71 Assisted Living Facilities near Seattle, WA
With an average cost of $3,788 in Seattle, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 134 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 49 facilities in Seattle.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Seattle
Seattle Washington is an exciting urban city with plenty of things to do from taking day trips to the museum to walking food tours, both of which might be of interest to the 64,495 seniors living in the area. For seniors who require some help with activities of daily living, there are 52 assisted living facilities in the city, with another 22 located in nearby communities.
In Seattle and the rest of Washington, the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration Department of The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services licenses and regulates these Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs).
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Seattle
- Seattle is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.
- There are several convenient ways to navigate the city of Seattle. Public transportation options include travel by bus, rail, or boat, with seniors often receiving discounted rates.
- The city of Seattle has plenty of arts and culture for seniors to partake in. Some assisted living facilities may offer supervised day trips for residents to some of the city's top attractions, such as the Seattle Art Museum.
- The Seattle area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- Seattle's cost of living is 49 percent higher than the national average, but that doesn't mean living expenses have to be unmanageable. There are various programs for seniors through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services that may be able to lighten the financial load for area seniors.
- Washington doesn't apply any taxes on social security benefits, pensions or retirement savings account income. Seattle seniors may find that Washington's tax laws result in more money available for them to put toward their expenses.
Paying for Assisted Living in Seattle
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Seattle start around $3,788 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 Seattle 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 Seattle
There are a variety of programs that may help seniors pay for assisted living. Two examples include the Medicaid COPES Waiver and the New Freedom 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 Seattle
Seattle 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.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Seattle, please visit our Assisted Living in Washington page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Seattle
Seattle-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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Seattle
Review of University House Wallingford
I've been at The University House in Seattle University, Wallingford because that's where my mom lives now. They come in and handle her meds. They help her get dressed, and they bring her food. ... Read more
Review of Emerald City Senior Living
My tour at Emerald City Senior Living was very positive. The staff was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The place was nice and it's easily navigable for a person in a wheelchair. It's very cle... Read more
Review of Northgate Plaza
My father has lived at Northgate Plaza for nine years. He has enjoyed the friendly kind staff and his friends, the comfort of a pleasant apartment, and activities such as music, anagrams, and parti... Read more
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How much is the average cost of living in Seattle?
In order to meet the typical cost of living needs in Seattle, the average person needs to have a minimum annual income of $31,295. For comparison, this is quite similar to the annual salary of $33,209 that it takes to live in New York City, New York and it’s significantly less than the $38,968 required in San Francisco, California.
How much does assisted living cost in Seattle?
According to Genworth Financial, assisted living costs in Seattle, Washington average $6,500 per month. This is a full $1,000 higher than the state’s average. For comparison to other major cities in or near Washington, the average cost in the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area is $4,998, in Olympia (the capital) it’s $5,250, and in Spokane, it’s $4,000.
How much is assisted living in Washington state?
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Washington state is $5,500, according to Genworth Financial. This is far higher than the national average, as well as the average cost in surrounding states. In the United States, the average cost is $4,050 per month. In the other West Coast states of Oregon and California, it’s $4,450 and $4,500, respectively.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
Assisted living facilities in Seattle will not admit anyone who has behavioral or medical problems that would put other residents in danger. Aside from that, however, admission standards vary greatly since regulators allow facilities to choose whether or not they offer skilled nursing and assistance with activities of daily living like dressing, eating, and using the restroom. Your qualification will depend on your needs and the staff of the facility.
What does assisted living include?
Assisted living will include, at a minimum, room, board, and social activities. Seniors may be given a private room, or they may share with one other resident provided both parties agree to share (there are some exceptions to this rule). It’s common to have to share bathrooms with residents from other rooms. Some assisted living arrangements, however, include apartment-style units that include full bathrooms, kitchenettes, and locking doors. Assisted living may include a wide range of nursing, supervision, and assistance services, depending on the type of facility.