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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Seattle, WA

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Cushioned between the peaceful waters of the Puget and magnificent Mt. Rainier, Seattle is a haven for outdoor lovers in search of assisted living that will support the next stage of their lives.

With 83 in-network assisted living communities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle, you’ll find a range of options to suit your specific needs, from 31 group homes, called adult family homes, to larger facilities that offer assisted living, memory care and independent living, allowing seniors to age in place. All assisted living options in Seattle provide a balance of support and independence, offering services like:

  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Meals and snacks
  • Help with personal care
  • Social activities
  • 24-hour emergency response

In this guide, you’ll learn about the best assisted living communities in Seattle, WA. In addition, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about paying for assisted living, which laws and regulations you need to be aware of, and the types of activities and amenities on offer in Seattle.

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Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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I can confidently rate Aegis of Kirkland a 5 out of 5. My brother and I found Aegis to be very clean in all the common areas as well as private areas. The food is excellent, and the staff is compassionate. They have several activities going on throughout the day. There is something that should appea...

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My husband felt like he was home. The caregivers were so kind and caring during the time he was there. I too, was welcomed to come visit any time. We were able to bring in personal items, such as pictures and hang them on the wall for him to see.

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My mother moved into Viktoria AFH about one month ago, and while she was completely resistant to doing so, she is content and happy. The staff treat her like she is gold, and make her feel loved and special. She loves them and especially the meals that they prepare from scratch every day. They are k...

