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10 Best Nursing Homes in Seattle, WA

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Seattle is known as the Emerald City because of its surrounding evergreen forests. It’s a beautiful urban area that’s still in touch with nature. If you or a loved one is looking at senior living options in Seattle, exploring the information in this guide will help you better navigate senior living and select the best possible option.

When looking for senior living options in Seattle, “nursing home” is often used as an all-encompassing term. The reality is nursing, as defined by government agencies, refers specifically to skilled nursing facilities that care for people with significant short- and long-term health conditions or injuries. Skilled nursing facilities benefit seniors who need full-time care. However, many seniors don’t need this degree of attention. Rather, they’d do well in an assisted living or memory care facility that allows them to live as independently as possible.

In this guide, we’ll go over information about skilled nursing to help you determine whether it’s the right care level. While we don’t partner with any stand-alone skilled nursing facilities, some of our assisted living and memory care communities have skilled nursing care services on-site.

A Place for Mom partners with 153 assisted living and memory care facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle. And we have many more options in a 25-mile radius if you are looking beyond the immediate city. In this guide, we will take a look at the costs, ways to pay, health care options, transportation methods, and more.

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I would recommend to them to others. They are very accommodating but it is not cheap. I looked at another community, but decided that island house was a better fit. We did just lose our activities director...
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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.
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...
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I can only report all of the staff (office, kitchen, househould) were all very kind. My father only had warm words for their attention. It is pricey, but the facility provided so much. Plus, the peace of...
Provides: Memory Care, Independent Living
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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.
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.
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...
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Really enjoyed my stay. Wonderful staff. Breakfast is served a little to early for me.I really like the varirty of activities. I was at Newcastle 14 days i met a lot of nice people with each of them having...
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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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We like the location very much, it is very convenient for our family. We like the decor and that it appeals to our loved one - it is like Native American/north - westy vibe which makes her feel very...
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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 Living is honored to be warmly welcomed into the Mercer Island community. Whether enjoying the breathtaking mountain and Lake Washington views or visiting Luther Burbank Park, the island is a wonderful place to call home. To seamlessly blend with our natural surroundings, our design was...
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They had a really thoughtful and full welcoming and transition approach. They really took the time to understand what my mom needed, and they have tweaked things along the way based on what she needs. The...
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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.
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...
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When we first toured Watermark of Bellevue, shortly after it opened a year ago our response was WOW! It remains that a year later strategically located in downtown Bellevue across from the new light rail...
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.
THE WATERMARK AT BELLEVUELive a life that inspires you.The Watermark at Bellevue is a thriving Assisted Living and Memory Care community in the heart of beautiful Bellevue, Washington. With our unwavering commitment to crafting environments that foster dignity, respect, and joy, we’ve created a...
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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...
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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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It's a great choice. They are very alert to individual needs.
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.
Located across stunning Lake Washington on the Eastside, our new community will be minutesfrom downtown Bellevue restaurants and shopping, easy access to Highway 520, a short drive tothe Microsoft campus, and only a half-mile from Overlake Medical Center and Clinics.Inspired by the lush nature...
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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!
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.
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...
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My mom is happy at this community and I am so happy that she is taken care of. I trust these people with my loved one. They are just really nice people. I really liked this community, there was just another...
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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.
Memory Care Comfort in North Seattle SuburbDesigned specifically for our residents with memory loss from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, Aegis at Callahan House is reminiscent of a cozy, family home in a park-like setting.Campus setting for all care needs. We're located adjacent to Aegis...
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Wyatt House provided me with transitional care for four months following surgery. The staff did a wonderful job coordinating my move from a skilled nursing facility and welcomed me into a comfortable,...
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.
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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Our family couldn't be happier with the Empress. After my mom lost her husband of 60 years, the staff & community welcomed her with open arms and helped her settle in. As a family of medical providers, we...
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.
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Our loved one was a resident at Aegis of Shoreline and we had nothing but good experiences during those hard times. This facility was great. The cleanliness and friendliness were great. The quality of 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.
Assisted Living in Grand Style in North Seattle Nestled in an idyllic, woodsy neighborhood of North Seattle and adjoined to Aegis at Callahan House, our grand Aegis of Shoreline creates an assisted living campus to meet the care needs of all of our residents from light care to two person...
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I moved my older brother there and they made him them happiest and active that he has been in 30 years. The location is wonderful, quiet and so nicely done, but the staff is at another level. So caring and...
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.
At Sunrise of Redmond, our exceptional staff, engaging activities, and active social life make our residents happy to call our community home.Our lovely community is an assisted living and memory care community located just across Lake Washington from Seattle. We’re close enough to the city to...
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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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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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We picked it mainly due to interaction with management when reviewing several facilities and also based on its location. I would definitely recommend evergreen court, staff and management is excellent. It...
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.
Evergreen Court is an assisted living community located in beautiful Bellevue, Washington. It is Seattle's largest suburb, with Lake Washington separating the two. Its name is derived from the French term, 'beautiful view'. When the weather conditions are favorable, you can see the scenic vistas...
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Excellent food, very friendly and caring staff, many activities. The grounds are lovely. The building shows its age but is going to be replaced soon. Based on my father's experience, I would recommend Ida...
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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 Ida Culver House Ravenna, an Era Living community. Ida Culver House offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care. Ida Culver House Ravenna is a community of 90 residences, nestled in the...
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My mom is almost 97 and requires increasing assistance and care. I hear when she needs something (e.g., recliner, hospital bed) and am confident that she is receiving good care. I especially like that a...
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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 of Redmond creates 'home' amidst a bed and breakfast setting where your loved one can live, laugh, and enjoy life while watching the waters of the slough drift by. Life begins again at Aegis of Redmond. Nestled along the Sammamish River and Burk-Gilman Trail, Aegis of Redmond is a senior...
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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...
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.
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...
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The Jefferson House is great. The only thing that is bothering us is that [name removed] seems to go to bed during the day and would stay there indefinitely if no one comes to get him when a new activity ...
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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.
At Jefferson House Memory Care Community we for supportive partnerships with each family to provide the level of care, compassion and attention your loved one deserves. To facilitate this, we embrace guidance from family members regarding your loved one's special needs and preferences. With our...
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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...
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.
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...
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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...
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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.
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...
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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...
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.
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,...
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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...
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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...

