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 Federal Way'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 Federal Way, 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 Federal Way 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 Federal Way. 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 Federal Way, 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:
Judson Park is a nonprofit, all-inclusive continuing care retirement community offering views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Its memory support community provides a safe, furnished environment featuring 24-hour staffing and a silent security system to protect those prone to dementia wandering. Each private suite has a personalized memory box outside to aid navigation. Staff members take time to learn residents' interests, preferences and family history to provide customized, person-centered care and encourage independence. In addition, a program of on-site special events and engaging activities promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Amenities include salon and spa services, private bathrooms and a specially designed stimulating memory garden. Residents in this life plan retirement community can easily access skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapies should their care needs evolve.
Reviewers rate the community's stimulating activity programs and skilled care team. One writes, "My mother has lived at Judson for over 10 years. ... The staff is caring and competent, and there are numerous activities to help people with dementia stay engaged with life."
Merrill Gardens at Auburn is a senior living community located in downtown Auburn. The community has a range of spacious apartments for seniors to choose from, all featuring full kitchens with washers and dryers. Garden House is the community's memory care neighborhood designed for those with memory loss. The community's care team is available to assist with resident's needs and the activities of daily living, leaving seniors free to spend their days as they choose. The staff seeks to find out as much as they can about each resident in order to personalize their care plans and provide them with a full schedule of activities to choose from. Activities include chair yoga, ice cream socials, bingo, scenic drives, pet therapy and picnics.
Family members of residents appreciate the staff's care and assistance, saying, "Merrill Gardens staff have been wonderful with helping my mom transition into her new home. They have been super helpful, responsive and encouraging throughout the process. It has been a huge help and a real strength of their community."
This charming village-style community offers a range of senior care options, including assisted living care, adult day care and respite care. It also offers a specialized memory care program intended to sharpen and maintain residents' abilities with a full schedule of daily activities such as music, pet interaction and walks around the property. Caregivers are able to assist with activities of daily living such as bathing and grooming and staff includes licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants with extensive Alzheimer's and dementia training. All staff members are certified in some aspect of memory care, patient security or medication supervision. The community offers companion suites and private suites and has its own town square with a general store. Residents can even enjoy being taken for scenic drives around the local countryside in an old Dodge automobile.
Residents and their families are impressed by the staff and the care and attention they provide. One family member says, "We have enjoyed getting to know all of the staff and think they are some of the BEST caregivers we have ever met. Thank you for taking care of our family, and thank you for taking care of our precious mother."
The holistic memory care program at Memory Haven is based on eight components. Staff members meet the first two by providing full assistance with personal care activities while at the same time promoting social interactions through programming and meaningful connections. The third, fourth and fifth components are emotional support, physical activity and mental stimulation, and these are met through offerings like companionship, fitness programs, and games and puzzles. Life enrichment activities form the sixth component and help residents retain their independence and cognitive skills as long as possible. Artistic expression allows seniors to get creative and includes music therapy. Finally, good nutrition comes through a dining program that presents traditional and regional foods that are both healthy and flavorful. The community is fully secure with 24-hour supervision and support, and a nurse manager oversees the wellness program and individual care plans.
Reviewers of Memory Haven compliment the community's dedicated staff and comfortable environment. Staff members are "wonderful and very caring people," one reviewer notes. Another mentions the "nice outdoor courtyard," large dining room and common areas that are perfect for games and activities. Resident rooms are spacious too, with lots of natural light and easy accessibility.
The Cottages at Edgewood is a dedicated memory care community made up of three residential cottages that are home to 20 residents each. While residents have private rooms, they share community spaces within each cottage including a dining room, kitchen and living room outfitted with a fireplace. All three cottages share a large, enclosed outdoor courtyard where residents can safely walk and socialize. Residents are supervised and assisted 24/7 by trained caregivers, and licensed nurses are on duty five days a week. The community is also constantly overseen by a managing nurse. All exits from the cottages are equipped with alarms to ensure that residents stay safely on the property. Residents can participate in community-sponsored activities according to their abilities and interests.
Reviewers often compliment this community on its security as well as its compassionate staff. One family member writes, "The dedication of the care team is excellent. They take caring for the senior community to heart. Highly recommend."
