Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Bellevue’s senior population continues to grow (15.69% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Bellevue, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 7.24%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (11.29% in Bellevue vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Washington. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Bellevue's average memory care costs are $8,438, surpassing both the state's and nation's medians by $938 and $2,813, respectively.
Located in King County's Eastside region, Bellevue has memory care costs that average $8,438 per month, representing Washington's highest monthly rates. Its rates are more than double Walla Walla's $4,014 average, and they are $2,813 higher than those found in Bellingham. Spokane, approximately 270 miles east of Bellevue, reports an average of $6,110, which is $2,238 lower than Bellevue's costs. In the state's Puget Sound area, Bremerton's $7,188 monthly average also ranks among Washington's highest memory care costs.
At $8,438, Bellevue's memory care costs are more than three times the area's adult day health care monthly average of $2,600. They're also significantly higher than the assisted living median cost of $6,750 and the cost of in-home care and home health care, both of which average $6,769 monthly. Bellevue's semiprivate room accommodations in area nursing homes are among the area's most expensive options, reporting a monthly average of $9,916.
Note: Data for Bellevue was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Seattle, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Bellevue.
Seniors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and their family members may contact the programs listed here to receive information on the area's available financial resources and memory care facilities.
|Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County - Aging and Disability Services||206-684-0660||Aging and Disability Services is a division of the Seattle Human Services Department. Its advisors counsel seniors living with Alzheimer's and their families on the benefits and services available to them. The department's representatives connect with memory care facilities, local businesses, community members and health care providers to help improve seniors' quality of life.||Seattle, WA|
|U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Seattle Regional Office||800-827-1000||The benefits counselors with the Seattle Department of Veterans Affairs help senior veterans identify and apply for the available local, state and federal benefits to which they're entitled. The department's representatives advocate for members' rights and offer family members insight into care options available for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.||Seattle, WA|
|Alzheimer's Association - Western and Central Washington State Chapter||206-363-5500||The Seattle Alzheimer's Association provides 24/7 assistance through its helpline. The organization's representatives offer reliable information and support for individuals living with memory loss and their families. The association promotes continued research and treatment for the disease, and its counselors advocate for the rights of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Seniors and their family members may benefit from local offices' support groups and educational material.||Seattle, WA|
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 Bellevue, 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:
Aegis Living of Bellevue's unique memory care program, Life's Neighborhood, is designed to help residents age comfortably despite the effects of memory loss. The program includes stimulating activities and light and music therapy, as well as trained staff available 24/7 to assist with health care activities. Residents enjoy a variety of amenities and activities including gardens and patios, a barber shop, arts and crafts, and gentle yoga.
Residents and families love the welcoming staff and atmosphere at Aegis Living of Bellevue. One reviewer says, "The staff is friendly and supportive. They make the residents feel special every day. They know new residents by name immediately it seems, and family members as well... Mom is enjoying life, all the activities (she does as many as she can fit into her day), the convenience, the friendships and the support. Thank You Aegis - ALL of you!"
Aegis Living Kirkland is an Italian-inspired senior living community situated on the banks of Lake Washington. The expert caregiving staff is available 24/7 to assist memory care residents with the tasks of daily living and to ensure they feel safe and comfortable. Staff members are trained in dealing with the difficult behaviors associated with memory loss, such as aggression and wandering. Chef-prepared meals accommodate the needs of seniors with dementia and provide the nutrition required for optimum brain health. The memory care unit is in a secure building and has been specifically designed to be easy to navigate. Spacious common rooms and secure outdoor areas give residents space to walk and socialize with friends or family. Activities are personalized to the cognitive and physical abilities of each resident and include art classes and fitness classes.
One reviewer appreciates the compassionate care shown to her friend, writing, "She was treated with love and dignity during the last months of her life. The love and support provided by the staff was way above what I have seen at other facilities. You can feel the love the staff have for the seniors."
