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With an abundance of social activities available and the beauty of Mt. Rainier on your doorstep, it’s no wonder people love living in Seattle. Senior apartments in Seattle are the perfect option for people who want to maintain their independence and don’t need the personal care services provided by facilities like assisted living.
There are a wide range of senior apartments in the Seattle area, ranging from luxury to more minimalist in amenities. We’ll use this guide to discuss what types of amenities you can expect to find in a senior apartment in Seattle, along with additional Seattle-specific information, including transportation, activities, and amenities seniors take advantage of after settling into their new apartments.
This guide will discuss some need-to-know information you should have on hand as you begin making your housing decision for the next phase of life. This information includes housing regulations in Washington, how Medicaid or Medicare might apply to your situation, and — if you are a veteran — what benefits you might be able to access to help pay for your living arrangement. In this guide, we’ll review listings within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle.
Types of care available in Seattle, WA
My experience with Alderwood Court has been good. The staff there is wonderful. They've been very helpful from the very beginning. The facility is in a great location, close to restaurants and shopping centers. It's very new looking, and kept really clean. In the apartment, it's really safe and secure. They explained to her how everything works. They also helped my mom find other resources as well. Overall, very impressed.
Cedar Park Apartments are very clean. I am getting used to the staff. They are friendly. I do have a small room and I don't even have a balcony. I would like to see my rate that I pay lowered. Overall the staff are trying. They know that they needed to be more warm and they did change. This facility is very clean and that's important. I had someone above me stomping around and luckily they moved me to a different apartment. I really appreciated that.
Our mother stayed at Aegis of Shoreline to receive assisted living and end of life care. Our experience there was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the quality of nursing care was superb, being both professional and personal. The facility is beautiful, the food is very good, the apartments are comfortable, and there are many activities offered for residents to enjoy. Overall, Aegis of Shoreline was a wonderful community, and truly helped meet our family's needs for the best care for our mother.
14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
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,...
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...
1710 Northwest 57th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Prompt, professional, compassionate response. Welcoming and warm atmosphere, quality living space and amenities. Very grateful for the experienced and organized staff and for the Ambassador welcoming program...
Sagebrook Senior Living at Ballard is a 75 apartment, boutique community nestled in the heart of Ballard. We were acquired by Leisure Care at the beginning of 2015 and are no longer Ballard Manor. Our long awaited remodel is now complete. We have brand new apartments, carpets, ceilings, counter...
234 Wood Avenue SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
My dad likes his apartment at Winslow Manor, owned and managed by Bainbridge Senior Living. It is conveniently located to downtown Bainbridge Island, so he can walk to shopping, dining, cultural events, the...
Winslow Manor, in the heart of Winslow, offers independent senior living in a modern, low-rise apartment complex on Bainbridge Island with year-round views of beautiful Eagle Harbor. Every apartment features two bedrooms, one bathroom, a spacious kitchen and a convenient in-unit laundry room....
2805 South 125th Street, Seattle, WA 98168
These apartments are located in Burien. They are independent senior living apartments. They do not serve food or clean your apartment. Amazing owners, lots of activities, safe building, clean, roomy...
Boulevard park Place! A 55+ Active Seniors community, You'll enjoy Freedom, security, friendship & peace of mind! Our independent apartments are located on ten acres with views of the Cascade Mountains and just minutes to golf, shopping, theatres, medical facilities and easy access to Sea-Tac...
12740 30th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125
I do live in these apartments, located at this address listed. It is a SHAG apartment building. I like living here very much. They are nice apartments. However, I disagree with the description that is on...
A selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments with a variety of floor plans, including some fully handicap-accessible apartments. Town home-style flats. Select apartments feature patios, terraces or balconies. Professionally designed kitchens with full-size appliances, including dishwashers,...