What families are saying about nursing homes in Seattle

Recent reviews for nursing homes in Seattle

Brookdale Everett

3.4
It's been fine here. Everyone here is about the same as the other buildings I've lived at. I'm very independent, so everyone pretty much leaves me alone. I'm happy here and feel good here.

Aegis of Kirkland

5.0
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 ...
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Harbour Pointe Senior Living in Mukilteo, WA

4.4
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 nursing homes cost in the Seattle area

The national median cost of a nursing home in a private room is $8,910 per month.[01] This cost is for skilled nursing facilities providing 24-hour supervision and on-site health and rehabilitative services.

Skilled nursing facilities are ideal for seniors who need long-term care due to serious conditions or short-term care for those recovering from surgery, hospital stays, or injuries. Here are services in skilled nursing facilities that are often included:

  • Help with personal care
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Health care
  • Transportation services
  • 24-hour supervision

In Seattle, the average cost of assisted living is $6,246 per month, and the average cost of memory care is $6,508 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[02] These figures include associated fees and service fee add-ons. You’ll notice these numbers are lower than the national average cost of a nursing home because residents don’t need 24/7 skilled nursing care.

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle, WA vs. nearby cities

Seattle, WA
$5,400/mo
$5,359/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle, WA vs. the state and national average

Seattle, WA
$5,400/mo
U.S. national average
$4,785/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle vs. other types of senior living

$5,377/mo
Nursing Homes
$5,400/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in Seattle, WA by room type

Semi-Private
$4,973/mo
Studio
$4,913/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,721/mo
2 Bedroom
$7,962/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$10,905/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle over time

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Paying for a nursing home in Seattle

Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, or memory care can be paid for in a few ways. Private options, such as savings accounts, are commonly used alongside public options, such as Medicaid or Medicare. While some people choose to use one funding method to pay, most people prefer to use a mix of private and public funding.

In this section, you will learn about how private funding, VA benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare can all be used to help pay for different types of senior living facilities.

