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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sumner

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Aging and Long-term Support Administration, licenses all assisted living communities in Sumner and the rest of the state. This agency enforces a set of rules for operation related to housing, care services and staffing, and it publishes information on programs that help seniors pay for residential services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sumner

  •  Washington has no state income tax, so seniors seeking long-term care in Sumner only pay federal taxes on their Social Security benefits, pensions and withdrawals from investment accounts. Local property taxes reflect national norms, and while the sales tax is high, food and prescription drugs are exempt. 
  • Assisted living residents in Sumner obtain medical services through nearby facilities, such as MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, which sits about 3 miles away from the city proper in Puyallup, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, a hospital that’s 7 miles away in Auburn. These hospitals provide inpatient, outpatient and emergency care, along with services such as support groups, educational classes and vaccine clinics.
  • The overall life expectancy in the Sumner region is 78.9, which slightly exceeds the national norm of 78.5, and annually, approximately 6,700 years of life are lost due to deaths in those aged 75 and under compared to 7,300 years nationally. About 49% of residents get the flu vaccine, which is consistent with the state average, and the rate of preventable hospital stays is 2,568 incidents per 100,000 people compared to 2,809 nationally. Altogether, the county ranks 20th out of 39 surveyed counties in Washington for health.
  • Income-qualified Sumner residents aged 65 and over obtain free transportation services through Beyond the Borders, making it easy to attend errands and appointments. To determine eligibility, seniors can call 2-1-1 or apply online.
  • The AARP gives Sumner an overall livability score of 49 based on factors such as high access to grocery stores and parks, frequent local transit services and a strong economic outlook. Compared to national norms of 0.0, there are 0.8 grocery stores and 1.9 parks within a half-mile radius of any point in the city, and 1.9 public buses run every hour. Additionally, the city has a walkability score of 9.20 versus 6.17 nationally, making it easier for seniors to run simple errands without relying on public or private vehicles.

Paying for Assisted Living in Sumner

Assisted living communities in Sumner charge a median monthly rate of $5,750 for housing and services.

 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

In Sumner, seniors pay $5,750 per month for assisted living, which is considerably higher than the national norm of $4,500 but lower than the state average of $6,000. Local rates are economical compared to the $6,750 facilities in Seattle charge for services, but in other nearby cities, rates trend lower. For example, seniors in Mount Vernon pay competitive rates of $5,500 for care. Similarly, in Olympia and Bellingham, rates are lower than in Sumner at $4,805 and $4,600, respectively.

Sumner

$5,750

Washington

$6,000

US

$4,500

Seattle

$6,750

Mount Vernon

$5,500

Olympia

$4,805

Bellingham

$4,600

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living communities in Sumner charge $5,750 for services. By comparison, seniors who obtain nonmedical services in their own homes pay $6,673 for in-home care, and those who need skilled nursing services at home pay $7,007 for home health care. Additionally, assisted living rates are roughly half the cost of nursing home care, which includes around-the-clock medical monitoring and skilled nursing services with semi-private accommodations for $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 Sumner was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bremerton, was used instead.

 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sumner

Seniors in Sumner who need help paying for the cost of senior care may be eligible for the Community Options Program Entry System Waiver (COPES), which helps cover some or all of the monthly cost of assisted living in Sumner.

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

Financial Assistance 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 Sumner

Sumner 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 Sumner, please visit our Assisted Living in Washington page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sumner

Sumner 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.

Laws and Regulations in Washington

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Patrick

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

Review of Avista Sumner

My father moved into Avista Sumner. His apartment is nice. So far, everything has been good. I would say, at the very most, they are probably understaffed. But I've seen everybody here participate...

Provider response

Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear you and your father are enjoying your experience with us.

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Assisted Living

Sharon

I visited this facility

Review of Avista Sumner

Avista Sumner was a very nice place. They've got very friendly people. The rooms were a little too small for us, but the community was nice. The director was nice. We had a great tour. If the rooms...

Provider response

Thanks for your review, Sharon. We appreciate you taking the time to tour our community, and we wish you the best of luck with your mom!

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Assisted Living

Jina

I visited this facility

Review of Avista Sumner

I toured Avista Sumner. The director was great. It just didn't offer the amenities that we were looking for that we think our mom would enjoy. It seemed for older clientele who needed more care...

Provider response

Thanks for your review, Jina! We appreciate you taking the time to tour our community.

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