The city of Seattle is situated on Puget Sound and is surrounded by scenic mountains and forests. Seattle has a population of 753,675 and 12.4% of residents are over the age of 65. The city has cool and rainy winters while the summer months tend to be warm and dry. Seniors in Seattle have access to quality health care facilities such as the University of Washington Medical Center and the Virginia Mason Medical Center. 

Nursing home care offers round the clock medical care and assistance. This type of care is provided by licensed nurses and medical staff and can be very expensive. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average cost of nursing home care in Seattle is $10,621 per month. Due to the high cost of nursing care, seniors who don’t require such a high level of care may want to look at alternatives such as in-home care and assisted living

This guide aims to assist seniors looking at care options in Seattle by discussing the costs of nursing home care in Seattle and nearby cities, the costs of alternative care options in Seattle and listing free resources for seniors in the city.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Seattle, WA

The Hearthstone

6720 EAST GREEN LAKE WAY NORTH, Seattle, WA, 98103


Polack Adult Day Center

7500 SEWARD PARK AVENUE SOUTH, Seattle, WA, 98118

This place is so wonderful. Very caring, gentle and professional staff. I would list all of the people that I want to thank but am afraid of forgetting or excluding anyone because EVERYONE that work … (read more)
This place is so wonderful. Very caring, gentle and professional staff. I would list all of the people that I want to thank but am afraid of forgetting or excluding anyone because EVERYONE that work … (read more)

Cristwood Nursing and Rehabilitation

19301 Kings Garden Drive North, Seattle, WA, 98133

Several years ago, a family member was in need of aftercare in a rehabilative environment following a severe stroke, and we turned to Cristwood for help. I spent many hours with him there, and found … (read more)
Several years ago, a family member was in need of aftercare in a rehabilative environment following a severe stroke, and we turned to Cristwood for help. I spent many hours with him there, and found … (read more)

Skyline Health Services

715 9th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104

IF YOU HAVE TO SELF PAY AND CANNOT AFFORD TO TIE UP 30 DAYS OF CASH(!) PRE-PAY UP FRONT …. …..AND CANNOT WAIT A MONTH UNTIL AFTER CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE YOUR BALANCE, GO ELSEWHERE.
IF YOU HAVE TO SELF PAY AND CANNOT AFFORD TO TIE UP 30 DAYS OF CASH(!) PRE-PAY UP FRONT …. …..AND CANNOT WAIT A MONTH UNTIL AFTER CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE YOUR BALANCE, GO ELSEWHERE.

Exeter House

720 SENECA STREET, Seattle, WA, 98101


Sea Mar Community Health Centers

1040 SOUTH HENDERSON STREET, Seattle, WA, 98108

The staff here are so wonderful and caring. My mother-in-law is in stage 6 Alzheimer’s and wanders, scared, and previously wanting to go home. Now this is her home. The staff treat her so well, as … (read more)
The staff here are so wonderful and caring. My mother-in-law is in stage 6 Alzheimer’s and wanders, scared, and previously wanting to go home. Now this is her home. The staff treat her so well, as … (read more)

Parkshore

1630 43RD AVENUE EAST, Seattle, WA, 98112

My husband was in Park Shore for rehab for one month. It’s a full care facility, from independent living to nursing community and rehabilitation. It was really good, and I’d like my husband to be ther … (read more)
My husband was in Park Shore for rehab for one month. It’s a full care facility, from independent living to nursing community and rehabilitation. It was really good, and I’d like my husband to be ther … (read more)

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The Kenney

7125 FAUNTLEROY WAY SOUTHWEST, Seattle, WA, 98136


Bayview

11 WEST ALOHA STREET, Seattle, WA, 98119


Park West Care Center

1703 CALIFORNIA AVENUE SOUTHWEST, Seattle, WA, 98116

I have a loved one at park west and it"s all bad my relative smells like urine just about everytime i go there which is quite often. And when i walk through there many patients smell like feces, I"ve … (read more)
I have a loved one at park west and it"s all bad my relative smells like urine just about everytime i go there which is quite often. And when i walk through there many patients smell like feces, I"ve … (read more)

Kin on Health Care Center

4416 SOUTH BRANDON STREET, Seattle, WA, 98118

I visited this facility and spent about a week meeting the staff and visiting with residents. The nursing assistants (who provide care directly to the residents) are all very hard working, and they se … (read more)
I visited this facility and spent about a week meeting the staff and visiting with residents. The nursing assistants (who provide care directly to the residents) are all very hard working, and they se … (read more)

Seattle Keiro

1601 EAST YESLER WAY, Seattle, WA, 98122

There are a lot of activities available to the elders, and the activity leaders are often optimistic, which adds a good vibe to the environment. Patients who are initially unwilling to join the activi … (read more)
There are a lot of activities available to the elders, and the activity leaders are often optimistic, which adds a good vibe to the environment. Patients who are initially unwilling to join the activi … (read more)

Anderson House

17127 15TH AVENUE NORTHEAST, Seattle, WA, 98155

We visited Anderson House. They were very welcoming. The rooms were very clean and well equipped. There were the typical activities of an adult facility, like bus trips for shopping and going places. … (read more)
We visited Anderson House. They were very welcoming. The rooms were very clean and well equipped. There were the typical activities of an adult facility, like bus trips for shopping and going places. … (read more)