Aegis Living Queen Anne Rodgers Park is in the North Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle and just about four miles from downtown. Its three-level contemporary Victorian-style building is adjacent to David Rodgers Park, and its elevated setting offers sweeping outdoor views from the residential units, large patio and extensive front porch. The community also has a central courtyard and hotel-like amenities, including a fitness center, heated indoor pool, cinema, conservatory and sports-themed man cave. In addition to fresh, seasonal gourmet food served at the main dining room and gastropub, all-day snacks are available at the bistro, while refreshing beverages are offered at the juice bar. Memory care residents benefit from the Life’s Neighborhood program which provides 24/7 expert care, well-appointed accommodations, brain-healthy meals and Life Enrichment activities such as light and music therapy, physical exercises and meaningful social interactions.
Loved ones are delighted by the facility’s overall perfection. A resident’s daughter shares, "Literally every staff member is so caring and goes above and beyond! Not to mention, the entire place is beyond gorgeous and luxurious … Their food is fantastic! My dad loved the attention and care he received there, especially the daily music which is his greatest happiness.”
Located in Seattle, Aegis Living Madison offers enriching and meaningful lifestyles to its residents. Fully trained 24-hour staff deliver memory care programs such as the Life’s Neighborhood program, which is designed to individually celebrate residents and manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related conditions. Within the fully secure memory care wing, the Life Enrichment program provides residents with activities to engage and connect residents, reduce stress, promote socialization and maintain physical health. Residents have access to 24/7 assistance with health care needs and daily living, as well as a dynamic and engaging activities calendar that includes music therapy, art, trivia, fitness and education. A wide range of in-house medical services are provided, including primary care, psychiatry, or lab work.
One reviewer says of the community, "My sister loves living at Aegis on Madison because of its great environment and caring people. Every senior should live here!"
Located five minutes north of Seattle off Interstate 5, Emerald City Senior Living is a senior residential community in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, near UW Medical Center. Along with assisted living and respite care services, the community provides memory care for residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Trained caregivers provide aid with eating, grooming and toileting. The staff also handles laundry services and keeps rooms tidy and habitable. The dining room serves three nutritious meals a day with healthy snacks in between. Registered nurses make sure residents are following their medication regimens and individual care plans. During downtime, residents may watch TV in the common area or get fresh air in the courtyard outside.
Families of residents show appreciation for Emerald City Senior Living's quality care for residents with dementia. One reviewer says, "My mother experienced excellent care in the memory care unit. The staff on all three shifts were very attentive and always present when any need arose. The staff exceeded expectations ... I would highly recommend [Emerald City Senior Living]."
Jefferson House Memory Care Community has a convenient location in a quiet residential area surrounding EvergreenHealth Medical Center Kirkland. This three-level Koelsch Communities facility boasts upscale amenities that are thoughtfully designed to spark joy, comfort and nostalgia among its residents. Its old-fashioned Main Street area features Sophie’s Ice Cream Parlor, a jukebox station and Emmett’s Garage with a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. Other attractive spaces include Jack’s Log Cabin, Emma’s 1950s Kitchen and a paved courtyard. To further support the residents’ well-being, 24-hour skilled nursing services may be provided, including medication assistance, diabetes management, respiratory therapy, colostomy care and wound care. Residents are served three nutritious homestyle meals daily, and refreshments are available all day to ensure proper hydration. Jefferson House’s Living Well program lets residents enjoy planned and spontaneous activities, such as Music & Memory, to make their daily routines more meaningful. Support groups are offered to families of residents and clients receiving hourly care.
Families highly appreciate the responsiveness of the Jefferson House staff. A resident’s daughter writes, "The staff at Jefferson House has gone over and above for my family finding ways for us to connect with mom during the challenging Covid times. Since she isn't able to talk very well, like a phone call, we have been sharing pics and getting regular updates.”
