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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Federal Way

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services governs assisted living facilities in Federal Way and the rest of the state. It publishes guidelines related to minimum care, housing and nutrition service standards, and it has an up-to-date directory of all licensed assisted living facilities in the state.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Federal Way

  • The cost of living in Federal Way rates 134.1 on a 100-point scale based on national norms, indicating that this city is a relatively expensive place to live. Transportation and housing costs are considerably higher here than in other Washington cities, but seniors may save money on these and other living expenses by moving into residential communities.
  • Violent crime occurs at about the same rate in Federal Way as in most U.S. cities, but property crime is more prevalent here. On a 100-point scale, with higher ratings indicating more crime, Federal Way rates 23.1 for violent crime and 78.6 for property crime. This is higher than the national respective scores of 22.7 and 35.4. Residential care is a popular alternative to living alone for seniors concerned about crime.
  • Federal Way residents enjoy comfortable weather throughout the year, making the city a great destination for seniors seeking a mild climate for their retirement years. Daytime winter temperatures average in the upper-40s to low-50s, and summers are ideal with temperatures in the mid-70s and generally low humidity levels.
  • Health care is accessible in Federal Way and costs tend to be economical, benefiting older adults who need regular care. Health expenses, such as hospital stays and doctor’s office visits, are about 20% below the national norm, and there are 308 doctors per capita, about 50% more than in the United States as a whole. St. Francis Hospital is within the city proper and provides 24-hour emergency services, telehealth services and primary and specialty care.
  • The air quality in Federal Way may be a consideration for older adults vulnerable to environmental pollutants. Ozone pollution levels are sometimes high here, earning the region a C grade from the American Lung Association. The region gets a passing score for annual particle pollution but an F for short-term particle pollution. Fortunately, assisted living facilities host indoor activities throughout the year, and many invest in ventilation systems, helping seniors stay active and healthy.  
  • Washington doesn’t have a state income tax, which may help seniors afford long-term care expenses in Federal Way.

Paying for Assisted Living in Federal Way

While care costs may vary depending on factors such as location and amenities, monthly assisted living rates in Federal Way average $5,750. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Federal Way pay $5,750 for assisted living, which is very high compared to the national norm of $4,500 but economical compared to Washington’s average of $6,000. In Seattle, care costs are $1,000 higher than in Federal Way at $6,750, but in Mount Vernon, rates are a little lower at $5,500. Seniors in Longview pay $5,300, $450 less than in Federal Way, and in Olympia, costs are nearly $1,000 less at $4,805. 

Federal Way

$5,750

Washington

$6,000

United States

$4,500

Seattle

$6,750

Olympia

$4,805

Longview

$5,300

Mount Vernon

$5,500

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of the more affordable long-term care options in Federal Way, with seniors paying approximately $5,750 for monthly care. Cost data for adult day health care isn’t available locally, but statewide, rates average $2,600, so this may be a cost-effective alternative for some seniors. In-home care is costlier than assisted living at $6,673, and seniors who need skilled nursing at home pay $7,007 for home health care. Nursing home care is pricier, with monthly costs starting at $10,479. 

In-Home Care

$6,673

Home Health Care

$7,007

Assisted Living Facility

$5,750

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,479

Note: Data for Federal Way was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bremerton, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Federal Way

Some financial assistance is available in Washington via Medicaid for assisted living, depending on circumstances. Available programs in the state include a Home and Community-Based Services waiver known as the Community Options Program Entry System (COPES), as well as the Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) program. Assisted living support is also available through the Community First Choice Option (CFCO) and the New Freedom Program.

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 Federal Way

Federal Way has numerous nonprofit government and private organizations and programs to help seniors understand their long-term care options, find ways to pay for assisted living and connect with community-based services that meet their needs. The following table provides current information on local resources for seniors in Federal Way. 

ResourceContactService
Seattle/King County Area Agency on Aging(206) 684-0660The Area Agency on Aging administers a range of services to those aged 60 and over to promote their independence and well-being. Seniors in Federal Way can contact the agency for personalized assistance with researching assisted living facilities and finding options for paying for care.
Federal Way Senior Center(253) 838-3604The Federal Way Senior center hosts activities for older adults in the city. Members participate in activities, such as sewing circle, social bingo, crafts and table games, and live entertainment is available throughout the month. The center is also available to rent for private gatherings.
Federal Way Vet Center(253) 838-3090The Federal Way Vet Center provides confidential, personalized assistance to older veterans in the city, helping them apply for programs and services available through the state and the federal Veterans’ Administration. The center can help seniors apply for programs, such as Aid and Attendance, and determine whether they qualify for veterans’ home placement.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program(206) 694-6785RSVP is a volunteer network open to Federal Way area residents aged 55 and over. Service opportunities vary throughout the year but may include reading with school-aged children, assisting those affected by natural disasters and teaching English as a second language.
Northwest Justice Project(888) 201-1012Northwest Justice Project provides civil legal services at no cost to those aged 60 and over in Federal Way. Seniors can contact the office for help with navigating care-related issues that arise in assisted living and with applying for state and federal financial assistance programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Federal Way

Federal Way Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Washington are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Washington page for more information about these laws.

Washington Laws and Regulations

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Jodie

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brookdale Foundation House

My husband moved to Brookdale Foundation House. It's a beautiful property. They got trees all around it and everything was really nice but the food wasn't as good as the other community. It was all...

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Anonymous

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brookdale Federal Way

Brookdale Federal Way experienced high management and staff turnover in the past couple of years, and my parent's quality of care suffered. Activities seldom happened, if they were scheduled at all...

Provider response

Thank you for choosing Brookdale and taking the time to share your feedback. We would welcome an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have and encourage you to contact our management team.

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Aaron

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Yitref Adult Family Home

Mom is at Yitref Adult Family Home. I love the staff. They're very friendly and caring. They've worked with us with our financial situation. For what I'm looking for, it's kind of exactly what we...

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