The scenic city of Tacoma is located on the banks of Puget Sound in Washington. It is home to an estimated population of 219,000 residents, and around 13.6% of the population is aged 65 and over. This puts them in the high-risk group for memory loss disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Fortunately for seniors in Tacoma, the rate of Alzheimer’s deaths in the city decreased from 2014 to 2018. However, across the nation, Alzheimer’s is now the seventh-leading cause of death, according to the CDC. This is a cause for concern, as a recent study by the Alzheimer’s Association predicted that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s in the country will rise from 6.5 million to 12.7 million by 2050.

Seniors living in Tacoma can rest assured that there are a number of excellent memory care facilities in the city. These communities provide 24/7 care, and the staff is trained in caring for seniors with cognitive disorders. Some of these facilities may offer therapy services that can improve or reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This guide discusses the pros and cons of living in Tacoma, looks at the costs of different care services in the city and lists resources for seniors and their families.

Directory of Memory Care Facilities in Tacoma, WA

GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston

4970 Main Street, Tacoma, WA, 98407

I like the GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston area because it’s between me and my sister, and it’s a beautiful area. They don’t have as many activities as the other place. The memory care was just like … (read more)
I like the GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston area because it’s between me and my sister, and it’s a beautiful area. They don’t have as many activities as the other place. The memory care was just like … (read more)

Cogir at the Narrows

8201 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98406


Bay Bridge Care Home

1124 N Jackson Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98406


2015, 2018

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma

7290 Rosemount Circle, Tacoma, WA, 98465

The Merrill Gardens at Tacoma assisted and independent living facility is in scenic Tacoma, Washington, "The City of Destiny." Housing options in this cottage-style community range from studio to two- … (read more)
The Merrill Gardens at Tacoma assisted and independent living facility is in scenic Tacoma, Washington, "The City of Destiny." Housing options in this cottage-style community range from studio to two- … (read more)

The Village Senior Living

4707 South Orchard St., Tacoma, WA, 98466

We have chosen The Village Senior Living for my mother. I like the fact that it’s a smaller unit. She has a bad hip, and she can walk; but everything is close together, so she doesn’t have to walk a l … (read more)
We have chosen The Village Senior Living for my mother. I like the fact that it’s a smaller unit. She has a bad hip, and she can walk; but everything is close together, so she doesn’t have to walk a l … (read more)

Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma

11519 24th Avenue E, Tacoma, WA, 98445

Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington, known locally as the "City of Destiny." The facility provides room service for meals, and guests can join residents at mea … (read more)
Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington, known locally as the "City of Destiny." The facility provides room service for meals, and guests can join residents at mea … (read more)

The Arbor Rose Adult Family Home, LLC

1630 East 63rd Street, Tacoma, WA, 98404

I am so thankful for Arbor Rose. My mother was a resident for almost three years. She was well cared for and thrived there. The staff is so kind and loving. Tammy is very knowledgeable and provides an … (read more)
I am so thankful for Arbor Rose. My mother was a resident for almost three years. She was well cared for and thrived there. The staff is so kind and loving. Tammy is very knowledgeable and provides an … (read more)

2015

Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

6856 E. Portland Avenue,, Tacoma, WA, 98404

Spring Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Tacoma, Wash., offering easy access from Lakewood, Midland or Puyallup. This location not only captures incredible Mount Rainier views, but a … (read more)
Spring Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Tacoma, Wash., offering easy access from Lakewood, Midland or Puyallup. This location not only captures incredible Mount Rainier views, but a … (read more)

eliseo

1301 N Highlands Parkway, Tacoma, WA, 98406

I visited Eliseo, and the salesperson I talked to was OK, but she seemed nervous to me. It’s very expensive, and I was not impressed with what they have to offer for the price. The layout was also OK, … (read more)
I visited Eliseo, and the salesperson I talked to was OK, but she seemed nervous to me. It’s very expensive, and I was not impressed with what they have to offer for the price. The layout was also OK, … (read more)

Cascade Park Gardens

4347 South Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA, 98409

Cascade Park Gardens had everything that I wanted. It was a great place. I liked the people, the programs, and the activities.
Cascade Park Gardens had everything that I wanted. It was a great place. I liked the people, the programs, and the activities.

