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Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 125 independent living facilities in Seattle, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.
We are also serving Independent Living facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Highline and Wedgewood.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Bellevue, Renton or Medina.
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The staff at sunrise are a pleasure to work with. They're warm knowledgably, compassionate, kind, my husbands, care and mine are constantly adapting to care for him and his medical conditions. The resident with Alzheimer's is unique and needs individualized care plan. Staff has walked with me through very difficult decisions and transitions into care here at Sunrise. It's a wonderful place.
This is a nice community. The apartments are a nice size and roomy. They have a good list of activities for the residents to choose from. They have friendly front desk staff. My loved one seems to enjoy the food.
What we really saw that was positive is the staff, from the front end staff, to the director, who is excellent to work with. They have excellent communication. We get emails all the time with any updates. They're close by to medical facilities, so that's been a Godsend. The shuttle service they have has been very accommodating, so we've been very happy with that. They take the residents to doctor appointments, and on outings. Recently they went to the Tulip Festival. My family members love the food. They were at a different place with turnover in the kitchen that negatively affected the food, and now at Cogir of Northgate they rave about the food. They have no complaints and are very happy. The only downside has been the fact that there aren't any sidewalks along 15th NE. So if they're out walking with their electric walkers, they don't feel comfortable going on an outing to the grocery store due to the lack of sidewalks. Overall we've had a good experience, and would definitely recommend it to others.
1421 Minor Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Truewood by Merrill, First Hill is perfect for those who like being near boutique shopping, theaters, concert and lecture halls and much more. This friendly retirement community is in the First Hill neighborhood, where many of Seattle's best known and highest quality medical practices are...
I am very happy to be here at Truewood by Merrill, First Hill and I am greatly enjoying it. I would whole heartedly recommend it has a good buy to all. Plus the location is great. Thank you A Place For Mom...
12505 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133
Welcome to Ida Culver House Broadview, an Era Living community. Ida Culver House offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Secured Memory Care.Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood, Ida Culver...
Although it took us 12 mins. to find parking for our mid-size SUV, we're so impressed with the beauty of Ida Culver House Broadview -- inside, outside, many quality choices & entertaining spaces for...
805 4th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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At Queen Anne Retirement Community, our exceptional staff, engaging activities, and active social life make our residents happy to call our community home.Queen Anne Retirement Community offers luxurious independent living and assisted living, with stunning surroundings, amazing amenities, and...
Our Activities Director, [name removed] is professional, personable, and full of energy! She is always available......completing all kinds of activities; drives the bus; knows all residents and is always...
9001 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Welcome to Emerald City Senior Living, one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the Queen Anne neighborhood. You’ll find Emerald City located in the upscale upper Queen Anne neighborhood 1 block from Queen Anne Drive with convenient shopping and dining.ASSISTED LIVINGHere at Emerald...
They could work to improve on there staffing especially their nursing team and they could also work on their food portions - need to be more
2200 E Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Our Aegis on Madison property includes some unique features that rival some of the nicest hotels and condominiums in Seattle. Every feature has been carefully designed with the safety and joy of our residents in mind. This is your home, but you may feel like every day you are on vacation. On Top...
We love Aegis Madison. My mother in law is getting excellent care there. The staff is very responsive and the food is great!
2418 NW 56th St, Seattle, WA 98107
We offer senior living in the heart of one of Seattle's most popular neighborhoods, close to the downtown core. Enjoy being part of the historic Ballard neighborhood close to shopping, dining and entertainment. This community is modern yet intimate with a ton of amenities including a theater,...
Merrill Gardens has been great so far, we are happy with our decision. The location is great for our loved one, he loves to walk and he can talk to this nature area close by and sit by the water, he can walk...
620 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
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Specialized Care:Our community offers Enhanced Assisted Living in our Pearl program. We can help with rehabilitation and are trained in Parkinson's Disease Care. Our Opal program is for those needing a safe memory care environment. We focus on socialization and natural therapies to give our...
One of the things that I love about Murano is because it's a high rise, everything is really easy to access. For my loved one, that type of layout is much easier for her to navigate than long hallways would...
11030 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
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Conveniently located in the heart of Northgate with easy access to I-5, Northgate Plaza offers high-quality care and an enriched senior living lifestyle within a familiar North Seattle neighborhood. The community is close to the Northgate Mall shops and restaurants as well as public parks, houses...
We chose NorthGate Plaza mainly because of the location and the overall feeling that we got from the salesperson. They have a great maintenance staff and a caring nursing staff. I would recommend this...
100 Crockett St, Seattle, WA 98109
Welcome to Queen Anne Manor Senior Living, one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the Queen Anne neighborhood. You’ll find Queen Anne Manor located in the upscale upper Queen Anne neighborhood 1 block from Queen Anne Drive with convenient shopping and dining.ASSISTED LIVINGHere at...
It is ideal for parents in need of transition to assisted and memory care, and full-service memory care. It has great staff and location, and is a well managed facility. It is on the more reasonable end of...
4400 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103
Welcome to University House Wallingford, an Era Living community. University House offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care. University House is nestled in the heart of Wallingford, just steps from...
It's awesome. It is expensive but is a great value for the money. My loved one is very active, and the prograamming is amazing at Univeristy House. They have art, field trips and a fitness center. The...
5300 24th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
Merrill Gardens at The University provides desirable retirement living near the University of Washington. Take advantage of the University Village outdoor shopping center and tree-lined Burke-Gilman trail; both ideal for strolling and just steps from the front door. Enjoy being close to a...
We went with Merrill Gardens at The University because it seemed like the best fit for my loved one. I would tell others that some locations offer income qualified apartments and some do not which was...
2326 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98116
Premium Senior Living in the Vibrant Heart of SeattleThere are a lot of senior living options in the Seattle area. But not many of them look like this. Not many of them feel like this either, as our residents enjoy a resort-style life, exploring creative pursuits, enjoying entertainment options...
We chose Brookdale because we loved the staff immediately, the location was convenient, and also because of the amenities that they offered. They also had a much better care program and are more hands on...
4700 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116
A Beautiful Place to LiveWest-Seattle-thumbnail-300x203Nestled near the Admiral District in vibrant West Seattle, our new Capri-style assisted living community is inspired by the sun-drenched Mediterranean. Here, residents will enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of downtown Seattle and the...
This is a marvelous place for your relative to live. This community is absolutely stunning. I truly do like all of the staff members that provide care for my loved one. They have activities like telling...
7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
The Kenney is really good. They have people who come in and clean up your house for you if choose, which is helpful. It's sort of like having a family to help you take care of some things you're not able...
2615 Southwest Barton Street, Seattle, WA 98126
There is nothing so dear as family. The Daystar family tree started with the owners and has branched out through the years. Celebrating over 25 Years in West Seattle, we've shared and helped improve the lives of more than 2,500 families! That's a lot of folks that have called Daystar home! At...
When Mom and I toured Daystar we were both drawn to the warmth of the community. Daystar has been vigilant about COVID protocols which I am ever thankful for. While lockdowns have been hard to get through,...
11448 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, WA 98178
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Welcome to The Lakeshore, an Era Living community. The Lakeshore offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care. The Lakeshore is located on the southern shore of Lake Washington with beautiful panoramic...
The Lake Shore is a wonderful retirement facility with a view of Lake Washington that’s simply breathtaking. The staff are all friendly and helpful and professional. It really feels like a wonderful...
2956 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Nestled amongst the tall evergreens of Redmond, Overlake Terrace takes advantage of its suburban surroundings. Our accessible yet scenic location makes our community a wonderful place to call home. Overlake Terrace is dedicated to the belief that mature adults deserve to live in a caring...
Overlake Terrace has just been very welcoming and accommodating. They've been easy to work with. And our family member loves it there. He feels very welcome - the staff always call him by name and make an...
14431 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Peters Creek's assisted living options offer personalized assistance, supportive services and compassionate care in a professionally managed, carefully designed, retirement community setting. It's the perfect alternative for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home, yet don't need...
It's not fancy, but it's a good place as far as I can tell. There has been shifting of staff at the top which is a warning flag for me. Housekeepers that do my loved one's room are pure gold! The overall...
13350 Southeast 26th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
The Garden Club provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.Conveniently located in Bellevue, we offer a friendly, quiet home in the shopping hub of the northwest. You'll love the convenience of being close to world-class shopping, healthcare and a peaceful home to...
The Garden Club has been great - We are so glad to have found this place. The staff is heart felt and engaging. They are prompt to address issues should they arise. My husband has come to feel safe and...
17201 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
ANDERSON COMMUNITYVibrant Lifestyle * Exceptional Care * Amazing FriendshipsOur goal is to help residents stay active and involved, while supporting independence for as long as possible. Whether you’re a senior looking for a short-term stay or you’d like to settle down with us, we offer a wide...
They made it easy to get her in quickly. I hear the soup is great. My loved one came home with a new haircut and crafts she had made. I think she was happy there.
14 Main Street South, Kirkland, WA 98033
Enjoy all bustling downtown Kirkland offers at Merrill Gardens at Kirkland: a wide range of cultural activities, international cuisine and several parks within walking distance. The Kirkland location is an excellent example of how retirement homes fit into their surroundings and take advantage of...
Merrill Gardens at Kirkland is a good place overall, per all the above ratings I gave. I like that it's located in a nice, beautiful, walkable town!
7810 SE 30th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
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A new way of life awaits you at Island House Assisted Living. Located near I-90 in the heart of Town Center, our senior living community in Mercer Island, WA raises the bar. With easy access to Seattle and Bellevue, our upscale community offers close proximity to urban delights and serves as a...
The staff at Island House are very accommodating and friendly. They are not overbearing and they allow the residents to have the amount of independence that they need/desire.
1115 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Blaze Your Own Retirement at The Bellettini Retirement Community. With so many choices in dining, health and wellness, travel, social, and philanthropic opportunities, you will make yourself dizzy as you discover all the ways you can enjoy life. Live simply or scale up services as you wish. Work...
Right now there are not that many activities due to COVID, however they are trying their best. The most important thing is that they are keeping us safe. We would recommend this community to those who can...
15928 Northeast 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...
They are amazing. They have been very helpful. The maintenance guy went out of his way to help move my dad in. They made sure the transition went well. They encourage my loved one to engage in the...
12629 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Aegis Lodge, Kirkland At Aegis Lodge in Kirkland, our residents enjoy the best of all: a wonderful well-trained caring staff and an atmosphere difficult to find elsewhere, surrounded by nature, walking paths and five-star dining but yet close to Evergreen Hospital and Seattle's eastside doctors....
The staff at Aegis Lodge are friendly and responsive. My mom's room in memory care is always tidy, and she feels safe and well cared for. They provide fun, calm activities that are appropriate for memory...
The average monthly cost of independent living in our Seattle network of partners is $5,315 per month, according to proprietary data from A Place for Mom. This cost includes associated fees and service add-ons. This is substantially higher than the national average cost of independent living, which sits at $3,376.
Independent living offers a mix of amenities within the communities but also prioritizes residents’ desires to live as independently as they please. So, while you might see plenty of dining options, on-site barbers and beauty salons, community common areas, and activities, independent living also often provides full kitchens or kitchenettes in rooms, parking, and transportation so it is easy to participate in anything Seattle offers.
The following costs represent only Seattle’s baseline independent living costs, without any add-on fees.
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While insurance programs like Medicaid or Medicare don’t cover independent living because they’re technically not senior care communities, there are ways you can use these resources to fund this new stage in life.
In this section, you will find some of the more common ways people pay for independent living, from private pay options and VA benefits to housing assistance and Medicare and Medicaid resources.
There are several private pay sources to fund the move to independent living. In addition to Social Security benefits, investment returns, and pensions, the following methods are also options:
Because independent living communities aren’t classified as healthcare facilities, they aren’t subject to the same licensing or regulatory oversight that communities like assisted living face. However, because some independent living communities provide services like transportation or dining, they may need to obtain licenses for those specific services.
You may also find your independent living community has a minimum age requirement. This is up to the authority of the community itself, but the minimum age is typically between 55 and 62 years old.
While independent living may not have the same licensing that other long-term care facilities require, they do have to comply with several state and federal laws that protect your rights as a renter.
Additionally, there are maintenance and safety requirements everyone, no matter what type of accommodation they’re in, is entitled to. This includes adequate heat, hot water, plumbing, fire equipment, and timely repairs of anything that is broken. For more in-depth information, consider reading through these resources:
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While standalone independent living facilities do not have to adhere to any COVID-19 guidelines, most of Seattle’s independent living communities are part of more extensive assisted living or memory care facilities, so you may find COVID-19 guidelines being practiced.
For independent living facilities that are part of another community regulated by the Department of Health, expect guidelines that follow the CDC and the Washington Department of Health’s Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings.
Vaccinations. Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are recommended for staff and residents.
Masking. If appropriate, staff should wear well-fitting masks.
Facility cleanliness. Ventilation and filtration should be optimized. Dedicated medical equipment should be used when caring for a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Additionally, routine cleaning and disinfection are recommended.
Quarantining. The movement of people with COVID-19 should be limited to medically necessary reasons.
