Your Life


Welcome to St. Francis of Bellingham

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham is located on the beautiful campus of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, just a short distance from I-5 at the Sunset exit. We have served our community from this location since 1985. Our care team is one of the most experienced in the area with a core of employees who have been here many years, some since we opened our doors 30 years ago.

Our experienced clinical professionals and support staff includes nurses, therapists, wound care specialists, social workers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and nutritionists who work together with patients and their loved ones on a plan of care specifically tailored to the needs of each patient. Our mission is to enhance the life of every person we serve. We achieve this mission through an integrative, whole-team approach with the patient at the center.

While patients recover from illness or injury at St. Francis of Bellingham before returning to the living situation of their choice, they enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces which promote fun with friends and family, bird and wildlife watching, or quiet reflection. Good food and enjoying each others’ company are a regular part of our daily life, for long-term residents as well as short-stay guests.


Healthcare Services

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham skilled nursing staff, comprised of registered and practical nurses, as well as occupational, speech, and physical therapists, help restore seniors’ lives after physical trauma, such as a stroke, heart attack, broken hip, or knee replacement. Our skilled nursing team, under the direction of the seniors’ physician, is ready to help with healing, rehabilitation, and a smooth transition back into a normal and healthy life.

We are proud of our skilled nursing services. Under the direction of our Director of Nursing Services, our nurses and nursing assistants strive to give each individual the care and support that is tailored to their unique needs. Our clinical staff is anchored by a core of long-term nurses and nursing assistants, some who have worked at Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham for over 25 years.

We support ongoing education for our staff members to continually increase our individual and team knowledge.

We provide:

  • Personalized assessments
  • Full-time care and supervision
  • Skilled nursing care, coupled with rehabilitative staff for all around care
  • A nice, inviting and home-like atmosphere
  • Insurance advice
Shared Room
Shared Room

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham has a robust rehabilitation department, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology services. We take pride in being the largest inpatient rehab center in Whatcom County. Our therapists focus on individual goals for each patient in order to work toward meeting their potential as quickly as possible. We encourage independence in a supportive environment.

Our private therapy rooms and social gym offer outpatients as well as inpatients the environment they need to work toward their therapy goals. Many people who start out as inpatients come back as outpatients during their final transition back to their own homes.

Front Entrance
Front Entrance

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham provides in-patient and outpatient services in an in-house therapy gymnasium. Our Rehabilitation team includes specialists who can focus on individual programs to meet a wide array of patient therapy needs. Aside from standard exercise and therapeutic equipment such as weights, therabands, physioballs and massage/exercise tables, St. Francis Rehab has its own private raised therapeutic garden and outdoor access for additional functionality. We also have three separate, private therapy rooms for specialized therapy services.

We offer:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham takes pride in offering long-term care services to residents of Bellingham and surrounding communities. Our friendly and compassionate long-term care staff, composed of registered, vocational and practical nurses and aids, provide 24-hour care services to seniors who are no longer able to care for themselves because of physical, emotional, or cognitive conditions.

Long-term care services serve an important role in the continuum of care for seniors. Nursing home care services can include personal care, specialized diets, medication management, restorative therapy, social services, spiritual services, and individual and group activities. These long-term care services are provided through an individualized nursing home care plan approved by the seniors’ physicians.

Activity Room
Activity Room

Our facility provides:

  • A personalized long-term care plan approved by the residents’ primary care doctors
  • A friendly, safe, and warm nursing home atmosphere
  • Appealing and balanced meals (we accommodate specialized diets)
  • Medication monitoring and management
  • Senior rehabilitation
  • Support for loved ones
  • Plenty of opportunities for senior citizens to socialize with others and partake in social activity

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham is dedicated to supporting the senior healthcare needs of the surrounding community. Families providing care for loved ones with mental health issues, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, have continuously chosen us to care for loved ones on a short term basis. Our Senior Respite Care services are specially tailored to give families a well-deserved break from providing the compassionate daily care their loved one requires.

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham is proud to provide short-term respite stays at a nightly fee. This is ideal for family caregivers who may need a few days or weeks off. We will work closely with your loved one’s primary care physician to help continue the care they deserve.


Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham boasts a community integrated Therapeutic Recreation department with full-time, nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). The Recreation Therapy Department provides a daily assortment of programs designed to meet the social, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative needs of each patient in accordance with their wishes and capabilities.

Rather than one designated area competing for activities, Recreation Therapy programs and activities take place throughout our building in a collection of areas depending on the type of activities or needs of the group. Using a combination of the large dining room space as well as our living rooms, Recreation Therapy programs are structured to support the individual social, spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.

In addition to daily therapeutic activities, Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham provides weekly outings, special events and collaborative opportunities to meet with community related recreation services such as Western Washington University Allied Health students as well as Speech and Audiology Clinicians.

Dining Room
Dining Room

Contact Us



3121 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225

P: 360-734-6760
F: 360-647-3749


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The Avamere Family of Companies

The mission of the Avamere Family of Companies is to enhance the life of every person we serve. Our comprehensive continuum of post-acute care and senior living settings help seniors with a range of health care needs and post-retirement options. When approaching the unique care needs and living situations of the individuals we serve, we strive to provide the guidance and services to stay comfortably in the residence of their choice. Explore our website to learn about our commitment to you.


The Avamere Family of Companies was established in 1995 with the rehabilitation of a single skilled nursing facility. Now, our services help individuals in hundreds of locations across 15 states.


For over 25 years, the Avamere Family of Companies’ core leadership team has worked to improve and expand post-acute services and senior living options locally and nationally.

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To Enhance the Life of Every Person We Serve

  • Integrity above all else
  • Passion for the quality of people’s lives
  • Quality that is obvious
  • Innovation, not emulation
  • A culture of trust and respect
  • Reaching to learn, grow and embrace change
  • Teamwork, camaraderie and fun