The fast-growing city of Fort Worth is home to over 900,000 people, about one in 10 of whom are aged 65 and older. Among this demographic, about a third die of Alzheimer’s, a disease that’s becoming a worsening threat to public health. Despite Fort Worth’s relatively small senior population, Alzheimer’s-related deaths are on the rise. According to data gathered by the CDC, in 2014, they accounted for a little over 6% of deaths in the region. In 2018, Alzheimer’s caused over 8% of deaths. While the total number of deaths in the Fort Worth area rose by 13% during that time, Alzheimer’s deaths increased by over 50%.  

To meet the needs of those with dementia, the Fort Worth area has numerous residential memory care facilities. These facilities offer secure environments to prevent wandering and have experienced staff members trained in dementia care, as well as low resident-to-staff ratios and open layouts to promote independence. This guide outlines the cost of memory care in Fort Worth and highlights some of the city’s benefits and drawbacks. It also gives an overview of government and nonprofit private organizations that serve seniors living with Alzheimer’s and their families.

Memory Care Facilities in Fort Worth, TX

The Vantage at CityView

6301 Overton Ridge Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, 76132

My grandmother moved into The Vantage at CityView. After visiting about six facilities, this is the only one that could take full care of my grandmother. She has dementia, so we needed a locked unit. … (read more)
My grandmother moved into The Vantage at CityView. After visiting about six facilities, this is the only one that could take full care of my grandmother. She has dementia, so we needed a locked unit. … (read more)

Mirabella Assisted Living

4242 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76109

We went to visit Mirabella Assisted Living. Their facilities were a bit dated, and the memory care was at the back of the building. They had a rustic lobby where you come in, parking was a little bit … (read more)
We went to visit Mirabella Assisted Living. Their facilities were a bit dated, and the memory care was at the back of the building. They had a rustic lobby where you come in, parking was a little bit … (read more)


Oak Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

4501 Silver Sage Dr, Fort Worth, TX, 76137

My parents moved in at Oak Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. It’s still new and looks very nice. The people I’ve talked to and dealt with have been very helpful, very nice, and they seem to alrea … (read more)
My parents moved in at Oak Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. It’s still new and looks very nice. The people I’ve talked to and dealt with have been very helpful, very nice, and they seem to alrea … (read more)

Legend of Fort Worth

8600 N Riverside Dr, Fort Worth, TX, 76244

Legend Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility is located near Arcadia Trail Park in Fort Worth, Texas. Residents enjoy regular trips for shopping and dining at local stores and restaurants. Reviewer … (read more)
Legend Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility is located near Arcadia Trail Park in Fort Worth, Texas. Residents enjoy regular trips for shopping and dining at local stores and restaurants. Reviewer … (read more)

Brookdale Westover Hills

6201 Plaza Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76116

Brookdale Westover Hills looked good and homey. The staff was very open, very caring, and very good. They talked about visitation and you can take them out when you need to. They have games there to p … (read more)
Brookdale Westover Hills looked good and homey. The staff was very open, very caring, and very good. They talked about visitation and you can take them out when you need to. They have games there to p … (read more)

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Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care, Fort Worth

5417 Altamesa Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX, 76123

Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living is located in the Wedgwood section of Fort Worth, Texas, on the southern edge of the Metroplex. Loved ones and residents appreciate the facility’s roomy living areas a … (read more)
Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living is located in the Wedgwood section of Fort Worth, Texas, on the southern edge of the Metroplex. Loved ones and residents appreciate the facility’s roomy living areas a … (read more)

The Westmore

25 Leonard Trail, Fort Worth, TX, 76114


Sunrise of Fort Worth

6151 Bryan Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76132

We toured Sunrise of Fort Worth, it was sort of our second choice. Their facilities were comparable. But to get to the memory care unit, you have to go in the lobby, and then have a circuitous route b … (read more)
We toured Sunrise of Fort Worth, it was sort of our second choice. Their facilities were comparable. But to get to the memory care unit, you have to go in the lobby, and then have a circuitous route b … (read more)

Colonial Gardens Fort Worth

6931 River Park Cir #6939, Fort Worth, TX, 76116

The quality of care administered by the staff and management alike at Colonial has been exemplary, exceeding our expectations. Obviously, there’s a great deal of concern when making a decision as to w … (read more)
The quality of care administered by the staff and management alike at Colonial has been exemplary, exceeding our expectations. Obviously, there’s a great deal of concern when making a decision as to w … (read more)

