Villa Alamar opened in 1996 and quickly became the gold standard for memory care in Santa Barbara. Its unique architecture is perfectly suited to the care of residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Here, residents enjoy the freedom to continuously explore and discover various sensory stimulating environments indoors and outdoors. Staying active while insuring safety is fundamental, and Villa Alamar, with its open pathways and beautiful courtyards, is a perfect dementia care environment.

In 2018, Villa Alamar changed its ownership to a local group which is now responsible for its management. At the core of our philosophy of memory care stands a solid activities and entertainment strategy. Our Life Enrichment program is designed to provide our residents with engaging activities and events that are uplifting and stimulating. Our residents look forward to an array of daily choices which include:

  • Sensory Stimulation

    Access to a variety of environments that provide rich sensory stimulation with visual, audio, and aromatic features.

  • Memory Fitness

    Games, trivia, bingo, reminiscence groups, crossword puzzles, and storytelling.

  • Exercise

    Chair aerobics, yoga, and stretching exercising, as well as fun physical games such as bowling, handball, and parachuting.

  • Art

    Creative visual activities including painting, watercolor, crafts, and drawing.

  • Music

    At Villa Alamar we believe music is healing. We are proud to offer professional musical entertainment throughout the week.

  • Gardening Club

    Our residents love gardening and enjoy the Villa Alamar gardening club, which includes weekly gardening projects as well as floral design.

  • Book Club

    Join our Life Enrichment Director for a reading and book discussion of relevant topics for seniors.

  • Religious Services

    Religious services offered.

Fine Dining Experience

At Villa Alamar dining is part of overall health and wellness. The Resident Services Director works closely with our chef to ensure a personalized experience for each resident. Dietary needs and restrictions are carefully observed. Three balanced, nutritious meals made with fresh ingredients are prepared in our kitchen and served to residents in our three dining rooms, or in their own rooms as requested or needed. In addition, the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are treats greatly appreciated! Come and celebrate a birthday with your loved one or join us for a meal. We welcome family and friends to share in the dining experience.

Family Support

Our care strategy includes caring for the caregiver. We at Villa Alamar understand that caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia can be a difficult journey. In addition to resident support, we offer related services to help family members address their own challenges related to caregiving. Join our Community Services Director for educational seminars and support groups, as well as individual care planning, counseling and resources. We are honored to partner with our residents' families to provide expert care support for the entire family.


Villa Alamar welcomes the additional support from dedicated volunteers who visit our community to provide musical entertainment, one-on-one companionship, and assistance to our residents. Our hardworking pet therapists, provide additional love and companionship to our residents on a regular basis.