Seniors & Aging

Local directory of senior care facilities

Assisted-living, full-care facilities

Alderwood Park Convalescent Center

2726 Alderwood Ave.


Family-owned convalescent center since 1960. All units are Medicare and Medicaid certified. Medicare and private pay accepted. Licensed, in-house physical, occupational and speech therapists. Residents can sleep in and have breakfast in their rooms. Electronic door monitors ensure safety and security. Smoking is not allowed in the building.

Features: 102 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.

Bellingham Health Care and Rehabilitation Services

1200 Birchwood Ave.


Skilled-care facility offers private and semi-private rooms. On-site or in-home therapy. Activity program. Angel Care program where each resident is assigned an “angel” staff member to contact families to verify things are going well. Secured dementia care unit with 23 beds. Courtyard.

Features: 86 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.

Bellingham Highgate Senior Living

155 E. Kellogg Road


Specializing in early- to late-stage memory care in our Manor House and Secure Cottage. Manor House offers studio, 1-bedroom, or 1-bedroom deluxe apartments. Varied levels of care available, from limited nursing services to enhanced care for those needing full assistance and support. Secure Memory Care Cottage provides personalized support and security for late stages of memory decline. Daily activity programs include exercise, gardening, baking, games, outings and live music. Dining service includes fresh fruits and vegetables as well as daily tea time.

Features: 48 Manor House apartments; 20 Cottage apartments; RN, LPN and in-house doctor; long-term respite care; small pets welcome.

Christian Healthcare Center

855 Aaron Drive, Lynden


Skilled-care facility with private and semi-private rooms. Nursing and therapy services, fully equipped rehabilitation department, dementia unit, restorative nursing program and hospice care. Established 1956. Enclosed courtyards, chapel, part-time chaplain on staff. Nonprofit. Mountain and farmland view. Focus is on quality of care.

Features: 142 units, RN/LPN.

Courtyard Dementia Care Community

848 W. Orchard Drive


Facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders with shared and single rooms. Four levels of care determined by the individual’s special needs. Fresh baked cookies every day; excellent cooking staff. Pet therapy, visiting entertainers and full activity program. Common living rooms with fireplace, activity room, pool table, inside courtyards with courtyard cats. Day care and respite care available.

Features: 14 shared rooms, 48 single rooms, LPN on site with RN supervision, respite care, pets.

Evergreen North Cascades Health & Rehabilitation Center

4680 Cordata Parkway


Short-term rehabilitation and long-term care community offers private and semi-private rooms with air conditioning, some with Mount Baker views. Recreational therapy program. Physical, occupational and speech therapy. Surgical recovery program. Outpatient therapy. Transitional suite approximates home environment for residents preparing to transition back home. VA, Medicare and Medicaid assistance and most HMOs accepted. Open courtyard, many common areas, 3,000-square-foot therapy room. Commitment to caring.

Features: 122 beds, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.

Fairhaven Estates Premier Assisted Living

2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway


Assisted living facility offers studios and studio suites all on one level with paved outdoor walking paths. All employees certified in First Aid and CPR. Full-time director of resident/nursing services assesses and monitors individual care plans. Van available for sightseeing tours, shopping and other outings. Activity/game room, exercise group, living room with large-screen TV.

Features: 50 units, LPN with RN oversight, respite care, hospice, small pets.

Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt

456 C St., Blaine


Nursing facility provides assisted-living apartment complex with studio and 1-bedroom units, a skilled nursing facility with private and semi-private rooms for long-term skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, respite care and specialized care for Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Facility has pets on staff. Christian-oriented. Medicare/Medicaid accepted.

Features: 15 units assisted living, 57 units skilled nursing/dementia, RN/LPN, respite care, pets in assisted living.

Grace Retirement Home

2543 Mountain View Road, Ferndale


Assisted living. Small, family-oriented setting. Home-style dining, food from scratch. Nice view of Mount Baker. Garden and pond. Activities.

Features: 12 units, RN on call, pets.

Highland Care Center

2400 Samish Way


Skilled-care facility with 20 private rooms and good staff-to-resident ratio. Excellent reputation for quality care and friendly staff. Clean environment with housekeeping and laundry services. Landscaped yard, facility dog, full therapy services, activity room and outdoor patio with pond.

Features: 44 beds with 20 private rooms, RN/LPN, respite care, pets can visit.

Heritage House Assisted Living

5370 Barrett Road, Ferndale


Assisted-living facility with large 1-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, two studios and three extra-large 1-bedroom deluxe apartments; all with gas fireplaces, radiant floor heating, climate control, high-speed Internet access, cable television and nurse call system. Downstairs rooms with direct access to private courtyard. Room service and personal laundry service. Full-time activity director. Activity room, lobby and dining room.

Features: 41 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.

Lynden Manor Assisted Living

905 Aaron Drive, Lynden


Independent and assisted-living facility offers two sizes of studio and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Specialty Care Center in a ground-floor secured-wing setting for dementia care, staffed separately from the general assisted-living residency. Two emergency pull cords in each apartment (bathroom/bedroom), library, TV rooms on each floor, activity room with pool table, deck and easy access to Bender Park’s ball fields and walking trails.

Features: 110 units total, 29 units Specialty Care Center, LPN with on-call RN, respite care, pets.

Merrill Gardens at Cordata

4415 Columbine Drive


An active senior community offering individual and assisted living: studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom cottages, and an intimate, secure memory-care neighborhood. Amenities include restaurant-style anytime dining, housekeeping, active-living programs, transportation, a private dining room and a patio courtyard. An active lifestyle full of choices, close to medical services and shopping.

Features: 16 private cottages with garage, 74 private apartments, 10 memory-care apartments, LPN, respite care, small pets.

