insisted on being downstairs with my dad i..."READ MORE
B & K Garden Homes
669 Concord Road, Smyrna, GA, 30080
"My cousin is in B&K Garden Homes. It's nice and homey, but they don't have a computer room, exercise room, and they have no arrangement for exercises. They have a visiting nurse, and the staff is fine. His room is big enough, with a twin bed, ..."READ MORE
Brookdale Chambrel Roswell
1000 Applewood Drive, Roswell, GA, 30076
"My sister is at Brookdale Chambrel Roswell. The staff is excellent, and the care is very good. The facility is also clean and up to date. The apartments are well-planned and good sized. It is very attractive. It's a fairly new facility for memory ..."READ MORE
Atria Park of Tucker
5844 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA, 30084
"Atria is very safe, clean and accommodating to the needs of it's residents. The staff appears to be very patient with it's Memory Care residents. The rooms are spacious and accessible. There appears to be better spacing between residents rooms."READ MORE
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Atria North Point
100 Somerby Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30009
"I wasn't thrilled with Atria North Point. It was nice, but there was no outside place where the residents could walk out to that had grass and flowers. They have a little rooftop thing, but it was very small. The person in charge of the laundry to..."READ MORE
Sunrise of Decatur
920 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030
"I toured Sunrise of Decatur. I really loved that facility. It looks like the residents get an excellent level of care. It's a much smaller place where the residents get more personal care from the staff. The staff members were excellent. It's a ve..."READ MORE
Sunrise at Buckhead
1000 Lenox Park Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319
"My mom moved into Sunrise at Buckhead 3 weeks ago. I like their memory care. It is just very lively, and the staff is very respectful, helpful, and kind. They seem to know everybody. I like that they do things like family game nights and they have..."READ MORE
Summerset Assisted Living
3711 Benjamin E Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331
"I was already familiar with Summerset Assisted Living before I toured it, because someone else had been there that I was very close to. I knew that I liked their facility. This time, I got a chance to speak with them. They showed me some of the ro..."READ MORE
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead
3088 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324
"I like Brighton Gardens of Buckhead. I like that it was all on one level and that it was bright and cheerful. I like the tenure of the staff and the residents; they've all been there a good while, which makes it feel homier. I like that they have ..."READ MORE
Carriage Crossing Marietta
1345 Milford Church Road, Marietta, GA, 30008
"I went to the Carriage Crossing Marietta. It's a nice place. All the staff was extremely professional and kind, that is everyone that we ran across. The rooms were nice, very spacious. It was extremely clean. Nurses seemed to be very caring for th..."READ MORE
1262 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350
"My mom moved to the memory care of Villa Palazzo, and so far it's been excellent. I like the fact that it's a Montessori community, they go there to thrive and not to die. The physical appearance and the decor are beautiful, they have halls set up..."READ MORE
Inspired Living at Alpharetta
11450 Morris Road, Alpharetta, GA, 30005
"We looked at Inspired Living at Alpharetta's memory care, it was nice and fairly sizable. We met with the sales director and also with the executive director, they were all nice and informative. The dining area was spacious, it looked clean and it..."READ MORE
Sunrise at Ivey Ridge
2950 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta, GA, 30022
"Sunrise at Ivey Ridge is a nice facility. The problem is they're very expensive. I looked at one that was $4,000 a month, plus whatever the service level was. One was $8,000 a month. I'm like, this is just outrageous. It's a nice facility, and the..."READ MORE
Oaks at Tucker
1300 Montreal Road, Tucker, GA, 30040
"Oaks at Tucker was good. The security is really good there. They seem to have a good ratio of staff to clients. It was a good facility, clean, and good location. The staff members seem to be attentive, very friendly, and professional. The rooms we..."READ MORE
Sunrise at East Cobb
1551 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, 30062
"We liked that Sunrise at East Cobb has a high level of care and that they will be able to accommodate my mother-in-law through the end of life because once she moved there, we did not want to potentially move her again. The staff was very welcomin..."READ MORE
Bethel Gardens Assisted & Memory Care
3805 Jackson Way Ext., Powder Springs, GA, 30127
"I went to visit Bethel Gardens Assisted & Memory Care. Their price was reasonable even though it was way out of what I could do. I loved everything about them, they seemed like a 1-stop shop. They have doctors and podiatrists there, and the la..."READ MORE
