Alderwood Park Convalescent Center 2726 Alderwood Ave. 733-2322, alderwoodpark.com. 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 not allowed indoors. Features: 102 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.
Bellingham Health Care and Rehabilitation Services 1200 Birchwood Ave. 734-9295, bellinghamhc.com. 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 that things are going well. Secured dementia care unit with 23 beds. Courtyard. Features: 86 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.
Christian Healthcare Center 855 Aaron Drive, Lynden, 354-4434, christianhealthcarecenter.org. 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. Nonprofit. Mountain and farmland view. Features: 142 units, RN/LPN.
Courtyard Dementia Care Community 848 W. Orchard Drive. 715-1338, courtyardalzheimers.com. Facility for people with all types of dementia diseases. Provides care from beginning of dementia to end of life. Freshly baked cookies daily; 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.
Eagle Ridge Assisted Living 5370 Barrett Road, Ferndale. 383-0305, eagleridgeassistedliving.com. Assisted-living facility with oversized one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes at 530 square feet, two studios at 480 square feet, and three extra-large one-bedroom deluxe apartments at 860 square feet, all with gas fireplace, radiant floor heating, climate control, high-speed Internet access, cablevision 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: 40 units, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.
Evergreen North Cascades Health & Rehabilitation Center 4680 Cordata Parkway, 398-1966, evergreenhealthcare.com. Short-term rehabilitation and long-term care community, respite care, offers private and semi-private rooms with air conditioning. 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. Features: 122 beds, RN/LPN, respite care, pets.
Fairhaven Estates Premier Assisted Living 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway, 647-1254, emeritus.com. Assisted living facility offers studios and studio suites, all on one level and 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.
Stafholt Good Samaritan Society 456 C St., Blaine, 332-8733, good-sam.com. Nursing facility provides assisted-living apartment complex with studio and one-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 and 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, 384-4050. Assisted living. Small, family-oriented setting. Homestyle dining, food made from scratch. Nice view of Mount Baker. Garden and pond. Activities. Features: 12 units, RN on call, pets.
Highgate Senior Living 155 E. Kellogg Road 671-1459, highgateseniorliving.com. Specializes in early- to late-stage memory care in Manor House and Secure Cottage. Manor House offers studio, one-bedroom or one-bedroom deluxe apartments. Varied levels of care available, from limited nursing services to enhanced care for those needing full assistance. 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 fruit and vegetables, daily tea time. Features: 48 Manor House apartments; 20 cottage apartments; RN, LPN and in-house doctor; long-term respite care; small pets welcome.
Highland Care Center 2400 Samish Way 734-4800, highlandcare.com. Skilled-care facility with 20 private rooms. 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.
Lynden Manor Assisted Living 905 Aaron Drive, Lynden. 354-5985, lyndenmanor.com. Independent and assisted-living facility offers two sizes of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Specialty Care Center in a ground-floor, secured-wing setting for dementia care, staffed separately from general assisted-living residency. Two emergency pull cords in each apartment, library, TV rooms on each floor, activity room with pool table, deck and easy access to Bender Park ball fields and walking trails. Features: 107 units total, 29 units Specialty Care Center, LPN with on-call RN, respite care, pets.
Merrill Gardens at Cordata 4415 Columbine Drive, 715-8822, merrillgardens.com. An active senior community offering individual and assisted living: studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom cottages, and an intimate, secure memory-care neighborhood. Restaurant-style anytime dining, housekeeping, active-living programs, transportation, a private dining room and a patio courtyard. 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.734-4181, regencypacificinc.com/Mt_Baker_Care. Mt. Baker Care Center provides skilled nursing care for acute medical needs for short-term rehabilitation and specialized care for long-term care placement, including physical, occupational, speech and rehabilitation therapy. Attached to Summit Place Assisted Living, good fit for couples requiring different levels of care. Community programs: Wellness Program offers a fitness center and a workout program designed for each participant. Features: 70 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.
