Dementia, and specifically Alzheimers, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Auburn's senior population continues to grow (11% growth between 2015 and 2020), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Auburn, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 16% between 2015 and 2020. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 15%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (12% in Auburn vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Auburn. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Auburn, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Brookdale Foundation House employs the Clare Bridge approach to providing services in its memory care community. The framework of this approach is a daily structure that includes six planned activities each day. Typical programming includes physical workouts, like exercise classes and walking groups, and cognitive activities, such as group discussions or brain-stimulating games. Among other hallmarks of the community's approach to memory care are consistent care assignments, which match caregivers with the same residents with as much frequency as possible to ensure a level of familiarity and more personalized care. Seniors at Brookdale Foundation House live in a secure setting with staff on-site 24/7. The community also includes an enclosed courtyard that allows seniors to spend time outside in a safe environment. Staff closely monitor the health of memory care residents, while providing assistance with daily tasks like dressing, grooming and medication management.
Residents and their families appreciate the level of care they receive at Brookdale. One family member notes, "All the staff I have encountered have been exceptionally helpful and friendly. You can tell they really care. The home is beautiful and very well maintained, and always decorated beautifully for the holidays."
Chateau Valley Center is a luxury senior living community that offers a memory care community that focuses on delivering structured care that helps maximize the cognitive ability of residents while allowing them to retain a sense of autonomy. All staff members participate in ongoing dementia training and are available around the clock to assist with the daily activities of living. All residents receive a physical and cognitive health assessment during intake to ensure they have a personalized care plan that fits their needs. Rooms are laid out in a circular pattern to ease navigation, and residents live in smaller community groups to enable socialization and personal attention. Residents can be found relaxing in common areas listening to the music of their youth, catching some sunshine in the enclosed courtyard or watching a film in the theater room.
Reviews of Chateau Valley Center frequently mention the clean accommodations and friendly staff. One family member writes, "The staff at the Chateau was very friendly and professional and I felt comfortable leaving my grandfather there. His room is on the small side, but it is clean and comfortable and we were able to fit all his things."
Memory care at Weatherly Inn Kent in Kent, WA, focuses on socialization and reminiscence, with every member of staff specially trained in caring for residents with dementia. The community is safe and secure, with an entrance gate, enclosed courtyards featuring a fountain and vegetable garden, a licensed nurse available 24/7 and a security guard on duty each night. Residents can also benefit from physical and speech therapy, medication supervision, scheduled transportation to doctor appointments, pet therapy, massages and an individualized care plan for their own unique needs. With all the basic chores, such as laundry, housekeeping and maintenance taken care of, residents are free to enjoy all the leisure activities Weatherly Inn Kent makes available, including guided excursions and scenic drives, chef-made meals, a private spa with heated floors, an ice cream parlor, exercise classes and quality time with pets. Private studios and companion suites are available.
Caring staff are a highlight of Weatherly Inn Kent. One family member of a resident says, "The Weatherly is amazing. My 100 year old Mother-in-Law has been a resident there for 5 years. The staff truly care for, and treat with respect, each resident." Another notes, "The staff is so warm and caring; they truly love the residents and the residents know that."
Memory Haven offers a resident-centered approach to memory care. The memory care program aims to create an engaging daily routine, including a mix of mental, physical, social and emotional support activities, for residents with dementia, Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. Social events and outings are organized regularly, alongside exercise classes. Residents have 24-hour access to on-site wellness staff trained in memory care, and a dedicated wellness program is managed by a trained nurse. Health monitoring and medication management are all provided. Third-party physician, pharmacy and podiatry services are offered on-site. Emergency alert pendants, a 24-hour emergency call system, an enclosed outdoor garden and key code access are among security features aimed at keeping residents safe and secure.
Residents and family members are pleased with the professional staff. One reviewer says, "Memory Haven is a special place, staffed by wonderful caregivers. My mother was at Memory Haven for almost two years before she passed away. The care she was given was wonderful. The caregivers are truly concerned with the welfare of residents."
Normandy Park Senior Living uses evidence-based and activity-centered programs to care for residents with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss. The community's Today's Memories foundation utilizes a dedicated staff, including a registered nurse to provide emotional support, promote engagement in social activities and provide health care. Today's Memories activities include courtyard and garden activity, family-style dining and scheduled transportation. Daily activities in Normandy Park Senior Living include devotional activities, art classes and cooking classes. The community also involves residents in yoga, live dance and stretching classes that are physically engaging to keep everyone healthy and fit. Residents also spend time outside the community with Normandy Park Senior Living's transportation options, enabling them to honor off-site appointments and participate in Normandy Park's social and cultural scenes.