Saint Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

3540 NORTHEAST 110TH STREET, Seattle, WA, 98125

This facility appears to provide good care. Special services are available for those who need them, including physical therapy. The physical therapy provided was evidently of good quality. The facil … (read more)
This facility appears to provide good care. Special services are available for those who need them, including physical therapy. The physical therapy provided was evidently of good quality. The facil … (read more)

Seattle Medical & Rehab Center

555 16TH AVENUE, Seattle, WA, 98122

Please don’t send your loved ones here. My father was admitted just off a ventilator, awake and aware, communicating and improving. Within a week, we were told by his friend who was with him all the t … (read more)
Please don’t send your loved ones here. My father was admitted just off a ventilator, awake and aware, communicating and improving. Within a week, we were told by his friend who was with him all the t … (read more)

Washington Center For Comprehe

2821 SOUTH WALDEN STREET, Seattle, WA, 98144

I found the facility to be alright. Funishings and decor were sparse and dated, they felt a little old and dingy. It was often difficult to find people who were working and many were not friendly or … (read more)
I found the facility to be alright. Funishings and decor were sparse and dated, they felt a little old and dingy. It was often difficult to find people who were working and many were not friendly or … (read more)

Leon Sullivan Health Care Center

2611 SOUTH DEARBORN, Seattle, WA, 98144

When I was searching for a facility to place my mother, I decided upon LS because the admissions rep painted such a beautiful picture of Senior living. They promised weekly field trips out, a wide var … (read more)
When I was searching for a facility to place my mother, I decided upon LS because the admissions rep painted such a beautiful picture of Senior living. They promised weekly field trips out, a wide var … (read more)

Columbia Lutheran Home

4700 PHINNEY AVENUE NORTH, Seattle, WA, 98103

No communication with the attending physician in charge and has nurse who makes visits, attendants are friendly but management not efficient and hard to get in touch with, talk a good story but non a … (read more)
No communication with the attending physician in charge and has nurse who makes visits, attendants are friendly but management not efficient and hard to get in touch with, talk a good story but non a … (read more)

Health and Rehabilitation of North Seattle

13333 GREENWOOD AVENUE NORTH, Seattle, WA, 98133


Washington Care Center

2821 South Walden Street, Seattle, WA, 98144


Nursing Home Costs in Seattle, WA

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Seattle is $10,621 for a semi-private room and $11,954 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of nursing home care in Seattle is $10,624. This is $1,043 higher than the state average of $9,581. Nursing home care in Seattle costs $2,868 more than the national average of $7,756. Nearby in Spokane, the cost of nursing home care is similar at $10,615 per month; however, the average cost of care is cheaper in the neighboring cities of Olympia and Yakima.

$10624

Seattle

$9581

Washington

$7756

The United States

$9520

Olympia

$10615

Spokane

$7908

Yakima

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Seattle is $10,624 for a semi-private room and $11,954 for a private room. The cheapest option for senior care in the city is adult day health care at an average monthly cost of $2,027. Assisted living facilities have an average monthly cost of $6,750 and offer around-the-clock care for those needing full-time supervision. The average cost for homemaker services is $6,670 per month and the average cost for home health aide services is $6,673 per month.

$10624

Nursing home semi-private

$11954

Nursing home private

$2027

Adult day health care

$6750

Assisted Living

$6673

Home health aide services

$6670

Homemaker services

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Seattle, WA

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Seattle, WA

Free and low-cost resources are available to seniors living at home in the Seattle area. These services may help to delay the move to nursing home care for as long as possible. There are also resources here to help seniors and their families prepare for the move when it’s imminent. 

ResourceContactServices
Meals on Wheels(206) 448-5767Sound Generation is a non-profit organization that runs a version of Meals on Wheels in the Seattle area. This program is funded by donations and there is no charge for meals for seniors over the age of 60 who are frail and homebound. One meal is delivered each day from Monday to Friday by volunteers. In order to help seniors who can no longer shop on their own, the service additionally provides fresh produce and perishables. There is a charge for any groceries delivered.
Legal Advice(206) 448-5720This service is staffed by volunteer lawyers who give free legal advice to seniors in the Seattle area. Services they can assist with include guardianship, estate planning, probate and power of attorney. If seniors require in-person assistance, they can schedule a free consultation at the Elder Law Clinic. 
Apple Health(855) 682-0787Apple Health is the Washington State version of Medicaid. Seniors who require long-term nursing home care can apply to Apple Health to pay for their care. Income restrictions apply and this system is only available to low-income seniors who cannot afford the payments. Seniors are required to pay all of their personal income for their care and Apple Health will cover the remainder of the cost.
Transportation(206) 727-6262Sound Generation runs two transport systems that provide free door-to-door transportation for seniors in Seattle. Rides need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Wheelchair-friendly vans are available if requested. Two systems are available, volunteer rides and Hyde Shuttle. Both programs take seniors to medical appointments, congregate lunches, grocery stores and social services.