Tacoma sits on the Puget Sound approximately 30 miles southwest of Seattle and boasts a wide selection of activities indoors and out. From beachcombing to theater performances and its world-renowned glass art community, Tacoma offers many options for seniors who enjoy an active lifestyle. The city’s population of 219,346 includes 13% of residents aged 60 and older and offers plenty of senior-friendly living.

When elders can no longer care for themselves at home, assisted living communities provide personal care, housekeeping and companionship in a homelike setting. Staff members at these communities help with daily living needs and provide social activities and wellness options, such as exercise and medication management. Assisted living is a less expensive alternative to nursing home care, which includes a higher level of medical care and around-the-clock supervision. Seniors in Tacoma who opt to live in an assisted living facility pay an average monthly cost of $5,750, which is lower than the state average of $6,000.

This guide provides information and costs for assisted living in Tacoma and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city. It also includes costs for additional long-term care options and a list of free resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Tacoma, WA

The Village Senior Living

4707 South Orchard St., Tacoma, WA, 98466

My sister-in-law is at The Village Senior Living. It’s very nice-looking. They’re undergoing a total remodel inside and out. It’s very clean and it’s all wood paneled floor. They seem to have a staff … (read more)
My sister-in-law is at The Village Senior Living. It’s very nice-looking. They’re undergoing a total remodel inside and out. It’s very clean and it’s all wood paneled floor. They seem to have a staff … (read more)

Brookdale Allenmore (23rd Street)

3615 South 23rd Street, Tacoma, WA, 98405

Located in the heart of Tacoma, Washington, Brookdale Allenmore is across the street from Allenmore Hospital and offers assisted living options. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to the w … (read more)
Located in the heart of Tacoma, Washington, Brookdale Allenmore is across the street from Allenmore Hospital and offers assisted living options. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to the w … (read more)

GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston

4970 Main Street, Tacoma, WA, 98407

The GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston facility is new, open, bright, and cheerful. The marketing people were very helpful and financially, it’s a better situation than I had before. The food is very g … (read more)
The GenCare LifeStyle at Point Ruston facility is new, open, bright, and cheerful. The marketing people were very helpful and financially, it’s a better situation than I had before. The food is very g … (read more)

2016

Kings Manor

8609 Portland Ave. East, Tacoma, WA, 98445

Kings Manor was clean and looked well kept up. The person who gave the tour was very knowledgeable, took care of us, and did a good job. The menu looked adequate. At the time we were there, they were … (read more)
Kings Manor was clean and looked well kept up. The person who gave the tour was very knowledgeable, took care of us, and did a good job. The menu looked adequate. At the time we were there, they were … (read more)

Bay Bridge Care Home

1124 N Jackson Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98406


2015, 2018

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma

7290 Rosemount Circle, Tacoma, WA, 98465

The Merrill Gardens at Tacoma assisted and independent living facility is in scenic Tacoma, Washington, "The City of Destiny." Housing options in this cottage-style community range from studio to two- … (read more)
The Merrill Gardens at Tacoma assisted and independent living facility is in scenic Tacoma, Washington, "The City of Destiny." Housing options in this cottage-style community range from studio to two- … (read more)

Life Manor Independent Living

1609 South Union Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98405


Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma

11519 24th Avenue E, Tacoma, WA, 98445

Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington, known locally as the "City of Destiny." The facility provides room service for meals, and guests can join residents at mea … (read more)
Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence of Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington, known locally as the "City of Destiny." The facility provides room service for meals, and guests can join residents at mea … (read more)

The Arbor Rose Adult Family Home

6301 East Q Street, Tacoma, WA, 98404

The Arbor Rose Adult Family Home is situated less than five miles south of downtown Tacoma, Washington, near the quiet neighborhood of Hillsdale. The facility is conveniently located near a number of … (read more)
The Arbor Rose Adult Family Home is situated less than five miles south of downtown Tacoma, Washington, near the quiet neighborhood of Hillsdale. The facility is conveniently located near a number of … (read more)

The Arbor Rose Adult Family Home, LLC

1630 East 63rd Street, Tacoma, WA, 98404

I feel very fortunate my Mother was a resident of Arbor Rose. Tammy and her staff provided a loving and safe environment. Home cooked meals, fun activities and parties only added to the professiona … (read more)
I feel very fortunate my Mother was a resident of Arbor Rose. Tammy and her staff provided a loving and safe environment. Home cooked meals, fun activities and parties only added to the professiona … (read more)

