Located in King County and the sixth-largest city in the state, Kent is a bedroom community for Seattle, which is 25 minutes to the north and Tacoma, which is 20 minutes to the south. After Seattle, Kent is the oldest city in Washington, incorporated in 1890. Weather is most pleasant in the summer months, with low humidity and abundant sunshine.
Being part of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area has many benefits, chief among them Kent’s proximity to the region’s services. Transportation to either Seattle or Tacoma is convenient thanks to light rail service, which seniors can ride for a discount. Kent is also less than 20 minutes from Sea-Tac airport. And even though Seattle offers countless cultural events, museums and shopping, Kent has its own share as well. Seniors interested in the arts can visit the Kent State University Museum, and those who prefer to take in a show at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. There is also Kent Station, a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment in the area.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Kent, at $6,500, is significantly higher than the national average of $4,000 and also higher than the state average of $5,500. This rate also varies depending on the facility and the services offered.
Note: Information for Kent was not available, so data from Seattle, the next closest city, was used.
Check out our list of the top 9 assisted living facilities in Kent.
516 Kenosia Avenue
Kent, WA 98030
Located right in downtown Kent, Farrington Court is a few minutes' drive from the local senior center, museum and Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, perfect for special outings when friends or family visit. Farrington Court offers brightly lit, modern apartments in one-bedroom, two-bedroom or studio options. In addition to personal care services, residents can have their hair and nails done at the on-site beauty salon and barbershop or take an exercise class at the gym. We include Farrington Court because it won Best of Kent Awards in 2013 and 2014 for its quality of care and full-day dining program.
112 Kennebeck Avenue North
Kent, WA 98030
Stafford Suites is located close to downtown Kent, near Kent Station’s more than 50 shops and restaurants. Residents also enjoy visiting entertainment such as music therapy, live music and magic shows. The weekly calendar features regular exercise classes and games, spiritual activities and clubs. The studio or suites are brightly lit and feature kitchens and private baths. Home-cooked meals are offered three times a day, and a private dining room is available for special occasions or when guests visit. We include Stafford Suites because it ranks highly for its caring staff and amenities.
Arbor Village Senior Living
24121 116th Avenue Southeast
Kent, WA 98030
Close to area attractions such as Tacoma Glass Museum and Snoqualmie Falls is Arbor Village Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care facility serving seniors in the Kent area. Residents receive individualized care from licensed nurses, 24-hour clinical management and transportation to all medical appointments. In addition to an on-site beauty salon and barbershop, there's a game room, bistro cafe and arts and crafts studio. We include Arbor Village Senior Living in the top 9 in Kent because of its trademark EverFit and EverWell fitness and wellness programs.
The Meridian at Stone Creek
1111 South 376th Street
Milton, WA 98345
Centrally located between Milton and Tacoma is The Meridian at Stone Creek, a senior living community with a hotel-like interior and thoughtfully landscaped grounds for upscale comfort. The Meridian’s pet-friendly facilities feature one-bedroom, two-bedroom or studio apartments with kitchenettes and large bathrooms. A restaurant-style menu offers daily specials and a Sunday brunch. We include The Meridian at Stone Creek in the top 9 in Kent because of its highly rated amenities and services.
Brookdale Foundation House
32290 1st Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Brookdale Foundation House is located near Federal Way’s Celebration Park and conveniently close to shopping and restaurants. Residents can participate in Brookdale’s trademarked Optimum Life and Celebrations programs, which offer an individually tailored approach to health and wellness. The Celebrations program includes a monthly calendar featuring special events, group activities and themed experiences. Brookdale’s dining room is open for eating any time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so residents can eat when it's convenient for them. Weekly happy hour, wine and cheese tastings, and tailgating parties during football season are some of the unique activities offered.
Brookdale Federal Way
31002 14th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Brookdale Federal Way is off of Route 99, near shopping and Steel Lake Park, which has lake access and walking paths. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are offered, and weekly housekeeping services are available. Residents can schedule transportation to all medical appointments or shopping trips and special outings with friends. On-site, there's a beauty salon, barbershop and library. Residents can relax by watching a classic movie on the flat-screen TV, taking an exercise class or enjoying a bingo game.
Mill Ridge Village
607 28th Avenue
Milton, WA 98354
Mill Ridge Village is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Milton, near cafes and dining options. Its brightly decorated interior gives a home-like yet modern feel where residents can enjoy a cup of coffee on the landscaped patio or watch a movie in the common area. Housekeeping and laundry are included, as is assistance with all ADLs and medication management. Weekly shuttles are available for shopping, outings and medical appointments. We include Mill Ridge Village in the top 9 in Kent because it's highly ranked for the attentiveness of its staff and well-kept facilities.
Normandy Park Senior Living
16625 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park, WA 98148
Located just east of the banks of Puget Sound is Normandy Park Senior Living, a retirement community offering assisted living and memory care. Normandy Park is conveniently close to Sea-Tac International Airport and light rail service for family visits or trips. Residents can choose from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, private baths and emergency communication systems. A full-dimensional approach to wellness is encouraged through a variety of exercise classes, volunteer and social opportunities, and weekly meditation and spiritual services.
El Dorado West
1010 Southwest 134th Street
Burien, WA 98146
El Dorado West is near downtown Burien, where there's shopping and dining as well as social and cultural events. Its newly constructed facilities offer studio and one-bedroom or two-bedroom living arrangements that include weekly housekeeping and laundry services. Regularly scheduled transportation is available for outings to restaurants, stores and the local casino. There's an on-site beauty salon and barbershop, and planned recreational and social activities are available each day.