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 Washington’s senior population continues to grow (21.68% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Walla Walla County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 37.25% between 2014 and 2019. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 0.22%, 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 (15.59% in Walla Walla County 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 more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Walla Walla County. 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 Walla Walla County, 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:
Callaway Gardens Alzheimer's Special Care Center is located in a beautiful setting near the Columbia River in eastern Washington. Conveniences such as shops and restaurants are nearby, and several hospitals are just a short drive away, including Providence Center. This dedicated memory care facility offers a peaceful and homelike atmosphere for residents, with plenty of fresh air and natural lighting. Amenities include comfortable living rooms, conversation areas, activity rooms and a secure courtyard with walking paths. A specialized dining program offers six dining opportunities each day. Specially trained staff is available 24/7 to provide individualized care, based on residents’ pre-admission assessments. The community’s signature Meaningful Moments program engages residents in their past routines and preferences using a fully supervised success-oriented activities program. Residents and family members are also encouraged to take part in regularly scheduled social events.
Family members appreciate the attentive staff and the excellent care their loved ones receive. As one reviewer writes, "Excellent care of my mother. Attentive staff and always kept me in the loop as far as dr visits and immediate care. I felt assured she was in an excellent place. Love the staff.” Another adds, "Callaway Gardens provided excellent care for my dad.”
Cascade Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care is located near the Walla Walla River in the small, charming town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Amenities include fully furnished common areas, an activity room, a living room with TV and outdoor spaces that include a patio, gardens and walking paths. Meals, housekeeping and laundry are all provided. In addition to 24/7 licensed nursing care, the community offers a wide range of personal care and health services, including assistance with daily living, medication, mobility and oxygen and monitoring of ongoing health, blood pressure, blood glucose and vital signs. The community provides memory care tailored to each resident’s needs. Nurses are trained to create a comfortable environment, using simple routines and visual cues for positive reinforcement. There are also numerous enriching and engaging activities and programs.
Family members appreciate the community's caring and respectful staff. As one writes, "The place is clean and well cared for and the caregivers are great. Our Mom was treated with care and respect. One of the administrators was great. She visited Mom every day and really enjoyed being with her. The home is a great place to care for your loved one.”
Eagle Springs is a memory care community located in Walla Walla County, Washington. Residents enjoy a secured neighborhood, specialized programs and around-the-clock care. The comfortable accommodations offer independence, while a picturesque, enclosed courtyard and alarmed entrances provide security. Residents are encouraged to socialize and maintain cognitive health by participating in stimulating activities based on long-term recall. These include practicing "daily rhythms" and selecting activities through visual cues. When they're not engaged in wellness activities, residents can socialize with each other in one of the common rooms or in the shared dining room, where they can bond over nutritious meals. The staff provides services ranging from meal monitoring to medication management and wellness checks.
Reviewers commend the hard-working staff at Eagle Springs, with one saying: "The staff has been most friendly, welcoming, and interested in understanding [residents] and providing the best care possible ... They have gone the extra mile in trying to overcome barriers of physical ability, care needs, thought processes, and forgetfulness."
Fieldstone Memory Care in Kennewick, WA, cares for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It sits among many small businesses, including physician and dentists’ offices. Its secured courtyard is a place for residents to connect with the outdoors, calming their minds and releasing stress. With its pleasant common rooms, the locked interior allows residents to wander without getting lost, while motion and safety monitors prevent falls. The goals of care at Fieldstone are to return memory care residents to their highest level of mental and physical function and semi-independence. Nursing staff, specially trained in memory care, perform regular needs assessments and assist with daily living activities, medications and individual plans for wellness care and activities that engage, stimulate and enrich. Amenities include covered porches with rockers, paved walks and landscaping, cable, internet and a small library.
Fieldstone residents and their families most appreciate the pleasant surroundings and the staff's compassionate efforts. One says, "Staff is friendly and polite … also very good at convincing my mom to participate in activities … she is very pleased with her experience!” Another comments, "The memory center is a very nicely appointed and staffed memory care community."
The professional team at Parkview at Wheatland Village provides a nurturing atmosphere for residents, encouraging community members to be as independent as possible and offering engaging one-on-one and group activities. Activities such as baking and gardening let each person choose what they are best at, whether it's active involvement or observing. The Best Friend Approach program walks each resident through their life story and highlights what is important to them, all in a comfortable, emotionally secure setting. Residents are welcome into the Snoezelen Room. Through technology, mood lighting, wall murals and sensory tools, individuals become calmer and more focused. The Great Room links the communal activity and dining spaces together and leads out to the outdoor atriums. These areas let residents enjoy sunshine and walk the peaceful paths. Bedrooms are simple spaces with soothing colors.