Private funding options in Seattle

There are many different ways people can pay for skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care facilities using private funding. The most common are savings and pensions, Social Security benefits, and investment returns. However, there are also the following options:

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VA benefits for nursing homes in Seattle

If you or your loved one served in the military, they can use a VA Pension to pay for skilled nursing, assisted living, or memory care facilities. Veterans can receive a pension if they are a certain age, were honorably discharged, and meet other eligibility requirements. To apply, click here.

There’s also the Aid and Attendance benefit, which can be used for medical and nonmedical expenses in long-term care. If you or your loved one served during a wartime, you may be eligible for that or other veteran benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Looking for a local program that can help veterans? The King County Veterans Program works with regional partners to provide financial, employment, housing, and other services to veterans in need of support.

To learn whether a veteran is eligible for these resources, it’s best to contact an organization local to Seattle that can walk you through the process. For instance, the Washington State Department Veterans Affairs connects veterans to their earned benefits and services. The Disabled American Veterans organization has a Seattle chapter, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Department of Washington can assist with eligibility, claims, and appeals.

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

Percentage of Seattle veterans that are 55 or older, 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: 877-838-7787
Email: benefits@dva.wa.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Phone: 800-827-1000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

VSOs and veteran resources

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

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: 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.

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.

Seattle Medicaid for nursing homes

Known as Apple Health in Washington, Medicaid will fund some aspects of skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care facilities. However, it is limited.

For those who meet eligibility requirements, Medicaid covers all nursing home care provided in a Medicaid nursing facility.

When it comes to assisted living, Medicaid covers some costs of care in facilities that are licensed in Washington and accept Medicaid; coverage is provided through one of three service packages. Medicaid also covers in-home care through the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS) program. This program allows Washington to use Medicaid for assisted living residents.

Medicaid will fund memory care costs depending on seniors’ needs and income. Similarly, it covers in-home care through the HCBS program. There’s also the Specialized Dementia Care Program, which Washington uses to support individuals with dementia who can’t live at home.

Several programs in Seattle are on hand to help navigate the eligibility and claims process. The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration is a valuable resource for support while looking for the appropriate care option. Washington’s local ombudsman is also a vital resource to have on hand if you have questions or concerns about the facility you have chosen. Washington’s Community Living Connections Network exists to help connect residents to any program or benefits that could be helpful to their situation.

Seattle resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid assistance

Washington Apple Health
626 8th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 800-562-3022
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
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5

Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

1200 S 336th St.

Federal Way, WA 98003

Phone: 206-623-0816

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

Medicare nursing home coverage in Seattle

Federal health insurance, Medicare, is available to people over the age of 65. Because Medicare doesn’t cover custodial care outside of a nursing home setting, it can only be used for certain medical services. As such, it can only fund short-term stays at skilled nursing facilities when a doctor determines them to be medically necessary.

Medicare Part A covers short-term skilled nursing care if a qualifying patient has days left on their benefit period and has had a three-day stay at a hospital. If these conditions as well as other factors are met, Medicare will cover things like physical and occupational therapy and medical supplies.

Because Medicare doesn’t cover rent or general living expenses, you can’t use it to cover room and board at an assisted living or memory care facility. Still, it does provide limited support. You can use Medicare to cover medical costs, such as physician visits, pharmaceuticals, and hospital stays.

The Medicare Savings Program can help seniors offset Medicare fees and deductibles. It is actually a program you have to apply for through Washington’s Apple Health (Medicaid). The Pharmaceutical Assistance Program can help eligible seniors pay for prescriptions. Some seniors will qualify for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that can help eligible seniors with various daily needs. Generally, seniors who dually qualify for Medicare and Medicaid may be eligible for PACE.

For questions about using Medicare to fund skilled nursing, assisted living, or memory care facilities, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) in Washington offers free and confidential assistance with Medicare queries. For additional support, Seattle residents can contact the local Social Security Administration. For advocacy and support, Washington’s ombudsman is on hand to help explain and assist.

