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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 10, 2020

The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington, holds plenty of appeal as a retirement destination and offers the lush landscapes you’d expect to see in the Pacific Northwest. Located on Puget Sound, the Emerald City is surrounded by waterways, nature trails, parks and the stunning Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Kiplinger named Seattle one of the top 12 cities to retire in for its world-class health care, award-winning hospitals and mild year-round climate. The city has a population of slightly over 753,000 people, of whom 12.3% are aged 65 and older, Although Seattle’s cost of living is higher than the national average, Washington charges no state income tax on retirement income, including Social Security benefits and pensions.

Assisted living costs an average of $6,500 per month in Seattle, and memory care services generally cost about 25% more. Seniors can expect to pay about $8,125 per month for memory care in Seattle, which is higher than the state average of $6,875 and $3,000 more than the national average of $5,064.

Seniors seeking specialized care for Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory loss have plenty of available options in Seattle. Our top 10 list of memory care communities in the area can help you narrow your choices.

Sunrise of Northgate

Sunrise of Northgate makes our top 10 list because it’s a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award recipient with a safe, homelike environment. With its convenient location just minutes from the heart of Seattle, seniors living here enjoy a relaxed, cozy setting that’s close to medical facilities and entertainment options for fun community outings. Its Reminiscence memory care program offers specially designed neighborhoods with suites located next to common areas for ease of navigation and social interaction, and large, secure outdoor spaces that provide unhampered access to nature.

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  • Care providers trained in Validation Therapy and other special memory care techniques are available 24/7 to promote health in mind, body and spirit
  • Wide variety of comfortable community areas designed specifically for memory care residents

Emerald City Senior Living

The Signature programs offered by this Generations Memory Care community puts Emerald City Senior Living on our top 10 list. This community effectively combines safety, security, privacy and a sense of home to create a warm, familiar environment for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Its highly trained staff works with residents to support them through the memory loss process, and provides programs meant to foster their moments of achievement. Committed to person-centered care, Emerald City is Music & Memory-certified and provides complete memory care and an abundance of amenities.

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  • Access to secured outdoor courtyards
  • In-house therapy with a visiting physician

Merrill Gardens at Ballard

Nestled in the cozy, historic Ballard neighborhood, Merrill Gardens joins our top 10 list as a Golden Nugget award winner for Best Service Enriched Senior Community. Modern, yet intimate, this senior community offers a calendar packed with enriching activities, tons of amenities, including a theater and bistro, and spectacular waterway and mountain views from the rooftop terrace. Its memory care community, Garden House, fulfills the unique needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through its Personal Pathways program designed around fun, meaningful activities.

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  • Anytime dining program accommodates residents’ schedules with fresh, restaurant-style meals
  • Innovative Eldergrow gardening program

Sunrise of Mercer Island

Located on beautiful Mercer Island in Lake Washington, Sunrise of Mercer Island lies between Seattle and the East Side and offers an oasis of safe, high quality senior care. Its Reminiscence memory care program is delivered in a specially designed neighborhood, with easy to navigate common areas, where residents suffering from memory loss benefit from socialization and memory-focused activities. The facility's life enrichment managers are trained in Validation therapy and other special memory care techniques to ensure residents receive care appropriate to their unique needs.

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  • Delicious, well-balanced meals with multiple menu choices served daily and snacks available throughout the day
  • Scheduled group outings and resident-sponsored clubs to suit a variety of interests

The Gardens at Town Square

Located 10 miles east of Seattle, The Garden at Town Square offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle in the heart of downtown Bellevue. This senior community promotes healthy living through an array of enticing activities, amenities and dining options. The Terrace offers Era Living Memory Care in 26 private apartments to help seniors retain their independence and dignity. Residents receive compassionate, personalized care through its Best Friends approach to building meaningful relationships and helping each person feel connected, valued and at ease.

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  • On-site wellness center staffed by a registered nurse
  • Nearly 200 engaging life enrichment events a month to promote cognitive functioning, including purposeful activities, community outings and daily exercise

The Kenney

The Kenney is a continuing care retirement community nestled in the unique West Seattle neighborhood that offers an eclectic setting, inventive programming and distinctive living options. The community's memory care neighborhood boasts extensive, high-level services paired with specialized programming for residents living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Through its innovative Connections stimulation program, residents live in the moment, focusing on their remaining cognitive, physical and social abilities instead of what’s been lost. Memory care suites provide a homelike environment, with private rooms and secure outdoor access.

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  • “P-Patch” garden space available to residents at no charge
  • Full-service dining offered in three areas of the community

Aegis Living Madison

Aegis Living Madison takes advantage of breathtaking water and mountain views and offers a unique urban vibe and innovative care programs for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Life’s Neighborhood program provides personalized care to help ease symptoms and meet each resident’s changing needs throughout the progression of their memory loss. The secured memory care wing is designed to limit wandering behavior and keep residents safe and comfortable. Expertly trained staff offer stimulating memory care activities to match the cognitive level of each resident.

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  • Life enrichment program that encourages social engagement, physical activity, cognitive stimulation and an overall healthy lifestyle
  • Light and music therapy to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Foss Home & Village

Located in north Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, Foss Home & Village is a not-for-profit senior living community featuring cottages surrounding an extensive park-like courtyard. Memory care residents live in private apartments, and specially trained staff are available 24/7 to provide care tailored to meet their individual needs. Music & Memory-certified staff members use the therapeutic benefits of music to reawaken residents' memories not lost to dementia. The community provides consistent, structured routines, programs and activities to calm and comfort residents in a quiet, secure environment.

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  • On-site pharmacy with 24/7 on-call pharmacist for fast turn-around times on medications
  • Pet therapy with volunteers bringing in various pets

Aegis of Queen Anne On Galer

Perched atop Queen Anne Hill in the heart of Seattle, Aegis of Queen Anne offers an intimate memory care community. Its innovative Life’s Neighborhood program helps ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Trained staff, available 24/7, provide personalized care in a secure memory care wing to accommodate each resident’s changing needs and the progression of their memory loss. Inspiring activities encourage social engagement, while stimulating the brain and promoting relaxation, for overall well-being.

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  • Family Link technology to help families stay connected
  • Memory care activities and programs geared towards the cognitive level of each resident

Village Concepts

Located just 11 miles from downtown Seattle, Village Concepts in Burien is housed in a new, gracious building surrounding a beautiful courtyard garden. This cutting-edge retirement community offers memory care to support residents with all forms of dementia. Its compassionate staff goes beyond practical care and support to create a family-like atmosphere, with organized social and recreational events that give residents numerous opportunities to connect with others. Staff members receive specialized training, supported by the latest research, to effectively assist residents with cognitive impairments and progressive memory loss.

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  • Secure access building and emergency services
  • Personalized care and daily support services