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 Seattle’s senior population continues to grow (18.5% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Seattle, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 14.8% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 7.7%, 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 (11.4% in Seattle vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
In order to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's find the support and care that their loved ones need, we've compiled information below about the cost of Memory Care, how to get financial assistance to help make care more affordable, free resources, etc. Also included are reviews of the best memory care facilities in the area, which cover pricing, types of care provided, residents' reviews, and more.
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For memory care facilities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to memory care in Washington. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what's required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
Note: Memory care is typically provided in communities licensed as assisted living facilities, and in general, costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living services. No authoritative cost data is available for this type of care, so we estimated memory care rates by adding 25% to assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
In Seattle, seniors can expect to pay an estimated $8,438 per month for memory care.
At $8,438 per month, Seattle is the most expensive city in the state of Washington for memory care. Seniors in Seattle pay almost $1,000 per month more than the state average of $7,500 and significantly more than the national median of $5,625. The most affordable city in Washington is Walla Walla, where seniors pay around $4,014 for care. Just south of the Canadian border, seniors in Bellingham pay $5,750 each month, while those in nearby Mount Vernon pay $6,875.
Seniors and their family members may be interested in knowing how the costs of memory care compare to other options in the city. Adult day health care is the lowest cost option at $2,600, while assisted living costs around $6,750 per month. Both in-home care and home health care charge an estimated $6,769 each month, and these are good choices for seniors wanting to age in place. At the upper end of the cost scale, nursing home care costs an average of $9,916 per month for a semiprivate room.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for memory care out-of-pocket, it's important to find alternative methods to help make memory care more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Memory Care in Seattle.
The following resources may be useful to seniors and their loved ones who are facing the prospect of memory loss. These resources link seniors to support groups and programs to help them find the best possible outcomes.
|Dementia Support Northwest||360-671-3316||Dementia Support Northwest is a nonprofit organization that educates people about dementia-related illnesses and provides support to caregivers. The Staying Connected Support Group is for seniors who have recently been diagnosed or have mild symptoms. The Adult Children Support Group assists loved ones who are caring for a senior with memory loss. In addition, the organization runs fundraising events to support dementia research.||Bellingham, WA|
|Alzheimer's Association Washington Chapter||800-272-3900||The Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers a range of education, care and support services. It advocates on behalf of seniors and family members to promote Alzheimer's awareness and push for additional research into memory loss.||Five local offices throughout the state|
|Department of Social and Health Services Specialized Dementia Care Program||Online Information||The Department of Social and Health Services runs a program for seniors who can no longer safely live at home and require state funding to pay for long-term care. The senior receives a package of specified care services in an assisted living facility with the goal of helping them maintain the highest possible quality of life. Services include care and activities that are tailored to the interests and abilities of the senior. Financial and medical eligibility requirements are in place.|
|UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center||206-520-5000||The UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center promotes the well-being of seniors affected by memory loss and offers support for their loved ones. The facility runs a number of treatment programs and research trials. It has a dementia-friendly community hub, where educational classes and support groups are held. The Wellness Wednesday program is a free weekly lecture for people with memory loss and their loved ones.||Seattle, WA|
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 Seattle, 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 has:
Emerald City Senior Living offers seniors the opportunity to socialize through its numerous community spaces, including an activity room, club room, living room and media room. For seniors who prefer to spend time alone, this facility's apartments include private kitchenettes and bathrooms. When residents don't want to cook their own food, the restaurant-style dining room provides unique, flavorful menus based on the California Fresh cooking method. This Elevate dining program relies on the experience of a seasoned culinary team to ensure there is something for every senior's palette. For tenants of Emerald City with memory conditions, 24-hour care staff and research-based programming are available. Additionally, family education and support groups are provided to assist families of memory care seniors. A special monthly discount is available for veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty and who meet other requirements.
Residents of Emerald City Senior Living praise the tasty food and range of activities. A past resident of this facility writes, "Emerald City was very nice. It was very easy living there, and I fit in right away. My room was clean and well maintained ... The food was delicious ... it was a beautiful stay."
With views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ida Culver House Broadview in Northwest Seattle provides memory care services within a secure environment that features private apartments and access to beautiful outdoor spaces. Compassionate staff deliver individualized care and assistance with daily activities, using the Best Friends approach to create valuable relationships, maintain connection and ease symptoms. An activity program, which includes art, cooking, fitness and music, is designed to enhance quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Assisted living residents receive individualized care and wellness plans and have access to medication management, nutritional assistance and social support.
One online reviewer says, "Great personal care taken from all the staff. Amazing campus, first class in each and every step. Thriving, vibrant population that is out doing things. An engaging place that is very high on our list.”
Along the northern shores of Seattle in the community of Blue Ridge, and in the heart of Green Lake near North Seattle Community College, the two communities of Langland House provide assisted living and memory care for many local seniors. These dual locations operate on a core philosophy of compassionate care, purposeful living, dignity and independence. In order to provide a high-quality of life, staff members at each location coordinate with therapists, primary care providers and former caregivers to create a daily living program. Social activities are complemented by freshly cooked meals that the residents love. Seniors at both Langland House locations have access to Seattle's extensive mass transit system, which provides discounts on daily fares and passes. Carkeek and Woodland Park are just minutes away.
