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 Kirkland'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 Kirkland, 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 Kirkland 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 Kirkland. 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 Kirkland, 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:
The Terrace is the name of the memory care wing of The Gardens at Town Square. Caregivers at The Terrace are available 24/7, and a registered nurse is also on staff. The community employs the Best Friends approach to dementia care, which encourages staff to build personal relationships with residents that make them feel cared for and valued. Seniors living at The Terrace engage in daily exercise activities, off-site outings and programming specifically designed to promote cognitive functioning. Staff assists residents as needed with basic daily activities, such as bathing and dressing, and also provides medication management, diabetic care and incontinence care. All residents live in private apartments and have access to a secure, well-maintained outdoor space.
Family members and residents appreciate the positive atmosphere at the Gardens at Town Square. One reviewer notes, "Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help out. And I feel like that culture also trickles down to the residents. I would definitely recommend The Gardens at Town Square to others."
Jefferson House Memory Care in Kirkland, WA focuses exclusively on memory care. With its Seven Pillars of Living Well philosophy — Nature, Art, Spirit, Mind and Body, Friends and Family, Community and Music — Jefferson House offers a holistic approach to a well-rounded lifestyle for memory care residents. The Living Well program works toward impactful experiences and encourages reminiscing about the past and providing purpose for the future. Methods of care by trained memory care staff include gaze techniques to encourage recognition and controlling tone of voice for a sense of tenderness. Specially designed memory care suites come in private and shared one-bedrooms, with a two-bedroom suite also available. Kitchenettes are available for more independent residents. With an airy and well-lit design, common areas, a library, computers, video room, social dining hall and professional meal preparation, guests and residents have plenty of opportunities for engagement.
Reviewers speak highly of the attentive and compassionate environment at Jefferson House, with one writing, "I honestly do not believe you could find a better place for your loved one in the United States. The respect and care given to each individual is fantastic."
Aegis Lodge is a midsize community, conveniently located near Interstate 405 entry and exit points and surrounded by stately trees and wetlands. It features a secure wing designed to protect those with wandering tendencies related to dementia. There, seniors benefit from 24/7 on-duty staff and the community's signature memory care program, Life's Neighborhood. Staff members receive ongoing specialist memory care training and know how to redirect distressing dementia-associated behaviors with compassion. They can assist with all activities of daily living and monitor health care needs. All on-site life enrichment program activities are tailored to individual cognitive abilities and provide regular opportunities for brain stimulation, socialization, relaxation, physical activity and moments of joy. In addition, each resident's custom meal plan features chef-prepared, easy-to-eat dishes enriched with essential nutrients. On-site light, music, physical, occupational and speech therapies are available.
Reviewers praise the efficient management, spacious accommodations and amenities at Aegis Lodge. One writes, "The community is exceptional. It's well run. The staff is very good... There are good-sized rooms and a good-sized community space with lots of social activities."
Aegis Living Kirkland uses the unique Life's Neighborhood® program to support residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in all stages of memory loss. Each resident has a customized care plan that is designed to evolve with their needs as they age or progress through the stages of memory loss. Nursing staff is available 24/7, and health care is coordinated with outside providers. Staff completes ongoing education to stay up to date with new discoveries about memory loss care. The secure memory care community offers large common areas and open floor plan apartments, as well as beautiful outdoor areas for residents to explore. Staff at Aegis Living Kirkland designs activities to maintain cognitive function, encourage residents to socialize in the community and lessen symptoms related to memory loss.
Friends and family of residents appreciate the compassionate staff at Aegis Living Kirkland. One says, "[My friend] 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."
Overlake Terrace is a memory care and assisted living community in Redmond, WA. Trained memory care staff are ready 24/7 to provide personalized care for residents's daily living needs, and caregivers help with medication management and continence care. Each resident receives a care pendant to call for assistance whenever needed. The community's life enrichment program supports physical and mental health with cognitively stimulating activities. Group transportation is available to local attractions, and residents have their own parking spaces. A fitness room helps to encourage physical activity, and the community has a beauty shop where residents can be pampered. Staff provides regular housekeeping and weekly laundry services. A dietician personalizes each resident's daily nutrition, and three meals are served each day.