Riverside Oxford Memory Care

6621 N. Riverside Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76137

It was very nice and very warm. They have areas for the senior citizens, and they seemed like they were happy there. I asked a couple of people, and this one chap has been there for four years, and he … (read more)
It was very nice and very warm. They have areas for the senior citizens, and they seemed like they were happy there. I asked a couple of people, and this one chap has been there for four years, and he … (read more)

Bristol Park Eagle Mountain

3141 Dalhart Dr, Fort Worth, TX, 76179

Bristol Park Eagle Mountain has been great. My husband has gotten better, which is unusual for somebody that has his problems. The staff there is friendly and caring. They don’t have an exercise area … (read more)
Bristol Park Eagle Mountain has been great. My husband has gotten better, which is unusual for somebody that has his problems. The staff there is friendly and caring. They don’t have an exercise area … (read more)

Autumn Leaves of Cityview

7100 Dutch Branch Rd, Fort Worth, TX, 76132

Autumn Leaves of Cityview is kept clean. The people who run it are very nice and caring. They are (like most places) having staff shortages. I see the residents, and they seem to be well cared for. I … (read more)
Autumn Leaves of Cityview is kept clean. The people who run it are very nice and caring. They are (like most places) having staff shortages. I see the residents, and they seem to be well cared for. I … (read more)

Brookdale Tanglewood Oaks

2698 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76109

I toured Brookdale Tanglewood Oaks. The best thing about the facility was the fact that its staff was extremely well educated in memory care. And they knew all of the symptomology, all of the habits, … (read more)
I toured Brookdale Tanglewood Oaks. The best thing about the facility was the fact that its staff was extremely well educated in memory care. And they knew all of the symptomology, all of the habits, … (read more)

Avalon Memory Care – Fort Worth

4551 Boat Club Rd., Fort Worth, TX, 76135

My mom was a past resident at Avalon. It was a difficult decision to place my mom. She was young and I didn’t expect to be doing this at such a young age. The staff was attentive, loving and Jennifer, … (read more)
My mom was a past resident at Avalon. It was a difficult decision to place my mom. She was young and I didn’t expect to be doing this at such a young age. The staff was attentive, loving and Jennifer, … (read more)

The Auberge at Benbrook Lake

7001 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76132

This place was great before the COVID. The state has made it a requirement to allow two designated essential caregivers a weekly visit with the option to visit in the resident’s bedroom (even if it’s … (read more)
This place was great before the COVID. The state has made it a requirement to allow two designated essential caregivers a weekly visit with the option to visit in the resident’s bedroom (even if it’s … (read more)

The Grandview of Chisholm Trail

8533 Brewer Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, 76123

Rooms are small, staff turnover is huge. Food is bad. Management is inattentive to requests. Terrible experience with this facility. I DO NOT RECOMMEND it
Rooms are small, staff turnover is huge. Food is bad. Management is inattentive to requests. Terrible experience with this facility. I DO NOT RECOMMEND it

The Ridglea Senior Living

4109 Westridge Ave., Fort Worth, TX, 76116


The Stayton at Museum Way

2501 Museum Way, Fort Worth, TX, 76107


James L West Center Senior Adult Day Program

1111 Summit Ave, Fort Worth, TX, 76102

James L West is top notch. It’s a high rise living. They have eight levels of dementia, and they do research about it. It’s one of the top demential places in the country. I met with the director, and … (read more)
James L West is top notch. It’s a high rise living. They have eight levels of dementia, and they do research about it. It’s one of the top demential places in the country. I met with the director, and … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Fort Worth

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 Texas. 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 Fort Worth

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services licenses and regulates memory care facilities in Fort Worth and the rest of the state. These are licensed as Type B facilities because they provide nighttime attendance and evacuation assistance in the event of an emergency. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Fort Worth

