Testimonials for Garden Courte Memory Care in Olympia

We would like to share with you what our residents, their families and employees have to say about Garden Courte Memory Care.


“Dear Garden Courte,

So often we have reflected on the warm and loving care our mother Barbara received at Garden Courte.  The final months of her life were enriched by the staff, the whole community and by Dr. Morris-Ward.

We are filled with peace and gratitude for the quality care that embodies Garden Courte and are deeply appreciative.”


Barbara & Kevin Hoonan

“I want to sincerely thank you all for the care and compassion you all showed to Tom. I always knew he was in very good hands when he was there. It takes special people to do the work you do and you are all very SPECIAL!” – Mary Ann

“Words cannot express our gratitude in having a place like Garden Courte that was home to Mom for almost 4 years. Thank you for your kindness to us and the love you gave to Mom. Thank you very, very much for the love, compassion and care that you provided for George.” – The Coupens Family

“Thank you so much for the comfort, kindness and service you gave my wife during her years at Garden Courte. It has meant so much to me to know that she was provided with a caring “family” and cheerful surrounding and a desirable quality of life during the difficult and extended period of the last years of her life. For all the love you have shown her, I am forever in your debt.” – John

“Don & I would like to thank you for the fabulous care you gave our parents over the many years they spent with you. You made them feel like family and that they were truly “at home.” Always ready to do whatever was necessary to keep them happy and make them comfortable was evident to anyone who came to visit. We had peace when we would leave the facility that they were loved. – Don & Rita, adult children of former residents

“As my wife ventured through her long journey of the various stages of Dementia/Alzheimer’s, it has been most comforting knowing that the Garden Courte team has been available to provide such professional care. Garden Courte is to be commended for not only their exceptional facilities and care giving, but also for their community involvement in caregiver educational support, which has been instrumental in providing proven professional and home care coping skills.” – Bob, spouse of current resident

“To say that I was overwrought the first time I passed through the doors of Garden Courte, would be an understatement. But I was met with warmth, understanding, a desire to find the best solution, a willingness to follow it through, and a great sense of peace. This attitude prevails throughout the facility and encompasses all people associated with Garden Courte. My husband is comfortable, content, and thriving in this environment. I cannot ask for more.” – Joan, spouse of current resident

“Our beloved mother… has been a resident at Garden Courte for 11 months now. She is doing much better than at previous settings. All staff at Garden Courte are caring and attentive, from the Director to the Caregivers. The food is very good. Mom is always clean and well-cared for, including manicures and pedicures! The communication between staff and the family is timely and effective. We rest assured everyday that Mom is right where she should be given her current situation.” – Susan, daughter of current resident

“Garden Courte was able to keep [Dad]clean, shaved, groomed, and dressed everyday, talk to him, ensure he was fed nutritional meals, and right there to respond when he fell once. They did a better job caring for his every need than we, his family, could ever have, despite our having the best of intentions. The worry was lifted from our shoulders, knowing he was being fully and properly cared for while enduring this terrible terminal disease.

“We had investigated other facilities in the area, but in the end there was no question: Garden Courte won, hands-down. I believe you recently received some kind of award, and I am not surprised. You give exceptional care. Residents are treated as people, with histories, families, and dignity. Staff exhibit compassion, a positive attitude, and are always cheerful. Your staff were encouraging when Dad was, at first, still able to participate in group activities, and have his mind stimulated by field trips, even to the point of being invited to the store with the handyman to “help” him do his job, which pleased my father greatly and made him feel useful.” – Katie, daughter of former resident

“The attention given to our parents is unbelievable at Garden Courte. Our parents lived with us for eight years and moving them out of our home was a huge gut wrenching decision. Finding a caring home for them was imperative. After moving them into Garden Courte and seeing how welcome they made our parents feel was a great stress reliever. After several weeks we can see they are providing them a personal caring touch every minute of the day and also during the night hours.” – Robbi & John , daughter and son-in-law of current residents

“Once again we find ourselves so thankful for the caring staff of Garden Courte. On Thanksgiving, we had our dinner and family time at Dad’s at the Firs. The wind was blowing and the rain was pouring down, but Ursula with her warm and sparkling disposition took the time and effort to get the Garden Courte bus fired up and drove Mom up to the Firs for us. She even went back in and got a warm blanket for Mom, as she said the bus might not be warm enough. She then returned to deliver Mom back to GC. Just another example of your staff going that extra mile for the families and their loved ones. Please convey to Ursula again how much she is appreciated by [our]family!” – Susan, adult child of current resident

“My brothers and sisters and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks so you for al t he loving care you gave to our Mother… during her stay at Garden Courte. It was obvious to us that in spite of the difficulties you must meet in giving care to the elderly that the tasks of daily living were accomplished with a smile and courtesy. Since I visited your facility twice a week I had a lot of opportunities to observe not only your interaction with my mother, but with other residents as well, so I can honestly tell you that I was moved by the kindness you showed to those with whom you had contact – always respecting the dignity of Mom and the other residents we say you with.” – Sandra, adult child of former resident

Staff Testimonials

“My work at Garden Courte is truly rewarding. I am thankful for all of our wonderful residents and families here at Garden Courte. My co-workers make my job easier because we are a team. They are hardworking, enthusiastic, dedicated and focused for making a difference every day, in every way. I am grateful to be a part of the Garden Courte family.” – Chris Washington, Caregiver (3 years) , and Senior Action Network Caregiver of the year award.

“My favorite part of being @ Garden Courte is the opportunity to work with a “Team” that is so focused and dedicated to our cause. To be able to provide a safe, warm, quiet, and caring environment without the everyday difficulties of life is what keeps me coming back to Garden Courte for the past 8 years. Assisting families through one of their most challenging times with compassion, and a knowledge of what their going through is reason I continue my career here at Garden Courte.” – Paul Kilgore, Maintenance Supervisor (8 years)

Professional Testimonials

“Merrill Gardens at Olympia works closely with Garden Courte Memory Care to ensure that family care needs are met. On several occasions we’ve had spouses who lived at Garden Courte and were in easy proximity for visiting daily while still taking advantage of retirement living with us. Garden Courte’s ability to keep their folks through end of life with their hospice program provide great comfort for their loved ones as well. Garden Courte provides education opportunities for families ensuring everyone involved understands the disease process and has the best of support. We are proud to be neighbors and friends of Garden Courte Memory Care.” – Cindy Murr, Community Relations Director @ Merrill Gardens of Olympia

“Garden Courte has been a blessing for CYS (Community Youth Services) this past year in the wonderful events that they have put together to help CYS for youth in need. I want to give many, many thanks, gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at Garden Courte for the support to our organization . We look forward to a continued, lasting relationship.” – Susan Alexander, Director of Resource Development & Community Relations for Community Youth Services

“I have worked with Garden Courte for over 7 years. The caregivers provide excellent caring and comforting care for their families and residents.” – Dr. Bryan Morris-Ward, Garden Courte Medical Director