Arbor Village Senior Living presents memory care according to the Mosaic philosophy that helps seniors with memory loss make sense of the pieces of their lives. A major piece of the puzzle is the Best Friend's Approach in which caregivers strive to become the best friends of the residents they serve. These caregivers provide help with daily living activities and medication, but they also offer meaningful interactions and guide seniors through activities specially designed to stimulate their minds. Meal time is particularly important and meals are served family-style with portions served at the table on colorful dinnerware. Flowers, linens and candles provide a cozy, soothing setting as well. The community also makes a special effort to reach out to residents' families with educational opportunities and regular meetings so that family members can learn how best to interact with loved ones.
Residents and their families enjoy the caring staff at Arbor Village Senior Living. A reviewer notes that staff members are "so accommodating to us and our situation." Caregivers even took the time to set up a resident's room in a particular way to smooth her transition into the community. Others comment on the opportunities for physical and mental exercise.
Residents of Normandy Park with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia receive personalized care and services via the Today's Memories program. This is an activity-centered approach to memory care, offering everyone a variety of personal and group engagements based on their interests, hobbies and abilities. The community's wellness program can also help promote cognitive development with its brainpower events, such as computer classes, art, painting and book clubs. Senior-friendly exercise is an important part of Alzheimer's care at Normandy Park, providing both physical and cognitive benefits. Residents in memory care have a secure outdoor courtyard with a fountain, gardens and umbrella chairs. Church services are hosted on-site, and groups often go on trips for dining and entertainment. The Alzheimer's unit has an aquarium, fireplace and other homelike and soothing features.
One relative of a Normandy Park resident commented on the activities seen throughout the community. They were also impressed by the community grounds, noting, "They have a great-big garden area outside with flowing water." Others talk about the cleanliness of the rooms, with one visitor saying, "Everything seemed to be polished, really nice, and sharp."
Memory care at Holden Southcenter is guided by the In the Moment program. Its Six Principles of Well-being provide all that is necessary for residents to flourish and find meaning in life. The first principle encourages physical activity and movement while the second principle calls for spirituality in the form of prayer, music and devotion. Artistic creativity is encouraged by the third principle, and the fourth promotes community involvement. Residents receive lifelong education with the fifth principle to keep their minds active and engaged. Finally, the sixth principle is about lifestyle and encourages seniors to take part in hobbies and interests. Caregivers also assist residents with all their daily needs, including personal care and medication. The community serves three meals per day with a special thought to nutrition, preferences and ease of eating.
A reviewer whose dad lives at Holden Southcenter remarks that "It's a great place." Staff members are "all fabulous" and work hard to meet residents' needs. The food is excellent, and the reviewer is impressed by the number and variety of activities available. The community is clean, and resident rooms are cozy and neat.
Brookdale Foundation House is situated on a sprawling campus halfway between Seattle and Tacoma. Community-wide amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, library and arts and crafts studio. Brookdale administers memory care through the Clare Bridge Daily Path, which features six daily activities, such as brain games, themed discussions and physical activity. Security is critical, so interior and exterior spaces are secured to allow residents to freely and safely explore. For those with advanced memory care conditions, the Solace program takes the elements of Clare Bridge Daily Path and adds assistance with daily living tasks, such as dressing and bathing. Residents are also encouraged to decorate their living spaces with their own decor and family treasures to make the space feel more like home.
Reviews from residents and their loved ones center on Brookdale's extensive memory care activities and comprehensive care plans. The food and caring staff are also commonly discussed. One person writes, "I think Brookdale Foundation House takes very good care of my mother-in-law... The things she needs assistance with, I think the staff was attentive to that and they were friendly."
Gencare Federal Way is a senior community that offers compassionate, comprehensive and personalized care to residents with memory-related conditions, such as Alzheimer's. The staff is specially trained to provide attention and support to the residents to give them a sense of belonging. They also help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, toileting and medication management. The community is designed with secure outdoor walking areas and closed entries and exits to ensure residents are safe. Residents are encouraged to participate in activities tailored to their abilities, interests and past hobbies to help them improve their cognitive skills and general well-being. Healthy chef prepared meals are available three times daily, including vegetarian, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly foods. The community also embraces iN2L group engagement systems to promote purposeful engagements and connections for residents. Small pets are also allowed in the community.
