Surrounded by farmland, Moses Lake is a city in Grant County that’s the hub for traders in sugar beets, livestock and cereals. Around 14% of its 25,146 residents are aged 65 and older, drawn to the pastoral location for its laid-back lifestyle, excellent air quality, general absence of noise pollution and low cost of living. Moses Lake is a great choice for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. At Blue Heron Park, locals can be found relaxing by the lake’s sandy beaches, sharing picnics and strolling through well-maintained walking paths. 

Seniors who find that some daily tasks are becoming more difficult may want to consider assisted living. By letting others handle tasks such as housekeeping and meal preparation, seniors are free to use their time as they wish. Assisted living also provides opportunities for seniors to make friends with new neighbors and engage in their facilities’ recreational activities. The typical fee in Moses Lake is $5,115 per month, a saving of $635 when compared to the state average.

This guide compares the costs of senior living and discusses the pros and cons of residing in Moses Lake. It also lists some resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Moses Lake, WA

Brookdale Hearthstone Moses Lake

905 South Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA, 98837

Mom is at Brookdale Hearthstone Moses Lake. So far, the place is OK and clean. She is in a studio room that is too small. I ate an OK lunch there.
Mom is at Brookdale Hearthstone Moses Lake. So far, the place is OK and clean. She is in a studio room that is too small. I ate an OK lunch there.

Avamere Moses Lake

8425 Aspi Boulevard NE, Moses Lake, WA, 98837

Had a great tour today with Laura, she was very attentive to our needs and you just have to love that southern accent. She showed us a couple different rooms, they were very bright and cheerful and yo … (read more)
Had a great tour today with Laura, she was very attentive to our needs and you just have to love that southern accent. She showed us a couple different rooms, they were very bright and cheerful and yo … (read more)

Summerwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

830 Northwest Sunburst Court, Moses Lake, WA, 98837

Mother has been at Summerwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for a month now. It is a very caring place, and they are keeping her busy as much as they can. It is clean, it smells nice, and it’s not a … (read more)
Mother has been at Summerwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for a month now. It is a very caring place, and they are keeping her busy as much as they can. It is clean, it smells nice, and it’s not a … (read more)

Monroe House

1405 S Monroe Street, Moses Lake, WA, 98837

Took a tour of the facility and it was extremely warm and inviting from the second I entered. All of the residence living there were extremely happy and there seem to be lots going on which I value. A … (read more)
Took a tour of the facility and it was extremely warm and inviting from the second I entered. All of the residence living there were extremely happy and there seem to be lots going on which I value. A … (read more)

City View Residential

836 E Plum, Moses Lake, WA, 98837


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Moses Lake

The Aging & Long-Term Support Administration department of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services issues licenses to assisted living facilities in the state. The department regulates, monitors and inspects facilities. Inspectors conduct unannounced inspections and have the authority to remove a license from facilities not adhering to the department’s conditions.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Moses Lake

  • The average cost of living index for Moses Lake, according to Sperling’s Best Places, is 85.3. This is significantly below the state and national averages, which are 118.7 and 100, respectively. At 87.9, the city’s health cost index is slightly above Washington’s average (although still below the U.S. average), while the transportation index is far below either. Consequently, seniors in assisted living may find Moses Lake a very affordable place to live.
  • Figures published by Neighborhood Scout show property crime in Moses Lake to be above average. The chances of being a victim are 1 in 25, compared to the state average of 1 in 37. Violent crime figures are also above the state average, although below the national average. Seniors concerned about crime should know that Moses Lake’s hotspots tend to be the city center and Cascade Valley, while neighborhoods to the north experience less crime.
  • Despite its more northerly location, Moses Lake enjoys one of the best climates in the region. Although winter temperatures typically fall to a chilly 24 degrees, they regularly sit at around 87 degrees in summer. Snowfall, averaging 21 inches annually, is still below the national average. Rainfall is low, typically 29 inches below the national annual average of 38 inches.

  • Moses Lake has one hospital, Samaritan Healthcare, which serves patients throughout the Columbia Basin. It includes an emergency department and intensive care unit. Medicare beneficiaries may be interested to know that 37 family doctors serve in the small city. For treatments not available locally, seniors typically travel to medical facilities in Yakima and Richland. 
  • Although the water quality in Moses Lake is a little below the U.S. average, the area’s air quality is significantly higher than average, which is beneficial for seniors with respiratory issues. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Moses Lake

The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveals the typical senior in Moses Lake pays $5,115 for assisted living. Although this is above the national average of $4.300, it’s very competitive when compared to the state average of $5,750.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

When comparing assisted living costs within this part of Washington, Moses Lake is a more affordable option than Wenatchee, where fees average $5,473. However, seniors in Yakima pay $115 less per month than their peers in Moses Lake, while in Walla Walla, the difference widens to $1,315.

$5115

Moses Lake

$5750

Washington

$4300

The United States

$3800

Walla Walla

$5000

Yakima

$5473

Wenatchee

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living’s affordable costs appear even more attractive when compared to the $5,882 fees for care provided in the home. Seniors in Moses Lake typically pay another $767 per month for caregivers and medical professionals to visit them. If a senior is able to make the daily journey, adult day care offers the most affordable care at $1,351. Those in need of more support can expect to pay $9,642 for a semiprivate room in a nursing home and $10,159 for a private one.

$5882

Homemaker Services

$5882

Home Health Aide

$1351

Adult Day Health Care

$5115

Assisted Living Facility

$9642

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10159

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Moses Lake was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Kennewick, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Moses Lake

There are Medicaid programs offered by the state of Washington to pay for the cost of ALF services in Moses Lake. 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 Facilities 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 Moses Lake

Seniors in Moses Lake have access to many free and low-cost resources, some of which are listed here. These examples can assist those in disputes with their care providers and encourage participation in activities that enhance well-being.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 572-4459

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for the rights of seniors living in residential care communities. The ombudsman supports seniors who register concerns about the quality of their care, investigating their complaints and seeking a fair resolution with the owners and managers of the facilities. Third parties and the families of residents can also register complaints with the ombudsman. However, if a complaint suggests criminal behavior, such as neglect, the ombudsman refers it to the proper authority.

(509) 765-7809

Moses Lake Senior Center is where the city's older residents meet, socialize and join in with fun activities designed to boost their physical fitness and stimulate their minds through low-impact exercise classes, dancing for all age groups, bingo and pinochle. Lunch is served daily for members aged 60+, while breakfasts are available once a week, with participants asked to contribute towards costs.

(509) 886-0700

Aging & Adult Care of Central Washington is a nonprofit organization and the Area Agency on Aging for the region. This multi-resource agency assists seniors who need help with getting around Moses Lake and the surrounding area, provides advice on nutrition for those who struggle with healthy eating and advises seniors considering their long-term options. The agency can also refer seniors to legal advisors who specialize in issues concerning the elderly. 

(509) 765-8101

Community Services of Moses Lake operates a food bank that serves low-income families in Grant County and some neighboring counties. The nonprofit organization relies on the help of volunteers, and seniors are welcome to provide as much time as they can spare. Work typically involves boxing and delivering food parcels for Moses Lake residents.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Moses Lake

Moses Lake-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Washington