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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.
The Activities here are amazing! So varied, learning, fitness, trips, health, lectures, social events, socializing. So glad we moved here to be part of all this. Special events like Cinco De Mayo, music,
This is a nice community. The apartments are a nice size and roomy. They have a good list of activities for the residents to choose from. They have friendly front desk staff. My loved one seems to enjoy the food.
What we really saw that was positive is the staff, from the front end staff, to the director, who is excellent to work with. They have excellent communication. We get emails all the time with any updates. They're close by to medical facilities, so that's been a Godsend. The shuttle service they have has been very accommodating, so we've been very happy with that. They take the residents to doctor appointments, and on outings. Recently they went to the Tulip Festival. My family members love the food. They were at a different place with turnover in the kitchen that negatively affected the food, and now at Cogir of Northgate they rave about the food. They have no complaints and are very happy. The only downside has been the fact that there aren't any sidewalks along 15th NE. So if they're out walking with their electric walkers, they don't feel comfortable going on an outing to the grocery store due to the lack of sidewalks. Overall we've had a good experience, and would definitely recommend it to others.
900 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
Memory care staff very caring and helpful.
Horizon House - Live Creatively Horizon House is a vibrant continuing care retirement community located in the heart of downtown Seattle since 1961. Our beautiful campus is home to almost 600 seniors who thrive in place at every age and stage. For those who are seeking an active lifestyle, we...
1936 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
When it comes to the activities the music is awesome, however our loved one is not currently participating in many of the other activities for personal reasons. I wish she would because they look great. We...
Take in sweeping views of Lake Union and the Space Needle from our extraordinary assisted living and memory care community, located in the very heart of the Emerald City. If you love the vibrancy of Seattle, you will feel right at home here in this urban oasis. Aegis Living Lake Union is the...
10861 Manitou Park Blvd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
I would recommend this facility to family and friends. It's expensive, though.
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...
4611 35th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98126
My mom has been disappointed in the food. Too bland, not organic and too much chicken As for activities, sadly the turnover has impacted the activities as well as mechanical and other issues with the van....
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...
900 124th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
I am doing fabulous and I am happy with the options for my meals and activities. Someone vacuums and wipes the bathroom and kitchen sinks. The floors get moped too. it is a relief to have that little extra...
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...
15241 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98007
We had toured many different communities but from our experience, we can recommend Sunrise of Redmond to others. The atmosphere is better than good. The vibe is very inviting. The activities are needed...
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...
6505 Lakeview Dr, Kirkland, WA 98033
At Lakeview of Kirkland, our exceptional staff, engaging activities, and active social life make our residents happy to call our community home.Lakeview of Kirkland is a welcoming assisted living community located in the wooded Houghton neighborhood, close to Lake Washington and its many...
2959 76th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA 98040
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...
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...
11501 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
They were the best value I found when looking around in the area. It's a very nice community, and the staff are nice as well. I've been pretty happy with the food, and they have a steady program of...
At Cogir of Northgate Senior Living, our exceptional staff, engaging activities, and active social life make our residents happy to call our community home.Cogir of Northgate is located in the quiet neighborhood of Pinehurst, just minutes away from Northgate Mall and its many shops and...
1010 SW 134th Street, Burien, WA 98146
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...
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...
223 West Galer Street, Seattle, WA 98119
This assisted living and memory care residence offers urban style living for seniors. Residents can walk to Kerry Park, with breathtaking city, mountain and Puget Sound views, and enjoy shopping, restaurants and the arts. Aegis of Queen Anne on Galer offers a choice of one bedroom or studio...
4020 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105
I toured Empress Senior Living and it was a great tour. The cleanliness and friendliness were both great, also. However, the facility cost is pretty pricey.
1802 17th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Five Star everything. Awesome place for Mom and other relatives that love the location and amenities. Activities are fun for elderly and the dining is the best.
Situated on the crest of Capitol Hill, Fred Lind Manor offers all the excitement of city life amid the sanctuary of a quiet residential neighborhood. Since 1988 Fred Lind Manor has been dedicated to providing seniors with quality care and a vibrant lifestyle supported by a Christ-honoring...
715 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
This is a nice community, but I found it more to be like a hotel then a community for my mom. The staff was very nice and caring. They had nice meals and a good variety to choose from. "i would recommend...