The staff at this community make a positive impression on visitors. One son says, "I visited my mother here and the first thing I noticed when I walked in was the smiling and energetic employees. ... I left feeling happier knowing my mom is in good hands." Another family member says, "The staff is amazing and genuinely care for their patients."
Rosetta Assisted Living is a specialized memory care home providing seniors with compassionate assistance in a homelike setting. The caring staff takes each unique case into consideration when implementing care plans, keeping in mind that memory loss occurs in progressive stages. Each resident's needs and abilities are carefully evaluated to ensure that treatment is appropriate and effective. Memory care plans are regularly evaluated so adjustments can be made as each resident's condition changes. A nurse practitioner is available on a weekly basis for health evaluations. Help is available with daily living activities including, dressing, hygiene and eating. The staff provides medication management and incontinence management on a case-by-case basis. Residents are provided with laundry and housekeeping services. All rooms have easy access to an emergency call system and emergency pull cords are located in bathrooms as well.
Residents and family members are pleased with the caregivers at Rosetta and appreciate the quality of care and respect shown to residents. They highlight the compassion shown to their family members and are grateful to them for providing a safe home.
Life at Rosetta Assisted Living is specifically designed to ensure a comfortable and peaceful setting for all its residents in Kennewick. The community specializes in looking after those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by providing round-the-clock assistance and a loving homelike environment. The highly qualified staff handles every memory loss case with utmost diligence and extended support. Small group and individual life-enriching activities are organized regularly to help the residents stimulate their physical and mental well-being. Lawns with accessible paths and a patio allow residents to gather and connect. The in-house dining provides residents with delicious and nutritional meals that adhere to their specific dietary requirements. The community is well-equipped with necessary safety measures, emergency assistance tools and a state-of-the-art fire safety system.
The residents and their families are impressed by the personalized care and attention provided to everyone in this community. One writes, "I can't say enough about the caring, understanding and patient people that work at this assisted/memory care home in regards to my Father-in-Law.”
Rosetta Assisted Living is a 16-bed senior living community focused on providing memory care services. Its memory care program includes individualized treatment options, monitoring treatment effectiveness, creating individual goals and exploring alternative options to ensure that each resident receives the care and treatment best suited to them. The community also provides medication assistance, assistance with the activities of daily living, home-cooked meals and incontinence management. Residents can enjoy a variety of amenities and activities including a covered patio, laundry and housekeeping services, group and individual enrichment activities and 24/7 staff monitoring. Rosetta Assisted Living is designed with coded doors and a homelike environment to make sure residents are safe and comfortable while receiving care.
Residents and their families love the attentive care and skilled staff at Rosetta Assisted Living, as well as the welcoming environment. One said, "Great attention to care; appreciate the caregivers taking good care of residents."
Tri-Cities Retirement Inn is a senior living community located in close proximity to medical facilities. The memory care unit focuses on creating days filled with engagement and purpose for residents. A wide range of available activities, including cognitive games, arts and crafts, gentle exercise classes and listening to favorite songs, helps seniors find joy in each day. The memory care section is safe and secure, and residents have access to a spacious outdoor courtyard area where they can garden or relax in the sun. A team of devoted caregiving staff is always on hand to provide compassionate care and attention to the residents. Three nutritious meals are served each day in the communal dining room, and snacks are available on request throughout the day. Special diets can be accommodated.
Family members praise the caregiving staff, with one reviewer saying, "My Mom has been at TCRI since 2014. I am so pleased with the care she receives from all of the staff. During this time she has transitioned over to the Dementia/Alzheimer's wing, and the great care has only carried over."
Located in beautiful Kennewick, WA, WindSong at Southridge is a specialized memory care community. Nearby conveniences are plentiful and include restaurants, shops, parks and the Trios Health Southridge Hospital. On-site amenities include indoor common areas, a community kitchen, beautifully landscaped grounds and raised garden beds. A full range of services is available, including meals, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, exercise programs, pharmacy services and routine health assessments. The community offers five different levels of care for residents, from simple guidance and reminders to complete assistance with personal care, dining, mobility and medication. Trained staff is available 24/7 and the facility employs a full-time registered nurse. Using its unique Montessori Inspired Lifestyle Approach, residents are encouraged to take part in enriching individual and group activities, as well as interactions to socialize and connect with the community. Art, music and pet therapy programs are available.
Family members appreciate the excellent care their loved ones receive in this community. As one reviewer writes, "My Dad is a new resident here, and the care given to him has been excellent. The staff is understanding and caring, and the facility is very new and top notch."