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A haven for outdoor lovers, art aficionados, and music enthusiasts, Seattle is an ideal option for people looking for independent living options with activities and amenities close by while still supporting their newest phase of life.

Independent living doesn’t provide the personal care or health assistance long-term care facilities offer but is ideal if you’re looking for a community feeling with amenities such as:

  • Meals and dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and planned day trips
  • Fitness centers

In this guide, you’ll learn about some of the best independent living communities in Seattle. With 37 facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle (and an additional 39 communities in a 25-mile radius), there are options to fit several needs. You’ll also learn about cost and payment options, laws that guide independent living, and the types of services and amenities on offer in Seattle.

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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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Assisted Living
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
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4.4 / 5.0

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.

4.3 / 5.0

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...

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When it comes to the meals and dining, as my Mom required a special diet and the dining room was NOT as accommodating as I was led to believe.. We gave the value for cost a 3 but only because my Mom's stay was so short. Also, want to put a HUGE plug in for [name removed]. She went WAY above and beyo...

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This is a wonderful home for seniors located in a very safe place for one who loves to walk as I do. There are many activities, music, trips, talks, etc, I think it is so much better than being in a house...
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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.
Welcome to Aljoya Mercer Island, an Era Living community. Aljoya offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living, and nursing care. Aljoya is located in the heart of Mercer Island, surrounded by shops,...
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I feel overall the prices for these places are too high, but i get it. My Mom is very happy there. What resonates with me is how open and accepting and welcoming everyone is. Both staff and residents....
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.
At our retirement community offering independent and assisted living options for seniors, we’re here to help you seize your new opportunities and make the most of them. For independent living residents, it might mean trading in the chores of home and yard maintenance for time to pursue a...
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We chose Aegis at Ravenna at the time because. Aegis has a reputation of memory care, and they do have that available, I do believe some residents in the assisted living part of the facility are waiting to...
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.
Aegis at Ravenna redefines assisted living as you know it. Located in the peaceful neighborhood of Maple Leaf, our newest community will meet your every need with the finest amenities, professional staff, enriching activities, and irresistible cuisine.Inspired by the Italian city of Ravenna, our...
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there is a good system of having a mentor for a new resident. My mentor called me and I have called her a few times. But after a month here I have not met her. Others are friendly but because of...
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.
Welcome to Aljoya Thornton Place, an Era Living community. Aljoya offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living, and nursing care. Just steps from shops, restaurants, theaters, and more, Aljoya Thornton Place...
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The community is very clean, and according to our loved one the best thing about this place are its staff members. They are very warm, friendly and helpful. Our loved one does say the meals are a little...
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.
Enjoy a cup of coffee with friends at our Bistro, share a book next to the fireplace in our cozy library, exercise in our full service fitness center or enjoy a movie in our private theater. Activities programming is the heart our community at Aegis of Bellevue. Our philosophy is to personally...
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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.
Welcome home to Cogir of Kirkland Senior Living. Our brand new assisted living community is nestled perfectly along the Kirkland waterfront. We’ve designed our community to offer seniors the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant, comfortable, and fulfilling lifestyle in a safe and caring environment. If...
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, 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.
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.
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I would recommend this facility to family and friends. It's expensive, though.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, 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.
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.
Our Approach to Memory CareAt Fieldstone Memory Care, we are committed to enriching the lives of our residents and their families by providing engaging, compassionate care focused on residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Our team is made up of exceptional people who are...
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My parents never wanted to leave their own home, but it became increasingly obvious that they weren't able to take care of themselves after my father had a stroke. I toured Madison House and liked what I...
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.
It's like you just settled into a small and gracious hotel. Comfortable and richly appointed, the Madison Avenue House provides an environment of compassionate care in a most welcoming setting. With light and spacious apartments featuring kitchens and exterior balconies, the Madison Avenue House...
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My mother has had great care at the Wyatt House. The staff is very friendly and caring, and takes the time to make sure my mother is happy and comfortable. They even have encouraged her painting passion, by...
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.
With a full spectrum of services, assistance, and rich decorative touches, this house is definitely a home. Wyatt House strikes a lovely balance by providing the most compassionate care in the most comfortable surroundings. So whether enjoying the company of friends in the dining room, or taking...
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My dad likes his apartment at Winslow Manor, owned and managed by Bainbridge Senior Living. It is conveniently located to downtown Bainbridge Island, so he can walk to shopping, dining, cultural events, the...
Provides: Independent Living, Senior Apartments
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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.
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Winslow Manor, in the heart of Winslow, offers independent senior living in a modern, low-rise apartment complex on Bainbridge Island with year-round views of beautiful Eagle Harbor. Every apartment features two bedrooms, one bathroom, a spacious kitchen and a convenient in-unit laundry room....
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It's a beautiful facility. Some of the workers are not too friendly. The dining room food is good for the residents. They have activites such as exercise, golfing and a Japenese singing class. It's very...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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.
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.
Aegis Gardens is a distinctive assisted living community designed to celebrate Asian culture daily, through cuisine, decor, activities, family events, and music, focused on a strong sense of tradition. Our bilingual care staff and nurses provide exceptional care for our residents, including those...
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My father is very happy here. He was in another facility and was always agitated. Here he is calmer and happy. He ahs gained weight and looks healthier then in quite a while.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, 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.
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.
* NEWLY REMODELED * Redmond Heights Senior Living is the affordable, comfortable, safe place to live. Located in downtown Redmond, we offer access to local parks, shops, and events. Redmond Heights offers Independent, Assisted, and Memory Care at our spacious 3 acre campus. Have piece of mind...
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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
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.
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
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.
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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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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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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These apartments are located in Burien. They are independent senior living apartments. They do not serve food or clean your apartment. Amazing owners, lots of activities, safe building, clean, roomy...
Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Boulevard park Place! A 55+ Active Seniors community, You'll enjoy Freedom, security, friendship & peace of mind! Our independent apartments are located on ten acres with views of the Cascade Mountains and just minutes to golf, shopping, theatres, medical facilities and easy access to Sea-Tac...
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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.
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Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: 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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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
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.
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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Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Provides: Assisted 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.
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.

