Washington has earned its nickname as “The Evergreen State” for its wide swaths of coniferous forest. Many people may be most familiar with Seattle and its iconic Space Needle, but the eastern half of the state has a personality all its own, with a serene desert beauty akin to parts of Idaho or Montana. In contrast, Washington’s Pacific Coast is home to an actual rainforest. The state’s varied landscape as well as its relatively mild climate make it an ideal retirement destination.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Washington is about $5,200. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Since care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Washington.
In Washington, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, living in Washington state is considered to be more expensive than the national average. The state has an extremely high housing and transportation index rating, like much of the West Coast. This is due in part to the fact that a large portion of the state’s population lives in Seattle and the surrounding King County. Other parts of the state have much lower costs of living, comparatively. All index scores are based on a scale where the national average is set at 100.
In the 2016 presidential election, Washington voted strongly Democratic. However, this is because a majority of registered voters live in Seattle and King County, which leans heavily liberal. The rest of the state, outside of Seattle, Spokane, and Olympia, is more rural and considered to be very conservative. Nearly 15% of the state's population is 65 years of age or older.
As the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Washington is known for its high mountain peaks, dense forests, and hundreds of miles of pristine Pacific coastline. The state of Washington has two distinct climate zones. The western part of the state has a Mediterranean type of climate, which means that areas like Seattle have wet and rainy winters, while the summers are dry and pleasant. The state’s eastern half has a continental climate type, meaning it experiences four distinct seasons with fluctuating seasonal temperatures.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.