Our Approach to Healthy, Independent Aging
Era Living operates eight retirement communities in Seattle, Renton, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Issaquah. Each community has its own personality and features that make it unique. No matter which of our communities you visit, one thing you will notice right away is that it will not feel like a “facility”. We value arts, culture, and beauty, and each of our properties is a place you can be proud to call your home. You’ll find a number of common qualities across any senior living community in the Era Living family, all of which are designed to help older adults maintain independence and thrive:
Extensive, Enriching Activity Calendars
Our life enrichment calendars are brimming with activities to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Attend a lecture, discuss current events, take an art class, or enjoy an on-site concert. Choose from a variety of exercise classes for all abilities, including Enhance®Fitness, tai chi, yoga, or Stretch & Flex. Play bridge or poker, take up creative writing, or engage in a local volunteer opportunity. Partake in our regular outings to museums, symphonies, operas, sporting events, parks, and shopping destinations. If you have an interest that you don’t see on the calendar, each community also welcomes ideas and feedback from residents.
Connection to the Arts
At each Era Living community, you will find a signature piece of Chihuly glass on display in one of the elegant common areas. The common areas also feature rotating original, professionally curated art. In normal times, we host social events to celebrate each new art show with live music, food, and wine. This brings together residents, nearby neighbors, and the artists themselves to connect over art.
Many of our residents are artists, and you can sometimes find their art on display in our communities. We also offer art classes for those looking to hone their skills or pick up painting or drawing for the first time.
Plentiful, Beautiful Outdoor Space
No matter what time of year you visit, you will notice the vibrant, well-kept landscaping throughout each Era Living retirement property. We have walking paths and plenty of outdoor seating onsite. Our gardens and patios are beautiful, full of color year-round, and perfect places for relaxing, exercising, or socializing.
In-House Chefs and Elegant Dining Rooms
Each of our communities has its own in-house chef who designs delicious menus to please our residents’ palettes and meet varying dietary needs. We always have healthy options designated on our menus, making it easy to live a healthier lifestyle. The elegant dining rooms are social hubs, where you can choose to be seated with a new group, sit with your friends, or eat on your own. Each community has its own meal plan included in the monthly rent.
Collaboration with University of Washington
Era Living retirement communities partner and collaborate with UW School of Nursing, UW School of Social Work, and UW School of Pharmacy to bring education, support, and evidence-informed programming to our residents. Read more here.
Independent Living, with Help When You Need It
Each of our retirement communities offers independent and assisted living. No matter your health status, residents and their families find comfort knowing that a care team is on staff, help is nearby, and assisted living services are available if and when they are needed.
Assisted living offers assistance with personal care in the privacy of your apartment, on an a la carte basis. We bring assisted living care to you in your original apartment. Examples of things we can help with include:
- Bathing, dressing, grooming, and continence support
- Mobility, transfer, and escort assistance
- Medication management and assistance
- Dietary and nutritional support
- Communicate with family and healthcare providers
- Coordinate medical appointments
Two of our communities, Ida Culver House Broadview in northwest Seattle and The Gardens at Town Square in downtown Bellevue, also offer secured memory care.
Compassionate Staff that Feel Like Family
We have a compassionate team across all eight Era Living retirement communities who are dedicated to our mission of honoring older adults by enhancing the quality of their lives. We are proud of the long tenures of many of our team members and also of the fact that many of the people on our leadership teams were promoted from within the company. When you call an Era Living community home, you will be greeted by name and may start to view our team as an extension of your own family.
We love pets and welcome them in each of our retirement communities,. We just need to meet your pet, and there is a one-time pet fee.
Supportive Programs and Onsite Counselors
We have counselors on staff at each of our retirement communities, and these counselors provide a range of supportive services to our residents and their families. Individual and family counseling is available for a fee. Our counselors also facilitate a number of rotating discussion groups, such as:
- Life Transitions
- Life Reflections Group
- Men’s Group
- Women’s Group
- Newcomer Group
- Family Caregiver Support
- Low Vision Support
- Grief and Loss Support
Additionally, each of our communities offers the “Almost Like Family” program for those who do not have families available in the area or whose families may be away on trips. Through this fee-based program, residents can get 24-hour on call support that includes advocacy in emergency rooms, escorting and advocacy with other medical and routine appointments, etc.
Family-Owned and Locally Operated
Era Living was founded more than 30 years ago by Eli and Rebecca Almo, with a mission to respect and honor older adults by enhancing the quality of their lives. That mission still guides us today. As a family owned company, the resident is at the center of every decision we make. And with the Almos and other senior leadership based locally in the Seattle area, each of our communities has the support it needs to navigate through an ever-changing environment. Watch this video to hear more from our founders and owners: