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.
According to Genworth, the median monthly cost for a home-health aide in Washington is about $5,800. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care services in Washington to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
Each state regulates senior living care differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care 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, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
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.