  • Fort Worth is part of the Dementia Friendly America network and listed on the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, indicating that its local government has taken strides toward making the community a safe, livable place for older adults and those with dementia.
  • Seniors in Fort Worth, as well as in the rest of Texas, don’t pay state taxes on any form of retirement income, which may leave more money in the bank for memory care expenses. Sales and property taxes tend to be high, however, but seniors who live in residential care facilities may be able to avoid these expenses. 
  • There are 163 doctors per 100,000 people in the Fort Worth region compared to the national average of 210, which may result in limited access to services for those with chronic conditions. Three hospitals are located in the city proper, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth.
  • Fort Worth has generally warm weather with year-round high temperatures between 57 and 96 degrees, providing plenty of opportunities for therapeutic outdoor activities such as walking and gardening. To keep residents safe and comfortable during the hottest months, memory care facilities organize indoor recreational activities and many have individual climate controls in residents’ rooms.
  • Crime is a little more common in Fort Worth than in the average U.S. city. On a 100-point crime index, the city’s violent crime is rated at 26.5 versus the national score of 22.7. The property crime rate is 51.4, which is considerably higher than the national average of 35.4. This may make residential dementia care a good option for those with memory-related diseases.
  • The overall cost of living in Fort Worth is consistent with the national average and a little higher than the state median, indicating that other Texas cities are more affordable for residents. However, housing is generally affordable, which may result in competitive memory care rates.  

Paying for Memory Care in Fort Worth

In Fort Worth, and throughout Texas, seniors obtain memory care in specially licensed assisted living facilities. While these facilities provide standard services such as meals and personal care, they also have dementia-informed recreational programming and highly trained staff members, resulting in rates 20-30% higher than basic assisted living. No nationwide cost data is available for memory care, so the following rates are based on assisted living costs in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, plus 25%. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

Fort Worth is one of the more expensive cities in Texas for memory care, with older adults paying $5,244 versus the statewide average of $4,998. However, this is affordable compared to the national median of $5,625. Costs are higher in Austin and McAllen, where the respective averages are $6,681 and $6,063. In Texarkana, rates are considerably lower at $3,463.  

$5244

Fort Worth

$4998

Texas

$5625

The United States

$3463

Texarkana

$6063

McAllen

$6681

Austin

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $5,244, memory care is among the costliest senior care options in Fort Worth. Older adults pay $4,195 per month for assisted living, and $4,862 for homemaker or specialized home health aide services. Adult day health care costs just $1,517, while nursing homes charge $5,627 for shared and $8,460 for private rooms.  

$5244

Memory Care

$4195

Assisted Living

$4862

Homemaker Services

$4862

Home Health Aide

$1517

Adult Day Health Care

$5627

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$8460

Nursing Home (private)

Note: Data for Fort Worth was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Dallas, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Fort Worth

In Fort Worth 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 Texas page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Texas

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 Texas page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Fort Worth

Seniors and families in Fort Worth can gain support and guidance from numerous nonprofit agencies and programs. The following resources can help individuals find local memory care facilities, identify options for paying for services and connect with support groups and early-stage engagement activities.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(817) 332-6266 

Dementia Friendly Fort Worth increases dementia awareness in the community and offers a range of education programs for families and caregivers. It hosts online social clubs and support groups for seniors with dementia. The organization also enables individuals to participate in phone-based studies with the University of Florida Life StoryLab and receive a personalized Life StoryBook for a fee. 

(800) 272-3900 

The Alzheimer's Association’s North Central Texas chapter provides information and support to Fort Worth seniors and families affected by Alzheimer's. It hosts in-person and virtual early-stage engagement programs and has a free 24-hour helpline that provides callers with emotional support and practical advice.

(888) 730-2372 

The local Area Agency on Aging has health insurance options counselors who help older adults and families understand Medicare benefits, assess eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs and Medicaid and compare Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans, which may help them reduce out-of-pocket memory care costs.

(800) 252-2412 

The statewide Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman provides information and advocacy for seniors in memory care and their families. The ombudsman serves as an impartial third party with concerns regarding substandard care, inaccurate care plans and undelivered services. They can also investigate and help resolve complaints regarding abuse, neglect or exploitation.

(817) 531-5645 

The local Veteran Services office screens individuals for eligibility for veterans’ home placement, as well as for VA health insurance and medical care coverage. It can also help individuals fill out, submit and follow up on applications for VA veterans’ and survivors’ pension and Aid and Attendance benefits.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Fort Worth

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

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in Texas