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 Redmond'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 Redmond, 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 Redmond 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 Redmond. 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 Redmond, 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:
Sunrise of Redmond specializes in individualized care for seniors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Conveniently located between Bellevue and Redmond, WA, the community offers a high level of support close to dining, shopping and medical care. The Reminiscence neighborhood is purposefully designed for memory care residents, with wayfinding marks to help seniors navigate more easily, and a convenient layout with common areas adjacent to seniors' apartments. Caregivers receive extensive training in dementia care and are certified in the Alzheimer's Association's essentiALZ program. They use the latest research-based practices to assist seniors, including the person-centered Validation method. Available around-the-clock, they help residents with the activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing and dining, using personalized care plans. Daily programming is tailored around seniors' interests and includes everything from exercise classes to brain games.
Family members value the helpful team. "Everyone at Redmond Senior Living was awesome," notes one reviewer. "They were very friendly, supportive and accommodating. I liked the whole caring aspect of the staff and the residents. While my father was there, this area had huge snowstorms, and they were accommodating to put in an extra bed for my mother."
Located on a large, wooded lot close to local shopping and medical care options, Aegis Lodge is a community for seniors who need assisted living or memory care services. Residents with cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia live in a secured, homelike setting with access to a 24-hour team of trained caregivers and on-call nurses who assist them with personal care tasks such as bathing and grooming. The community utilizes a signature memory care program, Life's Neighborhood, which combines group activities, light/music therapy and personalized programming to help residents maintain or improve their level of cognitive functioning. Memory care seniors live in private or shared apartments that include a kitchenette, private bath and large windows, some of which offer a view of the wooded walking trail that winds through the community.
Most visitors to Aegis Lodge comment on the beautiful, rustic surroundings and the large communal spaces. Family members also appreciate the good food, busy activity calendar and the compassionate caregivers, noting that Aegis Lodge is "a great facility with friendly, caring staff" that offers "long hallways to take your mom or dad on nice walks, and a few outdoor seating areas to enjoy the nice Kirkland weather."
Aegis Living Redmond is a small community encouraging friendships and active lifestyles for seniors. Located on the Sammamish River and Burke-Gilman trail, it provides a vibrant green environment with the benefits of urban living, such as access to nearby medical facilities. The secured memory care wing ensures seniors are kept safe, comfortable, healthy and active while minimizing the risk of wandering. Trained staff utilizes the Life's Neighborhood program, creating personalized care plans to ease memory loss symptoms while providing 24/7 assistance with health care needs and activities of daily living. As part of this program, seniors experience music and light therapy to promote relaxation. Family members can monitor their loved one's day through the community app, which includes charts detailing time spent on exercise, socialization, therapy and other important activities.
Residents and their loved ones appreciate the small community and the personal level of care the staff provides. One reviewer writes, "They have a variety of rooms to choose from depending on availability. Facility is small, more like a boutique hotel, so staff knows all of the residents." Another adds, "I can't say enough great things about Aegis of Redmond. ... the property is gorgeous!"
Sagebrook Senior Living at Bellevue uses the SPARK program to help keep residents engaged and thriving in the memory care unit. Residents undergo evaluations to ensure the program is tailored to fit their needs. A structured activity program encourages memory retention and helps residents feel more comfortable. Seniors can join fun projects like crafting homemade beer, gardening and cooking meals. Dieticians carefully plan three meals and two snacks per day for each resident. Socialization and a sense of purpose are core values in the memory care program at Sagebrook. Staff members are specially trained to uphold the dignity of each resident while ensuring they get the care they need.
Family members of residents appreciate the facility and the attentiveness of staff members. One reviewer says, "We originally chose this community for my mother because of the spacious rooms and grounds and the very accessible location. I have come to appreciate the staff and managers at Sagebrook as well."
The memory care program at Sunrise of Mercer Island is divided into two levels. Individuals who have mild-to-moderate dementia thrive in the Terrace Club Neighborhood, which offers personalized care. Those who have more advanced dementia live in the Reminiscence Neighborhood, which has a higher level of care. The Sunrise Live with Purpose program encourages residents to participate in activities that keep them engaged and active. Staff members receive training to help them understand dementia. Sunrise of Mercer Island uses the Validation method to ensure all residents receive compassionate care that meets all their needs.
Loved ones of residents appreciate the personalized and courteous care and full activity calendar. One reviewer says, "There were a lot of activities going on. They keep them busy all the time. The staff was friendly, upbeat, and very attentive."
Overlake Terrace provides memory care in Redmond, WA. Trained caregivers help memory care residents with their daily living activities such as personal grooming, continence care and hygiene. Caregivers are available 24 hours a day. The community is secured with closed-circuit cameras and a gated permiter. Verandas and outdoor pathways allow residents to relax or enjoy activities while getting fresh air. The life enrichment program provides companionship and allows residents to participate in exercise classes or games to stimulate memory. The community hosts weekly field trips and provides private transportation to medical appointments. Residents enjoy full-service dining with three meals each day and unlimited snacks. Caregivers handle weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry. Guests are welcome to bring small pets.
Visitors appreciate the helpful staff members and say they'd like to stay at Overlake Terrace. One says, "Overlake Terrace was gorgeous. It was well maintained and newly renovated. The staff who assisted me was wonderful. She showed me everything and answered all my questions. I need senior care, I want to go there."
Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living is a memory care community located in a verdant rural area of Redmond, less than 15 miles east of central Seattle and and convenient to retail, dining, nature reserves and health care. Homelike, secure private and shared accommodations are augmented by an appealing lounge, courtyard, library, media rooms and a salon. Licensed nursing staff deliver memory care focused on compassion and individualized needs-based assistance with daily tasks, transportation to external health appointments and cognitive cueing for independence retention. A staff ratio of one carer to every five residents ensures consistent monitoring and attention, with medication managed using the cutting-edge technological MARS system. The creatively-inspired activity calendar offers daily movement, social and brain enhancement activities, such as aerobics, dance, bingo and trivia. A flexible communal or in-room culinary experience highlights fresh ingredients, with both meal preparation and adaptive tooling methods used to aid residents's dining ease and enjoyment.
A family member praises the compassionate care provided: "[The staff] are so kind and gentle with the residents. The staff try to keep the residents busy with activities and with new activities on a regular basis� I couldn't be happier that my loved one is here."
Redmond Heights Senior Living is dedicated to providing quality memory care services and amenities for their residents. These services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual and focus on helping them maintain their independence and high quality of life. Memory care services provided by Redmond Heights Senior Living include 24-hour care, a secure environment and personalized care plans. The 24-hour care provided by Redmond Heights Senior Living is designed to ensure the safety and well-being of residents with memory loss. The secure environment ensures residents feel safe and secure, while allowing them to maintain their independence. The staff is trained to recognize and respond to changes in behavior, as well as provide support and comfort to residents. Active therapy is available for residents, with an emphasis on maintaining the individual's strengths in the areas of mental, social, cognitive and physical health.
Family members love how the community makes their loved ones happy. One comments, "My grandfather has been at Redmond Heights for a while now. He has been happy and content with the care and attention to the small details of his life, including his hobbies and love of getting outdoors for fresh air and nature, and best of all, the food has been great."
Sunrise of Bellevue is a memory care community near Redmond, WA. The neighborhood is secure, and residents receive 24/7 daily living care from staff members trained in memory care. Skilled nurses are onsite 16 hours a day, and residents can benefit from onsite doctors and physical or occupational therapists. The Sunrise Live with Purpose program provides full holistic care, ranging from group stretch routines to photography or book clubs. The Reiminscence Neighbourhood helps residents with personal grooming and provides opportunities to focus on happy memories. The community hosts live music and social events including holiday parties. Chefs provide three personalized meals daily, and staff assists at mealtime. The community is pet friendly and weekly housekeeping and laundry are provided. Scheduled transportation allows residents to attend local medical appointments.
Visitors mention informative staff members that communicate effectively. One visitor says, "The person who took us around was very engaged and very in tune with the clients who wanted to move in. She's very knowledgeable, very welcoming, very honest, and also very much keeping in contact with us."
At Kenmore Senior Living, a lush landscape and thoughtful design welcome residents to a luxurious living experience in the heart of Nebraska. Structured for seniors living with memory loss in mind, the residence consists of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses fitted with state-of-the-art amenities make every day feel like a vacation. A full roster of activities ensures residents participate in diverse and engaging programs to stimulate their social lives, physical well-being and cognition, such as art classes and Dakim. An in-house professional culinary team tailors each meal to cater to residents's dietary needs and preferences, ensuring every bite is as nutritious as it tastes. The community is positioned near an ecosystem of parks and top-notch dining, shopping and health care centers, promoting holistic living where residents can participate in the city's social and cultural scenes.