Orchard Park Assisted Living 844 W. Orchard Drive, 647-3708, orchardparkassistedliving.com. Assisted-living facility offers studio, one- and two-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.676-9193, rosewoodvilla.com. Family-owned assisted-living facility with studio and one-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, 734-6760, avamere.com. Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility with private and semi-private rooms on hospital campus. Offers physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. Features intergenerational program linking residents with children, including on-site child care. 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. Features: 118 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.
Shuksan Healthcare Center 1530 James St., 733-9161.Skilled-nursing facility. Offers physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. Only Eden-alternative facility in Whatcom County. Environment infused with plants, animals and kids to provide variety and spontaneity. Features: 38 beds, RN/LPN, respite care.
Summit Place Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave., 738-8447, summitplaceassistedliving.com. Assisted-living studio apartments. Attached to Mt. Baker Care Center, good fit for couples requiring different levels of care. Features: 34 units, RN oversight.
INDEPENDENT, ASSISTED LIVING
Hamilton Place Senior Living 4625 Cordata Parkway, 715-0871, hscrealestate.com; click on "Communities." Independent senior community offering one- or two-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. Close to shopping, banking and medical offices. Bus service and specialized transport door-to-door. Income limits apply. Features: 94 units, pets.
The Leopold 1224 Cornwall Ave. 733-3500, leopoldretirement.com. Independent and assisted living in downtown Bellingham offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Historic building. Amenities include housekeeping, linen service and at least two meals daily. Assisted living includes medication supervision and personal care. Ballroom, two activity rooms, two dining rooms, two libraries, resident laundry, garden and patio. Parking available. Features: 91 units, pets.
Louisa House 2240 Main St., Ferndale. 384-9017, alcco.com. Independent and assisted-living facility offers studio and one-bedroom units in home-like setting. Independent climate control. Assisted-living care for those who don't need full-time nursing/dementia care. Library, activity room, courtyard. Features: 39 units, RN, respite care, pets.
Meadow Greens 301 W. Homestead Blvd., Lynden, 354-8200, meadowgreenslynden.com. 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. 671-6060, parkwaychateau.com. Independent living offers studio, one- and two-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, 756-2301, mtwestret.com, click on "Our Communities." Month-to-month rent includes meals, housekeeping, building maintenance, utilities and door-to-door transportation. Full kitchens and kitchenettes available; one- and two-bedroom apartments. Activity lounge, movie theater, beauty/barber shop, billiard room, exercise center, gardening room, general store, computer center and reflective (chapel) lounge. Staff on duty 24 hours. Features: 81 assisted-living apartments, 81 retirement apartments; RN/LPN, respite and short-term care; pets.
The Willows 3115 Squalicum Parkway, 671-7077, thewillowsbellingham.com. Centrally located apartment community for active seniors, with meal plan designed for people on the go. Wooded setting within walking distance of medical offices and shopping. Transportation available. Art gallery, sports lounge, computers and Wi-Fi access, fitness center, Treetop Bistro, media center, library. Enjoy 24-hour security and emergency response. Features: 137 units, pets.
The Woodway Inn 1712 E. Maplewood Ave., 647-1095, woodwayinn.com. Independent and assisted-living facility with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Individual thermostat, activity program, transportation, meals included. Beauty parlor, game room and library. Features: 51 units, pets.
ADULT FAMILY HOMES
Arcadia and Arcadia Manor Adult Family Homes 910 38th St., 739-8859. Facility offers 24-hour security in home-like environment. Personalized care including dementia; personalized, healthy meals; assistance with medication, bathing and dressing; incontinence care; full housekeeping, laundry and linen service; hand and foot clinics; music therapy. Features: six private rooms at Arcadia and five private rooms in Arcadia Manor, CNA, on-call RN/doctor, respite care.
Fourth Corner Adult Family Homes 752-2451, FourthCornerAFH.org. Founded in 1996, the nonprofit association of adult family home providers in Whatcom County is a local chapter of the Washington State Residential Care Council. Specializes in long-term care and offers more than 20 home choices. Each home handles varying levels of care. Also service Skagit, San Juan and Island counties.
Select Adult Family Homes 752-2273 (CARE), selectafh.com. Whatcom County adult family home network provides 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. Low caregiver-to-resident ratio in home environments.