LifeMinded is an approach we’ve practiced since we opened in 1985. It is also what distinguishes us from other senior living communities in the area. LifeMinded promotes the benefits of “engaged living,” using special, proven techniques and practices designed for seniors based on the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness” model created by the International Council on Active Aging®. Our LifeMinded approach helps every Willow's resident create their own personalized program for living a full, satisfying and active life—often a more active life—regardless of their age. Retirement living as it was meant to be lived, full of life.
Read more about LifeMinded here.
Our residents have access to personal care and assisted living services in the comfort of their apartments. Even though we are an independent senior living community, there is no need to leave The Willows if you need assistance with grooming, laundry, medication reminders or other personal matters. Access to assisted living services can be provided on your terms by our partners or anyone of your choosing.
Read more about our partners and the services they provide here.
Our services and amenities include:
- Lunch or dinner daily in our restaurant-style dining room through our flexible meal plan.
- Scheduled transportation for shopping, medical and dental appointments, banking, church, etc.
- Access to a wide variety of classes, trips, cultural events and fitness opportunities.
- 24-hour staffing and a security and emergency response system.
- concierge who can provide information on a wide variety of services including assistance with personal care, shopping services, and other support for you and your family.
- Weekly housekeeping.
- Utilities, including cable, included in your rent.
Read more about our services and amenities here.
Yes, small pets are welcome with payment of a one-time fee. Residents provide for their own pet needs in designated areas of our grounds. (If you need dog-walking, we’ll be glad to connect you with that service.)
Transportation services are available regularly to many local shopping, banking, mailing and entertainment venues. In addition, transportation is available for personal medical and dental appointments. Your concierge will gladly help you with scheduling. In addition - Whatcom Transportation Authority maintains a stop at our front door.
No—our residents do not sign leases. We rent our apartments on a month-to-month basis. Typically, we require 30-day notice if you choose to leave. A $750 non-refundable reservation fee will secure an apartment of your choice for up to 30 days.
Yes, we maintain two guest apartments for friends and family. There is a reasonable charge for these accommodations.
Yes. You will be asked to work with our manager if you are interested in painting your apartment or otherwise personalizing it. Let’s talk about your ideas.
Food service manager Stacey Jones and her staff prepare lunch and dinner daily in our dining room. Your monthly service fee includes the equivalent of one meal per day, per month. You can use your meals however you like, whenever you like, in any combination. If you miss meals, you’re free to “make them up” at any time during the same month. Our dining plan lets you tailor your dining service to fit your life.
Yes. We don’t have “assigned seating.” When you arrive for dinner, our maître d' will greet and seat you. You can also make a reservation for a specific time if you like. Room service and take-out service are always available as well.
We do not have assigned parking. Our parking is free and plentiful. We also offer valet parking to you and your guests at no charge.
Computers are provided for resident use throughout our community. In addition there is wireless access in most of our common areas. Residents may contract for access in their apartments through local Internet providers.
Yes. We think you’ll be delighted by how easy it is. Each time you visit, we’ll introduce you to many of the people who live and work here. We hope that by the time you join us, you will already know several people by name. When you move in, our relocation coordinator will be available to answer all the questions you or your family may have. We also have a group of residents who serve as “ambassadors” and welcome new residents. At meals, our maître d’ will seat you for dinner, introducing you to your tablemates. In no time at all, you’ll feel like one of the family.
The Willows is family-owned. It has been operated by Cascade Group since its opening in 1985. Viki Essex has served as our manager since we opened.
For residents not yet eligible for LifeMinded rewards, we increase rent on the anniversary of your move-in date. In recent years, increases have ranged from 1-4 percent. Of course the sooner you move in, the sooner you’ll benefit from the savings offered by our LifeMinded Rewards.
Residents who have lived at The Willows for more than 3 years qualify for LifeMinded Rewards which offers one-of-a-kind peace of mind by limiting or eliminating rent increases while you live with us. Learn More.
Absolutely. Using paid models or stock photography just isn’t our style. Everyone pictured on this site is a member of The Willows community or a member of one of our two other LifeMinded communities in Issaquah, Washington and Eugene, Oregon. The people who live and work here love to rave about The Willows—just ask them.