Family members appreciate the elegant accommodations at Kenmore Senior Living. One visitor writes, "The dining area looked homey. I saw individual rooms where people sleep, and I [liked] their rooms... [it] was nice."
Emerald City Senior Living is a premier retirement and senior living community situated 7 miles north of downtown Seattle. Featuring resort-style amenities, Emerald City is designed to keep residents active all year round, even during rainy winters. Indoor common spaces include the media room, living room and club room. Residents may also choose to sit and read a book in the library. A fitness center with a visiting physician and an in-house therapy community helps residents stay in the best physical shape possible. Memory care services include help with bathing, grooming and hygiene, medication management, and housekeeping services. Staff can also help with transferring residents from sitting to standing and with getting in and out of bed. Scheduled activities include exercise classes and games like Scrabble and Pinochle. Residents are encouraged to start their own activities and clubs if they feel inspired to do so.
Relatives of residents value the community's cleanliness, the helpful staff and the dining options. One says, "The community is really nice and very clean. The staff is great, they are very kind and helpful. There are activities for the residents to participate in when they are ready."
Village Concepts of Issaquah, Spiritwood at Pine Lake provides an active, pet-friendly community for seniors with a range of support needs, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents receive assistance with activities of daily living as needed, emphasizing a balancing point between independence and support with dignity. Seniors can enjoy three meals daily, receive assistance with laundry and housekeeping and have around-the-clock access to care and security services. With an on-site chapel and salon, seniors don't have to travel far. The memory care community provides additional support via caregivers trained specifically in the challenges of memory loss. They partner with seniors' families to address needs while also facilitating the development of strong relationships and a sense of community for residents.
Residents praise this community's strong management, emphasis on community bonding and pristine living conditions. One resident writes, "It's the place to live! Management is fantastic! Living Conditions are Fantastic! Staff Fantastic. Everything just works together to make a great community!"
Cogir of Bothell Memory Care caters only to patients who need memory care services. The staff here meets the Alzheimer's Association Care Practice Recommendations and is prepared to offer personalized care for every resident. Located on secure grounds, the facility is designed with safety in mind. Residents are free to explore indoors and outdoors without the risk of wandering. Life skill stations and a variety of activities help keep residents engaged. This community welcomes pets that residents can care for. Three meals per day, including special dietary accommodations such as pureed foods, and snacks are provided to all residents. Personal assistance, including toileting, hygiene and feeding, is offered based on a resident's needs. Care plans are set for residents and reviewed often to ensure they consistently receive the assistance they need.
Reviewers appreciate the home-like feeling of Cogir of Bothell Memory Care. One reviewer remarked, "It didn't give me that clinical feeling as it did in the other community. I like that my mom could just go out any time because it's secure. It felt open and friendly and the staff was attentive."
Audrey's Garden is the memory care program at Empress Senior Living at Laurelhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care. Audrey's Garden Transitions serves mild-to-moderate cases and Audrey's Garden Reflections is tailored to moderate-to-severe cases. Validation Breakthrough is the core program for working with seniors with dementia and other memory-related conditions. Staff members working in the memory care program are specially trained to work with dementia patients. They understand that challenging behavior is due to an underlying need that must be addressed. Residents have a structured activity calendar filled with activities that encourage socialization, cognitive function and physical activity. Three meals and snacks are provided to residents, and staff members closely monitor each resident's food and beverage intake to ensure they get the nutrition they need.
Empress Senior Living at Laurelhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care provides personalized care that residents and their family members appreciate. The daughter of a resident says, "It is rare to find the kind of care, concern and love that has been part of my Mother's life since she has been a resident at an Empress Senior Living community."
Patriots Glen emphasizes dignity and individuality for residents in the memory care program. Staff members are specially trained to work with residents who have dementia-related conditions. Compassionate care is provided based on customized care plans for every resident. Three chef-prepared meals plus snacks are provided to memory care residents along with assistance with personal hygiene and housekeeping. The activity calendar is tailored to current residents' preferences, with monthly changes to meet the community's specific needs. Residents can participate in activities they enjoy, such as aromatherapy sessions, movies, games and music classes. The secure memory care community minimizes the risk of wandering while encouraging residents to enjoy lush walking paths and vibrant common areas. Around-the-clock staff helps to ensure resident comfort and safety.
