Assisted Living

Assisted Living Facilities


Frequently Asked Questions about Assisted Living


Locations of Assisted Living Facilities in Pierce County

Frequently Asked Questions


Assisted Living


Assisted living facilities (and adult family homes) are technically called ''boarding homes.'' An assisted living residence is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs - both scheduled and unscheduled - of those who need help with activities of daily living.

Philosophy of Assisted Living


Members of the Assisted Living Federation of America members subscribe to a 10-point philosophy of care:
  • Offering cost-effective quality care that is personalized for individual needs
  • Fostering independence for each resident
  • Treating each resident with dignity and respect
  • Promoting the individuality of each resident
  • Allowing each resident choice of care and lifestyle
  • Protecting each resident's right to privacy
  • Nurturing the spirit of each resident
  • Involving family and friends, as appropriate, in care planning and implementation
  • Providing a safe, residential environment
  • Making the assisted living residence a valuable community asset

Residents in Assisted Living


Currently, more than a million Americans live in an estimated 20,000 assisted living residences. Assisted living residents can be young or old, affluent or low income, frail or disabled. Some residents may suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other memory disorders.

Residents may also need help with incontinence or mobility.

In 2009 there were 18,085 residents living in certified nursing facilities in Washington State. For 60% the primary payer was Medicaid; 17% Medicare; and 23% paid through their own resources. There were 234 certified nursing facilities statewide with 21,773 beds in 2009.

Regulation of Assisted Living


Licensing and other assisted living regulations vary from state to state, contributing to the wide range of senior housing models considered assisted living. Some providers and their staff have special training as a result of either state requirements or company policy.

Some states require special staff certification and training. Residences must comply with local building codes and fire safety regulations.

Services in Assisted Living


Services provided in assisted living residences usually include:
  • Three meals a day served in a common dining area
  • Housekeeping services
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and walking
  • Access to health and medical services
  • 24-hour security and staff availability
  • Emergency call systems for each resident's unit
  • Health promotion and exercise programs
  • Medication management
  • Personal laundry services
  • Social and recreational activities

Costs of Assisted Living

Costs vary with the residence, room size, and the types of services needed by the residents. The monthly rate per resident is typically about $2,600 - generally less than the cost of home health services and nursing home care.

A basic assisted living fee may cover all services or there may be a flat charge with ''a la carte'' charges for services. Most assisted living residences charge month-to-month rates, but a few residences require long-term arrangements.

Paying for Assisted Living


Residents or their families generally pay the cost of care from their own financial resources. Depending on the nature of an individual's health insurance program or long-term care insurance policy, costs may be reimbursed.

In addition, some residences have their own financial assistance programs. Medicare and Medicaid help for assisted living residences has many qualifications and restrictions.

Solving Problems in Assisted Living


Consumers sometimes have issues with administration and staff of Assisted Living facilities regarding their care or the care given to their loved one. Resolving these issues is important.

Each facility has a Long-Term Care Ombudsman whose job is to speak for the rights of residents and help resolve these complaints. Ask the facility for the contact information for their Long-Term Care Ombudsman or contact the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman at (253) 798-3789.

Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332 for more information.

Assisted Living Facilities

Buckley

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse
Other Info
Heritage House at Mountain View Pointe
28833 Hwy 410 East
Buckley, WA 98321
(360) 829- 5292
Yes N/A N/A Yes Full-time LPN - RN on call
 

Dupont

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Patriots Landing
1600 Marshall Circle
Dupont, WA 98327
(253) 964-4900
No Memory care available Yes No Yes Pets OK

Eatonville

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Eatonville Manor
P.O. Box 1180
104 Michelle Ave.
Eatonville, WA 98328
(360) 832-6289
Yes Early stage No Yes Monthly or as needed Some Developmental Disabilities depending on assessment

Gig Harbor

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Brookdale Harbor Bay
9324 N. Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 858-7790
Yes Dementia Care Facility Yes Yes LPN 14 hours daily
Respite; adult day care; monthly support group
Harbor Place at Cottesmore
1016 29th St., NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 853-3354
No Not a secured facility Yes Yes LPN 18 hours daily
Diabetic meals
Lodge at Mallard's Landing
7083 Wagner Way
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
Two years private pay required
Dementia Care Facility Yes Yes RN & LPN Anytime dining from 7am to 7 pm
Pets okay
Cottages available
Next to Adam Tallman Nature Park
Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor
3213 45th Ct., NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 858-5300
No N/A Yes Yes LPN 11 hours daily
N/A
Olympic Alzheimer's Residence
3025 14th Ave., NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 851-5306
One year private pay required Dementia Care Facility Yes Yes Yes Pets OK
Sound Vista Village
6633 McDonald Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 851-9929
Two years private pay required
Limited care / low risk
No Yes Full-time LPN with consulting RN Must be mobile; pets OK

Milton

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Mill Ridge Village
607 28th Ave.
Milton, WA 98354
(253) 925-9200
Depends on availability.
Usually two years private pay required
No No Yes Full-time LPN; Part-time RN Pets OK
Meridian at Stone Creek
1111 S. 376th St.
Milton, WA  98354
No Yes
16-unit secure community
Yes Yes Yes Pets OK

2 person transfer

Orting

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Washington Soldier's Home
1305 Orting / Kapowsin Highway
Orting, WA 98360-0000
1 (877) 838-7787
Rent based on income Yes Yes Yes Yes Veterans and veteran's spouses only

