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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 Yes Full-time LPN - RN on call  Pets OK 

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 Yes 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
Clare Bridge at Shoreline View 
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
Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor
3213 45th Ct., NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 858-5300
No   Yes  Yes  LPN 11 hours daily   
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 6 months to 1 year private pay required
No No Yes Full-time RN; Part-time LPN Pets OK

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 Yes Yes Yes  Pets (small dogs and cats) OK; Respite
Meridian Hills
1813 S. Meridian St.
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 841-4909
Yes   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   No  Yes    Pets OK; Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom; Respite; Wheelchair and walker accessible

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 Yes RN full time and on call 24/7
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      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 of Tacoma 
11519 24th Ave. E.
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 539-3410 
No Dementia care facility    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 
No No secured unit  Yes  Yes  LPN 24/7  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)
  Yes Rn full time and on call 24/7  Respite; Adult day care; Pets OK 
Wynwood of 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 

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