Costs of independent living in the Seattle area

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.[01] 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.[01]

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.

Average cost comparisons near Seattle, WA

Average monthly costs

Seattle, WA

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How people pay for independent living in Seattle

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.

Private pay methods in Seattle

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:

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VA benefits for independent living in Seattle

Veterans who qualify can use the VA Pension to help with independent living costs. It is an option for some veterans who meet the income requirements set by Congress and who did not receive a dishonorable discharge.

There is also the Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit helps with any costs that improve qualified veterans’ quality of life. This benefit is paid out on top of the VA pension. It’s best to contact one of the local organizations listed below to help determine your eligibility status and guide you through the claims process.

Seattle has several local organizations certified as veterans service organizations (VSOs)  that support veterans through things like eligibility and claims assistance. Some even have their own financial assistance programs and other services, including transportation.

Applying for benefits can get complicated; as you start this process, we recommend touching base with some of the resources listed to ensure you’re getting the most out of your VA benefits. Many will have Veterans Service Officers who can help guide you.

23955

Number of veterans who live in Seattle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

About 46% of Seattle veterans are 65+, according to the U.S. 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 and Medicare for independent living

Both Medicaid, which is known as Apple Health in Washington, and Medicare can’t be used for housing costs associated with independent living. Still, they will pay for certain in-home healthcare services.

The Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program, through Apple Health, will cover in-home care, while Medicare Part A and Part B cover short-term care needs for people over the age of 65. Medicare coverage includes services like:

  • Occupational and speech therapy
  • Medical social services
  • Part-time home health aid services
  • Occasional skilled nursing care

For help with Medicaid-related costs, programs like the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program are on hand to help with prescription costs. The Medicare Savings Program program supports Medicare premiums but is offered through Washington’s Medicaid program, Apple Health.

For support with Medicare, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can assist people applying for Medicare benefits. The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as a safeguard for any complaints, grievances, or questions about the appeals process for people in long-term care communities.

The additional resources below can also help you determine eligibility and provide support. Washington’s Community Living Connections (CLC) Network can help seniors find benefits that might suit their situations and connect them with the right person who can help.

Seattle Medicaid and Medicare resources

Medicaid resources

Washington Apple Health626 8th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 800-562-3022
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Medicare resources

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.

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.

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.

Medicare and Medicaid assistance

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

Understand Washington laws and regulations for independent living communities

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:

Washington Department of Health contact information

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

COVID-19 regulations for Seattle independent living communities

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.[02]

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Vaccinations. Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are recommended for staff and residents.

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Masking. If appropriate, staff should wear well-fitting masks.

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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.

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Quarantining. The movement of people with COVID-19 should be limited to medically necessary reasons.

Get to know independent living in Seattle

303Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
4.1/5.0 average in-network rating
97% of communities offer pet-friendly services
29% of communities offer on-site physicians
100% of communities offer on-site activities
84% of communities have fitness centers
19% of communities have swimming pools

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Number of people we have referred in market

81

Average age of residents we have referred in market
Gender split: 65% female

Types of independent living in Seattle

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.[04] 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.

Easy ways to maintain an active lifestyle

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:

  • 78% have arts and crafts centers
  • 76% have game rooms
  • 78% have movie or theater rooms
  • 19% have swimming pools
  • 97% have pianos or organs
  • 78% have garden beds
  • 97% have libraries.

For people who like to spend time outside, almost all of our listings have outside patios.[01]

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.[01]

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.

A variety of care levels to choose from

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.[01] 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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Unfamiliar with Seattle? Highlights for seniors

92046

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Seattle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

13%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Seattle population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

64944

Median annual income for Seattle seniors 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Seattle

Seattle has many health care options, from high-ranking hospitals and primary care options to specialty clinics.

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University of Washington Medical Center

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.

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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Virginia Mason is known for taking a patient-centered approach to its healthcare. Its specialties include orthopedic care, cancer care, and digestive disorder programs.

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Overlake Medical Center

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.

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Providence Regional Medical Center

Named by U.S. News and World Report as the best Seattle Metro hospital, this general medical and surgical center has two Seattle locations.

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University of Washington Senior Care Clinic

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.

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Seattle VA Medical Center

Seattle’s VA Medical Center serves the veteran community and offers a number of specialty health services, senior care, and primary care.

Transportation for seniors in Seattle

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.[04] 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.

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Walk Score

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60

Transit Score

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71

Bike Score

Senior activities in Seattle

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:

Frequently Asked Questions

Revel Issaquah, Farrington Court and Cogir of Kent 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 4188.56 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Washington State Department of Health. (2022). Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings

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

  4. Walk Score. (2021). 2021 City & Neighborhood Ranking.

  5. U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Washington State Department of Health. (2022). Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings

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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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Walk Score. (2021). 2021 City & Neighborhood Ranking.

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U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.