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Joy and meaning are at the core of the care you deserve.

Helping a family member or friend living with a memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia requires a special kind of care, compassion and commitment. While family support is crucial, so is the commitment of the professionals you entrust with your family member’s care.

Our 81 Oaks Grove memory care neighborhood in Sarasota, FL, is designed to help residents slow the progression of memory impairments by engaging every aspect of their well-being to enable their lives to have joy and meaning. We not only immerse ourselves in their past, but also work closely with you to understand who they are. It’s only when we have a complete picture of the true person — and what’s meaningful to them — that we can provide the most complete, compassionate and respectful care.

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What Is Memory Care?

Memory care communities in the Sarasota, Florida, area specialize in supporting residents who live with the challenges associated with memory loss and help them find ways to thrive every day within a safe and secure environment.

The difference between an assisted living and a memory care community is that residents living in memory care need more support for daily living, as well as 24-hour monitoring and security. Memory care residents are then able to experience comfortable, enriching lives along with programming that focuses on strengthening the mind and body.

Our Memory Care Approach in Sarasota, FL

81 Oaks offers a memory care approach that is unique in the Sarasota area. It’s a program designed to honor each resident’s personal legacy and individual preferences. We start with a wellness review to evaluate abilities and discover what’s most important to them. Then, we design an individualized approach of support that creates moments each day that are meaningful to them.

Sarasota, FL Memory Care Services and Amenities

At 81 Oaks, we strive to keep residents with dementia safe and engaged so they can live full lives. Our individualized approach involves key services that include:

24-Hour Health & Safety Monitoring

Our team maximizes health outcomes for residents through 24-hour health and safety monitoring. In addition, we coordinate all needed services, including:
  • Health monitoring
  • Daily wellness checks
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.)
  • Personalized fitness and wellness programs
  • State-of-the-art ALIS electronic health system (EHR)
  • Coordination of ancillary and medical services by Wellness Director, including medication management, rehabilitation services, visiting physicians and more

Memory-Enhancing Programming

Our Grove memory care programming is designed to minimize cognitive decline. Our entertainment, social events, educational initiatives and spiritual programs are personalized to help residents thrive.

Deluxe Amenities

Our memory care residents also have opportunities to stay active, eat delicious cuisine and engage with the larger 81 Oaks community in Sarasota. Our deluxe amenities include:

  • Anytime restaurant-style dining featuring a variety of seasonal chef-prepared entrées
  • Bayfront Salon and Spa
  • Osprey Fitness Center with state-of-the-art exercise and fitness equipment
  • Oak Branch Library
  • Heron’s Nest Theater
  • Beautifully landscaped Sand Dollar Courtyard with gazebo and entertainment areas
  • Walking paths, putting green and lawn games
  • Pet-friendly community

Convenient Living Services:

  • Last, but not least, we ensure seamless and comfortable living by providing services that include:
  • Weekly housekeeping and weekly personal laundry and linens
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Resident and guest parking
  • Concierge services
  • Emergency response system in each apartment
  • Accushield visitor and vendor tracking management for added security and peace of mind

Our Sarasota, FL Memory Care Team

Our Sarasota, Florida, memory care community is a family. The team members who work here come to 81 Oaks because they want to connect with people and empower them to live stronger, fuller lives. We’re optimistic, caring and dedicated to each resident’s well-being.


We don’t believe in limiting the potential of our residents, so we don’t limit the training we give our teams. All of us — from wellness to the experts in operations and dining — receive specialized training to support individuals with memory impairments.

The day-to-day needs of residents and their happiness is our priority. Every team member has the permission and time they need to slow down and connect. That enables us to create an experience and lifestyle that suits your family member’s preferences, with the extra support and attention they require — and deserve.


At 81 Oaks, every team member is part of the support network, trained to go above and beyond to meet resident needs and provide an exceptional experience. But our goal isn’t just to support each and every resident — we also work to understand who they are, their life stories and their personal aspirations.
To facilitate resident social interaction, our team members are encouraged to start conversations, learn about each resident’s interests and to share their own experiences.

We also empower every resident to take time for themselves. We encourage them to connect and discover shared interests one day, then the next day to take some quiet time for relaxation and privacy. We are passionate about supporting their needs and understanding how they want to interact each day.


