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.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Vancouver, WA

2015

Cogir of Vancouver

10011 NE 118th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98682

Cogir of Vancouver has independent living, assisted living, and memory care, so they provide progressive care. It’s nicely run. I would rate the manager a 5, but for the overall staff, I would rate th … (read more)
Cogir of Vancouver has independent living, assisted living, and memory care, so they provide progressive care. It’s nicely run. I would rate the manager a 5, but for the overall staff, I would rate th … (read more)

Cascade Inn

11613 SE 7th St, Vancouver, WA, 98683

I visited a friend at Cascade Inn. It’s small, quaint, and friendly. His room is adequate. There’s nothing fancy. They don’t have very many things, but he is 90, so he doesn’t need them. They have gar … (read more)
I visited a friend at Cascade Inn. It’s small, quaint, and friendly. His room is adequate. There’s nothing fancy. They don’t have very many things, but he is 90, so he doesn’t need them. They have gar … (read more)

Bonaventure of Salmon Creek

13700 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA, 98686

My tour at Bonaventure of Salmon Creek was great. They were very caring and they did a lot of following up. They were even willing to reach out to the hospital where my mom was staying, to coordinate. … (read more)
My tour at Bonaventure of Salmon Creek was great. They were very caring and they did a lot of following up. They were even willing to reach out to the hospital where my mom was staying, to coordinate. … (read more)

Cogir at The Quarry

415 SE 177th Ave, Vancouver, WA, 98683

We offer multiple levels of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care as well as Parkinson’s Care. We have a variety of amenities as well dining options.
We offer multiple levels of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care as well as Parkinson’s Care. We have a variety of amenities as well dining options.

Cogir of Glenwood Place

5500 NE 82nd Ave, Vancouver, WA, 98662

My aunt and uncle moved into Cogir of Glenwood Place. They’re living on their own, but they do have some help. The staff seems friendly and willing to help. The facility itself seems to be clean. The … (read more)
My aunt and uncle moved into Cogir of Glenwood Place. They’re living on their own, but they do have some help. The staff seems friendly and willing to help. The facility itself seems to be clean. The … (read more)

Evergreen Quality Home

304 NW 102nd Street, Vancouver, WA, 98685

Great combination of professional and sensitivity. As a guardian I have experienced many homes and Marcia and John provide one of the highest quality. They consistently show they genuinely care and t … (read more)
Great combination of professional and sensitivity. As a guardian I have experienced many homes and Marcia and John provide one of the highest quality. They consistently show they genuinely care and t … (read more)

The Hampton & The Ashley Inn

1617 SE Talton Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98683

We chose The Hampton & The Ashley Inn for my mom. It feels like a very family atmosphere, and that’s one of the things we like about it. They’ve been doing some nice things to make her feel at hom … (read more)
We chose The Hampton & The Ashley Inn for my mom. It feels like a very family atmosphere, and that’s one of the things we like about it. They’ve been doing some nice things to make her feel at hom … (read more)

Pacifica Senior Living Vancouver

2410 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA, 98684

Pacifica Senior Living Vancouver is located in Washington near shops, restaurants and parks. Residents are impressed with the clean environment, spacious, furnished apartments with open concept kitche … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Vancouver is located in Washington near shops, restaurants and parks. Residents are impressed with the clean environment, spacious, furnished apartments with open concept kitche … (read more)

Evergreen Place

2610 SE 164th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98683

My father is in Evergreen Place and so far, so good. It’s one of the smaller places that I looked at, which makes it a little easier for him to get around since he’s wheelchair bound. There’s not a lo … (read more)
My father is in Evergreen Place and so far, so good. It’s one of the smaller places that I looked at, which makes it a little easier for him to get around since he’s wheelchair bound. There’s not a lo … (read more)

Clearwater Springs Assisted Living

201 NW 78TH Street, Vancouver, WA, 98665

Clearwater Springs Assisted Living is the closest to us. They take Medicaid when my mom runs out of her funds, and that’s real important. I like the feel and the size of it. I like the fact that she c … (read more)
Clearwater Springs Assisted Living is the closest to us. They take Medicaid when my mom runs out of her funds, and that’s real important. I like the feel and the size of it. I like the fact that she c … (read more)

Brookdale Fisher’s Landing

17171 Southeast 22nd Drive, Vancouver, WA, 98683

The staff at Brookdale Fisher’s Landing is very friendly and cooperative. They are doing their best to take care of my wife. The dining area is very nice. They just remodeled it. Her room is just aver … (read more)
The staff at Brookdale Fisher’s Landing is very friendly and cooperative. They are doing their best to take care of my wife. The dining area is very nice. They just remodeled it. Her room is just aver … (read more)