Weatherly Inn Tacoma

6016 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA, 98406


Peoples Retirement Community

1720 E 67TH ST, Tacoma, WA, 98404

Peoples Retirement Community is a terrible place. The rooms are cold and shabby. Everything is old. They have these garish two-tone blue walls, and everything is dirty. The staff ignores the residents … (read more)
Peoples Retirement Community is a terrible place. The rooms are cold and shabby. Everything is old. They have these garish two-tone blue walls, and everything is dirty. The staff ignores the residents … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Foundation House

32290 1st Avenue South, Federal Way, WA, 98003

Brookdale Fountain House is a large, modern independent living and assisted living facility in Federal Way, Washington, set a convenient distance away from Highway 99. Residents warmly review the comm … (read more)
Brookdale Fountain House is a large, modern independent living and assisted living facility in Federal Way, Washington, set a convenient distance away from Highway 99. Residents warmly review the comm … (read more)

Bridgeport Place Assisted Living

5250 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, WA, 98467

Bridgeport Place Assisted Living of University Place is nestled in the southeastern corner of beautiful University Place, Washington, near shopping centers, parks and the Meadow Park Golf Course. Resi … (read more)
Bridgeport Place Assisted Living of University Place is nestled in the southeastern corner of beautiful University Place, Washington, near shopping centers, parks and the Meadow Park Golf Course. Resi … (read more)

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence

3025 14th Avenue NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

My spouse had early onset Alzheimer’s and was a resident for 3 months. He was evaluated and we were happy when they assured us they could meet his ever changing needs. We believed the grounds and env … (read more)
My spouse had early onset Alzheimer’s and was a resident for 3 months. He was evaluated and we were happy when they assured us they could meet his ever changing needs. We believed the grounds and env … (read more)

Hearthside Manor Memory Care

3615 Drexler Dr. W, University Place, WA, 98466

Location = A, Rooms = C, Common Area = C, Hallways = C-, Outside area = C-, Food = ?, Staff = ? Amenities = C, Bathrooms = C So, I toured this facility twice now trying to find a place for my Mothe … (read more)
Location = A, Rooms = C, Common Area = C, Hallways = C-, Outside area = C-, Food = ?, Staff = ? Amenities = C, Bathrooms = C So, I toured this facility twice now trying to find a place for my Mothe … (read more)

All Saints Adult Family Home

2704 SW 314th St, Federal Way, WA, 98023


GraceMercy AF Home LLC

8907 Gravelly Lake Dr SW Unit B, Lakewood, WA, 98499


2019, 2020, 2022, 2023

Meridian at Stone Creek

1111 S 376th St, Milton, WA, 98354

The Meridian at Stone Creek is located in Milton, Washington, just a short drive from shopping at The Commons of Federal Way. The facility promises residents a unique, resort lifestyle, and visitors p … (read more)
The Meridian at Stone Creek is located in Milton, Washington, just a short drive from shopping at The Commons of Federal Way. The facility promises residents a unique, resort lifestyle, and visitors p … (read more)

Mirror Lake Village

31000 9th PL SW, Federal Way, WA, 98023

My mother moved into Mirror Lake Village. The staff is friendly and is always looking out for all my mother’s needs. I think it’s just a good fit for my mom. She seems very comfortable just being ther … (read more)
My mother moved into Mirror Lake Village. The staff is friendly and is always looking out for all my mother’s needs. I think it’s just a good fit for my mom. She seems very comfortable just being ther … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Tacoma

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Washington. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Tacoma

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Aging and Long-Term Support Administration licenses, monitors and regulates memory care facilities in Tacoma and across the state of Washington. It performs background checks on owners and key staff members. To ensure compliance, the department conducts inspections on a regular basis.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Tacoma