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The facility was remodeled fairly recently and is lovely. If you are looking for perfection, you are not going to find it here or anywhere else. However, if your expectations are reasonable, you will find...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
El Dorado West is conveniently located close to Seahurst Park, Salmon Creek, Puget Sound, and not far from the Sea-Tac Airport. Relax and enjoy retirement amidst a thoughtful, caring community with access to excellent health care facilities, shopping malls, bus lines, and the excitement of...
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I really like it here. It was really a good choice. It's a very friendly community. The staff is good. The people are very nice, pleasant, and helpful. I like my apartment, and they come in and clean...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Find the vibrant home and compassionate care you have been searching for at Regency Newcastle. Our beautiful senior community in Newcastle, Washington, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Respite Care, emphasizing individualized care that enables residents to live as independently as...
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I think Mariana's AFH gives excellent care. Alas, my sister-in-law, [name removed], was unhappy there because she wanted to return to her husband. I think her experience was made worse by the pandemic. ...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Mariana's AFH Inc. is a residential care home located in the stunning Newcastle City, Washington, located in King County. Our community lies in a geographical set-up that captures the beauty of nature at its best. The tall trees around the home offer a cool breeze that provides a homely feeling....
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My Dad received excellent care, love, and kindness from his caregivers at Lake View. I will always be grateful for their hard work through his difficult disease progression.
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Lake View AFH LLC is a residential care home located in scenic Kenmore, WA in King County. This lovely wooded community has a freshwater industrial port and several parks surrounding nearby marinas with easy access to many bike-hike trails in the area. A very popular senior center entertains...
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The caregivers seemed caring and attentive. My loved one really appreciates the caregivers. The one caution is that if you want to get a phone line put in for your loved one it could be difficult. It...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Inspired by the rustic Northwest landscape, Aegis at Marymoor offers the best in luxury senior housing adjacent to lush Marymoor Park. Aegis at Marymoor is part of Aegis Living, a locally owned company, leader in senior housing for its innovative programs, that has been in business for almost...
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We’ve had an incredible experience with Happy Family and the staff here. Right from the very beginning they made us welcome and have taken great care of our mother. This is a huge move for us and we’re...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Is your loved one in need of more care than you can provide at home? Happy Family has three private, fully-licensed adult family homes in the Seattle area. We specialize in assisted living services for the elderly and individuals living with Alzheimer's, dementia and medical/mental health...
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Langland House provided such attentive and quality care for my mother. The activities and memory care services at Langland House are excellent. They also go above and beyond when dressing my mother in her...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Here at the Langland House, we provide your loved one with great services and amenities. Located in Seattle, WA, the Langland House is a fantastic place to stay as you can take walks on the beach whenever you want. We offer 24 hour care for your loved one, so you can have peace of mind that they...
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TLC Adult Family Home – Recommendation: My Mother, age 100, has been living at TLC Adult Family Home (AFH) in West Seattle for three years. If you are looking for or thinking about an AFH for your loved...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
This home was built in 2004 with 6 beds,wide doors and hallway,and two big bathrooms. Each room has cable and telephone hook up.There are three caregivers all the time. The front and back doors have alarms. The front and back driveways are gated.
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I would recommend this community to others. The owner lives on site. The amount of staff to residents ratio was really good. The transparency of care for my loved one was amazing. They were kind,...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Golden Autumn AFH is located on Greenwood Ave in beautiful Shoreline, WA. This location allows our residents to have easy access to North Seattle Golf and Country Club as well as being very close to Northwest and Group Health Hospital. At Golden Autumn AFH we pride ourselves in offering an...
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24/7 Caregivers with two on duty at all times. The food is very good and it’s Filipino food. They help me get out of bed everyday, and feed me daily. They are sweeet and caring. Also the owner of the home,...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
I have been in the business since 2009. I started taking care of seniors since 1981 as a certified nursing assisstance. My staff members are all experienced senior care givers. My partner, who is my resident manager is a Registered Nurse,who is at home most of the time, when I'm not there, (the...
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staff and residents were very welcoming. very smooth transition with move in process. staff are very friendly and very helpful.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Park Place is a very special retirement and assisted living community located 3 miles east of Boeing Field in Seattle. The doors are scheduled to open the end of April providing 154 luxurious studio and one bedroom apartments for seniors. All the apartments come equipped with microwaves,...
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They are just absolutely amazing over at Sunny's Adult Family Home LLC. IT is a very inclusive facility with a family type atmosphere. The staff are very cautious and do a great job. My loved one has...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Sunny's AFH specializes in dementia and mental health. The provider is a Registered Nurse with MSN and National board certification in Mental Health, worked at geropsych hospital for 15 years, passionate for seniors who are struggling with behaviors related to dementia. The AFH staff actively...
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Where do I begin, it all started with an emergency room visit and I met a wonderful woman from A Caring Choice. LolThe care concern our family experienced was unbelievable. They took the time to get to know...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
A Caring Choice A.F.H. is a residential care home in Kirkland, WA, that serves the greater King County area. Located just adjacent to Mark Twain Park, the home boasts a quiet and rural feel that is nearby ample shopping, dining, and entertainment. With convenient bus route access that spans the...
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The staff at Happy Family Adult Family Home is very caring and supportive. They go the extra mile to make sure their residents, including my loved one, get the care they need.
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Is your loved one in need of more care than you can provide at home? Happy Family has three private, fully-licensed adult family homes in the Seattle area. We specialize in assisted living services for the elderly and individuals living with Alzheimer's, dementia and medical/mental health...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
Are you looking for a retirement lifestyle set in a friendly, comfortable, urban environment? Then Exeter House may be the perfect choice for you. Located on the edge of downtown Seattle, this gracious community is within blocks of world-class art museums, theatrical presentations, concerts, fine...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Comfort and care has an address – and it’s The Terraces at Skyline.It’s nice to know there’s a special place that offers exceptional care for every stage of life. Open since 2009, Skyline is a not-for-profit community nestled in the heart of the city. As Seattle’s only true Life Care community...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Nestled in the heart of Pike Place Market is a treasure just waiting to be discovered — Heritage House at the Market. With panoramic views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains, Heritage House offers private apartments in a rich urban environment. Staffed 24 hours a day, Heritage House...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Nikkei Manor Assisted Living offers an inviting community for older adults who want to maintain a lifestyle of active choice. Free from worries about everyday tasks, our residents have the time to enjoy the friendship of a new neighbor, a visit from a grandchild, a gardening project on a sunny...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Cannon House, with 100 assisted living units and 20 senior independent apartments, is located in the heart of Seattle's Central District. This modern, spacious facility was opened in 2002 with the intent to provide first rate and affordable services that would allow all seniors to remain close...

