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 Everett’s senior population continues to grow (11.8% of the total population as of 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Everett, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 30.9% between 2013 and 2018. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 12.8%, 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 (11.5% in Everett 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 nearly a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Everett. 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.
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 Everett, 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:
Alderwood Haven is an assisted living facility and specializes in dementia and short-term memory loss in a quiet Lynwood neighborhood. Residents live in private suites on one level and enjoy home-cooked meals and individual attention from caring staff members. Registered nurses, podiatrists, and a hairstylist are just some of the professionals that provide support and customize care plans at Alderwood Haven. Trained medical professionals on staff monitor residents' vital signs as well as help with bathing, eating and other daily tasks. Residents are provided on-site and off-site activities, and help is available to seniors who wish to garden or pursue other interests or hobbies. Nearby attractions include the <a href="http://www.flyingheritage.com/">Flying Heritage and Combat Museum</a> where seniors can step back through history and scenic walks or drives along the Sammamish River.
Visitors and residents appreciate the attention to detail and the cozy, homelike environment of the facility. One family member said, "The staff there is wonderful. They've been very helpful from the very beginning. The facility is in a great location ... It's very new looking and kept really clean."
Chateau Pacific enables its residents to live life on their terms, and it achieves that by working with seniors and loved ones to craft individual care plans that include consistent, daily routines. Residents are encouraged to provide input into their care plans, so they can have as much independence in their daily lives as possible. Common living areas are designed to be welcoming and easy to navigate, and amenities emphasize personal fitness, including a large swimming pool and walking paths. Chateau Pacific provides a robust activity schedule that includes Wii bowling, brain aerobics, and art classes, and meals are prepared on-site from scratch by a culinary team that can customize menus in accordance with each resident's individual dietary needs.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the activity schedule and the size of the property, with one saying the facility has "a variety of floor-plans, and prices for many different budgets." Loved ones also single out the staff for their upbeat attitude, with one commenting that "everybody seemed very pleasant and knowledgeable."
Harbour Pointe, managed by Integral Senior Living, provides assisted living and research-based memory care programming on its spacious 130-bed campus. Using a hospitality model for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, this community balances the structure each resident needs with opportunities to embrace spontaneous daily adventures. Residents participate in personalized care programs in an immersive environment that emphasizes each individual’s strengths, facilitating moments of success. Innovative signature programs that comprise the Generations memory care community include a visual life history depicted in the Life Story Display, a personalized musical experience in Tune Into Me and cooking with recipes from the past in Culinary Creations. Socialization is the focus of the intergenerational program From Our Generation to Yours and Never Stop Exploring, which connects residents with the local community. Spacious and bright living spaces paired with secured outdoor courtyards and covered porches create an uplifting environment.
The cleanliness of the community and a staff that goes "above and beyond” for residents put family members at ease. One son shares, "Harbour Pointe has been a wonderful option for my mother and stepfather. The apartments and facilities are quite nice, and the staff provides top-notch care for its senior residents.”
Laurel Cove Community provides seniors in Shoreline, Washington, with compassionate independent and assisted living options, along with customized memory care programs. With an enclosed courtyard, the special exit-controlled neighborhood ensures that residents are secure to move about freely. Inviting memory care apartments, measuring 335 square feet, are equipped with private bathrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting, large windows, and small refrigerators. Rooms contain all the necessary safety equipment and furnishings; although, the community encourages families to personalize the living space. Each resident receives a customized care plan with life-enrichment activities to promote optimum health and facilitate social interactions throughout the day. A dedicated memory care dining room serves freshly prepared, nutritious meals, and devoted caregivers are available 24/7 to offer support while respecting each resident's privacy, dignity and independence. The community invites families to attend regular care meetings and support groups.
Relatives with loved ones here are quick to praise the calm setting, delicious meals, and professional management. "The staff works hard to customize care for each resident, and it shows, whether in the dining room, the medical care or the amenities offered. Laurel Cove was exactly what my mother needed in the last years of her life,” says one grateful daughter.
By partnering with the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, The Terrace at Beverly Lake has been able to incorporate the latest advancements in dementia care for training its caregivers as well as designing its activities calendar and facility layout. Memory boxes are located throughout the property, reminding residents of important moments in their lives and helping them stay connected with their surroundings. As part of its Montessori-inspired Spark memory care program, staff members strive to help residents experience a sense of purpose through participation in lifelong learning opportunities, resident committees, and community service projects. Fitness classes help residents keep their bodies in shape, and on-site religious services for multiple denominations provide everyone the opportunity to express their spirituality. In addition to personalizing assistance to an individual's needs, staff members can coordinate care with residents' outside health care providers.
"I have never met so many genuinely kind people in my life ... The food is spectacular, the chefs are so creative & make most everything from scratch which is extremely unheard of," said one resident's family member. The community also receives consistent praise for its wide array of engaging activities.