Residents appreciate the activities offered in the community. One family member paints a positive picture of the care team, writing, "The staff is very helpful and patient. They encourage the residents to attend different things that may be going on, but they don't pressure the residents."
Nestled next to Green River in Tukwila, WA, Holden Southcenter is a memory care and assisted living community just a 15-minute drive from downtown Seattle. The memory care neighborhood is designed with purposeful living areas, including a secured outdoor courtyard. There is also an on-site salon where memory care residents can receive manicures and haircuts. The memory care program, In the Moment, aims to help residents cherish each moment by assisting them with their daily routines and engaging them with warmth and gentleness. Residents in memory care can enjoy activities customized to their mental and physical abilities. They can explore opportunities to express themselves creatively using a range of art mediums or foster connections by participating in community outreach programs.
Holden Southcenter earns high praise for its commendable staff and well-designed layout. One reviewer writes, "We chose [the community] because the staff is fabulous. The food and the dining area are excellent... the whole place is excellent."
Memory care at Fieldstone Memory Care Puyallup focuses on helping each resident to function at the highest level of their current abilities. The dedicated memory care neighborhood is purpose-built to foster familiarity, comfort, and ease of navigation, as well as safety and security, featuring color-coded walls, safety-monitoring technology, large windows and secure courtyards for walks in the fresh air. Around-the-clock care is available to residents, with an on-duty nurse and specially trained staff monitoring the wellbeing of the community. Activities such as exercise classes, music therapy, aromatherapy and guided outings encourage residents to stay engaged and mentally and physically active. Families of residents can keep in touch with their loved ones through LifeLoop, a website designed to keep everyone at Fieldstone connected. With laundry and housekeeping taken care of, residents are free to enjoy the movie theatre, '50s-style diner, religious services, gardening, arts and crafts classes, the book club and tai chi or yoga.
Residents and relatives praise the consistently skilled care team at Fieldstone Memory Care Puyallup, with one writing, "Caring, attentive, and responsive staff from aides, to nursing, to kitchen, to housekeeping, to facilities."
Offering personalized care plans for each resident, Meridian at Stone Creek provides custom memory care for seniors experiencing Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers are available around the clock to help residents have meaningful experiences every day based on their unique abilities. To curate these experiences and keep residents comfortable, an array of amenities is available, including a theater and landscaped courtyard. The community offers a full events calendar of social activities and fitness classes to help residents stay active. Memory care accommodations are private with a shared bathroom, and staff completes housekeeping and laundry. Meals are served restaurant-style and are customizable to meet each resident's preferences and dietary needs.
Residents and their loved ones recognize the community's compassionate staff. One reviewer writes, "The facility is clean and staff is kind and helpful. They've been great getting my grandpa adjusted to living in a memory care facility for the first time."
Memory care at Mirror Lake Village Senior Living Community focuses on emotional support, familiarity and connection to enhance the well-being of residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Independence is valued strongly at Mirror Lake Village, and residents are encouraged to achieve as many daily tasks as they are able, helping to build confidence and self-esteem. For those tasks that prove difficult, assistance is provided with activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, incontinence and mobility, and specially trained staff are available 24 hours a day to ensure the safety and comfort of residents. In addition, an emergency alert system, scheduled transportation to doctor appointments, escorts to meals and activities, housekeeping service and medication management help to provide full support for memory-challenged residents. This is a pet-friendly community.
Residents have high praise for the well-kept, accessible grounds, with one writing, "[The community] is unbelievably beautiful! It is an open area so my walker is easy to maneuver. It is a great floor plan."
Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care provides personalized care to seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss. The community seeks to provide peace of mind for each memory care resident by fostering a calm and soothing environment with minimal noise pollution. Spring Ridge's philosophy is building on individual strengths through personalized care. The staff provides incontinence care and medication management for residents on various treatments, including insulin monitoring. Meals are specially prepared to cater to every resident's dietary needs and preferences, with portions available for guests. Residents reside in a secure environment with an emergency alert system to help the care team respond to resident emergencies. The community is handicap accessible with ground-floor units and wheelchair-accessible showers. Amenities include a TV lounge, a computer room and a library to keep residents engaged and entertained. Outdoor common areas and the patio provide rooms for engaging life enrichment and recreational activities, such as the Reminiscence program, trivia games and dakim. Off-site community activities include devotionals and day trips into Tacoma.
Family members prase the community's high standard of care. One says, "Our mom is in the memory care facility, and she has settled in well! The facility is very nice, clean and the residents are well taken care of."