13000 Linden Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133
Overall I would say they do a good job at New Haven. It is a nice looking, clean, well kept community, and they take good care of the people who live here. Some of the staff could be a little friendlier, but...
many restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops, medical and dental offices, banks, coffee shops and bakeries located in walking distance Just across the street, Bitter Lake Park, with its great view of Bitter Lake, community center: four tennis courts, two ball fields, walking paths, and a...
1005 Terrace St, Seattle, WA 98104
I have lived here for about five years. The rent I have entered is nominal. Rent for most residents is based on income. I have rated care services as fair because this is an independent living facility....
My son and myself toured the facility to-day. We were welcomed by a very hospitable host, who showed us around and explained things. The complex is great, new, big and clean. We liked it very much!
West Seattle — Highland Park Neighborhood Urban Senior Living Village Campus Adjacent to King County Metro Park & Ride Transit Center Convenient Access to Freeways Major Retail Centers Community Building with Lounge, Media Center, Exercise Room, and Activity Rooms with Planned Activities...
3621 33rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
They have a lot of activities that they provide. I like them but I think there's something they can do to have more group activities that go outside of the facility, which means having some sort of van...
Walking distance from banks, drugstores, grocery stores, library, movie theater, and much more! Close to the Light Rail service and on the bus line!
120 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Convenient to retail shopping, public transportation, medical facilities and parks. Indoor community rooms and outdoor courtyards for recreation and relaxation. We have planned activities and events.
1501 17th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
PO Box 1307, Seattle, WA 98111
1423 1st Ave # 440, Seattle, WA 98101
1730 Taylor Ave N # 107, Seattle, WA 98109
3610 33rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
Columbia Gardens at Rainier Court, a brand new, eco-friendly affordable senior living community in Rainier Valley, Seattle offers everything needed to keep active seniors connected to the diverse and vibrant community that surrounds them! From exciting biking and walking trails to recreational...
6559 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
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...
747 N 135th St, Seattle, WA 98133
13716 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
13730 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Choice and flexibility…it’s engrained in usA wonderful new possibility for those in the 62+ crowd of Seattle. We’re host to a unique age-restricted apartment setting; a great variation from others you may have considered before. Now is the time to take advantage of the healthy Seattle Senior...
14002 Linden Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98133
1750 152nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007
As you begin your search for the perfect senior apartment for you in Seattle, you’ll find that there are a variety of options to choose from. According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, the average cost of a senior apartment in Seattle is $1,772. You might find that in some senior apartments in Seattle, your utility fees are included in the monthly rent, but this is not always the case.
Senior apartments in Seattle include convenient amenities, including wheelchair-accessible units, elevators, on-site maintenance, and on-site security. The majority of Seattle apartments have pet-friendly policies and amenities, such as access to walking trails, so your four-legged best friend will feel right at home.
While senior apartments often include convenient amenities like fitness rooms, trash removal, and bike storage, they don’t include dining or health care services that you might expect to find in independent living or assisted living communities.
The figures below represent the average baseline costs of senior apartments in Seattle and surrounding areas, not including any additional fees that may apply.
Much like paying rent, senior apartments are typically paid for through personal resources like retirement savings, Social Security benefits, and housing assistance. While some people might choose to pay for a senior apartment from a single financial source, many people combine several.
Here, you’ll learn how private pay, housing assistance, VA benefits, and Medicaid and Medicare might contribute to paying for your housing costs.
There are several ways private pay income sources can fund senior apartments. In addition to Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns, you can also consider the following methods:
Senior apartments aren’t licensed or regulated in the ways assisted living and memory care facilities are because senior apartments are classified as rental apartments instead of long-term care. However, there are several state and federal laws to be aware of that protect your rights as a renter.
There are also general maintenance and safety requirements all landlords are required to adhere to, including providing adequate heat, hot water, and plumbing. Landlords must also make sure there is fire safety equipment available and repairs are made in a timely manner.
In Seattle, the city’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) requires all landlords to register rental properties and have them inspected every five to 10 years.