Costs of assisted living in the Seattle area

According to A Place for Mom’s 2022 proprietary data, the average cost of assisted living in Seattle is higher than both the national average costs and the average costs for Washington state at $6,045 per month within our partnership network.[01] This includes associated fees and service fee add-ons and is also influenced by location, floor plan, amenities, and additional services.

Amenities and additional services in assisted living facilities often include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Help with personal care
  • Medication management
  • Laundry
  • Social activities and outings
  • 24-hour emergency response

The following costs are averages for Seattle and nearby communities and not inclusive of additional fees.

Average cost comparisons near Seattle, WA

Average monthly costs

Seattle, WA

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How people pay for assisted living in Seattle

Assisted living can be funded in a number of ways, both privately and through public means. While some families may pick one method of payment, it’s also possible to use a mix of private and public funding. Here you will find more information on how families can use private pay, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid to pay for assisted living.

Private pay methods in Seattle

There are several private pay methods for assisted living, including savings and pensions, Social Security benefits, investment returns, and more. Additional options include:

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VA benefits for assisted living in Seattle

While VA benefits will not directly pay room and board for assisted living, some veterans may qualify for support through the VA in other ways. The Aid and Attendance benefit provides for expenses that improve quality of life. This benefit is in addition to the VA pension. Additionally, those enrolled in the VA health system may qualify for VA health benefits to support long-term care like physical therapy.

Seattle has several local veteran organizations that provide support in a number of ways, from financial assistance and claims assistance to support services like transportation help. Beyond Seattle-based organizations, national programs such as Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) may be able to offer support through community-based services. VD-HCBS offers health aide care, skilled care, adult day health care, respite care, telehealth services, and more to qualified veterans.

Applying for VA benefits of any kind can be a long and challenging process, so it is best to reach out to the resources below as early as possible for help before applying. In addition to veterans service organizations, the Seattle public library has a program that helps connect veterans to social services.

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Number of veterans who live in Seattle

Percentage of Seattle veterans who are 75+, according to the US Census Bureau

Resources for Seattle veterans

Government offices

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 1-877-838-7787
Email: benefits@dva.wa.gov

King County Veterans Services Program

Department of Community and Human Services
9725 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206-263-8387
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Veterans organizations

Ballard Eagleson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3063
2812 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-782-8618
Email: adjutant@vfwseattle.org
Hours: Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m – 3 p.m.

The American Legion Department of Washington
3600 Ruddell Road SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-491-4373
Fax: 360-628-8364

Disabled American Veterans
915 Second Ave.
Room 1040
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 206-341-8267
Phone: 1-888-604-0234
Hours (by appointment only): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Seattle Public Library Veterans Services
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-4636
Hours: Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Seattle Medicaid for assisted living

Medicaid, known as Apple Health in Washington, provides funding for assisted living as long as the facility is licensed by Washington State and accepts Medicaid payments. Medicaid clients can access three levels of service packages depending on their care needs.

Medicaid may also cover necessary in-home care services through the Home and Community-Based Services waiver program (HCBS). These waivers allow states to use Medicaid money for senior care in assisted living facilities.

You can get help determining eligibility with a benefits screening from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. In addition to the resources below, Washington’s ombudsman for Apple Health can also help people navigate complaints, grievances, and the appeals process. Washington’s Community Living Connections (CLC) Network, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the VA, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helps connect seniors to any benefits that might be applied to their financial or health situations.

