Memory care facility in Mukilteo to open next month

Grand opening gives community a glimpse of new building in Harbour Pointe
Sep 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Memory Care People gathered Thursday, Sept. 14, to celebrate the grand opening of Mukilteo Memory Care in Harbour Pointe. Pictured from left is Lee Field, president of Senior Services of America; Mayor Jennifer Gregerson; and Charles Henderson, HSP-Harbour Pointe managing partner.

Construction of a new memory care community in Harbour Pointe is nearing completion and is expected to open in mid-October.

Local officials and community leaders gathered at Mukilteo Memory Care on Thursday, Sept. 14, for a grand opening ceremony. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the community was also invited to tour the facility and furnished model rooms.

Situated on 1.5 acres at 4686 Pointes Dr. in the master-planned community of Harbor Pointe, the two-story, state-of-the-art memory care community will offer 52 private and companion suites to care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related impairments.

“We identified a need in Mukilteo and the surrounding area and believe families will benefit from our innovative memory care community,” managing partner Charles Henderson said.

The new memory care community is owned by HSP-Harbour Pointe, LLC and managed by Senior Services of America (SSA), which currently owns and operates 24 communities in eight states. Ten of those communities are located in Washington state, with the corporate office in Tacoma.

“Mukilteo Memory Care is not only designed to meet the cognitive and physical needs of our residents, but will employ a philosophy that treats all residents utilizing a holistic approach, with a focus on non-pharmacological intervention,” SSA President Lee Field said.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, a number that could rise as high as 16 million by 2050.

Once complete, construction of Mukilteo Memory Care’s upscale, 44,000-square-foot building will have cost an estimated $17 million.

The building offers a residential atmosphere, thoughtfully designed private and companion suites, a beautiful dining room, exterior courtyard, family and activity room, and other areas dedicated for socializing, life enrichment and wellness, including a multi-sensory therapeutic Snoezelen room. A licensed nurse will manage the program, and resident caregivers will be available 24 hours a day.

Life enrichment activities help to create a sense of joy and purpose for residents, while dedicated “Life Stations” simulate daily activities.

“Our Life Stations create areas that will allow our residents to enjoy familiar surroundings and tasks that have been part of their normal routine and lifestyle,” Executive Director Kathy Valencia said.

Alzheimer’s typically occurs in individuals 60 and older. By age 85, between 25 and 50 percent of the population will exhibit signs of the disease. In fact, every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease. In 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. to be $259 billion.

To learn more about Mukilteo Memory Care, take a tour or schedule an appointment, please call 425-267-0808.

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