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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 19, 2022

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Oregon’s capital city offers a classic Pacific Northwest climate, with wet, cool winters and warm, pleasant summers. Although the overall cost of living in Salem is slightly higher than the national average, residents can save money on health costs, which are 24.7% less than the national average, and utility costs, which are 30.7% lower than the national average. The average cost of assisted living in Salem is $5,500 per month. 

Oregon is moderately tax-friendly for seniors. Although 401(k) and IRA retirement accounts are subject to the full state income tax rate, Oregon doesn’t tax Social Security benefits or enact a state sales tax. 

This guide provides an exploratory look at assisted living in Salem, including average monthly care costs and local resources available to help Salem seniors retain independence and enjoy a good quality of life. 

The Cost of Assisted Living and Care in Salem, OR

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Salem is $5,500. 

Salem’s assisted living costs are $1,000 higher than the national average of $4,500 and $455 higher than the overall average for Oregon at $5,045. Within the state, costs range from a low of $4,485 in Corvallis to a high of $5,623 in Oregon’s second-largest city and home of the state’s major university, Eugene. Residents of assisted living facilities on the other side of Cascade Mountain Range in Bend pay an average of $4,825 per month, while their counterparts in the southern end of the state in Grants Pass pay $5,570.

  • Salem: $5,500
  • Oregon: $5,045
  • United States: $4,500
  • Corvallis: $4,485
  • Eugene: $5,623
  • Bend: $4,835
  • Grants Pass: $5,570

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Care in Salem, OR

The costs of in-home care in Salem are slightly more expensive than assisted living. The average monthly cost of home care as well as home health care is $6,101. Costs rise significantly for nursing home care, with those in semiprivate rooms paying an average of $10,615 per month while their counterparts in private accommodations pay an average of $11,163. On the other end of the cost spectrum is the least expensive type of care, Adult Day Care. Costs for Salem aren’t reported in the Genworth survey, but the Oregon average is $2,654 per month. 

  • In-Home Care: $6,101
  • Home Health Care: $6,101
  • Assisted Living: $5,500
  • Adult Day Care: N/A
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $10,615
  • Nursing Home (private room) $11,163

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Salem, OR

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Salem, OR

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Oregon.

Free Resources for Seniors in Salem, OR




Center 50+ (503) 588-6303 Center50+ is a nonprofit organization administered by the City of Salem that is designed to provide activities, classes, outreach services and congregate meals for Salem seniors. The center is open on Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Eligible seniors can also get volunteer help here with home repairs such as fixing leaky faucets, installing grab bars and minor caulking and weather-stripping. Homebound seniors can also receive daily calls through the center’s Friendly Home Callers program. 
Keizer-Salem Area Senior Center (503) 390-7441 Keizer-Salem Area Senior Center serves those in North Salem and Keizer. Activities include bingo, dances with live music and refreshments, tai chi, bridge, mahjong, cards, yoga and arts and crafts. New classes are added on a regular basis, so seniors are encouraged to check the calendar often. 
Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Salem Regional Office 

(503) 581-5265

Marion and Polk County seniors aged 60 and over who need legal assistance with a variety of civil matters can get help from Legal Aid Services of Oregon. This organization also offers services in Spanish. 
The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program 

(800) 722-4134

Those struggling with navigating the application process for Medicare and with making informed health insurance decisions can receive assistance from the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program. Trained volunteers  provide assistance with choosing the right Medicare prescription drug program, filing an insurance complaint or appeal, crafting a long-term care insurance plan, comparing Medicare supplement policies and related issues. 
NorthWest Senior & Disability Services 

(503) 304-3400

As the Area Agency on Aging for Salem and surrounding communities, NorthWest Senior & Disability Services provides those aged 60 and over with supportive services and referrals to relevant community-based programs and services. Services include case management, chronic pain and disease self-management workshops, administration of the Senior Nutrition Program and investigation of complaints of neglect and abuse.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Salem, OR

Assisted Living Communities in Salem are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Salem, OR

Bonaventure of Salem

Bonaventure of Salem's made our top 10 list due to its abundance of lifestyle amenities. This independent, assisted living and memory care apartment community is conveniently situated off Interstate 5 in the Southeast Mill Creek neighborhood. Its main recreation area has a piano lounge, lighted puzzle tables, poker tables, a bar and bistro with pool and chess tables, and an activity room with a jukebox and community kitchen. The movie theater accommodates up to 58 people, and there’s a gardening and hobby room with direct garden access. Other inviting amenities include a fitness center, cafe, salon and fireside library.

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  • Monthly wellness clinic
  • Activities include book clubs, laughter yoga, painting, live entertainment and intergenerational programs

Farmington Square Salem

Consisting of single-level cottages that create a neighborhood-style setting, Farmington Square Salem is our top pick for seniors who prefer an accessible, homelike environment. This pet-friendly assisted living and memory care community has a quiet residential location in the Faye Wright neighborhood and is conveniently close to local shops on Commercial Street. Each cottage has its own courtyard or backyard, dining room and well-appointed common areas. Residents are accommodated in studio, one-bedroom and companion suites. In addition to three nutritious home-style meals served daily, snacks and beverages are available 24/7.

