Vancouver, located just a few minutes away from Portland, is one of Southern Washington’s largest cities. More than 190,000 people live in the area, and almost 16% of them are seniors aged 65 or over. Residents can expect an overall cost of living that’s relatively on par with the statewide median. In addition, health care costs are significantly lower than average, and nearby hospitals include the renowned Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Older adults usually move into assisted living facilities if they need ongoing support with activities of daily living but want to remain independent and don’t need the higher level of care that nursing homes provide. In these communities, they can also access services such as meal preparation, social programming and regular supervision. Vancouver residents pay about $4,975 per month for assisted living, which is much more affordable than the statewide average of $6,000.
This guide provides information about how assisted living facilities can help seniors, what services this type of care includes and average costs to expect in Vancouver and nearby cities. It also discusses the pros and cons of retiring in the area, as well as some helpful long-term care resources available to local seniors.