Memory Care Group Home in Scottsdale

Our memory care residents live and eat and are active alongside our assisted living residents..

Jane, one of our wonderful residents, and me with Charlie in the kitchen at our Villa home. Charlie is Jane’s official lap companion and a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog who rescues all of us a little bit every day.


Hello, I’m Peter Colten.  My wife Jana and I own and operate four group homes in the North Scottsdale area that specialize in assisted living and memory care.

You’re here because you’ve been told or you suspect mom or dad needs to move into memory care.  But you aren’t sure — you still have questions-

  • Does your loved one truly need memory care?
  • How will their care change?
  • Where is the best place for them?

If you are wondering (or struggling with) whether mom or dad needs more care, the answer is inevitably yes.  We’ve been doing this for 16 years and I’ve never had anyone tell me they moved mom or dad too soon.  It’s always the opposite, in hindsight they wished they’d moved sooner.  Yes, you ARE doing the right thing.  And yes, it is still hard.

This doesn’t have to be an either/or decision; either they move into a large memory care unit or they move somewhere even more institutional.  Group homes are a wonderful alternative.  Our residents are with us because they can’t be living independently.  Each resident’s level of care is delivered based on their individual needs, so as their needs change, so does their care.  We believe this makes for a smoother transition to higher levels of care as well as for an environment where the vast majority of our residents can live the rest of their lives without ever having to move again.

Fred-&-Arleen-HandelWe offer around-the-clock memory care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems.  Our memory care residents live and eat and are active alongside our assisted living residents.  In fact, the picture at left is a great example.  Jane, with me at the frig, is at an assisted living level. Ida, just over my shoulder in the dining room, has Alzheimer’s. Both receive the level of care they require.

We started Colten Adult Care in 1998 after Jana’s 25 years coordinating in-home social services for the elderly as a Clinical Social Worker.  We were motivated to start on this journey because of her frustration with the level of care provided by the facilities she was referring patients to from her position at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

Our philosophy was and continues to be simple:

In every decision we make and every action we take, our primary consideration is always what’s best for our residents. 

Why Colten Adult Care:

  • We have 24-hour awake staff, rather than staff who live in and sleep when the residents do.
  • All our staff are Certified Caregivers, many of whom have been with us 5+ and 10+ years.
  • We believe there’s dignity in choice.  If your parent has a favorite food (special diets are welcome) or interest or activity, let us know.  We are happy to accommodate.
  • And speaking of food, our food is home-cooked American cuisine.  Join us for a meal, anytime!
  • Our homes are all designer decorated and located in quiet, beautiful neighborhoods.
  • We offer all the services you’d expect from any assisted living facility, including experienced care for dementia, Alzheimer’s care, incontinence, catheter, diabetic, oxygen, and memory, as well as medication storage, dispensing, and monitoring.
  • Full-time activities program.  If your parent isn’t interested in that day’s activity, our director will create something.
  • Private and semi-private suites with cable TV.

Click on any of our homes to learn more:


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Casa Buenavante

7741 E. Charter Oak Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Villa on Sweetwater

6739 E. Sweetwater Ave. | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Sweetwater Place

12433 N. 71st Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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North Scottsdale Place

14203 N. 68th Place | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Our vision is to create places full of life and laughter, places your mom or dad can continue with a life worth living.  Places where our residents feel happy and loved, where their families are always welcome and places where you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for.

You’re this far down on the page because something I’ve said strikes a chord.  Should we talk?

You can email me direct, call during regular business hours, or complete the “Questions” form that drops down in the right-hand column on this page.