Puyallup

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Clare Bridge of Puyallup
8811 176th St., E
Puyallup, WA 98375
(253) 445-1300
No Dementia care facility Yes Yes RN and/or LPN 24/7 Pets OK; Respite
The Courtyard at the Willows
4610 Sixth St. Place SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
(253) 841-9722
One-year private pay required N/A Yes Yes Yes Pets (small dogs and cats) OK; Respite
Meridian Hills
1813 S. Meridian St.
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 841-4909
Yes N/A Yes Yes LPN 11 hours daily Pets OK
Merrill Gardens at Puyallup
123 Fourth Ave. NW
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 848-1234
No Limited care Limited Yes LPN 8 hours daily Pets OK; Respite
Silver Creek Retirement and Assisted Living
17607 91st Ave. East
Puyallup, WA 98375
Ph: (253) 875-8644
Fx: (253) 846-6787
No Limited only
Yes Yes Full-time LPN 24/7 with RN oversight Call about median income rent discount;
Pets OK; Respite available; Studios, 1 and 2 bedroom available

Sumner

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Franklin House
5713 Parker Rd.
Sumner, WA 98390
(253) 891-3569
No Limited
Monthly Yes RN full time Pets OK; All one level
Stafford Suites of Sumner
15519 62nd St. E.
Sumner, WA 98390
(253) 862-1818
No Limited
No secure area    
No Yes N/A Pets OK; Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom; Respite; Wheelchair and walker accessible
Memory Haven
5107 Parker Rd., E.
Sumner, WA
98390
(253) 750-0552
N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A

Tacoma

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Bristol Court (at Weatherly Inn)
6016 N. Highlands Pkwy.
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 752-8550
No Dementia care facility N/A Yes RN full time and on call 24/7 N/A
Brookdale Allenmore
3615 S. 23rd St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 759-7770
Two years of private pay required Early stage only Yes Yes RN on call 24/7; LPN 12 hours daily
Pets OK; Respite; 62 years and older
Cascade Park Gardens
4347 S. Union Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 475-3702
Yes Secure dementia care facility
Yes Yes RN full time, LPN 17 hours daily
Respite
Cascade Park Vista
242 St. Helens Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 627-3833
Yes Limited Yes Yes
RN full time, LPN 17 hours daily Respite; Adult day health
Charlton Place
9723 S. Steele
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 589-1834
Yes N/A N/A Yes RN on call 24/7
Respite; Pets OK with prior approval
Franke Tobey Jones Home
5430 N. Bristol
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 752-6621
No Yes Yes Yes Geriatric ARNP on staff; Wellness center on site Small pets OK; Level of care charges additional
King's Manor
8609 Portland Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 538-7222
One year private pay required
Limited
Limited monthly Yes RN oversight Affiliated with Lutheran Church of Christ the King; Open to all; Pets OK with prior approval
Laurel House
802 N. Laurel Lane
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 564-4542
No Yes Yes Yes
RN full time and on call 24/7 Respite; Pets OK
Life Manor
1601 S. Union
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 779-3800
Based on availability; Two year private pay required Early stage only No Yes      LPN 8 hours daily; RN oversight
Pets OK
Midland Manor
10816 18th Ave. East
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 537-5395
Yes Early to intermediate stage Yes, except IV Yes RN and LPN on staff specializes in clients with mental health issues
Narrows Glen
8201 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 564-4770
No Yes; Secure unit
Yes Yes RN supervisor; LPNs on days; on call nights Respite; Pets OK
Northwest Retirement Center
610 N. Fife St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 272-8600
Yes Yes No No LPN on call
Pets OK
People's Retirement Community
1720 E. 67th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 474-1741
For current residents only Yes Yes Yes RN full time; LPN part time; Meds assist 24/7
Accepts pets less than 30 pounds (must be potty trained)
Pioneer Place Memory Haven
11519 24th Ave. E.
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 539-3410
No Dementia care facility N/A Yes RN or LPN 24/7 Respite; Adult day care
Spring Ridge Retirement Community
6856 E. Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 474-1093
One year private pay required
No Limited
Yes LPN on staff
Retirement and assisted living; One-story building; Near shopping and bus
Tacoma Lutheran Home & Retirement Community
1301 Highlands Pkwy. N
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 752-7112
Two years private pay required
Separate unit in nursing home on the grounds
Yes, assist only Reminders only, light CNAs 24/7;
LPN full time;
RNs on call 24/7
Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms;
No pets
The Village Assisted Living Community
4707 S. Orchard
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 475-4707
Two years private pay required
No secured unit Yes Yes LPN 16 hrs.
On call 8 hrs.
Respite; Pets OK; Diabetic care; High acuity
Weatherly Inn
6016 N. Highlands Pkwy.
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 752-8550
No Limited dementia care available next door
(see Bristol Court)
N/A Yes Rn full time and on call 24/7 Respite; Adult day care; Pets OK

University Place

Facility Medicaid COPES Alzheimer Dementia Care Injection Care Incontinence Care Nurse Other Info
Hearthside Manor
3615 Drexler Dr. W.
University Place, WA 98466
(253) 460-3330
No Dementia care facility Determined on a case-by-case basis Yes      LPN 10 hours daily; RN on call Respite; Pets OK; Adult day care on a limited basis
Bridgeport Place
5250 Bridgeport Way W.
University Place, WA 98467
(253) 565-1960
Two years private pay required No locked unit Yes Yes LPN 16 hours daily; LPN on call 24/7
Pets OK; Respite