Families are often the core foundation of joy and success for those with memory impairments. Our memory care community is open to family and friends who want to visit, engage with residents and reconnect with fond memories. We’re happy to work with you to create comfortable spaces for connection and help you preserve the legacy of relatives and friends for your children and grandchildren.

Cost of Memory Care in Sarasota, FL

Given the comprehensive nature of memory care, it’s typically more expensive than other types of senior care. Nationwide, the cost of memory care is $6,935 per month. However, the final price depends on the community’s location, amenities and floor plans. At 81 Oaks, our all-inclusive Sarasota memory care neighborhood starts at $7,000 per month. This pricing includes a private studio apartment and a suite of specialized memory-enhancing amenities.

How to Pay for Memory Care

The cost of memory care doesn’t have to stand in the way of excellent care. Many people can obtain private and public resources to assist in covering the costs of helpful services. These resources include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Retirement Savings
  • Home Equity
  • Social Security
  • Long-term Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • And more

Sarasota, FL Memory Care Community Floor Plans

At 81 Oaks, we have specially designed our memory care Grove neighborhood for safety and comfort. All our spaces are welcoming and well-lit to create a calm atmosphere.

In addition, we’re proud to offer private studio floor plans for our memory care residents. Every apartment comes with a private thermostat for heating and air conditioning, and an emergency response system, so you can have peace of mind that your family member is safe.

When Is It Time for Memory Care?

Adults can experience memory impairments in varying ways, making it difficult to know when it’s the right time to consider professional memory support. Here are a few signs to look for:

  • Appearing less able to perform basic routines, including brushing teeth or managing basic grooming needs
  • Forgetting to eat
  • Sleeping erratically or awakening disoriented even in familiar surroundings
  • Losing interest in even casual social interaction
  • Seemingly increasingly out of touch
  • Appearing abnormally anxious or moody

Someone experiencing any of the above signs may indicate it’s the right time to explore the additional structured support of a memory care community in Sarasota, Florida.

Tips for a Smooth Transition to Memory Care

It’s important to thoughtfully plan the move to a memory care community. During the transition, your family member may experience heightened confusion and vulnerability. To make the change as smooth and calming as possible, here are some best practices to follow: 
  • Personalize the studio ahead of time. Decorate their space and make sure your family member has access to all of their most comforting items.
  • Introduce your family member to staff and residents in advance. Visiting a few times beforehand can help your family member gain some familiarity before the move.
  • Coordinate with the community. Plan for extra one-on-one time, favorite activities and comforting snacks at the start.
  • Visit often in the first few months. Check-in often with your family member in the first months, and get reports from the community on how they’re doing.
  • Recognize that it may take time. Transitions are never flawless. Give your family member time to adjust to their new environment.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Memory Care Sarasota, FL Community

Memory care communities like 81 Oaks promote a thriving lifestyle for individuals living with dementia. As you research potential care communities in the Sarasota, Florida area, it’s helpful to learn more about the daily challenges of dementia.

Our memory care virtual tour puts you face-to-face with the difficult situations that individuals with memory impairments deal with on a daily basis. The sensory simulation is designed to increase understanding, so you can strengthen ties with friends and family members.

If you’re interested in taking a virtual tour or want to hear more about how residents are living their best lives at our Sarasota memory care Grove neighborhood, contact us online or call (941) 278-8801 today.

FAQs Dementia Care Sarasota, FL

Although forgetfulness and physical limitations are expected for older adults, it’s not to be expected that everyone who requires minimal assistance with daily tasks will at some point need the higher level of specialized assistance that a memory care community provides.

In general, residents in assisted living communities require some level of assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, eating, etc. In contrast, memory care is a comprehensive community that’s ideal for individuals with mid-to-late-stage dementia. Support is provided by specially trained team members and involves 24/7 care for the safety and well-being of the residents.

No. Typically Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of living in a memory care community. However, Medicare will cover any medical treatments and therapies received while living in a memory care neighborhood like 81 Oaks. (Note that this doesn’t extend to the monthly rental of the apartment.)

Dementia is a complex condition that requires specialized care. As your family member’s dementia evolves, you may find that a memory care community is the best way for you to meet their physical, intellectual and social needs.

While aging-in-place may be right for some, providing 24/7 care can be hard on caregivers and ultimately may not provide the most enriching environment for the individual with dementia. Boredom and isolation at home can lead to quicker mental decline, which is why the social atmosphere and recreational activities at a memory care community can be highly beneficial to residents.