Merrill Gardens at First Hill is a family-owned senior living community that offers a variety of lifestyle options, from independent and assisted living to memory care. Garden House, a dedicated neighborhood designed for those living with cognitive conditions, offers a comfortable, intimate environment with beautifully landscaped grounds and secure outdoor courtyards. Residents receive specialized care and services from a 24-hour team, including medication management, memory care programming, wellness activities and restaurant-style dining. Through the Personal Pathways program, the staff strives to know individual life stories, allowing them to recognize and manage challenging behaviors, such as changes in moods and personalities, difficulty with regular routines, poor judgment and confusion. Daily programming accommodates residents’ favorite hobbies and activities, and families are encouraged to join them in group activities for a more meaningful social engagement.
The staff earns favorable comments for their attentiveness and welcoming attitude. Visiting families are pleased to see loved ones having fun with the community’s diverse activities. "They also have activities for the residents to participate in and plan lots of fun things for them to do, if they choose. I'm really happy we found this place for my grandmother,” says a relative.
Overlake Terrace is in the Overlake neighborhood of Redmond, conveniently located off Washington State Route 520, close to the Overlake Shopping District in Bellevue and near Overlake Medical Center. This Stellar Living community has tranquil wooded surroundings and two landscaped courtyards with gazebos and flower gardens for outdoor relaxation. Its two-level building is designed with well-appointed indoor amenities such as a movie theater, gym room, game and billiards room, library and cafe. The on-site salon is open daily from morning to afternoon, and scheduled shuttle services are provided for medical appointments and weekly outings. Memory care residents are offered enriching activities such as music, painting, baking, reading circles and Eldergrow gardening.
Residents and families love the food and amenities at Overlake Terrace. One reviewer writes, "The activities at Overlake Terrace would be a 5+ … There were a bunch of things offered … The food is what brought us back to this community a lot. Our loved one was a chef and he was very picky and he thought it was outstanding.”
Patriots Glen offers memory care services to seniors across the Bellevue region. Staff are on-site 24/7, and with a high caregiver to resident ratio, the staff are very attentive to the residents' needs. The memory care program offered at Patriots Glen involves reminiscing activities as well as connecting residents with their past and the present. To engage seniors and help with their cognition, activities involving music, stories and games are available. Seniors can also participate in gardening, cooking and book clubs. Lecture discussions provide an opportunity for residents to think about ideas and their own past. Special events and game nights are held regularly, as are in-house concerts. Small pets are allowed in order to help residents keep a connection to their former homes.
One resident's family member wrote, "I only wish I had placed her there sooner. ... Mom was in both the memory care at Patriot's Glen and Assisted living. Both have a great caregiver to resident ratio and both provided great care to her. The staff is very caring and I've actually overheard them telling her they love her. We couldn't ask for more."
Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living is nestled on a wooded campus in the Grass Lawn neighborhood of Redmond, Washington. This retirement community is conveniently located just over a mile from downtown and a short drive from Seattle. It has a central courtyard, activity and media room, library and salon. The facility’s state-of-the-art electronic MARS (medication administration record and scheduling) system helps caregivers ensure accurate and timely dosage for the residents’ medications, monitor their health status and coordinate with their physicians and families. Outside home care and hospice services may be coordinated when necessary. The memory care wing has its own living and dining areas and secured courtyard with flower planters. Memory care residents have a dedicated monthly calendar of activities, and this includes daily exercises, arts and crafts, games, music and themed socials.
Families give high marks to the quality of care provided at Peters Creek. A memory care resident’s loved one says, "Her care is very good; the staff are attentive and responsive to her needs and my questions/concerns … Her studio apartment is spacious and clean, and she is always well-groomed and in clean clothes when I see her.”
Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle offers luxury senior living with state-of-the-art amenities and personalized support. Located in a quiet residential street in the Junction neighborhood of West Seattle, it’s conveniently close to West Seattle Senior Center and amenities on California Avenue. Its modern four-level building is pet-friendly, LEED-certified and designed with warm hues. The landscaped second-floor courtyard and upper-floor terraces offer relaxing outdoor spaces for sitting, strolling and gardening. Through the facility’s Tribute memory care program, residents are nurtured in a way that honors their life stories and enhances their quality of life. This approach to care utilizes evidence-based programs, and other stimulating activities include assisted exercises, aromatherapy manicures, music bingo and poetry reading. For basic health care support, Quail Park West Seattle is staffed by licensed nurses and medication technicians.
A resident’s daughter praises the Quail Park staff, saying, "I appreciate the caregivers who help mom call me when she is having a tough day. I appreciate the caregiver who paints her nails and goes through her photo album with her … I appreciate the administrative staff who make tough decisions about Covid restrictions and keep my mother and the other residents safe.”
Queen Anne Manor Assisted and Memory Care Community is conveniently located in the north of Seattle. It has a variety of premium health care amenities close by, including the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Campus Hospital. There are also some great on-site amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center, a game room and an outdoor patio. The specialized memory care program includes making a personalized jukebox for residents, creating culinary treats that remind them of their past and connecting to all generations of the local community. A team of caring staff is available 24/7 to offer care and assistance and they are always in frequent contact with family members. The culinary team combines gourmet cooking and homestyle favorites to bring residents an exquisite dining experience every day. The community is pet friendly and residents are encouraged to bring their furry friends.
Family members appreciate the attentive care, with one reviewer saying, "I certainly highly regard Queen Anne Manor. It’s very pleasant and has an excellent staff. I’m very fond of them. They're very sensitive. The attendants are extremely good and wonderful people. I would recommend them without any reservation. I just think that they've certainly done a great job."
Nestled on three acres with panoramic mountain views, Redmond Heights provides small-town charm for residents. For seniors with a memory disorder diagnosis, the memory care community offers programs focused on supporting individuals and the capacity each resident retains. Five medical professionals are available for in-house appointments, including a primary care physician, dentist, audiologist, optometrist and registered nurse. Exercise programs and activities such as bingo, church services and table games are available and help provide social interaction for residents. A scenic walking path provides the opportunity for a stroll. Redmond Heights aims to support all facets of residents' psychological, social, cognitive and physical well-being to reduce stress on both residents and caregivers.
People are impressed with the care and environment at Redmond Heights. One reviewer writes, "I am very satisfied with Redmond Heights where my friend is. Everything is fine right now. I know people over there, and I just think it is one of the best places. The people are really nice. The staff is fantastic. They are really a bunch of caring people that work together to make everything for the residents. They have great food."
Sagebrook Senior Living at Bellevue is conveniently located within walking distance of a park and shopping center. The memory care wing is in a secure section that requires keypad access for the safety of residents. There are a number of outdoor courtyards attached to the building where residents can safely exercise or socialize with family members and friends. A team of certified caregivers is always available, and the staff receives ongoing training in the latest techniques for caring for seniors with memory loss disorders. Activities are designed to create a sense of joy and purpose each day for residents and may include arts and crafts, gardening, pet therapy, music therapy, fitness classes and gardening. Three healthy meals are served each day in the dining room, and special diets can be accommodated. The community is pet-friendly.
Family members appreciate the excellent care and activities offered, with one reviewer saying, "My mother has lived at Sagebrook 2 1/2 years. She has received safe, individualized care with lots of activities. The activity director has been outstanding to keep everyone engaged and to provide many compliments and praise to the residents."
Sunrise at Bellevue offers a unique memory care program called Reminiscence that enables residents to navigate the difficulties of memory loss in a secure environment. The program includes validation therapy, memory-focused activities, and individual life enrichment managers who keep track of each resident's progress. The community also offers assisted living and hospice care. Residents can enjoy a variety of amenities and activities, such as weekly laundry services, daily physical fitness, music therapy, puzzles and gardening.
