Aerial view of Kent WashingtonThe city of Kent is situated halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, in the heart of the Green River valley with breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. Residents of a Kent nursing home have access to high quality healthcare found in large, metropolitan cities while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

In order to make the right choice for your loved one, it is important to understand the differences of the terms used in senior housing. Today, a "nursing home" means a facility which has professional staff to provide intensive medical care to residents who have serious, chronic conditions. There are also facilities known as "assisted living". These typically have full-time care, but they are designed for seniors who need support for daily activities such as meals, cleaning or bathing, or perhaps have some physical limitations or frailty. If you are interested, here is more information on Kent assisted living.

Kent Medical Facilities

Kent Nursing Home resident

While nursing homes provide equipment and staff for ongoing medical care to patients with severe illnesses and disabilities, sometimes an emergency situation may arise and your loved one will need to be sent to a hospital for treatment.

Residents of a Kent nursing home are fortunate to be able to transfer to some of the best medical facilities in South King County.

Valley Medical Center in Renton, Kent's neighbor to the north, is a nationally-recognized hospital that operates the most comprehensive emergency department in the area. Doctors and nurses who are trained specifically in emergency are available 24 hours, seven days a week to care for critically ill patients.

Residents of a Kent nursing home are a short ride away from Auburn Regional Medical Center in the neighboring city of Auburn. In addition to handling critical medical emergencies, the Medical Center is also home to a one-of-a-kind Geropsychiatric Center designed to help seniors cope with issues such as depression, dementia, anxiety and other emotional difficulties.

Kent Parks & Recreation

You and your loved one can take in a breath of fresh air along a peaceful, nature trail by strolling along the Green River Trail. The Green River trail connects with other Kent greenbelts and parks such as Van Doren's Landing. Have a picnic at one of the park's many sheltered picnic areas and watch locals take their boats out to fish on the Green River.

Flower lovers can explore the Eastern-inspired Kaibara Park and nearby Yangzhou Park in downtown Kent. Kaibara Park features gardens and plants in the Japanese tradition, while Yangzhou Park a Chinese pavilion, gardens and public art.

A Kent nursing home can provide your loved one with high-quality medical care in a peaceful, compassionate setting.

You can find nursing homes in Kent on our Kent Nursing Homes page or assisted living on our Kent Assisted Living page.

Written by senior housing writer Jacqui Howell.