Seattle resident Medicare resources

Apply for Medicare

Seattle Social Security Administration
915 Second Ave., Suite 901
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 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
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
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 nursing homes

Skilled nursing facility regulations

In Washington, skilled nursing facilities must be licensed by the state and are regulated at a federal level by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

On the state level, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) regulates nursing homes in Washington. This organization is responsible for performing inspections, which are available on the DSHS website’s nursing home locator. Inspections are broad but include ensuring a registered nurse is on duty at all times, an appropriate staff ratio to residents, and that residents get at least 3.4 hours a day of direct care.[04] Federal law requires the state to conduct full inspections, unannounced, at least every 15 months.[05]

For additional information on skilled nursing facility regulations in Washington, the following resources are also available:

Assisted living facility regulations

In Washington, assisted living facilities must also be licensed by the DSHS. To become licensed, an assisted living facility must complete an application; meet certain health, safety, and comfort requirements; and be inspected by a DSHS surveyor. The facility will be inspected regularly to ensure it continually meets the department’s criteria.

You can find these inspection reports on the Washington State DSHS website. You can type in a ZIP code, the city name, or the name of a specific facility in the search box. PDFs of the reports will then be available for download. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also request inspection reports and licenses here. You can also report any complaints or violations.

Memory care facility regulations

Memory care facilities in Washington must be licensed as assisted living facilities by the DSHS. This means a facility must complete an application, meet certain requirements, and be regularly inspected. DSHS will ensure compliance with state regulations. Requests for inspection reports and licensing can be made via the DSHS website. You can also look them up here by clicking on  “advanced ALF search.” then searching by county, city, or ZIP code, and — finally — by selecting “Dementia Care” under “Specific Criteria.”

What requirements do memory care facilities need to meet? According to this policy, facilities must meet certain standards in regard to staffing, medication management, safety and security, and resident care. For example, staff members at memory care facilities must have dementia care training. Additionally, these facilities must have individualized resident care plans, including specialized programming and activities designed for people with memory impairments.

The following links provide additional information on laws and regulations around assisted living and memory care facilities:

Washington Department of Health contact information

Washington State Department of Health
111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: 800-525-0127
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Seattle nursing homes

Washington has rescinded many of its state COVID-19 guidelines to better align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. However, like many long-term care facilities, nursing homes follow guidelines from the Washington Department of Health and the CDC.

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Vaccinations. Guidelines recommend that staff and residents are vaccinated and up-to-date on boosters.

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Masking. It is recommended that staff wear well-fitted masks, like the N95 mask, and eye protection where appropriate.

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Facility cleanliness. Dedicated medical equipment must be used on residents who are suspected or have a confirmed case of COVID-19. Additionally, routine cleaning, disinfection of surfaces, and optimized ventilation and filtration are recommended.

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Quarantining. Staff should only move residents who have COVID-19 from their rooms when it is medically necessary.

Get to know senior living in Seattle

153Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.1/5.0 average in-network rating
68% of communities have a doctor on call
88% of communities offer oxygen care
94% of communities offer vegetarian dining options
55% of communities offer pet-friendly services
99% of communities offer diabetic care
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Number of people we have referred in-market to assisted living and memory care facilities
82
Average age of residents we have referred to in-market communities in Seattle
Gender split: 64% female

What to expect from nursing homes in Seattle

In Seattle, nursing homes, assisted living, memory care facilities trend toward upscale, luxury living. Residents will enjoy mild summers, scenic views, and the benefits of urban life.

Amenities and services will vary depending on the senior living option you or your loved one pick. In the following sections, we’ll go over what to expect from each type of facility in Seattle as well as which requirements you may encounter.

Understanding skilled nursing

While many people use the term “nursing home” to discuss any senior living option, government agencies use the term to refer to skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing facilities primarily focus on care for people with significant health conditions. They provide hands-on care services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, intravenous therapy, injections, and medical equipment and vitals monitoring.

A Place for Mom doesn’t partner with any nursing homes. However, we do partner with 153 assisted living and memory care communities in Seattle. These facilities may be a better fit for you or your loved one.

What assisted living and memory care communities are like in Seattle

Assisted living and memory care is a more appropriate senior living choice for people who are able to live more independently.

In terms of care, seniors at assisted living or memory care facilities benefit from typical services like housekeeping, personal care, meal preparation, scheduled social outings, medication management, and more. Some combination facilities may also offer skilled nursing services or a skilled nursing wing.

