An Introduction to Emeritus Senior Living
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3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98121
Founders: Daniel Baty, Ray Brandstrom, and Frank Ruffo Established: 1993
(866) 531-0695

About Emeritus Senior Living Communities

Founded in 1993 to carve out an alternative for seniors who could no longer live at home but did not require full-time nursing home care, Emeritus Senior Living is now the largest assisted living provider and the second largest memory care provider in the United States. With more than 480 communities in 45 states, Emeritus is the second largest overall senior living provider in the country.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Emeritus Senior Living offers the full spectrum of senior care, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, continuing care retirement communities, long-term care, hospice care, short-term care, adult day programs, and home visits. Each Emeritus community operates like a family-owned business, enabling the staff to customize programs to their residents' interests and needs.

Independent Living

Emeritus Senior Living offers a variety of independent retirement living communities -- from apartments to small patio homes to cottages -- where seniors enjoy freedom without the hassles of cooking, housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance. If additional needs do arise, independent living seniors can have peace of mind knowing that Emeritus staff members are on site 24 hours a day to offer assistance.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities at Emeritus are designed for seniors who need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. To ensure every resident's needs are met, Emeritus Senior Living designed its own state-of-the-art computerized resident evaluation program. This powerful software tool, called wE Care, enables Emeritus to accurately evaluate and monitor each resident's personal care services. And since wE Care is customized for each resident, you only pay for the services you need.

Memory Care

Seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other memory loss issues benefit from Emeritus Senior Living's specialized memory care communities. Emeritus designs programs and activities to address every stage of memory loss in order to meet each resident's needs at the right time. The Emeritus approach to memory care, "Join Their Journey," recognizes individuality, encourages choices, validates feelings, and enables residents to live in a way that feels familiar and comforting to them. Emeritus caregivers readily accept and join residents in their moment, rather than trying to bring them into a different reality. Families are important care partners in the journey, and can take advantage of orientation, support and education groups, and a resource library. Emeritus also issues a monthly communication to families, "Moments in Time," highlighting loved ones' treasured moments.

Skilled Nursing

Emeritus Senior Living offers the unique option of skilled nursing and rehabilitation care in the homelike environment of transitional care communities. By providing around-the-clock nursing care from licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, dieticians, and physical and occupational therapists, Emeritus is committed to helping seniors return home as quickly as possible. Skilled nursing residents receive the senior care services all Emeritus residents enjoy, including home- cooked meals, housekeeping, transportation, and more.

And when seniors are discharged from skilled nursing, they can take part in the Emeritus VIP Program to ease the transition from 24-hour nursing care to home. The VIP Program offers transitional care through a short-term guest stay at an Emeritus assisted living community. Former skilled nursing residents can take advantage of a discounted rate on a respite stay for up to two weeks, with the full short-term respite fee applied to the move-in fee. Three free guest meals and one free beauty salon visit are included in the program.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

As your needs evolve, Emeritus continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) evolve with you. Emeritus CCRCs enable seniors to benefit from independent living, then assisted living, then skilled nursing -- all in the same warm, familiar environment.

Long-Term Care

For seniors who require more care than assisted living provides, several Emeritus Senior Living communities offer long-term care services, which are often part of continuing care retirement communities. Long-term care at Emeritus features around-the-clock nursing care provided by licensed and registered nurses in a homelike setting. Services include post-hospital and post- surgical care, intravenous services, medication administration, incontinence care, restorative care, long-term custodial care, Medicare-certified beds, and more.

Hospice Care

For seniors who are approaching the final phase of life, Emeritus Senior Living has partnered with local hospice providers at many of its communities to provide palliative care. Seniors who currently live in an Emeritus community as well as those who would like to move in for end-of- life care are welcome to receive these specialized services. Services include nursing care, home health aides and homemaker services, physician services, social services, spiritual support and counseling, bereavement support, and more.

Short-Term Care

Most Emeritus Senior Living communities offer short-term respire care, a program designed for seniors to stay just a week, or sometimes longer. Seniors recovering from an illness or injury, those in need of a place to stay while their caregiver takes a break, or those who want to test the waters of senior living are all welcome in Emeritus' worry-free assisted living vacation suites. Short-stay residents reside in fully furnished apartments with TV and phone service and receive the same services full-time residents enjoy, including meals, housekeeping and linen service, scheduled transportation, customized assisting living services, and more.

Adult Day Programs

Seniors who are living on their own or with family can also take advantage of Emeritus Senior Living's structured senior day program. Professional staff members work closely with seniors and their families to create an individual adult day care plan tailored to their needs. Participants enjoy personal health care services and socialization during the day and the comfort of returning home to family and familiar surroundings in the evening. Some Emeritus communities offer day programs for seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia, or other memory impairment.

