Words from the Wise

We are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people who live in our communities.  It's what drives us.  We spend our days learning from the wisdom of our residents - we are awed by their years of life experience. 

We are honored to share their knowledge in our Words from the Wise video series.  We think you'll agree they're right on the money.

Merrill Gardens owns and operates senior living communities with a focus on residents and team members.

About Merrill Gardens

At Merrill Gardens our focus is always on the people who live and work at our communities.  As you can see from the video above, we look for ways to honor our residents and learn from their life experiences.

Our commitment comes from the deep roots of our family company. Our founder, Richard Dwight (R.D.) Merrill, moved to the Pacific Northwest in the 1890s to establish timber holdings. He was an innovator - the first to practice sustainable forestry, replanting seedlings to grow as much as he cut. R.D's tradition of attention and thoughtfulness eventually grew to include the business of caring for people.

Merrill Gardens started with one community in Seattle, Washington and just a handful of team members in 1993 - it now employs thousands across the country.  Through innovative programs and a determined commitment to residents and team members, Merrill Gardens is one of the most respected senior living providers in the country.

The company is still privately owned and family run - Chairman Charlie Wright is a fourth generation Merrill family member.

Each Merrill Gardens community reflects the characteristics of the area where it is located and the needs and interests of residents. Our sister company, Pillar Properties, oversees the development of each of our communities to ensure high standards of design and construction. You can see our communities under development here.

The management and resources of the R. D. Merrill Company ensure a long-term commitment to quality, security, choice and privacy in all Merrill Gardens communities. Merrill Gardens is, above all, a company dedicated to quality and built on a strong foundation of family, community, long-term commitment and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Our senior living communities offer a 60-day guarantee


We’re so confident you’ll love joining our family that if we don't meet all your hopes and expectations we’ll refund your rent for up to 60 days. That's the Merrill Family Guarantee.

Our senior living communities support your independence


We enjoy working to make space for who you are and everything you want to do. Imagine the freedom of a home where the duties and details are taken care of, so that you can spend your days the way you deserve.

Enjoy a full calendar of activities at our senior living communities


Our Active Living Director at each Merrill Gardens community oversees a full activities calendar created around the interests and desires of residents– day trips, recitals, Wii bowling, park walks, book clubs, high tea, spiritual direction, and everything in between.

Merrill Gardens takes pride in being a family business

This is what we stand for. 

Our mission is to provide an inspiring environment for our residents, families and team members where every life is defined by the possibilities


Photo:  President David Eskenazy enjoying a laugh with one of our residents.

Family Business of the Year 2016

We are honored to be recognized as the Family Business of the Year and we are so grateful for our family of residents and team members.

Meet our Team

Merrill Gardens chairman, Charles Wright

Charles Wright

Chairman, R.D. Merrill Company


Merrill gardens chief operating officer, Bill Pettit

Bill Pettit

President, R.D. Merrill Company


Doug Spear, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Eskenazy

President, Merrill Gardens


Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Merrill Gardens, Morei Lingle

Morei Lingle

Chief Administration Officer and Senior Vice President


Cody Wright

Cole Wright

Managing Director, China Operations


Doug Spear

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


We are always looking for the right people to join the Merrill Gardens team

Merrill Gardens Senior Living Communities

We are always looking for the right
people to join our team.