Visitors to the community appreciated the well-maintained spaces and attentive care team. One writes, "They're very good. The amenities were very nice. It's a very nice facility... the staff did wonderfully."
Sunrise of Bellevue offers a uniquely designed community for seniors living with memory loss. To promote independence and socialization among residents, the private apartments are located next to common areas, including activity and dining rooms. This allows residents to easily navigate the community without the need for direct assistance, and helps to prevent confusion and frustration. Activities are focused around residents's personal preferences, designed to maintain cognitive function and promote social interaction. Daily offerings can include everything from music therapy to outings in the nearby communities. Other services include as-needed assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, mobility assistance and medication management, and daily meals are prepared by a professional to ensure compliance with dietary restrictions and nutritional needs.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the beautiful campus and attentive care team. One says, "The staff at Sunrise of Bellevue was perfect. The grounds and location were perfect, better than anywhere else I've seen... the rooms were clean, light, big, and comfortable."
Sunrise of Redmond provides person-centric memory care in a secure community. When a resident enters the community, they work with staff to create an individualized care plan that considers their health care needs, personal needs, and their individuality. All staff are required to participate in Sunrise Senior Living Orientation Training, which was designed based on the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations provided by the Alzheimer's Association®. Sunrise of Redmond uses the Reminiscence Program, which focuses on the comfort and security of residents and allows them to concentrate on themselves, rather than spending their time worrying about the little things. Each resident is assigned a Life Enrichment Manager, specially trained in memory care techniques and Validation® Therapy, to advocate for them and assist with their evolving care plan.
Residents and their loved ones have high praise for the compassionate, attentive staff, with one writing, "Everyone at Redmond Senior Living was awesome. They were very friendly, supportive, and accommodating."
Peters Creek Retirement Center in Redmond, WA, offers memory care to residents with various forms of dementia and cognitive impairment. Medication management, incontinence support, assistance with dressing and bathing, laundry service and housekeeping ensure comfort and ease for residents of varying ability levels. Compassionate care is top priority in the memory care wing of the community, with staff committed to helping residents cultivate a sense of familiarity and safety while providing specialized medical attention when needed. Families can choose from private, semi-private and friendship suites to suit any preference or budget. A salon, library, media room, lounge and outdoor spaces give residents plenty of opportunities to socialize and engage, and the community offers a variety of on-site activities. A dedicated transportation service makes it easy to run errands or take a recreational trip into town.
Compassionate care at Peters Creek Retirement Center is a highlight for residents and their families. One reviewer writes, "From the very beginning I was impressed with the people and the facility. The people were so warm, caring and incredibly accommodating."
Located in a coveted yet peaceful area of Seattle, Cogir of Northgate Memory Care combines greenery-filled, park-like surroundings with the convenience of being minutes away from some of the best hospitals on the West Coast. Residents live in a safe campus with a state-of-the-art emergency response system and life skill stations that help maintain cognitive function. Thanks to 24-hour surveillance, staff supervision and directional guidance signs, seniors are free to explore the building without the fear of wandering. In-house chefs prepare three nutritious meals per day, and a bistro and reminiscence café are available on-site. Residents follow a flexible activity schedule tailored to their individual interests, and are free to take take relaxing walks along the community's landscaped trails and outdoor gardens, participate in senior-friendly exercise classes or go on supervised group trips to nearby attractions.
Reviewers appreciate the center's well-maintained grounds and convenient offerings. One family member writes, "Their rooms are very nice and the amenities are awesome. This community is by far the best one we looked at."
Cogir of Bothell Memory Care focuses on the individual, not just the memory loss, and works to support each resident where they are. Before entering the community, a care plan is built for each resident with their insight, as well as that of their family, friends and outside health care providers. Caregivers become familiar with the seniors in their care as they spend time working with each resident as a person. The community offers residents a sense of freedom and the ability to choose what to do with their day. Because the building is completely secured, residents can walk around large common areas and spend time in the outdoor gardens. Staff is onsite 24/7 to assist residents with personal and medical care, including various activities of daily living, diabetes and medication management and general housekeeping tasks. Three meals are provided daily, prepared by nutritionists, and residents can choose to attend activities from a calendar that includes movie nights, music therapy and outings into the community.