Mt. Baker Care Center

2905 Connelly Ave.


Mt. Baker Care Center provides skilled nursing care for acute medical needs for short-term rehabilitation, specialized care for long-term care placement, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Specializes in rehabilitation therapy. Attached to Summitt Place Assisted Living, perfect for couples requiring different levels of care. Community programs: Adult Day Care Program offers drop-in or regularly scheduled care in a separate facility; Wellness Program offers a fitness center for seniors and a workout program specifically designed for each participant.

Features: 72 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.

Orchard Park Assisted Living

844 W. Orchard Drive


Assisted-living facility offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Nurse call system in rooms. Library, day rooms, exercise room. Housekeeping, transportation, full activity schedule. Patio and lawn areas.

Features: 82 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.

Rosewood Villa

702 32nd St.


Family-owned assisted-living facility with studio and 1-bedroom apartments. Supportive diabetic community. Library, billiard room, activity room, two dining areas, courtyard and individual garden plots. Visiting beautician.

Features: 66 apartments, LPN, on-call RN, pets.

St. Francis Extended Healthcare

3121 Squalicum Parkway


Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility with private and semi-private rooms located on a hospital campus. Offers physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. Features an intergenerational program linking residents with children attending child care on site in both planned and spontaneous interactions. Specializes in restorative services, recreation therapy, dietary services and postoperative recovery. St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation and Women’s Health outpatient clinic specializes in women’s health rehabilitation.

Features: 118 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.

Shuksan Healthcare Center

1530 James St.


Skilled-nursing facility. Offers physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. Only Eden-alternative facility in Whatcom County. Eliminates boredom by infusing the environment with plants, animals and kids to provide variety and spontaneity.

Features: 38 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.

Summit Place Assisted Living

2905 Connelly Ave.


Assisted-living studio apartments. Small facility guarantees personal attention for residents. Attached to Mt. Baker Care Center, which provides skilled care when needed. Perfect for couples requiring different levels of care.

Features: 34 units, RN oversight.

Independent and assisted living

Hamilton Place Senior Living

4625 Cordata Parkway

715-0871,; click on “Communities”

Independent adult community offering 1- or 2-bedroom units with a common room and laundry facilities on each floor, library, exercise room, beauty salon. Planned activities, controlled access, optional off-site activities. Elevators, professionally landscaped, outside gazebo. Close to shopping, banking and medical offices. Bus service and specialized transport door-to-door.

Features: 94 units, pets.

The Leopold

1224 Cornwall Ave.


Independent and assisted living in downtown Bellingham offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Great views, elegant surroundings and historic building. All apartments include amenities such as housekeeping, linen service and at least two meals daily. Assisted living offers, but is not limited to, medication supervision and personal care. Common rooms include a ballroom, game room, two libraries, resident laundry, Secret Garden and patio area. Parking available.

Features: 91 units, pets.

Louisa House

2240 Main St., Ferndale


Independent and assisted-living facility offers studio and 1-bedroom units in a one-floor home-like setting. Independent climate control. Assisted-living care provides some assistance with daily life for those who don’t need full-time skilled nursing and dementia care. Library, activity room and enclosed courtyard in center of building.

Features: 39 units, RN, respite care, pets.

Meadow Greens

301 W. Homestead Blvd., Lynden


Independent and assisted living with home-like privacy. Social and recreational activities, weekly vesper services, scheduled transportation, individual climate control and mailboxes, meals, walking trails.

Features: 72 units independent living, 32 units assisted living, RN, pets.

Parkway Chateau

2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway


Independent living offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units. Amenities include individual climate control, meals, housekeeping, transportation, scheduled trips and activities. Library, exercise room, billiard room, big-screen TV lounge and craft/activity room. Award-winning kitchen.

Features: 109 units, pets.

Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living Center

223 E. Bakerview Road


Month-to-month rent includes meals, housekeeping, building maintenance, all utilities (except personal phone and cable TV) and door-to-door transportation to medical, shopping and more. Full kitchens and kitchenettes available; 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Activity lounge, beauty/barber shop, billiard room, exercise center, gardening room, general store, computer center and reflective (chapel) lounge. Private dining/meeting room available for events. Staff is on duty 24 hours a day for personal-care assistance.

Features: 81 assisted-living apartments, 81 retirement apartments, RN/LPN, respite and short-term care and pets.

The Willows

115 Squalicum Parkway


Independent retirement-living facility offers full-security studios and 2-bedroom/2-bath private apartments with full kitchen and bath and cable TV. Amenities include flexible dining service, maintenance, parking, scheduled transportation, emergency call service, full activity schedule and guest suite.

Features: 137 units, pets.

The Woodway Inn

1712 E. Maplewood Ave.


Independent and assisted-living facility with studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Individual thermostat, activity program, transportation, meals included. Beauty parlor, game room and library.

Features: 51 units, pets.

Adult family homes

Arcadia Adult Family Home

910 38th St.


A beautiful residence where seniors are treated with love, dignity and the respect they deserve. The caregiver to resident ratio is two caregivers to three adults or three caregivers to four adults. The facility offers 24-hour security in a pleasant home-like environment; personalized care for elderly and seniors with dementia; personalized meal service with healthful foods and snacks; assistance with medication, bathing and dressing; incontinence care; full housekeeping, laundry and linen service; hand and foot clinics; music therapy and Saturday piano nights.

Features: six private rooms, CNA with on-call RN/doctor, respite care.

Select Adult Family Homes

752-2273 (CARE),

Whatcom County adult family home network provides a current list of homes with vacancies that offer care appropriate to resident needs. All homes are state-licensed residential-care facilities that provide varied levels of care from assisted living to full care and are located within residential areas. Homes provide a high caregiver-to-resident ratio (between one and two caregivers for every six residents) in a home environment beneficial to seniors.