Family members praise the clean and friendly rooms. One member writes, "This was a really nice facility. We sat down and spoke with three people involved with the memory care unit. We got to see the rooms, which were very nice…You could bring your own furniture and make it your own."
Mirror Lake Village is a luxury life plan community that offers a range of amenities and activities. The memory care section is in a separate and secure building for the safety of residents who are prone to wandering. The community uses an approach to care that focuses on creating a sense of belonging and a purpose in life. Each resident's tailored care plan includes details about their life to help caregivers provide individualized care. The memory care program uses a holistic approach that is based on eight core principles, namely, social interaction, physical activity, emotional support, mental stimulation, personal care, artistic expression, life enriching activities and good nutrition. Caregivers are available at all times to make sure that residents receive the care and support they need. Seniors have access to a spacious and secure outdoor area with seating areas and walking paths.
Family members appreciate the level of care provided to all the residents with one reviewer saying, "My mother moved into Mirror Lake Village. The staff is friendly and is always looking out for all my mother's needs. I think it's just a good fit for my mom."
Village Concepts of Auburn – Brannan Park is located in Auburn, 25 miles south of Seattle. For seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia, there is a specially designed memory care neighborhood with easy-to-navigate floor plans and a welcoming atmosphere. Caregivers are all trained in memory care and provide 24/7 individualized support with daily tasks such as grooming, bathing and medication management. The staff builds meaningful connections with residents and families to ensure residents feel at home and supported. A variety of enriching social and recreational activities is offered daily, designed to reduce the speed of cognitive decline and optimize physical and mental well-being. Residents can take advantage of useful on-site amenities, including a library, a chapel and a wellness center. Three chef-prepared meals are served per day and there are coffee and snacks available throughout the day.
Family members praise the attentive staff, with one reviewer saying "Village Concepts of Auburn - Brannan Park is very helpful and has made it very home-like for my brother. They take very good care of him. He is very content with the food. There are activities like bingo and chair exercises. They also have a shopping bus."
GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston is a resort-style memory care provider with a beautiful waterfront setting. It's only a short drive from Federal Way, Washington, which is just across Commencement Bay past Dash Point State Park. Memory care services at this community have been designed to support mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Certified caregivers trained in providing memory care staff GenCare 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents receive assistance with activities of daily living like dining, grooming and medication management. Amenities in the memory care program at GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston include a secure outdoor walking path, pet therapy and three daily chef-prepared meals personalized for each person's nutritional needs. Residents can take part in brain fitness, music and exercise programs.
Many reviews for this Point Ruston community mention the well-appointed facilities. One person who recently moved in said: "It's almost brand new. The apartment is excellent. It hasn't been lived in yet, so we're the first occupants."
Memory care residents at Prestige Senior Living Auburn Meadows live in secure community neighborhoods with emergency call systems for residents and staff throughout. Each resident stays in a studio or one-bedroom apartment and has access to assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing or grooming. The community offers 24-hour emergency supervision, medication management and support group meetings for family members and friends. There are private dining areas, a housekeeping and linen service, an outdoor courtyard, a movie screening room and a beauty salon on-site. Prestige Senior Living offers an award-winning memory care program which engages residents through activities aimed at mental and physical stimulation to combat feelings of stress and anxiety that can be attributed to dementia.
Family members sing the praises of Prestige Senior Living's team of dedicated staff. One reviewer writes, "The staff was so friendly and helpful. She quickly made friends with the other residents during meals and the large number of activities that were offered. From the marketing director to the receptionist to the RN staff to the caregivers and many other staff, they all made my mother feel like she was at home and loved."
Meridian at Stone Creek is a senior living community that offers a full spectrum of care services. The memory care unit is staffed by a team of highly-trained caregivers who are always available to respond to any issues that seniors may have and provide the consistent support they need. Each resident has a private apartment for when they need some peace and quiet. The communal areas are all open plan to encourage exploration and enable the residents to navigate around the building on their own. The unit is secure and all entrances and exits require keypad access. A registered nurse manages medication and oversees the general care of residents. Daily activities are tailored to the abilities and interests of residents. Three nutritious meals are served each day and special diets are accommodated.