Northwest Retirement Center

610 N Fife Street, Tacoma, WA, 98406

Located off 6th Avenue in the midst of popular shops and restaurants, the Northwest Retirement Center is an assisted living facility in Tacoma, Washington. In reviews, residents mention how much they … (read more)
Located off 6th Avenue in the midst of popular shops and restaurants, the Northwest Retirement Center is an assisted living facility in Tacoma, Washington. In reviews, residents mention how much they … (read more)

Beautiful Souls Adult Family Home

1021 138th St E, Tacoma, WA, 98445

My ex-husband is in Beautiful Souls Adult Family Home. It’s a small group. It’s only six patients. He has a private room. The staff is very good. They’re a wonderful community. It is run very well. Th … (read more)
My ex-husband is in Beautiful Souls Adult Family Home. It’s a small group. It’s only six patients. He has a private room. The staff is very good. They’re a wonderful community. It is run very well. Th … (read more)

Narrows Glen

8201 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98406

I took a tour for my mother, and they were very accommodating. The rooms were very nice. The staff was also very nice and very accommodating. I didn’t really see many activities, it was still in COVID … (read more)
I took a tour for my mother, and they were very accommodating. The rooms were very nice. The staff was also very nice and very accommodating. I didn’t really see many activities, it was still in COVID … (read more)

2015

Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

6856 E. Portland Avenue,, Tacoma, WA, 98404

Spring Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Tacoma, Wash., offering easy access from Lakewood, Midland or Puyallup. This location not only captures incredible Mount Rainier views, but a … (read more)
Spring Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Tacoma, Wash., offering easy access from Lakewood, Midland or Puyallup. This location not only captures incredible Mount Rainier views, but a … (read more)

eliseo

1301 N Highlands Parkway, Tacoma, WA, 98406

My mom was a resident of the Nursing Care Facility for 6.5 years. At first, things were good. When the new CEO came in things began to change. The quality of the food was horrid. She was always compla … (read more)
My mom was a resident of the Nursing Care Facility for 6.5 years. At first, things were good. When the new CEO came in things began to change. The quality of the food was horrid. She was always compla … (read more)

Cascade Park Vista

242 St.Helens Avenue S, Tacoma, WA, 98402

Cascade Park Vista had a very pleasant environment. The staff was extremely friendly. It was an old hotel that was turned into an assisted living. The rooms were clean. It had a good dining room. They … (read more)
Cascade Park Vista had a very pleasant environment. The staff was extremely friendly. It was an old hotel that was turned into an assisted living. The rooms were clean. It had a good dining room. They … (read more)

Weatherly Inn Tacoma

6016 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA, 98406

We toured Weatherly Inn Tacoma. We smelled the food and saw it. It’s more expensive, and I don’t think you get anything different than what you get at the other facility, but the facilities are much n … (read more)
We toured Weatherly Inn Tacoma. We smelled the food and saw it. It’s more expensive, and I don’t think you get anything different than what you get at the other facility, but the facilities are much n … (read more)

Peoples Retirement Community

1720 E 67TH ST, Tacoma, WA, 98404

We went to the People’s Retirement Community. She showed us the independent and the assisted living areas. It was very nice, it was clean, and they seemed pretty organized. They had activities for the … (read more)
We went to the People’s Retirement Community. She showed us the independent and the assisted living areas. It was very nice, it was clean, and they seemed pretty organized. They had activities for the … (read more)

Charlton Place Assisted Living

9723 Steele St S, Tacoma, WA, 98444

I did a tour of Charlton Place. It was a nice and clean community, and with friendly people. Everything was OK. The rooms were very nice, and very large. The studios were very large, and everything wa … (read more)
I did a tour of Charlton Place. It was a nice and clean community, and with friendly people. Everything was OK. The rooms were very nice, and very large. The studios were very large, and everything wa … (read more)

Living Hope Care Center

402 North J St, Tacoma, WA, 98403


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Tacoma

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Washington. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Tacoma

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services provides guidelines and licensing for assisted living facilities through its Aging and Long-Term Support Administration page. The agency ensures all rules and regulations are being adhered to by performing regularly scheduled facility inspections and unannounced visits.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Tacoma