The Holbrook of Woodstock
13682 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA, 30188
"My husband moved into The Holbrook of Woodstock. I think it was the timing more than anything. I was trying to get him into a place as soon as possible. They were brand new, had a vacancy in their memory care, and the rooms were brand new. We got ..."READ MORE
What to Consider About Memory Care in Smyrna
The Georgia Department of Community Health is responsible for licensing and regulating the state's memory care facilities. It does so through Health Facility Regulation, a division authorized to investigate complaints and force noncompliant facilities to resolve whatever failures the division uncovers. It also has the power to conduct surprise inspections and can revoke the licenses of underperforming facilities.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Smyrna
- Medical facilities in Smyrna include Wellstar Vinings Health Park, which provides primary care and urgent care services, and Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, which treats bone, muscle and tendon conditions. On the outer edge of the city limits is Cumberland Medical Center, which specializes in several areas of medicine, including geriatrics and rheumatology.
- Based on the national average of 100, it may cost more to live in Smyrna because its cost of living index is 113.6. This is particularly high when compared to Georgia's average of 94.5. However, the city's health care cost index is 98.7, which is below the state's 99.8, so families may find they pay slightly less for health care here.
- Statistically, Smyrna is safer than most cities overall. Based on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being high, the rate of violent crime is 15.6, well below the national average of 22.7. However, the rate of property crime is slightly above the national average of 35.4, at 41.6. Families worried about crime in the city may be relieved to know Smyrna's licensed memory care facilities must have "safety and security precautions that ... protect residents from harm" or their licenses will be revoked.
- Smyrna's climate is generally mild and temperate throughout the year, although temperatures can drop to 32 degrees in January, which may account for the 1 inch of snowfall annually. However, temperatures frequently reach a pleasant 88 degrees during the summer months, only occasionally getting hotter. With annual rainfall 13 inches above the national average of 38 inches, families should expect uncomfortable muggy days between June and August. However, humidity levels are comfortable for the remaining 9 months of the year.
- Based on the U.S. average of 100, Smyrna has a health cost index of 90.8 (where lower is better). This figure comes from evaluating multiple factors that can impact the health of the city's residents, so it suggests Smyrna's environment is healthier than the average American city.
Paying for Memory Care in Smyrna
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 median fee for memory care in Smyrna is $4,806 per month, although costs can vary wildly due to many factors, such as location and staff-to-resident ratios.
The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities
At $4,806 per month, Smyrna typically costs more for memory care than most places in the state, which has a median fee of $4,419, but it's more affordable than normal for the country, where the average is $5,625. However, most cities in Georgia are costlier. These include Gainesville at $4,866, Athens at $5,230 and Rome at $5,366. An exception is Macon at $3,575.
The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care
Both nursing homes and memory care facilities can care for seniors with early to late-stage dementia, but the former costs an additional $2,722 per month because it also provides medical care. Home health care can save families $230 and in-home care, $516, but their median fees reflect 44 hours of care per week, not 24/7 care. Adult day care offers the greatest savings, at $3,499, but families will need to arrange daily transportation to/from the center and 24/7 care isn't an option.
Home Health Care
Adult Day Health Care
Assisted Living Facility
Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)
Note: Data for Smyrna was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Atlanta, was used instead.
Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Smyrna
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Georgia page.
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 Georgia page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Smyrna
Smyrna and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free memory care resources in Smyrna, please visit our Memory Care in Georgia page.
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Smyrna
Smyrna Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Georgia are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Georgia page for more information about these laws.