About The Park at Surprise
The Park at Surprise Team

Our Story

The Koelsch Communities story began in 1958. Our first community was a nursing home located in Kelso, Washington. It was here that our founders, Emmett and Alice Koelsch, established our family’s commitment to excellence in senior care. To provide the best possible care for their residents, Emmett and Alice moved their entire family into the basement of the community. Growing up, each member of the Koelsch household was trained in all facets of quality senior care and benefited by the rich relationships developed with their senior residents. Emmett and Alice instilled in their five children the philosophy: “Treat each resident with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

How it Makes Us Different

With sixty years of experience in senior living, Koelsch Communities is proud to remain family owned and operated. Aaron Koelsch, who grew up in the senior living industry, leads the company with his lifetime of experience and passion for excellence. Today, the Koelsch family business has become known across eight states, bringing the highest standards of service to the many residents and their families.

Each community is meticulously planned and built by Koelsch Construction, then designed by owner and lead designer Judy Koelsch to give residents a life of luxury. Judy’s design brings sophistication and class to each community, offering residents a plush atmosphere with the true feeling of elegance in every layer of her design.

Old photo of young couple
Park Wood and Rock Creek communities

Thriving Koelsch Communities

Park Wood is a front-runner in the assisted living industry because we train and employ licensed nurses, onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having clinical nurses involved with every aspect of resident healthcare, including health assessments and direct communication with physicians or medical caregivers, offers residents and family members peace from a professional team directing their care.

Rock Creek Memory Care Community uses the Living Well program to instill significance into every resident interaction. With licensed nurses onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we can offer Short Term and Respite care to those with in-home care. Koelsch Communities also offers a network of dementia-focused educational classes and support groups for those navigating the world of dementia.

We create happiness by providing the finest living experiences anywhere

Quality Standards:

  • Safety
  • Courtesy
  • Presentation
  • Efficiency

Core Values 

  • We treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • We are Ladies and Gentlemen, serving Ladies and Gentlemen.
  • We are intentional with our communication and training.
  • We have fun and enjoy our work.
  • We overmanage the details.