  • The largest hospital in Tacoma is Multicare Tacoma General Hospital, known for its Cardiac ICU, bariatric services, medical ICU and on-site emergency department services. There are two additional hospitals in the area: Multicare Allenmore Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center, which both offer a wide range of medical services. These three hospitals ensure that seniors have access to all the medical care they may require.
  • Tacoma has a high rate of crime in comparison to the average U.S. city. However, seniors who live in memory care facilities can rest assured they are safe, as most of these communities have restricted access, video surveillance, 24/7 staff and security systems.
  • The typical health cost index for Tacoma is 80, which means that health care in Tacoma is less expensive than in most cities across the United States. However, the cost of living in Tacoma is higher overall than the U.S. average. Seniors living in memory care or other assisted living facilities have fixed monthly costs, however, making it easier for them to work out a budget. 
  • The summers are short and dry in Tacoma, with a long, wet and cold winter. The city receives rain an average of 154 days each year, with only 141 days of sunshine, which is much lower than the countrywide average of 205 sunny days. This climate may suit seniors who don’t like hot days and enjoy the rain.
  • Pierce County offers reduced fares for seniors using the public bus system in Tacoma. Seniors are required to apply for a Senior Regional Reduced Fare Permit (SRRFP) in order to qualify for the reduced fees. Single one-way rides are $1, and a full-day pass is $2.50 using the SRRFP. 

Paying for Memory Care in Tacoma

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The average fee for memory care in Tacoma is $7,188 per month, which is slightly lower than the state median of $7,500 but significantly higher than the national average of $5,625. 

The Cost of Care in Nearby Cities

Tacoma is one of the most expensive cities for memory care in the state, with only Seattle having a higher cost at $8,438 per month. Walla Walla is the most affordable option in the state at $4,014 each month. In Olympia, the typical senior pays around $6,006 for memory care, while those in nearby Mount Vernon pay $6,875 on a monthly basis.

$7188

Tacoma

$7500

Washington

$5625

The United States

$8438

Seattle

$4014

Walla Walla

$6006

Olympia

$6875

Mount Vernon

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care is generally the least expensive care option, but data for this option was not available for Tacoma. Assisted living is the next most affordable option at $5,750 per month. Seniors looking to remain at home may want to consider home care or home health care, which cost $6,673 and $7,007 per month, respectively. The most expensive option is nursing home care at around $10,479 for a semiprivate room.

$5750

Assisted Living

$6673

Home Care

$7007

Home Health Care

$10479

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Tacoma was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bremerton, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Tacoma

In Tacoma, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Washington page.

More ways to pay for memory care

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Washington page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Tacoma

There are a number of free memory care resources in Tacoma to assist seniors and their loved ones. Some are nonprofit organizations and others are government departments. These services can be useful for those looking for information regarding memory loss or support services.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter provides a range of services for seniors and their families across the state. The organization runs a 24/7 helpline where family members and caregivers can ask for assistance or advice. In addition, it works to promote awareness and runs a number of support groups for seniors and their caregivers.

(360) 671-3316

Dementia Support Northwest is a nonprofit organization that hosts dementia-friendly social events and awareness campaigns. It also provides memory loss screening services. Additionally, it hosts support groups and educational lectures.

(206) 744-0588

The University of Washington Alzheimer's Research Center runs clinical trials that seniors can apply to be part of. The department also offers educational lectures for seniors and caregivers to help them understand Alzheimer's and the progression of the disease. In addition, it runs culturally adapted Alzheimer's disease programs for indigenous people. 

(800) 562-6028

The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for seniors in long-term care communities such as memory care facilities. Residents or family members can file a complaint with the long-term care ombudsman if they are unhappy with the level of care provided in a facility. The ombudsman will investigate any complaints and work to find a resolution between the provider and the resident. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Tacoma

Tacoma Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Washington are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Washington page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Washington