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  • iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) technology-based activities
  • Coordination with outside providers for higher levels of care

Regency Woodland

We recommend Regency Woodland to seniors who prefer an accessible single-level home and a smaller community. This 40-bed independent and assisted living facility in Faye Wright is steps away from Woodmansee Park and adjacent to Cherry City Center’s shops and restaurants. It has a large front lawn, plenty of mature trees and a landscaped rear garden for outdoor relaxation. The dining area features a grand piano for live entertainment, while the activity area has a community kitchen and sizable puzzle and board game collection. Other activities include pet therapy, outings, volunteer programs and religious services.

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  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed nurse
  • Resident-led clubs for different interests

Meadow Creek Village Assisted Living

Meadow Creek Village Assisted Living is nestled in wooded surroundings in the Morningside neighborhood. We recommend this 52-bed single-level facility to seniors who want an accessible homelike environment with a peaceful atmosphere. Its lush grounds offer tranquil spaces for strolling, gardening, wildlife watching and barbecue parties. Residents have easy access to a fitness room, activity room, salon and fireside lounges. The facility’s EverWell program of personalized care services includes fall prevention, medication assistance, rehabilitative therapy, pain management and on-site physician consultations. Loved ones may also benefit from family meetings, support groups and education programs.

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The Springs at Willowcreek

Located on a cul-de-sac in the East Lancaster neighborhood, The Springs at Willowcreek keeps residents conveniently near Willamette Town Center. This 85-bed assisted living and memory care community consists of five single-level homes, and it’s one of our top choices for its smoke-free, pet-friendly environment and true homelike setting. Each house has its own patio area and living and dining spaces, as well as its own calendar of activities. Residents are accommodated in spacious private and companion studio suites with kitchenettes, and they have access to around-the-clock support, whirlpool baths and on-site salon services.

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  • Health services staff on duty 24/7
  • The Art of Delicious experiential dining program

The Springs at Wilsonville

Situated in a tranquil setting by a forested area of a residential neighborhood, yet conveniently close to Wilsonville Town Center, The Springs at Wilsonville keeps seniors close to nature and local commercial amenities. This assisted living and memory care community is among our top recommendations for its suburban location that’s only a short drive from Portland and Salem. Its four neighborhood wings have their own calendar of activities. Central amenities include a recreational room, movie theater, library, salon and ice cream parlor. Residents can enjoy Sit & Fit exercises, karaoke, gardening, happy hours and scenic drives.

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Cedar Village Assisted Living & Memory Care

The active, engaging lifestyle at Cedar Village makes this senior community one of our top 10 choices for assisted living. This Frontier Management facility is located in Hayesville, a community just northwest of Salem. The two-story building consists of studio and one-bedroom apartments. The large restaurant-style dining room has a grand piano and serves as the primary venue for most activities. Inviting amenities include a game area, fireside library, vintage-style cafe and full-service salon. Residents can enjoy regular activities, such as seated exercises, cooking, gardening, sing-alongs and pet visits.

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  • Secured garden and patio areas
  • Community involvement through intergenerational programs, fundraising projects and volunteer work

Prestige Senior Living Southern Hills

Prestige Senior Living Southern Hills is one of our top picks for its vibrant community atmosphere that promotes healthy, fulfilled lifestyles. Located in the Sunnyslope neighborhood, this 72-bed assisted living facility is situated next to Skyline Baptist Church and conveniently near Kaiser Permanente Skyline Medical Office and Sunnyslope Center’s shops. The landscaped grounds feature vegetable and flower gardens, and the large upper-floor patios provide comfortable spaces for outdoor relaxation. Residents can join exercise classes held in the wellness room, spend some quiet time at the well-stocked library and play games, watch movies and do crafting projects in the activity room.

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  • Celebrations wellness and Mind Masters cognitive stimulation programs
  • Short-term retreat stays offered

Lancaster Village Retirement Community

Lancaster Village is an independent and assisted living community consisting of duplexes, cottages and tri-level apartment buildings, and it’s on our top 10 list for its friendly atmosphere and familiar homelike environment. Its location in the East Lancaster neighborhood provides proximity to Willamette Town Center. The landscaped grounds have a putting green, raised gardening beds and sitting areas for outdoor leisure. Lifestyle activities include exercise classes, Wii games, themed parties and scenic drives. Residents are encouraged to join special interest groups, such as the choir, book club, quilting group and poker club.

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  • Medical and social services for aging in place
  • On-site chapel for religious services

Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights

Ideally situated in the West Salem neighborhood, Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights is less than 2 miles from downtown Salem. It’s also conveniently close to Wallace Marine Park and shopping centers on Wallace Road. We added this assisted living and memory care community in our list for its convenient residential location and warm, engaging ambiance. Its secured parklike courtyard has raised flower beds and evergreen landscaping. Residents can socialize in the restaurant-style dining hall, fireside lounge, activity room and TV nook. Celebrations wellness activities include gardening, baking, pet therapy, happy hours and outings.

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  • Coordinated rehabilitative and home health services
  • Front and rear second-floor patios provide peaceful outdoor views