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 Kent’s senior population continues to grow (18.46% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Kent, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 14.83% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.26%, 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 (7.26% in Kent 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 many hours researching senior living communities in Kent. 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 Kent, 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:
Arbor Village is just a block from Clark Lake Park and ideally located in a desirable residential area just minutes from Downtown Kent. This pet-friendly continuing care senior community offers residents comfortable living with its amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, salon and barbershop, common and private dining rooms and relaxing outdoor space with a covered patio. The facility’s EverFit program offers a wide range of physical activities, such as chair exercises, strength and balance classes, low-impact aerobics, dance classes and recreational sports. To support the residents’ health and well-being, the EverWell program provides professional health monitoring, diabetic management, 24-hour nursing staff availability and nutritious dietary menus. The Mosaic Memory Care Program of Arbor Village is in line with The Best Friends Approach to Dementia, giving memory care residents a safe, homelike environment and meaningful activities.
Friends and family love every experience when visiting their loved ones at Arbor Village. One reviewer shares, "This place is beautiful. My good friend moved there two years ago and never looked back! We come to visit for meals and they are surprisingly good … The staff is warm and welcoming … When we're ready, we will move here too!”
Chateau Valley Center is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Kent that enables residents to live at the property in the same living space while their needs change. Residents are welcome to bring pets to the facility to stay with them, and the staff have ongoing training in dementia care and develop a personalized care plan for each resident to provide quality treatment that recognizes each resident as an individual. The common and private spaces are easily navigated and offer several amenities designed for residents to stay active, including walking paths, health clubs and a swimming pool. Seniors enjoy made-from-scratch meals and can observe cooking demos for certain menu items.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the atmosphere that the staff cultivates, with one daughter of a resident saying, the property is a "beautiful place. The people are great. The staff members are lovely." Loved ones also appreciate the setup of the individual rooms with one describing them as "clean and comfortable and we were able to fit all his things. The view is great as he can see out over the city."
Normandy Park Senior Living is located in a quiet community that's south of Seattle and close to shopping, restaurants and state-of-the-art medical facilities. Staff, including a registered nurse, are available around-the-clock to offer personalized care, and residents can take advantage of various amenities, including a library, beauty salon and spa. Seniors are encouraged to remain active through regular activities, such as gardening and cooking clubs, and the facility also offers volunteering opportunities to keep residents active in the wider community. Memory care residents receive activity-centered care with a personal plan built around their interests and abilities. A secure courtyard features a fountain and walking paths, while meals are served in the family-style dining room.
Satisfied customers speak highly of the staff at Normandy Park Senior Living, describing them as understanding and attentive. Reviewers also mention that the facility is clean and well-organized, and the food available is excellent. Many people mention the range of activities available, with one reviewer stating, "everyone is encouraged to be out and around.”
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Meridian at Stone Creek offers a continuum of care in a welcoming environment with scenic views of Mount Rainier. Seniors are treated to five-star, resort-style amenities for comfort and convenience, such as a full-service beauty salon, chapel, fitness center, outdoor patio and walking paths. The facility is designed as an open, easy-to-navigate space, and there's a 24-hour concierge on-site for assistance. Trained staff members deliver person-centered care that promotes independence and focuses on residents' capabilities and strengths, with the added peace of mind of a check-in system each morning. Each day, residents enjoy three meals in a restaurant-style setting, featuring daily specials and Sunday brunch as well as opportunities to participate in life-enriching activities, including exercise classes, arts and crafts, bingo and off-site group outings.
The award-winning community is known for its exceptional accommodations, amenities and ambiance, and according to one woman whose mother has been a resident for over two years, "The food is great and the variety on the menu is awesome. Activities calendar has grown over the last year and we love all the choices. The management always responds in a timely manner and is very caring."
The Weatherly Inn in Kent is a senior community that incorporates four main concepts: soul, feel, grit and spunk. The staff here works hard to maintain an inviting environment where seniors and their families feel welcome, secure and fulfilled. Residents enjoy many different amenities within the facility, including Sweet Nellie's Ice Cream, Cut and Curl beauty salon and the Meridian Mercantile for everyday goods. Seniors who are willing and able may enjoy walks outside at nearby Lake Meridian Park or shopping at the Covington Retail Center. The Weatherly Inn offers full-service programs for residents with Alzheimer's and cognitive impairments. Seniors enjoy the comfort of routine, family-style dining that accounts for their unique dietary needs and restrictions.
Reviews for Weatherly Inn mention the dedication of the caregivers and the willingness of staff to go above and beyond residents and family expectations. The daughter of one reviewer said, "The staff is so warm and caring, they truly Love the residents and the residents know that ... They are a blessing to our family."