Seattle resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid assistance

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)
Cherry Street Plaza
626 8th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 877-501-2233
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration Home and Community Services
1737 Airport Way
S Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: 206-341-7600
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
1200 S 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 206-623-0816

Medicare assisted living coverage in Seattle

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people over the age of 65. Because assisted living is a form of custodial care, costs related to board or rent are not covered under Medicare, nor are activities related to daily living in an assisted living facility.

However, Medicare Part A may cover skilled nursing care for services in assisted living facilities, like physical therapy or changing sterile dressings. For those who are homebound and in need of skilled care, Medicare Part A and Part B may cover home health services, including:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Medical social services
  • Part-time home health aide services
  • Occasional skilled nursing care
  • Injectable osteoporosis drugs

Seattle’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is on hand to provide people answers to questions about processes related to Medicare. In contrast, programs like the Medicare Savings Program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program can help qualified individuals with some actual Medicare-related costs. There’s also the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that can help eligible seniors with health care and daily needs. Some seniors who qualify for Medicare or Medicaid might qualify for PACE.

Seniors and families can contact Seattle’s Social Security Administration and local ombudsman for additional support. Washington’s Community Living Connections (CLC) Network helps connect seniors to any benefits that might be available for their situations. This is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the VA, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Seattle resident Medicare resources

Apply for Medicare

Seattle Social Security Administration
Suite 901
915 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Medicare assistance

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
1501 N 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-753-4806
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
1737 Airport Way S, Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: 206-341-7600
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
1200 S 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 206-623-0816

Providence ElderPlace (PACE)
4515 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-320-5325
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Understand Washington laws and regulations for assisted living facilities

Washington state law places the Department of Social and Health Services in charge of licensing and regulating assisted living facilities according to the Washington State Residential Care Services statute. Chapter 18.20 RCW was established to promote the safety and well-being of residents at assisted living facilities and to enact requirements for their ongoing operations.

Within this category, Seattle has both assisted living facilities and adult family homes. Assisted living facilities provide housing and care services for seven or more people; in contrast, Seattle’s adult family homes are licensed to provide housing and care services for up to six adults in a regular house located in a residential neighborhood. Currently, 30 of the assisted living communities located in Seattle are classified as adult family homes.

Assisted Living

The licensing process requires assisted living facilities to complete an application and meet specific standards of care, including providing a safe environment, maintaining appropriate staffing and training, and meeting health and safety requirements. That includes:

  • First aid, CPR, and safety training
  • 70-Hour Long-Term Care Worker Basic Training and Specialty Training
  • Nurse delegation and diabetes care
  • Food handling and safety
  • Ongoing continuing education
  • Specific administrator-level training for those running facilities

Prior to approval, DSHS will perform an on-site inspection to ensure compliance. After approval, regular inspections are performed to ensure health, safety, and staffing standards are maintained, residents’ rights are being met, and quality of care is upheld.

To evaluate a specific assisted living facility, visitors can use DSHS’ Assisted Living Facility Locator to access records and evaluations. Inspection records for each can be found via Seattle Assisted Living Facility Search.

Adult Family Homes

Seattle’s adult family homes are licensed to provide housing and care services for up to six adults in a regular house located in a residential neighborhood. Run by a family, a single person, or business partners, Chapter 70.128 RCW of Washington state law outlines the rules and requirements for adult family homes.

These homes must be in good repair and provide a safe, sanitary environment for residents; the training to ensure this includes:

  • First aid, CPR, and safety training
  • 70-Hour Long-Term Care Worker Basic Training and Specialty Training
  • Nurse delegation and diabetes care
  • Food handling and safety
  • Ongoing continuing education
  • Specific administrator-level training for those running facilities

To evaluate a specific adult family home, visitors can use DSHS’ Adult Family Home Locator to access records and evaluations. Inspection records for each can be found via Seattle Adult Family Home Search.

Those looking for advocates for seniors living in adult family homes or assisted living facilities should contact the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The ombudsman’s team handles complaints and addresses concerns regarding care quality, the use of restraints, cases of abuse, and transfer and discharge procedures.

