11 Assisted Living Facilities in Bellingham, WA

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Spring Creek by Bonaventure

223 E Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA
Spring Creek by Bonaventure located in Bellingham, Washington, is an upscale facility dedicated to independent senior living supported by compassionate and professional caregivers. The community is close to several hospitals, a large shoppi... (read more)
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Cordata Court

4415 Columbine Drive, Bellingham, WA
Todd: "Brookdale Bellingham's general appearance and layout were good. Overall, the facility was very good, but when I toured it, I felt like they didn't have enough staff members on hand. There also didn't seem to be enough activities going on i... (read more)
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Brookdale Fairhaven

2600 Old Fairhaven Pkwy, Bellingham, WA
Choosing an assisted living facility for your elderly loved one is a challenge—and one that residents and their families say Brookdale Fairhaven meets. Families specifically mention the nursing team, who are attentive in just the right way,... (read more)
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Mt Baker Care Center

2905 CONNELLY AVENUE, Bellingham, WA
Mt Baker Care Center is nestled in scenic southern Bellingham, a few minutes from I-5 and close to Western Washington University. The family-owned and operated facility offers assisted living and nursing care, and residents enjoy its clean,... (read more)
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Rosewood Villa

702 32nd Street, Bellingham, WA
Rosewood Villa is conveniently located in Bellingham, Washington, close to I-5, Western Washington University and the beautiful Sehome Hill Arboretum. Loved ones and visitors admire the facility's quiet, clean environment, noting its fresh ... (read more)
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Orchard Park

844 W. Orchard Drive, Bellingham, WA
Orchard Park in Bellingham, Washington, is near I-5, medical facilities, grocery stores and shopping centers. The facility offers activities such as music and exercise programs to keep residents engaged, and it has a TV room, activity cente... (read more)
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Woodway Senior Living

1712 E Maplewood Ave, Bellingham, WA
Woodway Senior Living in Bellingham, Washington, is appreciated by residents and visitors alike for its unique location, which is close to the Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Mount Baker ski area. Residents comment on this communi... (read more)
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The Leopold Retirement Residence

1224 Cornwall Avenue,, Bellingham, WA
The Leopold Retirement Residence is a historic hotel nestled in the downtown area of Bellingham, Washington. Residents stay in converted hotel rooms with beautiful views of Bellingham Bay. Local amenities like museums, fine dining and shopp... (read more)
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Highgate at Bellingham

155 E Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA
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Lake Whatcom Residential & Treatment Center

3400 Agate Heights Rd, Bellingham, WA
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Columbia Place

2315 Williams Street, Bellingham, WA
Columbia Place is located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, which is the northernmost city in the state. It's close to the waterfront and offers easy access to the northern Cascades, Vancouver and Seattle for seniors who like to enjoy lo... (read more)
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At A Glance

There are 11 assisted living communities in the city and surrounding suburbs to choose from. The average cost of assisted living in Bellingham is $3,526 per month, according to the latest estimates from Genworth.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bellingham

A few miles south of the Canadian border sits the city of Bellingham. This coastal city of over 85,000 people has been named one of Livability's Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2018. Seniors over the age of 65 comprise 7.1 percent of Bellingham's population, and there are 13 assisted living facilities in the area to accommodate them. An assisted living facility is defined as a home or community that provides housing, basic services and, perhaps, domiciliary services. Assisted living facilities in Bellingham and the rest of Washington are regulated by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bellingham

  • Bellingham doesn't escape the rainy weather associated with the U.S. Northwest, but it makes up for it with relatively mild temperatures.  Summers average a high of 72 degrees, and winters drop to an average of 34 degrees with only 7 inches of snow, making the seasons more comfortable for seniors with respiratory and mobility issues.
  • The cost of living in Bellingham can be prohibitive for those seniors looking to cut monthly expenses. Bellingham has a cost of living that's almost 30 percent greater than the average for the rest of the country. Areas with the highest prices are health care, groceries and transportation.
  • Local taxes may be prohibitive for seniors interested in frugal living in Bellingham. The sales tax rate is 8.7 percent compared to the U. S. average rate of 6.0 percent. There is a break in income taxes with a zero income tax rate versus the U.S. average of 4.6 percent.
  • Seniors can take advantage of special public transportation services available through the Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA). Seniors aged 75 and older ride free on both fixed route and paratransit vehicles with a WTA Gold Card.
  • Bellingham has an array of community resources for seniors, including the Senior Activity Center, an organization that offers wellness classes such as Zumba, tai chi, Pilates and yoga and artistic pursuits such as writing, painting, woodcarving and acting.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bellingham

Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Washington

$4,000.00 US
$3,526.00 Bellingham
$2,280.00 Anacortes
$2,100.00 Sedro Woolley

Assisted Living costs in Bellingham start around $3,526 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Bellingham and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bellingham

Bellingham has some of the least expensive assisted living costs in the state. However, financial assistance ough Medicaid, which is administered in Washington under the Apple Health program. 

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

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 Bellingham

Bellingham and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bellingham

Bellingham-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.