Arlington is located within the Seattle metro and has nearly 20,000 residents. Amenities, such as a well-stocked local library, a variety of public transportation options and a fairly comfortable climate make this city an attractive option for retirement. The city also has a large senior community that makes up nearly 14% of its population.   

For many older adults, assisted living provides a convenient way to access personal care services as needed while maintaining as much freedom and privacy as possible. These residential facilities are staffed with trained caregivers and offer services and amenities, such as daily meals, housekeeping and home maintenance, common areas and recreational activities. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, seniors in the Arlington region pay $5,850 per month for this type of care, which is comparable to the state median but considerably higher than the national average.  

This guide provides an overview of things to consider before retiring to Arlington, including the benefits and drawbacks of living in this region and the cost of several senior care options, including assisted living. It also offers a list of resources that provide in-person, online and over-the-phone guidance for older adults seeking assisted living in Arlington.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Arlington, WA

Cascade Valley Senior Living

8400 207th Place NE, Arlington, WA, 98223

The tour at Cascade Valley Senior Living was very good. The staff showed us around the building and their activities. They were very thorough. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms … (read more)
The tour at Cascade Valley Senior Living was very good. The staff showed us around the building and their activities. They were very thorough. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms … (read more)

Olympic Place by Bonaventure

20909 Olympic Place, Arlington, WA, 98223

My father-in-law used to stay in the Olympic Place by Bonaventure two years ago. My mother-in-law also chose that place now because she has friends there. She’s on the assisted side and she’s been the … (read more)
My father-in-law used to stay in the Olympic Place by Bonaventure two years ago. My mother-in-law also chose that place now because she has friends there. She’s on the assisted side and she’s been the … (read more)

Fields Senior Living at Smokey Point

3607 169th St. NE, Arlington, WA, 98223


Selah Family Home

26221 5th Avenue, NE , Arlington, WA, 98223

We had my father at Selah Family Home when we had a vacation for a few weeks. They have six spacious bedrooms and the residents have their meals in a family atmosphere. They have a day room with a tel … (read more)
We had my father at Selah Family Home when we had a vacation for a few weeks. They have six spacious bedrooms and the residents have their meals in a family atmosphere. They have a day room with a tel … (read more)

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Brookdale Stanwood

7212 265th Street NW, Stanwood, WA, 98292

Brookdale Stanwood was awesome. I loved it. The rooms were pretty good and the grounds were OK. They had a place for dementia and Alzheimer’s in a different area where they can keep track of them bett … (read more)
Brookdale Stanwood was awesome. I loved it. The rooms were pretty good and the grounds were OK. They had a place for dementia and Alzheimer’s in a different area where they can keep track of them bett … (read more)

Grandview Village

5800 64th Street NE, Marysville, WA, 98270

Grandview Village seemed to be a very nice facility. They’ve got very nice people. I don’t know anything about the food other than what they told me. They seemed to have activities and exercises. Thei … (read more)
Grandview Village seemed to be a very nice facility. They’ve got very nice people. I don’t know anything about the food other than what they told me. They seemed to have activities and exercises. Thei … (read more)

Gencare Lifestyle at Granite Falls

302 N. Alder Avenue, Granite Falls, WA, 98252

My mother lives in Gencare Lifestyle at Granite Falls. It’s a very good place. We like it real well. She’s been there for seven years. The community is very caring and loving. They make it feel like f … (read more)
My mother lives in Gencare Lifestyle at Granite Falls. It’s a very good place. We like it real well. She’s been there for seven years. The community is very caring and loving. They make it feel like f … (read more)

Ashley Pointe

11117 20Th Street Ne, Lake Stevens, WA, 98258

Ashley Pointe is an independent and assisted living community in Lake Stevens, Washington, and is close to local parks. The facility receives glowing reviews for its fantastic caregivers who go above … (read more)
Ashley Pointe is an independent and assisted living community in Lake Stevens, Washington, and is close to local parks. The facility receives glowing reviews for its fantastic caregivers who go above … (read more)

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The Gardens at Marysville

9802 48th Drive NE, Marysville, WA, 98270

We visited Brookdale Marysville and they were awesome. We love the staff and the dining room was super nice. They have menus and you can choose your food. It was a very friendly place. The executive d … (read more)
We visited Brookdale Marysville and they were awesome. We love the staff and the dining room was super nice. They have menus and you can choose your food. It was a very friendly place. The executive d … (read more)

April House Inc

7719 77th Ave NE, Marysville, WA, 98270

My mother moved into April House. The owner was very outgoing. She’s been in the business for quite a while. We were just very comfortable with her and her staff. We thought it would be a good place f … (read more)
My mother moved into April House. The owner was very outgoing. She’s been in the business for quite a while. We were just very comfortable with her and her staff. We thought it would be a good place f … (read more)

Josephine Caring Community

9901 272nd Place, Stanwood, WA, 98292


Rose Court AFH

6613 47th Avenue Northeast, Marysville, WA, 98270

We have mom in Rose Court adult family home. It looks like a very nice facility. She had just moved in yesterday, so we’ll have to see how things go. Her room is nice. She has a private room and it’s … (read more)
We have mom in Rose Court adult family home. It looks like a very nice facility. She had just moved in yesterday, so we’ll have to see how things go. Her room is nice. She has a private room and it’s … (read more)

Marysville Care Center

1821 Grove Street, Marysville, WA, 98270

Marysville Care Center is a Life Care Centers of America nursing facility located in downtown Marysville, Washington and is 10 minutes away from Providence Regional Medical Center. Residents’ loved … (read more)
Marysville Care Center is a Life Care Centers of America nursing facility located in downtown Marysville, Washington and is 10 minutes away from Providence Regional Medical Center. Residents’ loved … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Arlington