Washington Department of Health contact information

Washington State Department of Health contact information
111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone Number: 800-525-0127
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Seattle assisted living facilities

As of October 2022, assisted living care facilities in Seattle stopped compulsory routine staff testing in line with guidance changes from the CDC.[02] Currently, Seattle follows guidelines as laid out by the Washington Department of Health’s Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings and the CDC.

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Vaccinations. It is recommended that all staff and residents are up-to-date with vaccinations and boosters.

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Masking. It’s recommended that staff wear masks, ideally N95s, and eye protection where appropriate.

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Facility cleanliness. Assisted living facilities should optimize ventilation and filtration. Dedicated medical equipment should be used when caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2. Routine cleaning and disinfection are recommended.

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Quarantining. Staff should limit the transport and movement of a patient to medically essential purposes.

Get to know assisted living in Seattle

986Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.4/5.0 average in-network rating
70% of communities offer pet-friendly services
51% of communities in Seattle offer Hoyer lifts
62% of communities in Seattle have on-site physicians
6% of communities in Seattle have on-site skilled nursing

6351

Number of people we have referred to our communities in Seattle

82

Average age of residents we have referred to our communities in Seattle
Gender split: 64% female

What to expect from assisted living in Seattle

With a strong and thriving level of senior support, the Seattle community is home to 83 assisted living facilities. Within this category, Seattle has both assisted living facilities and adult family homes. Assisted living facilities provide housing and care services for seven or more people; in contrast, Seattle’s adult family homes are licensed to provide housing and care services for up to six adults in a regular house located in a residential neighborhood. The Seattle community is home to 83 assisted living facilities.

Beyond assisted living facilities and adult family homes, the remainder of Seattle’s assisted living options are a mix of assisted living and memory; assisted living, memory care, and independent living; and assisted living and independent living. This variety of care — amid quite a large assortment of venues — ensures there’s an option appropriate for any senior living in Seattle.

Adult family homes

Thirty-one of Seattle’s assisted living communities are group homes, which is a distinguishing feature of the Seattle market. Seattle’s adult family homes are licensed to provide housing and care services for up to six adults in a regular house located in a residential neighborhood. These homes provide room, board, laundry, and any needed help with activities of daily living and personal care.

Standalone assisted living facilities

Unlike retirement communities or independent living facilities — which provide housing exclusively for adults typically 55 or older — assisted living facilities staff assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of their residents and are state-licensed. Only four of the 84 communities are considered standalone assisted living. Some offer specialized care for people with developmental disabilities or dementia or other mental health concerns.

Assisted living and memory care

Currently, 16 of the Seattle facilities offer a combination of assisted living and memory care. While assisted living and memory care communities both prioritize group living — such as common areas, communal meals, and apartment living — the addition of memory care offers specialized care to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

Integrated memory care facilities are typically secured communities with an enclosed courtyard and indoor walking paths, so residents are able to remain active. Depending on the facility, a wander alert system may also be available.

Multiple levels of care on the premises

Currently, 18 of the Seattle facilities are considered a combination of assisted living and independent living, while 13 offer a combination of assisted living, independent living, and memory care. Similar to assisted living alongside memory care, these kinds of assisted living facilities provide a mix of communal living and independent choices. One such facility offers a mix of assisted living, adult day care, independent living, and memory care to meet specialized needs.

The assisted living/independent living/memory care combination is progressive type of care that addresses the needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, alongside options to maintain independence and receive assistance as needed.

No matter the type of assisted living community, most prioritize social wellness and physical health. Tai Chi, yoga, and on-site fitness centers are all fairly standard, while arts and crafts centers, game rooms, and hobby-specific clubs allow residents to make social connections with those who have similar interests.

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Unfamiliar with Seattle? Highlights for seniors

92046

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Seattle

13%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Seattle population

64944

Median annual income for Seattle seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Seattle

Seattle has plenty of health care options for people in the area, including one of the highest-ranking hospitals in the nation and clinics that specialize in geriatric care and memory care.

