Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

1421 Minor Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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About the community Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

Truewood by Merrill, First Hill is perfect for those who like being near boutique shopping, theaters, concert and lecture halls and much more. This friendly retirement community is in the First Hill neighborhood, where many of Seattle's best known and highest quality medical practices are located.

Enjoy the large picture windows that get lots of natural light, cozy common areas and well-furnished spaces perfect for socializing and entertaining outside guests. Readers revel in the well-appointed library and plant lovers enjoy the serene terrace garden. Physicians make rounds twice a month.

We are proud to have Eldergrow at our First Hill community! Eldergrow offers a connection to nature through innovative gardening products and activity programming.
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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing for Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

Studio
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
1 Bedroom
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
2 Bedrooms
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo
Semi-Private
Starting at
$XXXX
/mo

*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Doctor
Nurse
Podiatrist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
International cuisine

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Kitchenette
Ground floor units
Handicap accessible

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Wander guard or similar system available
Secured community
Designed specifically to accommodate memory loss
Indoor walking paths

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Private bath
Main street shops

Services

Beautician
Grocery shopping and errands
Housekeeping
Laundry service / drycleaning

Pets

Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Languages spoken

Filipino
Vietnamese

Primary language spoken by staff

English

Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Fitness center
Game room

On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room

Activities

Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Catholic services

Reviews for Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

4.2

(26 reviews)

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Cleanliness

4.4

Care services

4.2

Staff

5.0

Meals & dining

4.8

Activities

4.3

Value for cost

4.2

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5.0
June 14, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client
They worked within our budget

We needed to find a place where our loved one fits in and would have everything he needs. Truewood is that place, the staff in the beginning were very communicative without being to pushy or trying to sell us on anything. Everyone who we met with were just very professional and chill. The value for cost is also reasonable.


5.0
April 14, 2021
Diane - Loved one of resident/client
A Great Place to Live, Great Friends, Great Staff

Being a brand new resident in a unique time, with the lock down taking place a couple weeks after moving in due to the pandemic was handled well. The communication with the family was great. They kept the residents safe. I would highly recommend this community to anyone. I want to live there if the time comes.


4.0
January 19, 2021
Anonymous - Child of resident/client
Verified Review
A good place

The staff is very caring but their communication could be better. I would recommend this community to others.


5.0
January 19, 2021
Laurie - Child of resident/client
Verified Review
Overall good experience

We think the food is really good, we also think the size of the community is good. The rooms are pretty standard they are a little small. We we would recommend the Merrill Gardens community to others.


3.5
July 24, 2020
C.O. - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A homey community

It is a wonderful place for activities and has really nice apartments but when your loved one needs more care and their are not equipped for that level and of become problematic for me. I chose this community because I thought is was very homey and had a warm feeling. The staff were welcoming and friendly. It a great place for high functioning seniors.


3.0
August 23, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Although I think they do a great job with both assisted and memory, I don't like the strict separation between the two levels of care. Mom isn't quite at the level or need of their memory care but she needs more help than their assisted offers


5.0
August 19, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

too hilly. daytime walking trips good no medicaid spend down VA Aid and Assist requires Dad to have two services and Merrill's minimum is 500 each service.


5.0
March 14, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Better than being at Grandmas! Staff A+ Food A+ Accomodations A+ Extremely well cared for A++ Just perfect!


4.5
October 17, 2017
Charlie Severn - Toured community
We love Merrill Gardens

Amazing community. I love the mixed community feel of this location.


5.0
October 16, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

We chose this program for our Mother. It offered the type of programs that would offer our Mom a very attractive facility, good menu, and strong staff. In visiting each time, we noted the activities constantly present for residents. It was one of the facilities that seemed to walk their talk; demonstrating their ability to keep residents engaged in their environment. We were especially attracted to the diversity of not only staff but also the residents. In looking at all of the programs, the populations diversity was what helped to cement our decision.


5.0
July 21, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
All My Wants In A Community

The move in went very well and I am changing apartments to a larger one. I am happy with everything from the meals to the residents. There is diversity here with a good atmosphere. I like that they have indoor parking, it will make a difference when the weather changes.


5.0
February 2, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
I Liked Seeing The Staff Engaging

The tour I had here showed me that the staff are engaged and concerned about their residents. They were professional and helpful. I was well organized.


4.0
January 11, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Nice Tour of This Community

I had a good tour of this community. It is nice place. The community looked nice and clean. The staff was kind and friendly. Everyone was very nice too my family and myself. My tour went well.


5.0
December 16, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

I really loved this facility. I actually put down a refundable deposit to hold an apt. They are not sure if Wayne is assisted living or memory care. They do not have an memory care rooms open now but do have them in new Ballard location which is not ideal but could work. I gave them the go ahead for an assessment of Wayne so they can figure out monthly costs.

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

January 6, 2017

We are so happy to hear that you loved Merrill Gardens. This feedback is wonderful to receive. Please let us know if we can offer anything additional at this time.


3.5
December 13, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
An ok community!!

The staff we met during our tour were lovely. We like this community, however they would have wanted mom to be in the memory care unit and she was not ready for this move. The community seemed clean. We did not like the layout of the room we were shown. They had a more restrictive food plan compared to the community we chose which has a more open dining policy.

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

December 23, 2016

Thank you for telling us about your experience. It sounds like you found another option that is a good fit for your mom. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in the future.


4.0
July 15, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Caring Community

This community is clean and maintained. The care and safety is here always. My mom likes the meals provided, it is tasty and good quality. She also likes to go on scenic drives and other activities offered here. I would recommend this community to family and friends.

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

July 17, 2016

We are so glad to hear that your mom enjoys the food and activities. We work hard to provide a great environment for residents so this is a wonderful review to receive.


5.0
July 12, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Mom is still adjusting to living at Merrill Gardens!!

Mom lives in the independent living area of this community. She gets along with the entire staff and Patrick the activities director is lovely. She has had a few minor issues with communication with a few of the wait staff but they are working in improving this. The community is clean and they keep it sterilized. This is a smaller community and the food is good. I would recommend this community.

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

July 17, 2016

We are happy to receive this positive review about your mom's experience at Merrill Gardens. Please let us know if there is anything additional we can do.


4.0
June 8, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Merrill Gardens at First Hill is a nice place!!

My dad was at this community for about a month before he had to go into the hospital. Once he improves he will be going back to his apartment. The food is fine and I would give it a 4. I am not able to speak about the activities as he is in the memory care unit and I am not sure what they offer. The community is clean and well maintained.

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

July 17, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this feedback. We are glad to hear that Merrill Gardens has been a good community for your dad. Please let us know if there is anything additional we can do for you or your dad.


2.0
March 9, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Not confident with their care.

I was not confident with the care of my father while at Merrill Gardens at First Hill. I have since moved him back home. Their food was okay but the food for family members to join them at meals was expensive. I only saw people watching TV, no activities. I would tell others to really consider if they want to put a loved one in a nursing home before doing so.


3.5
January 29, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client

I thought the staff are very friendly and professional

Response from Truewood By Merrill, First Hill

January 31, 2016

Thank you for providing us with this review. We are so pleased to hear that you found our team at Merrill Gardens at First Hill to be friendly and professional. Please don't hesitate to contact us with additional feedback or any questions.


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Truewood By Merrill, First Hill has received an average review rating of 4.2 based on 26 reviews. See all reviews.


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