Residents and their families love the caring staff and environment at Sunrise at Bellevue. One says, "The staff at Sunrise of Bellevue was perfect. They were amazing, and I would recommend that place to anybody I know. The grounds and location were perfect, better than anywhere else I've seen. The rooms were clean, light, big and comfortable. Their dining area was better than any place else we've seen."
Situated on its namesake Lake Washington island, Sunrise of Mercer Island is a refuge for quality senior care, with assisted living, memory care and hospice relationships in one convenient location. The experienced team is available 24/7 to assist residents with daily living, while staff RNs supply 16-hour support. Personalized care plans ensure every resident receives adequate care, with monthly wellness visits and family engagement a part of the process. Nutritious meals are served restaurant-style, coupled with snacks and drinks in the 24-hour bistro. The community's programming features an array of activities to keep seniors engaged in mind, body and spirit. With exercise classes, music therapy, gardening and art, there's something for everyone, while indoor/outdoor common areas offer relaxation. With downtown Seattle just a short distance away, multiple medical facilities, physicians and specialists are all close by.
Visiting family members praise the caring, attentive staff. "The staff at Sunrise were very friendly and helpful," one resident's son notes. "They took great care of my Dad and he was very happy at Sunrise. The staff at Sunrise were always friendly and smiling. They always greeted me with a smile and a hello."
Situated in a peaceful, landscaped setting, Sunrise of Northgate provides a high level of memory care within a small, welcoming community. With care plans that focus on personal needs, interests and preferences, every resident receives individualized support. Specially trained caregivers are versed in Validation Therapy and evidence-backed techniques to assist those with Alzheimer's and dementia, and this 24/7 team helps with bathing, medication management and coordinating outside care. Three fresh, chef-cooked meals are served, with entree options catered to dietary needs. Within the community's Reminiscence Neighborhood, seniors receive the benefit of spacious rooms designed for easy navigation, access to nature, additional security and even visits from children through partnerships with local schools. The program calendar is packed with diverse, mind-enriching options, while the on-site activity room features daily arts, crafts and puzzles to help keep residents engaged.
Visiting relatives note the quality amenities and community ambiance. "Their rooms are very nice and the amenities are awesome," one family member says. "They do all kinds of things ... they read to the residents, or watch special movies. We really like it. My mother-in-law is a resident there, and the staff is awesome."
The Gardens at Town Square offers a memory care program focused on building meaningful relationships while helping residents age comfortably despite memory loss. The community's Best Friends approach provides personalized care for each resident with an emphasis on socialization. The Gardens also offers assisted living services. Residents can enjoy an in-house movie theater, gardens and courtyards, art shows and jazz nights. The Gardens at Town Square also provides support groups and counseling services for individuals and families.
Residents and their families love the environment and design of The Gardens at Town Square. One says, "The Gardens at Town Square's rooms were very nice. They had everything, including all the activities. The place was very elegant, and they have a bistro and a very nice library. The food was very good. The place was like a five-star hotel."
Spiritwood of Pinelake, a Village Concepts Community, is an assisted living and memory care community nestled in the wooded area near Sammamish Plateau between Issaquah and Lake Sammamish. This community offers a serene setting with a robust activity schedule to keep residents active and engaged. Memory care services are available to residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other forms of memory loss. The memory care unit is staffed by compassionate, trained professionals to ensure the comfort, security and specialized needs of those with memory loss. Spiritwood of Pinelake focuses on unique amenity offerings to ensure residents are comfortable and provided with social opportunities such as a mobile podiatrist, local northwest bus outings, happy hour and other programs seven days a week.
The reviews all highlight caring staff, a lovely homelike setting, and residents pleased with their homes. One reviewer states, "My father lives at Spiritwood. He's going to be 93 very soon ... I could only think how very fortunate our family is to be a part of Spiritwood and their caring staff and management. The environment is ALWAYS clean. Spiritwood prides itself on having an ample and professional staff.