The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community - Spokane, WA

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  • Minimum Age of Accepted Residents
  • Activities Onsite
  • Devotional Services Available
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Meals Provided
  • Aging in Place
  • Nurses on Staff
  • Podiatrist Available
  • Physical Therapy Available
  • Occupational Therapy Available
  • Speech Therapy Available
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Activities Offsite
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Beauty & Barber Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed in Private Areas Indoors
  • No Smoking Allowed in Public Areas Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible Showers
  • Hospice Available
  • Respite Available
  • Resident Parking Available
  • Male Residents Accepted
  • Female Residents Only
  • Doctor on Call
  • Nurse on Call
  • Homecare Onsite
  • Dentist Available

Customer Reviews

Pros: Lovely neighborhood with park nearby. Anytime eating in main DR. Scooters OK.
Cons: very old building; assisted living in separate building, must go outside to go to main blding; studio apts only in AL. This is not for Mom

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for taking the time to leave this online review. We hope you are able to find a perfect place for Mom.

I toured this community

I went on a tour here and the staff was nice and helpful. They answered all of my questions. It was nice and clean. They have more care options here. But not a lot of amenities for the price. I would recommend families tour this community before making a choice.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback regarding your tour of The Academy. We are happy to hear that you found the community to be nice and clean. If we can review any of the pricing options with you further, please don't hesitate to reach back out to us.

Nice facility but not for us

I toured this facility and liked it. I thought it was really pretty. However, I didn’t care for the dining room. It was on the lowest level and had an odor to it that I didn’t care for. The kitchen seemed clean, so I don’t know if it was musty because of the carpeting or what. But the rooms were nice, big, bright, and they had big, beautiful windows. It was a nice facility just not a good fit for my Mom.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for writing this review for The Academy. We are glad you liked the community and thought the building was pretty. We are sorry to hear about your experience with the dining room. We will look into this to see what might have caused an odor.

A nice older building

The food is good and they offer a variety of choices. The staff are friendly and helpful. They offer daily activities. The community is clean and the grounds are nice. There is a park next to it for the residents to enjoy. The community does have only one elevator. I would recommend this community.

Beautiful Community

The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community is a beautiful historic building situated in a park. The decor is just beautiful. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting. The staff is very friendly and caring and attentive to my mom's care needs. Mom's room is very nice, we have brought in her things to make it very homey for her. I have dined with my mom and the food is really good, they offer a wide variety of healthy choices, the meals are well balanced. There are plenty of activities that the staff encourages the residents to participate. They have porches with seating provided and they can also walk around the park to enjoy the roses and fresh air. We would highly recommend this community to others.

It was an older facility. Which wasn't a problem. We felt that it could not the complicated needs of our brother at this time.

Care and Distance for dad

We toured this community for my father's care. We liked that the staff was kind and able to answer the questions we had on the care that is offered. The menu was appealing and the community was very positive. They offer a nice list of activities for the residents. We wanted a community closer to home. We would recommend that families tour this nice community for the care of a loved one's needs.

Friendly Environment!!

I really like my new living environment at this community. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming to me and I could not have asked for a better place. I enjoys my meals and dinning experience as well as different activities throughout the week with the other ladies. I am very happy and would recommend this place to anyone interested in a great place to live.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying living at The Academy! Our Anytime Dining and Active Living programs are such great ways to experience living at our community, so this is wonderful feedback to receive.

A place for Dad

My Dad has been at the acadamy for three weeks now. He was reluctant to move but now he always seems happy. Everyone on the staff is phenomenal!

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are happy to hear that your dad is doing well at The Academy! Thank you for sharing such kind words about our team members.

The best of the best!

The Academy was by far the best place that we have ever seen. We toured over 6 places and had my loved one is 2 different communities, so we have experience. She loved what she saw, and we were very impressed with the community. We liked that she could be independent and still have a little bit of help when needed. The administration lady was great. I highly recommend this community to anyone!

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are so pleased to see this great review for The Academy. It sounds like you have seen many senior living options, so we are very happy to know that this is your choice.

We really enjoyed [Removed] and her kindness and knowledge. The facility is absolutely charming and homey. The one bedroom units are more than adequate and well laid out. The studios are small but the ones we saw are well decorated. The separation of the assisted living and unassisted living areas is unfortunate but understandable being an 100+ year old property. This is a place which needs to be looked at if you are considering a senior living option. It could be your place of choice!

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for this review for The Academy. We are so proud of our charming senior living community and we are happy to read your feedback. Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions for you.

