Based in Seattle, Washington, Leisure Care was founded in 1976, and is one of the nation’s largest privately held retirement and assisted living companies. We own, manage, develop, and consult in all facets of the senior living business.

Now that we have all the nitty-gritty facts out of the way, let’s talk about how we tick. Don’t worry—it won’t take long. Our goal is simple: to create happy residents, families, employees, and partners. That’s who we are, and if you make your home with us, work for us, or work with us we think you’ll more than notice. And that makes us happy, too.

Our parent company

You might be asking, “Who’s One Eighty?” The short answer: “One Eighty is the parent company of Leisure Care.” The long answer: “One Eighty is a diversified company, catering to the needs of seniors and non-seniors alike in a broad range of markets, predominately in the hospitality industry.” The One Eighty twisted-thinking answer: ”Conventional wisdom is so lame. Spoil the customers silly no matter what!” Whether it’s retirement communities around the globe, our full-service travel agency, our low-acid coffee company, great tasting roasts, or our charity foundation, we approach everything through our customers’ eyes. Take a look at our website. See how twisted we are.

Established in 2010, the One Eighty Foundation is passionately committed to improving the lives of children and families—to give when there are needs, to mentor when guidance is sought, and to create opportunities for better lives. The One Eighty Foundation supports a number of Puget Sound area organizations, including YouthCare, Toys for Kids, Pioneer Services – Spruce Street Inn, YMCA, Kindering, and Seattle Union Gospel Mission.


Jeff Thaxton Trains for Triathlon to Raise Money for ALS

One Spokane man is training to compete in the Coeur d'Alene Triathlon for the first time, specifically to raise money to support people battling ALS. While Jeff Thaxton trains in the heat of the Spokane summer, he does a lot of thinking about his close friend’s father Dennis. He was recently stripped of life by ALS.

“The mind is still there but the body just shuts down,” said Thaxton.

He is also thinking of the cheerful resident at the Fairwinds retirement community where he works as a fitness instructor. He watched as ALS marched in and took her too. On top of that, ALS is also attacking one of Jeff’s childhood football teammates.

Van Mall chef serves five-star 'senior' cuisine

A former nurse and lifelong exercise and nutrition devotee, 84-year-old Annabelle Cusack credits the delicious, healthy and broad range of food choices at the Van Mall Retirement Community with helping her keep trim and robust. As chairman of the Residents’ Food Service Committee, she sees how hard Chef Jean-Pierre Belmar and his team work to provide as many as 25 food choices per meal.

“I lived previously in a senior community in Bend that offered two choices each meal,” observed Cusack, who has lived at Van Mall for three years. “Here we enjoy a world of choices from spaghetti and flat iron steak for the meat-and-potatoes crowd to avocado, seafood salad and gluten-free dining for people like me.”

100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Host Opportunity Hiring Fair on May 5, Expanding a Nationwide Effort to Connect America's Youth to Jobs

With 5.5 million young Americans out of school and work, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of 40 top U.S. companies, today announced plans to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle, beginning with an unprecedented job fair on May 5 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Hiring managers from Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Hilton, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Red Robin, Republic Services, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, and Walmart will be at the Seattle Opportunity Fair. Together, they will interview hundreds of youth in an effort to connect many of King County’s estimated 50,593 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from employment and education – to meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success. The event will also kick start a long-term effort in partnership with many of the region’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and civic leaders to employ thousands of local youth, accelerating the coalition’s national goal to hire at least 100,000 opportunity youth by 2018.

Surprising Response by Dementia Patient to 'Joy For All Companion'

Hasbro's Joy For All Companion Pets, realistic robotic cats that react like real cats, bring relaxation and pleasure to people unable to attend to live pets' needs - such as those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In October, several Joy For All Companion Pets spots were filmed in Livermore, California, including at Heritage Estates Retirement Community. "Heritage Estates gave us full access with no limitations," said Craig Caryl of M7 Labs. "They have been an incredible partner, allowing us to test, document, and film this cutting-edge product there."

Residents Retire With A Purpose At Russellville Park

Nine years ago, Russellville Park resident Cleo White was asked by the community's assistant manager if she would be interested in getting a group of residents together to work on a community service project. "They wanted us to make Christmas decorations for the Shriners, so I got a group of residents together and we did that," said White. "Once we were finished with that, the ladies started asking me what we were going to do next. So we've just kept going." What came next is an ongoing commitment to serve two local nonprofit organizations: the Grant and Per Diem program and the Raphael House of Portland...

108-year-old Mariners fan Evelyn Jones to throw out first pitch Saturday

The Mariners and Fairwinds - Brittany Park's Evelyn Jones hope to make a little bit of history on Saturday at Safeco Field. Jones is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the game against the Los Angeles Angels. It will be a special occasion because it’s her birthday. But not just any birthday. Jones will turn 108 years old on Saturday, and when she throws out the first pitch she’ll become the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

Retirement facility provides cognitive therapy to seniors

Fairwinds - Sand Creek has established a new relationship with Rosetta Stone. Fit Brains is an engaging way to build cognitive stimulation in six major brain areas, including: focus, memory, speed, logic, visual and language. Residents are encouraged to exercise these areas for at least ten minutes a day. The games are individually personalized to increase the difficulty and complexity over time.

Mackenzie Place Residents Treat Student's Studying for Finals with Story Time

Students in Kraemer Family Library were treated to a respite from studying for finals, thanks to a handful of Visual and Performing Arts students and seniors from the MacKenzie Place retirement community.

Leisure Care to Provide Rosetta Stone’s Language Learning and Brain Fitness Programs to Seniors Nationwide

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leisure Care, a One Eighty brand and one of the nation’s largest privately-held senior housing management companies, announced today a new relationship with Rosetta Stone through which it will provide its residents access to both Rosetta Stone’s renowned language learning programs, as well as the company’s Fit Brains brain training program. Leisure Care is the first senior housing management company in the nation to make these programs available to their nearly 6,000 residents.

Not sitting around, Seattle's Leisure Care expands

The Puget Sound region has long been a leader in the senior living industry. Seattle-based Leisure Care made a splash yesterday by announcing a partnership with Auctus Capital Partners to manage two retirement communities in Bellevue and Ballard.

Beer License on Tap for New Senior Center?

South Ogden - Perhaps to illustrate that their new brand of senior living communities are far from boring and stuffy, One Eighty - the Seattle, WA.- based parent company for Treeo - recently applied for a Class C Beer License.