Bonaventure of Vancouver

9317 NE 86th St., Vancouver, WA, 98662

Bonaventure of Vancouver was very nice, and they seemed to know what they were doing. They were able to answer all of our questions. They seem to really care about the residents. They had a coffee sho … (read more)
Bonaventure of Vancouver was very nice, and they seemed to know what they were doing. They were able to answer all of our questions. They seem to really care about the residents. They had a coffee sho … (read more)

The Evergreen Inn

500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660

When my loved one admitted to the Evergreen Inn she had a serious anxiety disorder. The staff welcomed her and accepted her as part of the community. She quickly fit in and joined the community outi … (read more)
When my loved one admitted to the Evergreen Inn she had a serious anxiety disorder. The staff welcomed her and accepted her as part of the community. She quickly fit in and joined the community outi … (read more)

IRIS Adult Family Home

8505 NE 15th St., Vancouver, WA, 98664


2015, 2018, 2019

Highgate at Vancouver

9803 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98665

Conveniently located just moments away from a thriving local area in Vancouver with numerous restaurants, stores and entertainment venues, is the cozy Highgate Senior Living. Visitors praise the frien … (read more)
Conveniently located just moments away from a thriving local area in Vancouver with numerous restaurants, stores and entertainment venues, is the cozy Highgate Senior Living. Visitors praise the frien … (read more)

2016, 2022

Touchmark at Fairway Village

2911 Southeast Village Loop, Vancouver, WA, 98683

Touchmark at Fairway is located in a cozy community in Vancouver, just moments from the scenic Columbia River. Visitors are impressed by the top-notch facilities, high-quality personalized care and re … (read more)
Touchmark at Fairway is located in a cozy community in Vancouver, just moments from the scenic Columbia River. Visitors are impressed by the top-notch facilities, high-quality personalized care and re … (read more)

Van Mall

7808 NE 51st Street, Vancouver, WA, 98662

Van Mall is an assisted living facility nestled in a quiet residential area in Vancouver, Washington. They pride themselves on providing residents a resort-like lifestyle with a focus on fun activitie … (read more)
Van Mall is an assisted living facility nestled in a quiet residential area in Vancouver, Washington. They pride themselves on providing residents a resort-like lifestyle with a focus on fun activitie … (read more)

Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood

11700 NE Angelo Dr, Vancouver, WA, 98684

Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood is an assisted living facility located in Vancouver, Washington. It is near the Memorial Freeway, and has access to in-town dining, shopping and entertainment. This f … (read more)
Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood is an assisted living facility located in Vancouver, Washington. It is near the Memorial Freeway, and has access to in-town dining, shopping and entertainment. This f … (read more)

Columbia Care Home

7505 Alabama Drive, Vancouver, WA, 98664

My mother is in Columbia Sunset Care Home. We like the owners, and we like the facility. It is a beautiful home. I think the staff is extremely caring, and I will highly recommend them. The rooms are … (read more)
My mother is in Columbia Sunset Care Home. We like the owners, and we like the facility. It is a beautiful home. I think the staff is extremely caring, and I will highly recommend them. The rooms are … (read more)

Heritage Retreat Senior Care & Rehab

7701 NE 147th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98682

The Heritage was referred by a social worker when dad had a minor stroke in the hospital. It’s a wonderful environment — very friendly and caring. The rooms are all very clean and the food is fresh … (read more)
The Heritage was referred by a social worker when dad had a minor stroke in the hospital. It’s a wonderful environment — very friendly and caring. The rooms are all very clean and the food is fresh … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Vancouver

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 Vancouver

Assisted living communities in Washington must comply with a number of regulations and quality standards, which are established and enforced by the Department of Social and Health Services under its Aging and Long-Term Support Administration. Facilities are also accountable to their local Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who conduct regular, unannounced inspections to ensure the well-being of all residents.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Vancouver