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Seattle is an ideal place to live if you value independence. The ninth most walkable city in the United States, Seattle is an excellent option for independent people who enjoy their social life and want to stay as active as they can. Whether it’s shopping at Pike Place Market, participating in one of the many local community groups, or adventuring out to Mount Rainier for the day, there’s something for many different lifestyles.
Residents of independent living communities in Seattle can expect a number of amenities, most of which center around remaining active and keeping up with hobbies. Of our 37 partner communities:
For people who like to spend time outside, almost all of our listings have outside patios.
Seattle’s independent living communities make it easy to get out and enjoy the city, as 97% are conveniently located next to public transportation. In addition, all of our listings offer complimentary transportation.
Each facility offers different amenities and services, which is why our senior living advisors are available to arrange tours for any seniors interested in specific locations.
Many independent living communities in Seattle offer multiple levels of care. That’s because the majority of them aren’t standalone independent living communities. Most of our listings offer a combination of independent living and assisted living or a combination of independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Communities that combine independent living, assisted living, and memory care are progressive in the market and, therefore, great options for care seekers in Seattle.
These types of facilities make it easy to go from an independent lifestyle to one that requires more support and health care. In other words, they allow residents to age in place. As their health needs change, so do their care options. Later in life, care needs can change often. If you know you want to stay in one place rather than move to different locations as your needs fluctuate, these kinds of combination communities are excellent choices.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Seattle population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
Seattle has many health care options, from high-ranking hospitals and primary care options to specialty clinics.
Named one of the best hospitals in the nation, UW Medical Center currently ranks in seven specialties. This teaching hospital is particularly well known for its cancer care, nephrology, and urology.
Virginia Mason is known for taking a patient-centered approach to its healthcare. Its specialties include orthopedic care, cancer care, and digestive disorder programs.
Just 10 miles from downtown Seattle, Bellevue-based Overlake Medical Center offers a wide range of healthcare services and is s rated as high performing in 13 adult procedures.
Named by U.S. News and World Report as the best Seattle Metro hospital, this general medical and surgical center has two Seattle locations.
Offering a range of services and prioritizing patients over the age of 75, this clinic is part of UW Medical Center and specializes in primary care, palliative care, and memory care.
Seattle’s VA Medical Center serves the veteran community and offers a number of specialty health services, senior care, and primary care.
While most of Seattle’s independent living communities have on-site parking and offer transport services, there are also several public transport options in Seattle.
The city has heavily invested in streetcars, buses, and ferries, and a new light rail serves downtown Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Beyond public transportation and any services independent living facilities offer, there are a variety of community-led initiatives to help seniors get around.
Seattle is the ninth most walkable city in the U.S. You can map out a route for walking with the help of this Seattle Department of Transportation website. Walk, transit, and bike scores are graded from one to 100 and measure the ease at which a person could go about their daily lives using the walk and bike paths available as well as public transportation.
Nestled between the Puget Sound and the immense Mount Rainier, Seattle is ideal for people who love the outdoors. It has some of the best parks and trails, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department offers a full calendar of events, including senior-specific activities for those who want to meet new people or have fun with friends and family.
The arts, theater, and music communities are also thriving in Seattle — from the Chihuly Garden and Glass to the Fifth Avenue Theatre and beyond. The online event guide EverOut lists dozens of theater and music recommendations if you have an evening to fill, while there are also several fun museums to take in. The Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture, and the Seattle Art Museum all have high ratings and offer senior discounts and accommodations for various levels of mobility.
Seattle is home to a number of professional sports teams, so it’s easy to go to a game almost any time of year. Head to T-Mobile park for a Mariners game, Lumen Field for a Seahawks game, or the Climate Pledge Arena for a Kraken or Seattle Storm game. For pro soccer fans, the Seattle Sounders might be the right choice for you.
A short drive out of the city you will find two casinos, each offering something a little different. North of Seattle is Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, which also has golf and spa services, making it a great destination for a weekend away for groups with multiple interests. South of the city, you’ll find Muckleshoot Casino, which has the largest smoke-free area for table games in the state.
Seniors centers and senior-specific groups abound to connect like-minded seniors for activities or day trips Here are some of the most popular groups and senior centers in Seattle:
Farrington Court, Kenmore Senior Living and Revel Issaquah are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Seattle, WA. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Independent Living in Seattle is 3,974 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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Washington State Department of Health. (2022). Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings.
Centers for Disease Control. (2022, September 23). Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC.
Walk Score. (2021). 2021 City & Neighborhood Ranking.
U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.
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