Home Visits

Emeritus Senior Living is committed to helping local seniors receive the services they need, even if they choose not to live in an Emeritus community. Family members can contact their local Emeritus community to request a complimentary visit to their loved ones. Home visit services may include a safety and well-being checkup, support system checkup, recommendations or referrals to needed services or resources, and an overall enjoyable social visit.

Amenities and Services

Residents of Emeritus Senior Living communities enjoy a full suite of amenities and services. Seniors have a choice of private or shared apartments, furnished or not, with a variety of floor plans and sizes. Weekly housekeeping, linen, and laundry service is provided for the ultimate in maintenance-free living. Apartments include large walk-in showers with safety features or full baths, as well as individual climate control. Safety is a priority at Emeritus, which boasts 24-hour emergency alert call systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems for security and peace of mind. Spacious common areas include a living room, library, and TV room, and beautifully landscaped grounds offer an ideal setting for outdoor fun and relaxation. And many Emeritus senior living communities offer pet-friendly apartments for residents with furry companions under 20 pounds. In addition, Emeritus offers daily scheduled transportation services -- in air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible vans -- for appointments, shopping, and other excursions.

And there's no need to dash off to the drugstore to pick up your meds. Through a partnership with Omnicare, a national pharmacy provider specializing in senior health care, Emeritus Senior Living communities offer pharmacy services on site. Prescriptions are filled in minutes, with all medications cross-checked for safety using state-of-the-art technology. Omnicare Pharmacy offers competitive pricing and direct billing to your insurance company, as well as prescription delivery and copies of your medical records at no additional charge.

On-Site Rehabilitation Services

Emeritus Senior Living communities partner with a wide range of health care providers who bring their expertise directly to residents, in their comfort of their own home. These on-site senior rehabilitation services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wellness education, restorative care, home health care, hospice care, and medication management. Services are typically covered by Medicare Part B and are also available to residents on a private-pay basis.

Life Enrichment

There's never a lack of things to do at Emeritus Senior Living, where residents can participate in a diverse palette of recreation and education designed to add joy and purpose to life. Life Enrichment at Emeritus features activities and programs that reflect the talents, interests, and personalities of the residents in each particular community. Residents can enjoy walking clubs, game clubs, Tai Chi, yoga, dance classes, guest speakers, excursions to cultural events, and much more. Special events include brain health fairs, barbecues, holiday feasts, and other activities designed to keep residents socially engaged, mentally stimulated, and always having fun!

Fine Dining

Emeritus Senior Living residents don't have to contend with cooking - they enjoy three healthy, homemade meals and three snacks each day. Skilled chefs work closely with registered dieticians to accommodate residents with a variety of dietary needs, such as low-sugar and no salt-added diets. All meals are served restaurant-style, with a daily menu reflecting the taste and style of the region and a variety of side dish choices, salads, fruit plates, and sandwiches made to order. Festive special event dinners are served throughout the year, and private dining rooms and catering services are available for special occasions. Plus, seniors and their families are welcome to visit an Emeritus community to enjoy a complimentary lunch and experience the taste of premier senior living for themselves.

Financial Options

Emeritus Senior Living has partnered with the Financial Planning Association to help seniors and their families make important financial decisions about senior living. Emeritus has also partnered with Elderlife Financial Services to offer a Senior Living Line of Credit. In addition, the Life Care Funding Group Assurance Benefit Program allows seniors to convert a portion of their life insurance policy death benefit into a long-term care benefit that is paid directly to their Emeritus community. Not only that, but Emeritus also helps seniors learn more about the Aid & Attendance Program offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, working with benefits administrators to help families of eligible veterans and surviving spouses apply for these funds (up to $2,000 per month).

And for budget-conscious seniors -- or those who just prefer not to live alone -- Emeritus Senior Living offers the benefits of companion living through Friendship Suites. Financially speaking, a senior participating in this program may save up to 30 percent of assisted living costs. Emeritus connects residents with compatible personality types, being mindful of matching those who share similar interests, abilities, and care requirements. If the connection just isn't there, Emeritus will make every effort to find you a new companion.


In 2012, Emeritus, along with Aegis Living, Leisure Care, and Merrill Gardens, won an Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) Best of the Best Award for their collaboration with Washington State University's School of Hospitality Business Management to develop and teach a class on senior living management to college juniors and seniors.

Emeritus Senior Living won another ALFA Best of the Best Award in 2012, this time in the Risk Management and Injury Reduction Category. Emeritus won for its Staff Safety Education Campaign, an educational DVD series in an infomercial format that has already helped decrease workplace injury. And in 2011, Emeritus won an ALFA Best of the Best Award for its "Win Free Rent for a Year Sweepstakes."

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