Washington State Department of Health
111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Senior apartments are not required to follow any special COVID-19 guidelines. The CDC has prevention guidelines that it recommends everyone follow. Here are some of those recommendations:
Vaccinations. The CDC recommends staying up-to-date with current vaccinations.
Facility cleanliness. Spending time outdoors and opening windows to improve ventilation is a prevention recommendation by the CDC. Change filters frequently in ventilation systems.
Social distancing. Avoid crowded areas and keep a safe distance from others.
Seattle is a progressive and vibrant city, and living there in a senior apartment can range from government subsidized to luxury options. If you’re interested in the luxury living end of the spectrum, you can expect to spend up to $4,400 a month on housing. Luxury senior apartments in Seattle can offer gated underground parking, pet-friendly amenities such as a dog wash and pet play area, composting services, car charging stations, and even a rooftop terrace. They also offer convenient features such as elevators, wheelchair-accessible rooms, and on-site maintenance.
If you’re keeping your budget in mind, there are many senior apartments in Seattle that offer plenty of amenities without breaking the bank. These senior apartment options typically have income restrictions that you’ll need to meet in order to apply for housing. You can expect to find convenient amenities such as pet-friendly policies, wheelchair-accessible rooms, fitness areas, and elevators. These apartments typically include your utility costs in the rent as well.
No matter which option is right for you, you can expect to be able to enjoy Seattle’s mild climate with shared outdoor spaces as well as private patios or balconies in some buildings. A mild winter and natural beauty in the likes of surrounding mountains and the Puget Sound make Seattle a great place to live year round.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Seattle population 
Seattle has a broad range of health care options for seniors, from nationally ranked hospitals to clinics that specialize in senior care.
This clinic, part of Swedish Medical Center, focuses on managing chronic conditions and specializes in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric neurology, and geriatric rehabilitation.
This medical center serves Seattle’s veteran population and provides care for a range of conditions, including primary and specialty health services, mental health support, rehabilitation, and senior care.
While plenty of cars are around, Seattle also has buses, streetcars, and ferries that serve the metro area. Additionally, a light rail serves downtown Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Beyond public transportation, there are a number of transport options specifically for seniors who are unable to use the fixed routes offered by the city, including the following:
As Seattle continues to invest in public transportation, it’s also becoming more walkable. You can plan your walk route on this Seattle Department of Transportation website. The below scores, on a scale of 1 to 100, are based on public density, the availability of walking and bike paths, and the ability of people to complete errands on foot.
Seattle has plentiful activities to suit all sorts of interests. Whether you’re art-minded or love to be outdoors, there’s something for everyone.
Surrounded by beautiful parks, hiking trails, and gardens, Seattle is known for its natural beauty. Mt. Rainier serves as a great day trip and has hikes for a wide range of fitness levels, while the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department offers regular events and activities, including senior-specific events like trips to the Japanese Garden, Kubota Garden, and Discovery Park.
If you like the atmosphere and fun that casinos can bring, two are nearby. Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort has a golf course and spa services, making it ideal for a long weekend or group trip. There’s also Muckleshoot Casino, which has an extensive array of table games and prides itself on being the largest smoke-free games area in the state.
Visiting one of Seattle’s many museums is a must for those who love art and culture. The Museum of Flight, the MoPOP, and the Seattle Art Museum all offer senior discounts and accommodations for people with mobility aids. The online event guide EverOut also has dozens of local theater and music recommendations to suit anyone’s taste.
There are also groups designed to connect seniors in the area and provide opportunities to socialize and make new friends. Some of the popular senior groups in Seattle include the following:
Sports fans can take in a major league baseball game at T-Mobile park. If football is your cup of tea, check out a Seahawks game. Root on the Kraken, the Seattle Storm, or the Seattle Sounders if you love professional hockey, women’s basketball, or soccer.
The average cost of Senior Apartments in Seattle is 1,435 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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