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University of Washington Medical Center

Regularly ranked as one of the best in the nation, UW Medical Center is a teaching hospital that currently ranks nationally in seven adult specialties, including cancer care, nephrology, and urology.

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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Named as one of the top hospitals in the nation by Leapfrog Group, Virginia Mason takes a patient-centered healthcare approach. It is particularly well-known for its orthopedic, cancer, and digestive disorder programs.

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Overlake Medical Center

Based in Bellevue, this nonprofit hospital just east of Seattle offers a wide range of healthcare services and is rated as “high performing” in 13 adult procedures.

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Providence Regional Medical Center

This general medical and surgical facility is based across two locations in Seattle and was named the best hospital in the Seattle Metro area by U.S. News & World Report.

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University of Washington Geriatrics Clinic

Part of UW Medical Center, this clinic prioritizes patients over the age of 75 or those with complex medical conditions. It offers a range of services, including primary care, palliative care, and memory care.

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Swedish Geriatric Specialty Clinic

Part of the Swedish Medical Center, this clinic focuses on the management of chronic conditions and end-of-life care. It also has specialists in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric neurology, and geriatric rehabilitation.

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Seattle VA Medical Center

With specific expertise in veterans’ needs, Seattle’s VA Medical Center offers primary and specialty health services, mental health support, rehabilitation, and geriatric care.

Transportation for seniors in Seattle

Seattle has a variety of transportation options, with the city heavily investing in public transportation to avoid congestion and promote sustainable transport. Buses, streetcars, ferries, and a light rail are all available and frequently operate throughout Seattle’s metropolitan area.

There are also a number of transportation options specifically for seniors unable to use the fixed routes offered by the city, including:

Beyond public transportation, Seattle is a fairly walkable city overall, according to Walk Score. Based on factors like public density, availability of walking and bike paths, and public transportation, this means that most errands can be completed on foot. In its downtown area, Seattle has a Walk Score of 100 making it a “walker’s paradise.”

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74

Walk Score

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60

Transit Score

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71

Bike Score

Senior activities in Seattle

Seattle has a thriving arts community, whether residents want to take in a museum or attend live shows. Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture, and Art Museum all offer senior discounts and accommodations for mobility issues. Seattle’s event guide EverOut will help you find all sorts of shows and events to suit specific tastes.

Sports fans can choose from a variety of professional teams to root for. From the major league baseball Mariners to the national football league’s Seahawks, there are plenty of options for an outing. If hockey is your thing, take in a Kraken game. For soccer fans, the Seattle Sounders might be a fun outing. The WNBA has the Seattle Storm in town for those who love basketball.

There are several casinos nearby for those interested in gaming. Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort also offers golf and spa services for those who want to make a weekend out of it, while Muckleshoot Casino has a large range of smoke-free table games.

Seattle, known for its natural beauty, offers some of the best parks, hiking trails, and gardens around. For those who like to socialize while enjoying nature, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department often offers senior-specific calendar events and activities, whether a Salmon Bay walking tour or a visit to Seattle’s stunning Japanese Garden.

There are also groups designed to connect seniors and provide enriching experiences. Some of the more popular ones in Seattle include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Alpine Residences of Kirkland, Elderly Home Care and AMC Private Care are the top-rated Assisted Living facilities near Seattle, WA. These Assisted Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Assisted Living in Seattle is 5519.55 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Public Health – Seattle & King County. (2022, November 3). Letter to King County Long-Term Care Facilities. Testing Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities.

  3. Centers for Disease Control. (2022, September 23). Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC.

  4. U.S. News. (2023). Best Hospitals in Seattle, WA.

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A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Public Health – Seattle & King County. (2022, November 3). Letter to King County Long-Term Care Facilities. Testing Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities.

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Centers for Disease Control. (2022, September 23). Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC.

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U.S. News. (2023). Best Hospitals in Seattle, WA.