Family members appreciate the wonderful staff, activities offered and delicious food served in this community, "My mom has been at the Meridian at Stonecreek for 2 years. We love it there. The staff is very knowledgeable and caring. The food is great and the variety on the menus is awesome. Activities calendar has grown over the last year and we love all the choices."
Memory Care residents at Aegis Living Kent live in a secured environment and participate in the Life's Neighborhood program. The program focuses on providing opportunities for stimulation, connection and engagement. Activities are designed to encourage residents to socialize with one another
offerings include light therapy, music therapy and exercise classes. Staff are available 24/7 to provide assistance with basic daily needs like bathing and dressing, along with health care needs such as supervision of medication. The community serves three meals daily, with cooking staff preparing food that can be eaten easily by individuals experiencing memory care issues. Aegis Living provides its staff with ongoing training in dementia and Alzheimer's, ensuring that residents are receiving expert care.
Fieldstone Memory Care Puyallup is a community specifically for people with Alzheimer's or other cognitive decline. Residents are assessed by nursing staff to form individualized care and activity plans, and live in private studios and companion suites. Activities are designed to be fun and engaging while also promoting cognitive, sensory and physical development. The community offers many therapeutic services, including music and aromatherapy, and also hosts regularly scheduled outings. Certified staff are always on duty to coordinate with external health care providers, help with medication and assist residents with everyday activities. Fieldstone is equipped with motion-sensing and emergency call systems, which makes it a safe environment for people who need the added supervision. The memory care unit also has secure outdoor courtyards for residents to walk and get fresh air.
Visitors to Fieldstone often talk about the building itself — large, beautiful and in a nice area — and one says it's relatively affordable for this part of Washington. Another visitor likes the specific focus of care, saying, "It's all memory care so it's not all like something squished into a wing of some other kind of place."
Overlooking a lush golf course, Village Concepts of Fairwood provides a safe and welcoming home for memory care residents. This community caters to seniors of all activity and ability levels, seeking to help them age in place comfortably. Its memory care wing is secured and separate from the assisted and independent living areas. Staff monitor residents 24 hours a day for their wellness, and three meals are served daily. Personal needs such as laundry, housekeeping, and medical transportation are taken care of by the staff, and the community is home to amenities like a movie theater and salon. The memory care wing also features its own specialized activities calendar, which includes daily events as well as larger monthly gatherings.
Visitors to Village Concepts of Fairwood praise its scenic locale, saying, "It felt like you were in a very nice country club house." Reviewers also note the open, modern design of this community, with one writing, "The layout of the facility was amazingly nice because it's new so they're targeting it more for gathering areas."
The Chateau Valley Center's mission is to create an individualized retirement lifestyle for each resident. As part of this goal, community staff assess the cognitive and physical condition of each memory care resident to guide treatment programs that aim to make daily life as satisfying as possible for each resident. Residents live in private rooms and have free access to comfortable and welcoming common areas. Numerous staff members are on hand to monitor, care for and help residents in their daily activities. The Chateau Valley Center aims to treat each memory care resident with kindness and respect. Working from the perspective that each resident has value and purpose, community staff work together with residents and families to provide individualized care that helps residents be contributing participants in their daily activities.
Family members of residents say the staff at Chateau Valley Center are professional and caring. A daughter says, " The staff members are lovely
Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care, located in a peaceful neighborhood of Tacoma, WA, is surrounded by picturesque green spaces and just minutes away from highly rated hospitals. A professionally trained staff conducts an initial assessment of residents facing cognitive impairments to determine which services they will benefit most from, including memory-enhancing therapies and regular health checkups, as well as 24/7 assistance with eating, toileting and other routine tasks. Secure environments and enclosed walking paths allow seniors to move freely while maintaining their safety. Memory care residents can participate in multiple cognitively and physically stimulating activities, such as sensory games and music, exercise clubs, puzzles and crosswords. Apartment maintenance is included, and seniors are served three nutritious meals and snacks per day, with low-sugar and low-salt options available. Those with off-site medical appointments can also take advantage of a supervised transportation service.
Seniors and their families often comment positively on the community's compassionate approach to care and the staff friendliness. One reviewer writes about their father's experience: "I couldn't be happier with the care he is getting — the staff have been friendly, supportive and helpful … My life has been made easier by knowing he is getting the right care for his needs."