Senior Living in Olympia WA

Memory Care

With over 60 years, Koelsch Communities is a trusted name in Memory Care. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or another form of memory loss, we offer specialized support and activities designed particularly for this challenging disease. Our licensed and professional staff is trained and ready 24/7 to serve your loved one.

We are passionate about meeting the needs of our residents with dignity, respect, and consistency. Because memory loss manifests itself differently in each person, we offer a variety of activities along with a care plan designed especially for the unique needs of each individual. While caring for our residents, we care for family members as well by offering support groups for caregivers and regular family events to attend within our communities. Family owned and operated since 1958, our family is passionate about serving your family!

Memory care at Koelsch Communities
Memory care and services at Koelsch Communities

Services included in Memory Care:

  • Specially Trained Dementia Caregivers
  • 24-Hour On-Site Licensed Nurses and Caregivers
  • Complete Medication Service
  • Diabetic Management Program
  • Three Nutritious Meals Served Daily
  • Refreshments Available 24 Hours a Day
  • Activities and Exercise Programs Seven Days a Week
  • Scheduled Social Outings
  • Personal Laundry Services
  • Housekeeping and Linen Service
  • Scheduled Transportation
  • Hourly and Respite Care

Benefits of 24-Hour Licensed Nursing

In the world of senior living, having licensed nurses on-site 24-hours a day offers many advantages to community residents. From medication management to individual care plans, licensed nurses can give each resident tailored health care, and are always available if a concern arises.

Cyndie Bryant, RN, the Executive Vice President of Koelsch Communities, is proud to employ licensed nurses on-site 24 hours a day, and it is a Koelsch standard found in all Koelsch Communities.

Cyndie talked about the benefits of 24-hour licensed nurses, “It all comes down to assessing our residents health. Many senior communities use med-techs or caregivers rather than licensed nurses to save costs—but residents can have complex medical conditions, so when you’re discussing medications and side affects, a licensed nurse has a completely different scope of practice than a med-tech or caregiver.”

Cyndie continued, “And more importantly, a nurses scope of training allows them to make critical decisions in what can be life-threatening situations, and a med-tech or caregiver cannot make those calls according to our Washington state regulations, so licensed nurses are a huge advantage.”

Med-techs, the alternative to licensed nurses in many senior communities, are often left without nurse supervision for up to 16 hours a day, meaning that assessments during that time often involve emergency room visits—billed to the resident—a hidden cost of senior communities without 24-hour nursing.

Cyndie gave more insight into the importance of on-site, licensed nurses. “If you look at the industry as a whole, medication errors continue to climb each year—which is not a statistic found here at Koelsch Communities—and you have to consider the length of education those administering medicine have received.”

Becoming a licensed nurse takes a minimum of 2 years, while med-techs can receive their credentials in as little as a few months, and caregivers (who don’t administer medicine) a few weeks. While each position plays an important role in senior living communities, the ratio of each position remains crucial to residents health and safety.

Cyndie went on, ““Some residents, especially the memory care population, have a hard time, if not impossible, getting to their physicians office for assessments, so it’s especially important that someone on-site is well versed and trained to assess residents.

“In our case at Koelsch Communities, licensed nurses can accurately inform a residents physician of their condition so the appropriate steps can be taken in the shortest amount of time—And that’s really hard to do with only med-techs on-site who are not legally trained in assessments, or allowed to perform them.”