Family members are impressed with the care provided at Patriots Glen. One reviewer says, "The care workers at PG are above excellent and really make a home for those under their care and cater activities to their likes. Every time I my friend and I visited her mother they were upfront with what was happening medically and the communication was excellent."
Silverado Bellevue Memory Care Community houses seniors living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss in a secure neighborhood that minimizes wandering. Wide hallways make navigation a breeze, and memory boxes situated at each door help residents locate their room and cultivate a sense of familiarity. Three gourmet meals are served each day, with special attention given to individual dietary needs. Family and friends can enjoy a meal with their loved ones free of charge. The community is divided into neighborhoods to ensure seniors aren't overwhelmed, with residents in the early stages of dementia taking part in the scientifically proven Nexus program. Staff members receive ongoing training to provide their residents with the best, most relevant care. Each resident has a customized care plan reviewed on a regular basis or when they experience significant cognitive, mental, medical or physical changes.
Loved ones appreciate the engaging environment at Silverado Bellevue Memory Care Community. One reviewer writes, "The activities sounded good on a schedule... They had lots of things planned."
Dignity and respect are the core values of Jefferson House Memory Care Community. All staff members receive training to help them understand the challenges of memory care so they can address the underlying needs. Residents take part in Living Well, a unique program that enables them to enjoy familiar surroundings while maintaining a level of independence they can handle. Art, nature and spiritual programs come together to provide support and enrichment for each resident. A shadowbox with personal belongings makes it easier for residents to find their room while offering a reminder to improve memory. Historical Surprises are a hallmark of this memory care community that provide residents with a walk down memory lane. The secure community has wide hallways, outdoor spaces and community rooms to encourage socialization while minimizing the risk of wandering.
Residents appreciate the opportunities they have at Jefferson House Memory Care Community. One family member notes, "Absolutely amazing, every detail was handled with care and grace. At what was the most difficult time in my friends life, he and his caregivers suddenly were made part of the Jefferson House family. I'm only sorry we didn't discover it sooner."
In the Moment Memory Care at Holden of Bellevue provides the basis for resident care. It incorporates physical, spiritual, emotional and mental wellness into one program that offers residents fully customized care. Residents have daily opportunities to engage in familiar activities with familiar people. Taste & Tell is a specialized program within the memory care community that brings a hands-on approach to meals. Three chef-prepared meals are provided each day and residents can also enjoy snacks. The structured activity calendar encompasses all areas of each resident's needs with meaningful activities they can enjoy. Expansive secured outdoor areas minimize the risk of wandering while encouraging residents to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
Residents appreciate the compassionate staff and delectable food. One reviewer notes, "Recently my wife transferred to Holden of Bellevue memory care and we are totally pleased that we made this decision. Wonderful staff, excellent food and what we call a "wow" facility in downtown Bellevue. Highly recommend for assisted living or memory care."
The Gardens At Town Square is a senior living community located in downtown Bellevue, less than 20 minutes southeast of Redmond and across Lake Washington from Seattle, WA. Just minutes from Overlake Medical Center, the community provides memory care to seniors living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other conditions related to memory loss. The Terrace, the community's secured memory care unit, is equipped with 26 private rooms set in a homelike environment. Here, caregivers help residents feel connected, valued and at ease with the community's personalized Best Friends approach. Seniors are treated to flexible dining in the elegant dining room, with meals prepared by an in-house chef. The immaculately kept grounds include a garden, patio and courtyard. Residents can enjoy the in-house movie theatre, bistro, library and wine cellar.
Loved ones appreciate the the enriching environment and welcoming, helpful staff, with one family member writing, "My mom always seems happy and occupied. I can sleep well knowing she is in good hands."
Aegis Living Bellevue is located in the heart of Old Bellevue, just 6 miles west of Redmond and across Lake Washington from Seattle. The community offers assisted living, memory and respite care to seniors. Caregivers provide personalized care to those suffering from memory loss through the Life's Neighborhood program in the secured memory care wing. Community members enjoy flexible all-day dining of chef-prepared meals. Event planners organize interactive lectures, exercise, and other stimulating group activities, while each member is also encouraged to learn new skills and continue participating in hobbies, art, and pursuing other personal interests.
Family members rave about the location of the community, the "friendly and supportive" staff and appreciate that the community provides support as their loved ones' needs change over time. One reviewer says, "Mom is enjoying life, all the activities ... the convenience, the friendships and the support," while another claims "It's an excellent place."