When it comes to amenities and activities, many facilities offer enclosed walking spaces, stretching classes, and yoga or chair yoga for some on-site physical activity. Group spaces, such as libraries, courtyards, and game rooms, give residents places to socialize. Dining is also a provided amenity, and most facilities offer specialized diets for those who need it. For example, almost all of our in network facilities offer vegetarian dining options. If you have a beloved cat or small dog, more than half of the facilities in our partner communities offer pet-friendly services, too.

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

13%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within Seattle

Median annual income for Seattle seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Seattle

Seattle has a number of top-tier health care options, from the nationally recognized University of Washington Medical Center to several well-regarded clinics specializing in senior care.

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University of Washington Medical Center

Named as one of the best teaching hospitals in the nation, UW Medical Center ranks nationally in seven adult specialties and is known for high-quality cancer care, nephrology, and urology programs.

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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Taking a patient-centered health care approach, Virginia Mason is well-known for its care in orthopedic care, cancer care, and digestive disorder programs.

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Overlake Medical Center

This Bellevue-based medical center, just 10 miles from downtown Seattle, was qualified by U.S. News and World Report as “high performing” in 13 different adult procedures.

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Providence Regional Medical Center

With two campuses in Seattle, this general medical and surgical facility has been named the best Seattle Metro area hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

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University of Washington Geriatrics Clinic

Part of UW Medical Center, this geriatrics clinic prioritizes care for people over the age of 75. It offers various services, from primary care, to memory care and palliative care.

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Offering primary care and specialty health services, the VA Puget Sound Health Care facility focuses specifically on veterans’ unique needs.

Transportation for seniors in Seattle

While Seattle is known for being both walkable and bike-friendly, there are plenty of other transportation options available for you or your loved one. This includes public services as well as on-site transportation at our partner assisted living and memory care facilities.

Overall, 64% of our partner communities offer complimentary transportation, and 74% offer at-cost transportation services. These options are good for seniors in assisted living and memory care who may need assistance when traveling.

Visitors to the city and residents with more mobility will benefit from the many public transportation methods available. Beyond the bus system operated by King County Metro Transit, which has extensive downtown coverage, there are also ferries and a streetcar system. The light rail serves downtown Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

There are also options specifically for seniors and those who can’t access public transport. These include:

Activities for seniors in Seattle

No matter what senior living option you or your loved one select, there will be plenty of recreational opportunities. Most nursing home, assisted living, and memory care facilities offer a variety of in-house classes and activities. This can include cooking lessons, arts and craft sessions, music therapy, gardening, scheduled board and card games, and more.

Seattle also has a diverse variety of downtown activities and sights you or your loved one could visit. For instance, art and music lovers will appreciate Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture, and Art Museum. All three museums offer senior discounts and accommodations for disabilities and mobility issues. For those who love theater and live music, the event guide EverOut lists dozens of timely theater and concert options to choose from.

Sitting between Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, Seattle has many beautiful natural areas. If you or your loved one enjoy the outdoors, there are many accessible walking trails, calming parks, and tranquil gardens. For instance, the Japanese Garden and Volunteer Park Conservatory are both wonderful ways to spend an afternoon; they have plenty of benches and rest areas where you can sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Seattle has two casinos nearby: Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, which also has a spa, and Muckleshoot Casino, which has an array of gaming options and touts its status as the state’s largest smoke-free table games area.

Do you or your loved one like live sports? Get tickets to a major league baseball game to see the Mariners or an NFL game to watch the Seahawks. Other professional teams in Seattle include the Kraken hockey team, the Seattle Storm WNBA team, and the Seattle Sounders soccer team.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The average cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle is $5,400 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. Genworth. (2021). Median Cost of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, & Home Care. Genworth.

     

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

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101): Seattle, Washington; United States [Data set]. QuickFacts.

  4. Washington State. (2022, June 29). RCW: NURSING HOMES—RESIDENT CARE, OPERATING STANDARDS. WA.gov.

  5. ALTSA. (n.d.). Long-Term Care Residential Options. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

  6. 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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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran Status (S2101): Seattle, Washington; United States [Data set]. QuickFacts.

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Washington State. (2022, June 29). RCW: NURSING HOMES—RESIDENT CARE, OPERATING STANDARDS. WA.gov.

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ALTSA. (n.d.). Long-Term Care Residential Options. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

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