Residents and relatives appreciate Cogir of Bothell Memory Care's highly personalized care. One says, "The community did a really good job at getting to know our loved one and assisting with acclimating my loved one into the community."
Patriots Glen offers a secure memory care community for seniors living with memory loss. Staff is on-site 24/7 to provide assistance, and the community works to provide everything residents need without requiring them to travel. Services can include weekly visits from a doctor, injection and medication management, continence care and assistance with nebulizer treatments and oxygen. The community offers large common areas, outdoor walking paths, on-site entertainment and religious services. Activities include regular game nights, fitness classes, and more offerings focused on maintaining cognitive health. Patriots Glen serves residents three meals a day in restaurant-style dining. For personal care, laundry and housekeeping services are available, residents can schedule transportation by appointment and units are equipped with utilities such as Wi-Fi and cable.
Residents speak highly of the quality of life. One says, "[It's] a loving family home with comforting appearance and decor... activities [provide] continual opportunities to exercise, have fun, go shopping, keep alert and active while enjoying life."
Conveniently located less than 15 miles east of Seattle, Sagebrook Senior Living at Bellevue lies in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood and is close to plenty of top-rated hospitals. Staff members specialize in the community's SPARK Program, a Montessori-inspired approach to care. They tailor rehabilitative techniques and activities to meet each resident's abilities and interests, combat cognitive decline and promote social interaction. Assistance with basic tasks is available around the clock, as well as medication management and arranging supervised trips to medical appointments. Seniors can participate in a wide array of entertaining yet purposeful activities, such as gardening and growing produce, taking yoga and dancing classes, spending time with animals and cooking alongside community chefs. Three restaurant-quality meals are provided per day, and menu options can accommodate vegetarian residents and those who require low-sugar or low-sodium diets.
Family members have high praise for the community's friendly staff and overall quality of care. One says, "From the beginning, the staff have been very helpful, welcoming, professional and caring of both my father and our family."
Sunrise of Mercer Island features a dedicated memory care neighborhood for residents with dementia and other conditions related to memory loss. This secure living space is carefully designed to reduce confusion and enhance socialization while making navigation easy. All staff at Sunrise participate in continuous education in memory care, safety, privacy rights and health care, among other topics, to ensure an excellent standard of care for residents in the community. An ongoing schedule of activities is cultivated to fit each resident's abilities, including art projects, puzzles, physical fitness, journaling, music and community involvement. 16-hour nursing coverage is available every day, and each resident enjoys the attention of a Designated Care Manager who looks after every aspect of their life at Sunrise.
Family members underscore the warm environment at Sunrise of Mercer Island. One writes, "I feel comfortable calling anytime... they are always friendly and helpful. The facility is very home like and spotlessly clean."
Laurel Cove Community's memory care program provides physical and emotional support in a home-like environment to encourage seniors with dementia to socialize and connect. For each resident, the staff creates a Life Story that includes career experiences and hobbies. An individualized care plan incorporates empathetic communication, structured activities and person-centered interaction to increase self-esteem and empowerment. Seniors live in a dedicated neighborhood with a secured entry and enclosed garden and participate in activity programs that minimize social withdrawal. Caregivers are available 24/7 to help with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing and dressing, while a licensed nurse oversees regular health checks, medication management and diabetic and respiratory care. Validation, cueing, support of anxiety and meal tray service are also available. Residents enjoy personalized meals, developed by a nutritionist and served restaurant-style in the dining room.
Family members speak highly of the accommodating staff and safe environment. A resident's brother writes, "They have provided a caring, safe environment and are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their residents."
As a dedicated memory care community, Silverado Bellevue Memory Care Community offers the latest science-backed approach to management and caring for various forms of dementia and memory impairment. Every staff member is trained and certified in dementia care, and specially trained associates are able to handle challenging behaviors from residents. The building is decorated to remind residents of the warmth and comfort of home, and pets are welcome to live with their owners. A spectrum of care is provided to accommodate different stages of memory and speech impairment, from independence-focused care to gentle comprehensive assistance with daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing and eating. A licensed nurse is onsite 24 hours a day to tend to any health concerns, and a variety of fun and engaging activities are on a daily schedule to engage residents.
