About Canterbury Park Independent Living Community
Canterbury Park Independent Living Community 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 care, Koelsch Communities is proud to remain family owned and operated. Aaron Koelsch, who grew up in that first nursing home, leads the company with his lifetime of experience and passion for excellence. Today, our family business has become known across eight states, bringing excellence of service to the many residents and their families.

Each community is meticulously designed, by owner and lead designer Judy Koelsch, to support and encourage residents living with the challenges of aging and memory loss. In fact, Koelsch Communities is one of the nation’s few assisted living communities specifically licensed as a freestanding dementia care community.

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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.