  • As part of the Seattle metropolitan area, Tacoma ranks #1 in the Top 10 America’s Best Cities for a Healthy (and More Affordable) Retirement. The rating is based on access to health care, social and emotional support, outdoor and cultural activities and an overall satisfaction with life.
  • Tacoma’s cost of living is 113.3, which is higher than the national average of 100. However, health care is 83.8 out of 100, which is good news for seniors, as the Seattle metropolitan area is home to many world-renowned hospitals.
  • To offset the higher cost of living, Washington is tax-friendly for retirees and seniors. Social Security benefits are not taxed, and state income taxes do not apply. Other forms of retirement income, such as withdrawals from retirement accounts and public and private pensions, are also not taxed.
  • The climate in Tacoma is pleasant, earning 7.4 out of 10, with summers ranking a 9.3. July’s average high temperature is 77 degrees, while January’s average low is 36.5 degrees. Seniors who battle skin cancer can appreciate Tacoma’s UV index of only 2.6. The UV index measures the intensity of ultraviolet rays from the sun, with levels under 3 being the safest.
  • Tacoma is home to several hospitals, including the St. Joseph Medical Center. However, as part of the Seattle metropolitan area, seniors can access world-class health care at UW Medicine-University of Washington Medical Center and the Swedish Medical Center-First Hill.
  • The AARP overall livability score for Tacoma is 56 out of 100. The city earned a 63 for environmental quality. Water and air quality indicate a community’s health for all residents, especially seniors. According to the ranking, residents in Tacoma are exposed to poor air quality for only 3.3 days per year, and its water is in good standing. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Tacoma

The Genworth Cost of Care Survey reports an average monthly cost of $5,750 for assisted living in Tacoma compared to the Washington average of $6,000. When compared to the national average of $4,500, assisted living prices in Tacoma and Washington are much higher.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

While Tacoma averages $5,750 monthly for assisted living, Seattle is $1,000 more expensive, averaging $6,750. Just south of Tacoma, the state capital of Olympia costs much less, averaging $4,805 a month. Further south on the Oregon border, Longview gets a bit more expensive at $5,300. Traveling north of Tacoma near the Canadian border, Mount Vernon averages $5,500 per month.

$5750

Tacoma

$6000

Washington

$4500

The United States

$6750

Seattle

$4805

Olympia

$5300

Longview

$5500

Mount Vernon

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who don’t need the 24/7 care of an assisted living residence and want to remain at home have options, including adult day health care that provides weekday help for seniors, including activities, wellness care and medication management. There’s no cost average reported for adult day health care in Bremerton, but the Washington average is $2,600. Homemaker services average $6,673 monthly, and home health aide care, which includes some medical care, averages $7,007. Seniors who require more advanced medical care may need the services of a nursing home, averaging $10,479 for a semiprivate room and $12,243 for a private room.

$6673

Homemaker Services

$7007

Home Health Aide

$5750

Assisted Living Facility

$10479

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12243

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Tacoma was not available, so data for the closest city, Bremerton, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tacoma

Seniors residing in Washington can apply for financial assistance for assisted living through a few Medicaid programs.  The Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) program and the Community First Choice Option (CFCO) provide financial support for personal care assistance and costs other than room and board. Washington also offers seniors Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers including the Washington Medical COPES (Community Options Program Entry System) Waiver for additional funding for assisted living. 

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 Tacoma

Tacoma provides free resources for seniors considering or living at an assisted living facility. Local government agencies and nonprofit groups provide support and services for seniors. Resources commonly include food and transportation support, activities and benefits counseling.

Resource

Contact

Service

 (253) 798-3789

The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program enlists volunteers who advocate for residents' rights in long-term care facilities. These trained volunteers investigate complaints and mediate between residents and the facility to come to a resolution. Families, residents and employees at these facilities receive instruction about long-term care and resident rights from ombudsmen.

(253) 535-4202

The City of Tacoma has contracted with the Korean Women’s Association to run both their senior centers. The Beacon Senior Activity Center and the Lighthouse Senior Activity Center provide Tacoma seniors with activities that include bingo, arts and crafts, wood carving and quilting classes. Additional classes are offered on subjects such as financial planning, benefits enrollment and nutrition. Free transportation is available for seniors in the Tacoma area to both centers. 

(253) 798-4600

The Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County plans and facilitates long-term services and support for older adults in Pierce County. The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is one of the agency's programs that provides information, education and care planning for seniors and people living with disabilities and their caregivers.

(253) 476-4657

Beyond the Borders Transportation provides eligible passengers with free rides when they live outside of the Pierce Transit service area. Seniors have transportation access for medical services, shopping and errands. The service is available for those who are aged 65 and older, disabled or low-income residents. 


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tacoma

Tacoma 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Washington