Family members are pleased with the staff's attitude and professionalism. One says, "Everyone I've had to pleasure to be in contact with has been professional, warm, and caring."
Empress Senior Living's memory care program uses validation therapy to build trust with seniors in all stages of dementia through empathy and help them restore dignity by accepting them as they are, resulting in reduced agitation and improved calmness. Residents with mild memory loss stay in the neighborhood Audrey's Garden Transitions, while those with severe cognitive impairments or intensive care needs live in the secured community Audrey's Garden Reflections. A registered nurse leads a highly trained staff of licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants with specialized dementia training to provide personalized care 24-7. Seniors can participate in recreational and fitness programs, such as happy hours, exercise classes and community outings. A chef serves three meals daily in the dining room, and coffee is available in the bistro all day. Amenities include a fitness center, beauty salon and roof garden.
Reviewers love the caring staff and excellent amenities. One writes, "Wonderful staff, location and food! Above all, a warm culture with a great family atmosphere. They truly care about their residents."
Memory care at Holden of Bellevue centers around the In the Moment memory care program and its six principles of well-being: physical activity, spiritual support, artistic expression, community connections, continuing education and lifestyle and leisure. Activities are catered to each resident depending on cognitive ability and type of dementia, allowing every resident to participate as fully as possible in the community. Laundry and housekeeping services, a hair and nail salon, personal escorts to meals and activities, medication and incontinence support and chef-designed meals curate a lifestyle of comfort and ease in upscale surroundings. Memory care residents enjoy well-appointed, pet-friendly one-bedroom suites with optional dressing and bathing assistance. Additional support services are available, including complex behavior support and detailed medication issue management.
An outstanding chef has impressed residents and their families with noteworthy meals. One family member writes, "We had a fantastic experience dining at Holden. The food was outstanding and the chef was awesome."
Situated along the Sammamish River, near hospitals, doctors, clinics and pharmacies, Aegis Living Redmond is a senior living retirement community designed specifically to accommodate older adults with memory loss. Available 24/7 to assist residents as needed, the care staff receives ongoing education in dementia care, and the community is secured to prevent wandering. The Life Enrichment Program provides activities for social connection, brain stimulation and relaxation. Light and music therapies are available to lessen dementia symptoms, and a specialized fitness program offers balance, strength training and stretching exercises. Residents can also take advantage of chef-prepared custom meal plans, an on-site beauty salon, a library and a butterfly and hummingbird garden.
Residents and relatives praise the compassionate and caring staff at Aegis Living Redmond. One family member writes, "The people at Aegis were good at listening and supporting my decision to move my mother there... the care is wonderful."
Memory care at Truewood by Merrill, First Hill in Seattle offers 24-hour staffing, medication management, enriching activities and housekeeping services to make life simple and enjoyable for cognitively challenged residents. A variety of care services are available in memory care, assisted living and independent living environments, making it easy to transition from one form of care to another as needed. The community is designed to be familiar to residents, and pets are welcome to come live with their owners. Live music, art projects, movie nights and gardening keep residents busy and happy throughout the day, and one- and two-bedroom or shared apartments offer a peaceful place to relax in the evening.
Residents appreciate the caring staff at Truewood. One says, "There was an activity coordinator there that was absolutely marvelous. They couldn't have chosen a better person to be caring and accepting of every single person there."
The care team at Redmond Heights Senior Living are dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for residents living with a memory disorder. A full-time nursing staff, activities director and dietary manager all work together to assist residents in all facets of life, including physical, psychological, cognitive and social support. Caregivers are trained in reducing agitation and managing behavioral challenges to create a more positive experience for residents and each other. The community is set on three scenic acres of landscaped property and features a garden area outdoors for those who enjoy relaxing in nature. Themed itineraries are set to deliver a physically, mentally and spiritually fulfilling experience for seniors. Residents can take part in a full calendar of activities that include bingo and poker nights, church services and excursions to restaurants or shopping centers.
Residents and family members applaud the caring staff at Redmond Heights Senior Living. One reviewer writes, "[My grandfather] has been happy and content with the care and attention to the small details of his life."