A bit dated. Though it appeared clean, there was a bit of an odor that was noticed. We visited on a Sunday, and there was minimal staff about; which may entirely have been due to the time of day we visited.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for providing us with this feedback. We would love another opportunity to invite you back to our community in hopes of providing a better experience. Please let us know if you would like to join us for lunch or dinner!

Very Clean Place!!

This community was a good choice for my father. The staff is very helpful and attentive to his needs. My father's favorite thing about the community is the fact that the dining room is open from 7am to 7pm, so he can go have his meals when he wants to. The community is very clean and well kept up. The room he is in is very comfortable, he has a lot of windows that provide a lot of natural lighting. The only suggestion I have is I wish they had higher toilets in the bathrooms. The one he currently has is low in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this community to anyone looking!

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are so happy to hear that you and your father are glad for choosing The Academy. The Anytime Dining program is a great feature so it is good to hear that he is taking advantage of it!

Excellent Care

This community is great. Staff is outstanding in everyway. I like the activities that are offered. The meals are very good. A clean community. I would highly recommend this community to others.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are so happy to hear that you enjoy our team, the activities and food. All of these items are very important in providing a great community for residents, so this is wonderful feedback to receive.

A good Choice

With the first visit to tour The Academy my mother and I found it to be inviting, and friendly. All staff was very welcoming. My mom found several things about the facility that she liked, the smaller size, friendly residents, the unique rooms gave her options, the dinning room was very nice, the food wonderful and had a great staff, The building and outside area were well maintained and gave her a neighborhood feel rather than looking out to a busy street or parking lot. After visiting several other properties she felt that The Academy was the right place for her, now a month later she is settled in and enjoying the activities, staff and other residents.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are so happy to hear that your mother chose to move to The Academy. This feedback is great to receive and we hope to continue providing your mother with great experiences.

Seniors beware! Stay away from this place!

I was not impressed at all when I took my mother in for a tour. The man that was running the place I think his name was Mark was extremely rude to my mom and treated her like she was a child. None of the employees seemed happy to be working there and it looked liked when they seen the big guy Mark walking their way they tried to avoid him at all costs. (This) location of Merrill Gardens in Spokane WA gets a one star in my book. Very unprofessional.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are disappointed to hear about your experience and we are sharing this information with our regional team so that they can follow up as needed. We appreciate that you took the time to let us know about this issue. Please reach out to us directly with any additional concerns.

nice place to consider

very happy overall. A good value

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

Thank you for giving us this feedback. We are happy to hear that you are happy overall with The Academy!

This is a beautiful old building near Gonzaga, but only has small apartments. Nice dining room with "anytime" dining.

Nice place, very helpful staff

This is a nice place, very clean, and the staff have been very helpful. Initially we had my loved one in independent living, but it turns out she needed more assistance than what that entailed. Having to move rooms so soon after moving in was a little hard on her, so be sure your loved one is correctly assessed! They were very helpful and made the transition as easy as they could, however.

Amanda Warren

Local Representative

We are glad to hear about the positive experience you had in moving your loved one to our community. We try our best to make this transition as smooth as possible so we are grateful for your recognition of our assistance. Do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you need!

Grateful Family

The Academy has fulfilled all of our expectations and more. The facility is clean, the staff is fantastic, helpful and very caring. We have peace of mind knowing that our mom is in a wonderful place that she really enjoys. The interaction between residents and staff is impressive to watch. The residents are all treated equally with respect, kindness and lots of patience by the staff, who are always available to speak with family, and answer any of our concerns. From maintenance to management, all seem to really enjoy their jobs. Our mom's evaluation meeting with Lauralee Gumm was very thorough, informative and also helpful to us. She took as much time as we needed to address all of our questions and still patiently and kindly interact with mom.

Very large rooms - older building - n...

Very large rooms - older building - not as easy to get around

From the Community

The Academy, a Merrill Gardens Community, is a grand historic building in a garden setting next to Mission Park and close to downtown Spokane. The Academy offers retirement and assisted living with a multitude of services and amenities. Convenient Anytime Dining in a restaurant atmosphere means that you can plan your day the way you want it and not around scheduled mealtimes. Our Active Living program is designed to improve overall health and well-being through exercise and activities. Assisted Living offers care and assistance as needed under the supervision of a dedicated health care team.We also have a Connections Program. Everyone receives a private email account for free and an instructor to show them how to use the web and email friends and family. And our 60-day Guarantee means that you can try us out for 60 days and if you are not loving living at The Academy we will refund your money.

Respite care is another service we provide at The Academy. Whether is it is needed after a hospital stay or a service provided to help a caregiver get a break, a few days, a week or month long stays can be arranged.