In 1948, Brannen and Albert Meyer began carrying out their vision of providing companionship, security, and compassionate care to seniors in Yakima. Employing the scripture verse “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) as a guiding principle, the Meyers remodeled their Yakima home to accommodate a number of guests — primarily older parents of close Christian friends. Their home became one of the first licensed nursing homes in Yakima.
Seeking to expand their mission, in 1956, the Meyers obtained a 10-year lease on the former Yakima County Hospital near the corner of 64th and Washington Avenues and opened the 184-bed West Valley Nursing Home. The facility was incorporated in 1958 and was named West Valley Nursing Homes, Inc. In 1959, the business was converted to a non-profit corporation and ownership was transferred to a volunteer Board of Directors.
In 1961, Summitview Manor nursing home was purchased near the corner of 40th and Summitview Avenues. Over the years, surrounding parcels of land were purchased and developed. Retirement housing and assisted living services were added to the organization currently doing business as Living Care Retirement Community.
Following a major expansion completed in 2002, Living Care Retirement Community now offers 188 retirement apartments, 39 assisted living apartments and 60 skilled nursing beds. The objectives and policies of Living Care are established by the Board of Directors whose members sign a Statement of Faith annually, assuring that the Board continues to uphold the Christian principles that the organization was founded on.