The family member of one resident said, "Langland House is a really great place. The staff there is wonderful, and the director, Nancy Lee does a great job. She always gets right back to me (almost immediately) when I need something. My mom is really happy at Langland House, and I couldn't ask for anything better."
Overlake Terrace is a full-service, resort-style community that has a carefully curated, upscale environment to cater to its discerning residents. The community's common areas are well-maintained with comfortable, high-quality formal decor, such as meticulously pruned plant arrangements and richly upholstered furniture. Food lovers enjoy the facility's multi-course menu options that are freshly cooked on-site and served in a restaurant-style dining room. The extra amenities are equally plush, with a theater room that comes decked out with a popcorn machine and comfortable sofa chairs, so seniors can enjoy the latest entertainment in a social atmosphere. A specialized Activities Director leads memory care residents in a diverse schedule of engaging past-times such as brain games and physical exercises.
Reviewers are impressed with the personable staff who take the time to warmly connect with each resident. One resident commented that "they smile, know your names, you go to eat, and they almost know everything you usually order.” Another reviewer mentioned that a staff member "was incredibly patient, answered all our questions."
Patriots Glen Assisted Living & Memory Care is focused on enriching residents' health and well-being through individualized care plans that inspire personalized meals, activities and fitness programs throughout the day. After choosing from a variety of healthy breakfast options, memory care residents are led through gentle physical exercises. In the afternoon, residents are encouraged to converse, reminisce and participate in cognitive activities, such as word games and sing-a-longs. To unwind, they often also enjoy sensory-stimulating manicures and aromatherapy during the daily beauty hour. Frequent special events, including visiting live musical entertainment, weekly happy hours and holiday parties add a festive feel, and residents experience the outdoors through scenic bus rides and afternoons spent in the secure courtyard.
Family members say they appreciate the staff’s quality of care and the excellent food. One reviewer comments, “I cannot imagine a more caring and loving staff that have more than met her every need ... Each caregiver treats her like a loving family member. The chef John provides gourmet meals. Patriot's Glen has been a true home for my mom.”
Queen Anne Manor is a pet-friendly assisted living and memory care facility aiming to promote feelings of safety, comfort and community within a warm environment. Memory care and Assisted Living residents enjoy access to the large, attractive and secure courtyard, fitness center, game room and media room for film viewings. Staff members known as care partners work with each resident to create stimulating personalized activities designed to create moments of success. This includes intergenerational programming and storytelling, recipe preparation, guided meditations and bingo games. The inviting dining room serves seasonal, nutritious fresh meals combined with homestyle favorites to appeal to residents’ preferences.
Reviewers are impressed by the facility’s good food and walkable location surrounded by shops and restaurants. One family member says, “The location is really pretty, wonderful and great tasting dining … If you want a home-like facility with European flair close to all the things you love, this is a great location for you or for your loved ones.”
The Gardens at Town Square lies in the center of downtown Bellevue, placing residents steps away from world-class galleries, restaurants, and shopping. The integrated campus, which more closely resembles an upscale hotel, contains 167 senior apartments, ranging from studios to penthouse suites. Residents choose from more than 200 Life Enrichment events every month and have access to an on-site Wellness Center, beauty salon and massage therapy studio. In addition to Independent Living and Assisted Living, The Gardens provides memory care in The Terrace to seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive impairments. Residents live in 26 private and secured studio apartments and receive personalized, compassionate support with the activities of daily living. The Gardens at Town Square is ideally suited for active seniors with partners who require memory care, since The Terrace is just an elevator ride away from the other residential areas.
In addition to the delicious chef-prepared meals, elegant ambiance and nonstop activities, family members appreciate the staff. One wrote, “My father has been at The Gardens for 2.5 years and loves it. The facility looks like a country club, and the staff is amazing, always friendly, caring and helpful.”
The Hearthstone provides memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other types of dementia. Nursing staff and caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure residents receive a high level of individualized care and support. There’s also Life Enrichment staff who plan enjoyable, enriching activities and events for residents and their loved ones. Residents are transported and escorted to medical appointments, and medication management is provided. This facility has optional amenities that can be purchased, including a beauty salon and massage therapy. The Hearthstone has a full-time chaplain on staff to provide spiritual support for residents and their family members.
Visitors rave about The Hearthstone’s luxurious features. “The Hearthstone was fantastic… The place is very classy, like a 5-star hotel,” says one reviewer. Also receiving praise is the caring, compassionate staff, who are called “truly amazing” by another reviewer. Visitors also commend the range of activities offered.
The Kenney is located in a residential neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, and the mid-century modern decor gives the living areas a clean, elegant vibe. The community offers a variety of housing options and services to allow residents to age in place. Memory care and dementia services are available, and the facility takes a holistic approach to fitness and wellness. Amenities include exercise classes, a modern fitness center and on-site physical and occupational therapy. Residents can enjoy three restaurant-style dining options and choose from a variety of activities, such as gardening or art classes. Nearby Lincoln Park has hiking trails and beach-front walkways for residents to explore with family and friends. The Kenney is located along the C-Line transit system and also offers transportation to errands or appointments.
Visitors praise the well-maintained grounds and accommodating staff. "The Kenney is a top-notch facility in beautiful West Seattle. The staff is warm and friendly, from the front desk personnel to the serving staff in the dining rooms," said one visitor.