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Memory Care

Dementia & Memory Care in Parma, OH

Looking for memory care near you? At Mount Alverna Village, you’ll find heartfelt assistance and quality senior care services for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We know it can be challenging for caregivers of seniors with memory issues, but we are here to provide memory support for you and your family. You can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing our specialized team of professionals is providing 24-hour memory care for your loved one, in a safe and secure environment.

Our residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of life-enhancing activities, both inside and outside the community, to stimulate the mind and provide social interaction with others.  We aim to help our seniors maintain their sense of independence while offering the memory support they need to thrive and live joyfully.

“My Mom has flourished immensely at Ancora Memory Care. She was going downhill at another facility, and I would cry on my way home after every visit. Now when I leave, I praise God with the biggest smile on my face for her new home away from home. The care that Mom receives is wonderful. My Mom enjoys mingling with the residents and even found a friend to yodel with. I’ve told countless people what an awesome place Ancora is, and I highly recommend it for their loved ones.”

About Ancora Memory Care

Our brand new community, Ancora Memory Care, embodies the Latin word “ancora” which means anchor. Early Christians adopted the anchor as a symbol of safety and hope. Our services are a refuge for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia – we provide memory care that gives the stability, safety and hope our residents and families can lean on when times are confusing and uncertain.

We have 42 private, fully-furnished studio apartments in two wings. Our open floor plan is easy for residents to navigate and encourages socialization and interaction in the community. In addition to beautiful, fully supervised outdoor spaces, we also have private areas where families can host special celebrations for their loved ones.


Ancora was designed to impact the overall well-being and quality of life for residents with dementia. It provides maximum comfort, functionality and safety within a reduced-stress environment while offering sensory stimulation. Interior colors and design throughout our memory care community were intentional to assist with way-finding when your loved one explores their home.

Ancora Memory Care is currently taking reservations. Please call (440) 843-7800.

Life-Enriching Activities and Engagement

At Mount Alverna Village, assisted living residents find everything they need to enjoy life and thrive in a warm, welcoming environment. We offer a variety of engaging activities and programs for residents to pursue new interests and develop new hobbies.

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Our Services & Amenities

  • Therapeutic Activities
  • Dietary Plans
  • Specialized Staff
  • Personal care plan customized to individuals needs and preferences
  • Medication reminders, supervision and administration
  • Housekeeping services
  • Personal laundry and linen services
  • Private accommodations
  • Three delicious, well-balanced meals each day as well as snacks provided throughout the day
  • Personalized, engaging activities to encourage daily participation and socialization
  • Onsite health clinics each month, including hearing, foot care and dental hygiene
  • Secure landscaped courtyard
  • Chapel on-site offering daily mass
  • Private dining room for special occasions

Our Service Areas:

  • Parma
  • Cleveland
  • Strongsville
  • Brecksville
  • Independence
  • Middleburg Heights
  • And more

To schedule a visit or to learn more about our memory care community, call 440-843-7800 today!

Memory Care FAQs

One of the most challenging aspects about aging is Alzheimer’s and dementia. When you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it can be hard to accept what is happening. And if you’re planning to take care of your loved one or find them the right memory support, it’s natural to have questions while going through the process. We know that it’s not easy. But that’s why at Franciscan Ministries, we’re here to help you on your journey by giving you some answers.

What is memory care?

Memory care is a specialized senior living care option that helps people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia live a more fulfilling life.

Senior living communities with memory care programs focus on providing a safe and secure environment for residents. That way loved ones like you have peace of mind while residents have more opportunities to experience activities and events.

Since Alzheimer’s and dementia cause issues with memory, mobility and communication, memory care programs help residents reach a higher level of wellness so they can enjoy their passions and interests.

How do memory care communities keep residents safe?

To help keep residents safe, many memory care communities offer 24-hour care and have secured doors. As your loved one’s disease progresses, it’s natural for them to start to wander.

While this can be dangerous, many communities work to give residents open space to explore. From gated outdoor areas to attention grabbing visual cues, the goal is to draw attention away from exits.

Another way our community maintains resident safety is by offering engaging activities. Structure and meaningful connections can make it less likely for memory care residents to wander.

What should I look for in a memory care community?

When you’re looking for a memory care community, one of the most important factors to consider is the staff. After all, they will be spending a lot of time helping your loved one. Talk to the community and learn about their memory care program and what kind of training their staff receives.

From there, the next step would be scheduling a tour of the community. To get a good sense of the memory care program, try to experience an activity and mealtime during your visit. Pay attention to how the residents are reacting to each experience.

You’re looking to see if residents are supported and encouraged to interact with others.

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We’d love to show you around so you can get a true feeling for what life is like in our community.

What are the requirements to move into a memory care community?

The requirements for entering memory care can differ depending on the community. But for starters, your loved one having an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis from a doctor can help get the process started.

When you’re looking at memory care communities, you’ll also want to talk with them about your loved one’s specific needs. You’ll want to map out the cost of the community you’re looking at to make sure any financial requirements are met.

When to move from assisted living to memory care?

If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, assisted living could be a great fit for them. You need to start thinking about the switch to memory care once your loved one’s safety becomes more at risk.

This behavior includes wandering, having unexplained injuries or becoming more forgetful about certain daily tasks like leaving the water running. Many senior living communities will notice these signs and schedule some time to talk to you about your loved one’s change in needs.

What is the average length of stay in a memory care community?

The average length of stay in a memory care community is two to three years. But the length of stay is heavily determined by a resident’s progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. What that progression looks like is unique to the individual. By keeping your loved one’s primary care doctor informed, you can better track the progression.

Personalized Memory Care in Parma, OH

Interested in learning more about how Ancora Memory Care helps residents find more purpose in each day? Call (440) 843-7800 to schedule a tour of our welcoming community.