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Once the decision to move your loved one into a care facility is made, the process of finding the right setting can be challenging and time consuming. The Chapter has compiled a list of resources to help you in your search. For additional information and assistance please contact our HELPLINE at 800-848-7097.


CareFinderThe Alzheimer's Association CareFinder™ is an online guide to help people living with Alzheimer's and caregivers make informed choices when selecting a care provider for home-based or residential care. Visitors can use the guide to choose dementia care options personalized for individual needs and preferences. CareFinder empowers users to recognize good dementia care; communicate effectively with care providers; plan for care; and identify local care and support resources. You can access CareFinder at

Senior Housing Finder

Senior Housing FinderSenior Housing Finder powered by SNAPforSeniors.

The Senior Housing Finder is an online resource powered by SNAPforSeniors™ which provides objective and comprehensive senior housing information of all licensed senior housing in the U.S. including a growing number of independent living communities. Flexible search tools and value-added features enable users to quickly and easily match a senior’s specific lifestyle and level of care needs with compatible facilities. Photos and virtual tours add visual information to aid in simplifying the search for senior housing.

SNAPforSeniors safeguards users' personal information and will not release it to anyone without the user's permission. For more information, e-mail or call 206-575-0728.
Disclaimer: Please note that you will be leaving the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington website. The Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington does not specifically endorse nor recommend any particular housing provider or other product or service available through the SNAPforSeniors Network. The Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington is not responsible for the information provided by the SNAPforSeniors Network.

Housing and Care Options

The type of residential care needed will most likely vary depending on the stage of the disease. In determining which option is best for you, it is important to have a clear understanding of the different types of facilities available and the services offered at each. When it comes to providing dementia care in Washington state, all boarding homes (which may be assisted living facilities and adult family homes) are subject to specific training requirements for their staff and/or owner.

A breakdown of options can be found below.

Assisted Living Facility
Assisted living facilities, also known as boarding homes, may be appropriate for persons in the early to middle stages of the disease. These settings provide housing and meals and assume general responsibility for the safety and care of the resident. Varied amounts of daily needs assistance are available and may include help with dressing and grooming, house cleaning, and administration of medication. Most places will provide some type of structured activity program, but not necessarily dementia-specific activities. Some will have a special designated area for their residents who have dementia. Assisted living facilities usually offer personal care services and nursing services. Some, but not all, will have an RN or LPN on-site 24-hours a day.

Adult Family Home
Adult Family Homes (AFH) are residential homes licensed to care for up to six residents. They provide room, board, laundry, supervision, assistance with activities of daily living including medications and personal care services. To reside in an adult family home, a person must meet the AFH "residency criteria," which is defined by RCW and WAC regulations and by the provider’s admission policy. Adult family homes are often owner operated. Some adult family homes provide specialized care for individuals with dementia, developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Skilled Nursing Facility
If your loved one is in the late to end stages of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, a skilled nursing facility, commonly known as a nursing home, may be appropriate. Persons in the early and middle stages of the disease who have a medical need may also require this type of setting. Residents will receive meals monitored by a registered dietician and will be provided assistance with such tasks as bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking. Structured activity programs are also offered to involve residents in group interactions. Resident rooms may be private or shared and some settings may have special units or wings that care exclusively for persons with dementia. Skilled care provided by a licensed nurse is available 24 hours a day and most settings will be able to care for persons who require significant care.


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