  • Vancouver has an overall high quality of life; it’s considered one of the top 10 best places to live in the United States, and the life expectancy of 80 years exceeds the national median of 78.7 by 1.3 years.
  • Summer temperatures are generally pleasant, reaching up to 79 degrees, but residents should be prepared for lows of around 34 degrees during winter. Vancouver has an annual average of 143 sunny days, compared to the country’s much higher median of 205 days. Thankfully, residents can only expect around 3 inches of snowfall per year.
  • Thanks largely to Vancouver’s suburban location and wide array of parks and green spaces, air quality levels are optimal for 91% of the year, which can provide peace of mind to seniors with breathing difficulties and those seeking to avoid the effects of pollution.
  • The cost of living in the city is 4.4% more affordable than Washington’s average but higher than the median across the United States.
  • Vancouver residents are at an increased risk of becoming victims of violent or property crimes in comparison to national rates. For this reason, they may feel safer in an assisted living facility with enhanced security measures, such as emergency response systems and 24/7 monitoring through video surveillance.
  • The city has a variety of top-notch hospitals for seniors to choose from, including Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, which were ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the fourth and fifth position in Washington State, respectively. Additionally, local health care costs are 11.4% lower than the U.S. average, and residents who need help with day-to-day tasks are close to almost 40 assisted living facilities.
  • The sales tax rate of 8.5% charged to Vancouver residents is lower than in other major cities of Washington, such as Seattle and Olympia. Seniors can also benefit from other favorable policies since retirement income isn’t usually subject to taxation.
  • C-TRAN, the Regional Transit Authority, offers discounted bus rates for residents aged 65 and over. Low-cost rides may also be available through Community in Motion, a local nonprofit organization.

Paying for Assisted Living in Vancouver

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities in Vancouver charge a monthly fee of $4,975. This is approximately 17% below the Washington median of $6,000 but 11% more than the amount paid by the average U.S. senior, which is $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Rates are more affordable in Olympia, the capital of Washington, at $4,805 per month. Prices increase further north; Bremerton’s average of $5,750 is much higher, as is the median cost of $6,750 that Seattle residents can expect to pay.

$4975

Vancouver

$6000

Washington

$4500

The United States

$4805

Olympia

$5750

Bremerton

$6750

Seattle

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Vancouver residents may benefit from other local care alternatives; homemaker and home health aide services, both of which cost on average $7,146 per month, can help seniors age safely in their own homes. With a monthly fee of $2,708, adult day care may be an affordable solution for those who can settle for weekday-only services. Finally, skilled nursing facilities are more suited to older adults who need access to therapeutic treatments and specialized medical services; a semiprivate room is available for $10,661, or residents can pay $11,777 per month for a private room.

$2600

Homemaker Services

$6769

Home Health Aide

$6769

Adult Day Health Care

$9916

Assisted Living Facility

$11984

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11777

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Vancouver was unavailable, so data for the closest city, Portland, OR, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Vancouver

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

Vancouver’s older residents have access to numerous local resources that can help improve their quality of life, from durable medical equipment loans to benefits counseling and recreational activities. Bear in mind that seniors may need to meet eligibility criteria to benefit from some of the programs listed below.

Resource

Contact

Service

(888) 637-6060

Southern Washington’s AAA provides a wide array of free services to older adults residing in Clark County, where Vancouver is located. The agency helps retirees access health insurance counseling, assistance to claim public benefits, care planning, legal advice and other resources in the area. Educational programs are also available to family members of seniors.

(360) 487-7050

Fifty and Better is a citywide program that encourages local seniors to stay active in their communities by participating in affordable recreational activities. Residents have access to fitness training adapted to their physical conditions. In addition, the activity schedule at the Luepke Senior Center includes writing clubs, tech coaching, dance, knitting, reading, painting and board games. Retirees may need to pay a small membership fee.

(360) 693-7030

The staff at CCVAC helps former members of the armed forces and their dependents determine which benefits they can claim and submit applications to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Recipients can take advantage of disability pensions and similar entitlements, which may cover part of assisted living fees. Most veterans can also receive free medical care at the Vancouver VA Medical Center.

(360) 694-9007

Trained officials and volunteers of Vancouver’s LTCOP defend the rights of assisted living residents by carrying out regular facility inspections and advocating for positive changes in their conditions. Staff members are generally qualified to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, as well as to intervene in cases of neglect, abuse, unsanitary settings and other situations that jeopardize the life quality of retirees. All services are provided at no cost.

(360) 258-0039

A Caring Closet is a nonprofit organization that operates in Clark County. It helps seniors in need gain access to durable medical equipment, including bath safety benches, hospital beds and wheelchairs or other devices for residents with impaired mobility. Most loans are free of charge, but donations are encouraged. The availability of certain devices may be limited.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Vancouver

Vancouver 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.

Washington Laws and Regulations