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services regulates assisted living facilities in Arlington through an initial licensing process and scheduled and unannounced visits. The department requires facilities to comply with a comprehensive set of regulations pertaining to scope of care, staffing, medication requirements and reporting abuse. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Arlington

  • Arlington’s summers are comfortable with high temperatures in the mid-70s, and winters are mild with highs in the mid-40s, making the city a good option for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. It gets about 42 inches of rain and just 5 inches of snow annually. On a 10-point comfort index, the city ranks 9.1 versus the national score of 7.8.  
  • While health care provider options are limited in Arlington, with the city having just 119 doctors per 100,000 people compared to the national rate of 210, expenses, such as hospital stays and doctor’s office visits, are about 20% cheaper here than in the typical U.S. city. Cascade Valley Hospital is located within the city and provides acute care, general surgery and emergency services, and there are three hospitals within a 20-mile radius.  
  • Property crime is somewhat common in Arlington, with this type of crime rating 69.5 on a 100-point crime index compared to the national score of 35.4. However, FBI data indicates that this type of crime has been trending downward for nearly two decades. Violent crime is considerably more uncommon, rating about 10 points lower than the national average at 12.4 on the crime index.  
  • Arlington’s overall cost of living is about 20% higher than the national average but fairly consistent with the state as a whole. Groceries, housing and transportation expenses tend to be higher, but these fees are built into the price of residential care communities, which may help older adults with limited incomes. 
  • Washington doesn’t have a state income tax, meaning seniors in Arlington only pay federal taxes on Social Security benefits, pension income and withdrawals from retirement savings accounts.  
  • Seniors in Arlington have several public transportation options to supplement what they obtain through assisted living. Community Transit provides bus services throughout the county, and Sound Transit operates the express regional bus, commuter rail and light rail services throughout Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Arlington

Nationally, seniors pay $4,300 per month for assisted living, but fees vary considerably throughout the country depending on state regulations. Washington is one of the pricier states for assisted living, with monthly rates averaging $5,750. In Arlington, care costs are slightly higher at $5,850.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

While Arlington is among the costlier cities in Washington for assisted living at $5,850 per month, rates are competitive compared to the rest of the Seattle region, where seniors pay the highest fees in the state of $6,750. In Yakima, rates are lower than the state average at $5,000 per month, and in Bellingham, fees are closer to the national rate at $4,738. Walla Walla is one of the cheapest surveyed cities in the state for care, with facilities charging approximately $3,800 monthly.  

$5850

Arlington

$5750

Washington

$4300

The United States

$4738

Bellingham

$6750

Seattle Area

$3800

Walla Walla

$5000

Yakima

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living fees in Arlington exceed the state and national average at $5,850 monthly, but this is among the cheapest senior care options in the city. The only cheaper type of care is adult day health, which features personal care, health monitoring, meals and activities in a daytime community for $2,773 monthly. Seniors who live in their own homes typically pay $6,197 per month for 44 hours of weekly care whether they receive homemaker services or care from a specialized home health aide. Nursing homes offer the highest level of care available outside of a hospital and charge $10,357 for shared rooms and $12,167 for private rooms.  

$6197

Homemaker Services

$6197

Home Health Aide

$2773

Adult Day Health Care

$5850

Assisted Living Facility

$10357

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12167

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Arlington was not available, so data for the closest city, Mount Vernon Area, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Arlington

There are Medicaid programs offered by the state of Washington to pay for the cost of ALF services in Arlington. Eligible seniors may qualify for the Community First Choice (CFC) State Plan or one of the Home and Community-Based Service 1915(c) waivers which are the Community Options Program Entry System (COPES), New Freedom and Residential Support waivers.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Washington page.

Paying for Assisted Living in Washington

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Washington page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Arlington

Arlington seniors can contact several agencies for one-on-one help with planning for their long-term care. Through the following resources, individuals can access expert financial and legal assistance, information and referrals for services in the community and social and recreational activities.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(425) 262-2557 

The Snohomish County Long Term Care & Aging serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the Arlington region. It administers a range of services to those aged 60 and over, including geriatric depression screenings, nutrition programs, volunteer-based transportation services and information and referrals for community programs. The agency also provides one-on-one benefits screenings to help seniors determine eligibility for prescription drug assistance, health insurance, income assistance, tax relief or veterans’ benefits.

(360) 653-4551 

Members at Stilly Valley Center, the local senior center, participate in social and recreational activities, such as games, holiday parties, age-friendly fitness classes, educational classes and special interest clubs. The center provides medical equipment loans, has a foot clinic and offers acupuncture. It also provides free health insurance options counseling.

(425) 252-9701 

Everett Vet Center is located about 25 miles south of Arlington, making it the closest vet center to the city. This office provides in-person and over-the-phone assistance for veterans, helping them identify programs and benefits they’re eligible for, including some that may help pay for assisted living. The office can also screen individuals for eligibility for health insurance, medical care and veterans’ home placement.

(425) 258-9283 

Snohomish County Legal Services can help older adults resolve issues related to assisted living, such as problems with intake and discharge procedures, care planning and billing.

(800) 562-6028 

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates on behalf of seniors in assisted living. Through this program, assisted living residents can get one-on-one help with understanding their rights and obtaining all the services in their care plans.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Arlington

Arlington-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Washington are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Washington page for more information about these laws.

Washington Laws and Regulations