Cottages at Edgewood provides memory care services for seniors in an intimate, calm and safe location. The community features an expansive but secure outdoor environment where residents can stroll freely, exercise, socialize and enjoy beautifully landscaped walkways and surroundings. Residents stay in self-contained cottages with a dining room, fireplace, kitchen, living room and private resident rooms. They can personalize their bedrooms with familiar furnishings and cherished mementos with the help of their loved ones. The community has a variety of daily activities for residents depending on their cognitive needs and interests. Professional personal care assistants help with daily activities such as escorts to and from meals, dressing, bathing, toileting and general hygiene. Licensed nurses are available five days a week, with a nurse who takes night shifts in case of emergency. Complimentary transportation is provided to medical appointments, supervised outings and shopping errands.
Residents and relatives praise the support and care from the team at the Cottages at Edgewood. One says, "A slice of peace in an otherwise chaotic time for our family. The staff and facility were top-notch... Compassion, dignity and patience are words we would use to describe our time at the Cottages."
The Special Care Unit at Peoples Retirement Community is designed specifically for residents with memory issues. Since cognitive decline occurs in various stages, the staff has a programming strategy focusing on each resident's level of memory loss. Regular evaluations are performed by the nursing team to check symptoms of confusion, poor judgment and other factors arising from memory loss. Caregivers receive special training to tend to residents depending on their individual needs. All personalized care plans focus on physical health, behavioral status, familiar lifestyle and personal preference practices. Nutrition and fluid intake is incorporated and supervised. Cognitive stimulation is provided in a residential setting with recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and the care team centers independence, safety and a balanced environment. Residents have access to services like light housekeeping, laundry and scheduled transportation for a maintenance-free lifestyle.
Residents and relatives praise the care team for their professionalism and skill, with one writing, "Peoples Retirement Community is a fantastic care model. I'm impressed by the team's forward-thinking and responsiveness."
Residents in the memory care community at Arbor Village Senior Living participate in the Mosaic program, designed to help them hold onto their past experiences and create new ones. Seniors in this program receive customized care from caregivers who are specially trained to work with seniors struggling with memory loss, and they strive to create meaningful connections over the course of 24-hour assistance and support. Activities are geared toward cognitive stimulation and reduced stress and may include games, parties, entertainment and appropriate exercise sessions. The community is designed to be homelike, and each resident has a personal "biography board" filled with photographs and representations of their life history. Family participation is always encouraged; the community offers family support meetings and special events.
Family members speak highly of Arbor Village Senior Living's compassionate care team. One says, "[The staff has been] extremely helpful, friendly and kind to my mother. We couldn't be more pleased with the community and the excellent care they provide."
Deer Ridge Memory Care Community in Puyallup, WA, is dedicated to serving the needs of residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss. Specially trained staff understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with memory loss and are ready to provide expert care 24 hours a day, including licensed nursing care. The community is specifically designed to protect and comfort residents, with secure entrances, an emergency call system, regular wellness checks and vintage interior design intended to bring up happy memories of times past. Enriching activities are always on offer, including music appreciation, movie screenings, tabletop games, art classes, religious services and guided outings around town. An on-site salon and barbershop, cozy library, sunny gathering spaces and a fully secured outdoor courtyard offer comfortable spaces to socialize.
Family members have high praise for the care team at Deer Ridge. One reviewer says, "[The staff exemplifies] kindness and patience each day to those entrusted in their care. No matter the time of day, the intentional connection, as well as loving care, was visible from every single staff member."
GenCare Lifestyle Tacoma at Point Ruston is a senior living provider that provides care for seniors with Alzheimer's and Dementia related impairment using the PEAK Memory Care Program. It has a compassionate team of 24/7 caregivers and nurses who are specially trained in memory care and provide personalized help with activities of daily living to help residents maintain the highest level of independence and live peacefully. The memory care program uses cutting-edge engagement technology provided by the iN2L (It's Never Too Late) system to create personalized programs and experiences to help memory care residents live an engaging, vibrant and purposeful lifestyle. Memory care residents stay in cozy, secure apartments with private bathrooms and emergency call systems. They get three wholesome and nutritious prepared meals daily with gluten-free, vegetarian and diabetic-friendly menu options available. The care home allows residents to keep dogs and cats to promote pet therapy and help minimize feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
Families speak highly of the amenities and the compassionate and dedicated staff in the community. One reviewer says, "We chose GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston for mom. I liked it for many reasons. Just walking in, it is open and inviting. Every single staff member I met was top-notch. They went out of their way to make my mom feel comfortable. The rooms are very nice. So far, my mom loves it."
