About Us

About Us

Assisted Living Apartments in Centralia, WA

Located inside Stillwaters Estates Retirement Community, Colonial Residence is an oasis of southern hospitality and charm. From the building’s striking architecture to the gorgeous colors and finishes inside, you’ll think you’ve stepped back in time and into a palatial Carolinas plantation home. But looks can be deceiving. It’s still the modern world with all its conveniences—in a comfy, homey place at a price you can afford.

The surroundings complement the idea that aging is beautiful, has lasting value, and when well cared for, makes a priceless contribution to yet another generation. From the lobby fireplace to the pleasing sounds coming from the music room next door, Colonial Residence is all about pampering you in the ways of days gone by.

Meals and Activities

Apartment rent includes three delicious, healthy meals every day. Mealtimes seem to take on a life of their own. Neighbors gather before meals to share the news of the day, and linger long after, enjoying each other’s company. There’s an air of relaxed friendship common among people who no longer have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or household chores. They’re leading a life free to do as they please.

You’ll find an array of group activities happening every day at Colonial Residence. Colonial staff augment the residents’ own diversions with organized games, music, movies, and other group activities. The Colonial bus offers free twice-weekly excursions for shopping, banking, doctors’ appointments, and other errands in and around Centralia.


Underneath all the charm and smiles lies a serious side as well. To meet our residents’ safety, security, and medical needs, care staff are onsite 24 hours a day. The building is fully secured at night. In addition, Colonial Residence is located inside the private, gated Stillwaters Estates retirement community, which even further enhances afterhours security.

Colonial Residence is located in the city of Centralia, Washington, a quiet, friendly city of about 17,000 residents. Centralia’s name came from its central location back in the early railroad days between the bustling population centers of Seattle, Washington to the north and Portland, Oregon to the south. Today the train tracks still connect all three cities, as does Interstate 5 for those in more of a hurry.

You’ll find everything you need in Centralia, from groceries to pharmacies and factory outlet stores. If you can tear yourself away from the dining room, Centralia has local and chain eateries to please every palate. For your healthcare needs, Providence Centralia Hospital and its comprehensive collection of clinics and physicians are but a half-mile away.

Life at Colonial Residence is life well lived.

About Colonial Residence

Colonial Residence opened in 1995 to provide an improved quality of life with as much independent living as possible. Just where that line is drawn is up to the individual. As an assisted living apartment community, Colonial Residence is about people who have in common a growing frailty in the context of an increasing life expectancy.

Colonial Residence is owned and operated by an independent, non-profit foundation under the direction of the Stillwaters Foundation Board of Directors. This non-profit model was chosen purposefully to achieve our clear and simple mission to help others and maintain future affordability.

We are committed to being innovative in meeting the needs of our residents and providing them with the dignity and respect they deserve. We offer to anyone housing, healthcare, and the possibility of financial assistance to aging persons.

From the Administrator

In the 20 years I’ve been at Colonial Residence, the most enjoyable part of my job is interacting with the residents and helping to make their day a little nicer. Of course, in my role as administrator, I also perform a variety of other duties. Regulatory issues, staffing, maintenance issues, budgets, paperwork, (and did I mention paperwork?) are some examples. But, from offering a smile to helping solve a problem, at the end of my day, making a difference in the life of a resident is the reason I love what I do.