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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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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.
13023 Greenwood Ave N 55 + only., Seattle, WA 98133
7900 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052
My mother needed to build strength after multiple falls and a hospital stay. We chose this place as it was close to family. They accepted her medicare/medicaid and treat her well. She's been there a few...
2717 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
On behalf of our team of caregivers and support staff, thank you for considering our healthcare center. We offer a full range of medical services to meet the individual needs of our residents, including short-term rehabilitative services and long-term skilled care. Working with the resident’s...
14701 Dayton Ave N # 110, Seattle, WA 98133
1810 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
720 Seneca St SNF FX 206-215-1203, Seattle, WA 98101
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...
1234 North State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
1234 North State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
701 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
805 4th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98104
803 S Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98104
700 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Nikkei Manor Assisted Living offers an inviting community for older adults who want to maintain a lifestyle of active choice. Free from worries about everyday tasks, our residents have the time to enjoy the friendship of a new neighbor, a visit from a grandchild, a gardening project on a sunny...
2326 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Admiral Heights is located in the heart of West Seattle close to services, restaurants, parks and shopping. Our goal at Admiral Heights is to meet each residents needs while maintaining the highest level of choice and independence. Each resident selects a care program that is unique to their...
4831 35th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA 98126
1835 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
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...
4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
About The MountThe Mount is a vibrant and innovative living care community in West Seattle for older adults that celebrates life, living, and individual capability. As a resident or patient, you will be treated with dignity and respect and empowered to work hand in hand with us to develop a plan...
1234 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Berkeley, CA 94709
123 Street, Bellevue, WA 99999
3404 F Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
9115 Fortuna Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040
531 NE 112th St, Seattle, WA 98125
11045 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
11301 3rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
None, Bellevue, WA 98004
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.
Genworth. (2021). Median Cost of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, & Home Care. Genworth.
A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
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ALTSA. (n.d.). Long-Term Care Residential Options. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
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