Village Concepts of Auburn at Brannan Park has a memory care program focused on building positive relationships between residents, caregivers and residents's families. Specially trained staff are on duty 24 hours a day to help with whatever residents may need, and safety and security are top priorities. Residents can expect to receive personalized assistance with all the daily tasks they engage in, from hygiene to mealtimes, and housekeeping and maintenance are fully covered to promote convenient, stress-free living. Many engaging and stimulating activities are on offer, such as bean bag baseball, live music, ice cream socials, exercise classes and trips into town. Studios, companion suites and one-bedroom apartments are available to suit each budget and preference, and small pets are welcome in the community.
Residents and relatives praise the community for its considerate approach to care. One reviewer writes, "Brannan Park is very helpful and has made it very homelike for my brother. They take very good care of him."
Memory care residents entering Prestige Senior Living's Expressions memory care program live within a secure neighborhood. Common areas, outdoor walking paths and passageways are well-lit and kept free of tripping hazards, and 24/7 staff members are on-call for emergency monitoring and safety oversight. A licensed nurse is on staff, and trained caregivers assist with medication management and activities of daily living. Community members benefit from the Best Friends approach, which includes one-on-one relationships with staff members to help seniors feel loved and secure. The memory care program includes activities targeting the sense of taste, artistic expression, spiritual growth, physical wellness and lifelong learning. Residents can choose to participate in activities ranging from walks and gardening clubs to games, religious services and group discussions. Residents are served three restaurant-style meals in the community dining hall and have access to a private dining room for family events and gatherings. The community is pet-friendly and offers weekly housekeeping and laundry service.
Residents and their families commend the staff's work ethic and dedication to service. As one relative writes in their review, "Their accommodation is very comfortable. ... They have staff members who do above and beyond their call of duty."
Merrill Gardens at Auburn offers independent, assisted living and memory care services in the heart of Auburn, WA. The community is conveniently located near a train station and is close to numerous medical facilities and local amenities. Seniors with cognitive decline receive 24/7 personalized care from a specially trained caregiving team. The memory care staff tailors lifestyle enrichment programs suited to each individual's skills and interests. The community has a dynamic calendar of dementia care activities such as art and crafts, brain teasers and pet therapy to help improve seniors's cognitive function and boost memory retention. Residents can also enjoy music, movie nights, skits and day trips that foster social interaction and mental stimulation. The community offers multiple outdoor spaces, such as beautifully landscaped gardens and a secured courtyard, where seniors can relax with family and friends.
Residents and family members appreciate the community's activity schedule and outdoor spaces. One writes, "The staff is very friendly and attentive. They do offer activities that my mom likes and participates in... they have a nice courtyard for [residents] to be able to sit or walk around and enjoy the outdoors."
GenCare Lifestyle Federal Way is located a few blocks from Steel Lake in Federal Way, WA, only five miles west of Auburn. The PEAK memory care program offers residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss daily support that acknowledges their unique personal needs and tailors activities with regard to their current abilities. By organizing music, brain fitness and exercise-oriented activities, GenCare aims to support memory care residents's spirits, minds and bodies. This community uses IN2L technology to connect residents with their families virtually and provide opportunities to reminisce by giving them the ability to access photo albums, scanned letters and reminders of important dates in one convenient place. Seniors enjoy amenities including an in-house hair salon, fitness center and park-like courtyard with a pond.
Families praise the community's abundant recreational options. One says, "They had a great memory care facility there for my mother, and it's working out well. They have yoga, dance, they do special interest groups like travel and genealogy, and they have cooking classes there."
Aegis Living in Kent is a secured memory care community that is staffed with trained caregivers around the clock so that residents always have assistance with their health care and personal needs. In addition to aiding with the daily activities of life, caregivers encourage residents to take part in social and wellness activities such as exercise programs, book club, sensory games, bingo and the after-dinner movie at the on-site theater. The community offers the Our Life's Neighborhood program, which helps celebrate the life of each memory care resident while helping to slow the progression of memory loss. Housekeeping, scheduled transportation and laundry services are all included, and three chef-prepared meals are served to residents in a restaurant-style dining area.
Multiple reviews of Aegis Living in Kent mention the great staff, with one family member explaining, "My dad had advanced state Alzheimer's when he came to Aegis of Kent. The staff was great. Whenever any of his kids showed up for a visit, dad was up and included in social activities. He was always clean. The staff treated him with respect and truly cared for him."