Part of the Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest family of communities, The Terraces at Skyline is backed by a strong tradition of excellence by a proven leader in senior care. Ideally located in the heart of Seattle's First Hill neighborhood, here you'll find an entire community...
6900 37th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
staff and residents were very welcoming. very smooth transition with move in process. staff are very friendly and very helpful.
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,...
1200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
I had a great tour at The Summit. [name removed], the admissions person, was fabulous. She was very realistic and helpful, especially since this was a new experience for me, and I didn't know what to...
1250 NE 145th St, Shoreline, WA 98155
I would rate 5 out of 5!
Park Ridge Nursing Center offers a variety of rehabilitative care options, as well as a specialized wound care program. We have full-time, in-house therapists, providing a variety of rehabilitative services. We prioritize listening to our patients and giving them the best possible experience....
8800 Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
My mother was a resident with Bainbridge Senior Living for nearly 10 years, 7 at Madison Avenue and 3 years in the Memory Care unit at Madrona House. The staff are wonderful and caring individuals at both...
The Madrona House is an assisted living community located in the beautiful city of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington. Our community offers many cozy comforts of home. Dubbed as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States, Bainbridge offers scenic coastal views and plenty of...
5311 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
This is a wonderful place to be. The staff does an excellent job at taking care of my loved one. Since coming to this community my loved one has thrived and that makes me very happy. Some of the staff here...
One of the most difficult times in a family's life is having to find a senior home for their beloved elderly family members. As people age, they require a type of care that isn't necessarily easy to tend to. They require a type of assistance that is there for every hour of the day. With the...
1533 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Really liked it but health has since improved...
Nestled in the heart of Pike Place Market is a treasure just waiting to be discovered — Heritage House at the Market. With panoramic views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains, Heritage House offers private apartments in a rich urban environment. Staffed 24 hours a day, Heritage House...
113 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
Cannon House, with 100 assisted living units and 20 senior independent apartments, is located in the heart of Seattle's Central District. This modern, spacious facility was opened in 2002 with the intent to provide first rate and affordable services that would allow all seniors to remain close...
6720 E. Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Really like the neighborhood. The apartments are very nice -- big closets, nicely remodeled, many great views. Wish there was a complete kitchen. Don't like having to take all 3 meals daily, but overall...
The Hearthstone is an assisted living community located in the beautiful neighborhood of Green Lake in Seattle, King County, Washington. Our scenic community overlooks lush green city parks and the calm waters of Green Lake, providing a natural oasis in the heart of the city. Seattle is a modern,...
820 NW 95th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Liked very much. Far better than Foss, more functional people.
Today, skilled nursing communities do more than care for long-term residents. At Whittier Care and Rehabilitation, we also help people recover from surgery, injury or serious illness. A patient who once might have spent an extended period in an acute care hospital can now come to us for skilled...
11853 97th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
My mom was at the Gardens for 7 years until I had to move her to a dementia family home. [Names removed] and all the staff are absolutely wonderful. There is very little turn over and there is always staff...
The Gardens at Juanita Bay is an assisted living community located in the beautiful Kirkland, Washington. Our gorgeous community is situated on a picturesque half-acre lot right near Lake Washington. Surrounded by lush green gardens full of beautiful flowers and tall, regal trees, you will feel...
13023 Greenwood Ave N 55 + only., Seattle, WA 98133
Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide long-term care for seniors with significant physical or mental health conditions, and short-term care to people recovering from an injury or hospital stay. Nursing homes provide personal assistance and medical care from licensed professionals. Services in skilled nursing facilities often include:
The national median cost of a nursing home in a private room is $8,910 per month. 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:
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. 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.
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.
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:
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. Federal law requires the state to conduct full inspections, unannounced, at least every 15 months.
For additional information on skilled nursing facility regulations in Washington, the following resources are also available:
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 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 State Department of Health
111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
Vaccinations. Guidelines recommend that staff and residents are vaccinated and up-to-date on boosters.
Masking. It is recommended that staff wear well-fitted masks, like the N95 mask, and eye protection where appropriate.
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.
Quarantining. Staff should only move residents who have COVID-19 from their rooms when it is medically necessary.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
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.
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.
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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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.
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:
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.
The average cost of Nursing Homes in Seattle is 5,737 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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