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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

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Washington State’s largest city, Seattle, offers a diverse culture, abundant natural beauty and a classic Pacific Northwest climate. Winters are cool and wet, while summers are warm and pleasant. Retirees who enjoy outdoor recreation have a range of activities to choose from,  including fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, biking and birdwatching. With a population of slightly more than 737,000 citizens, Seattle has urban amenities expected of a large city, with good hospitals, such as Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Harborview Medical Center, an international airport and plenty of museums, galleries, and eclectic retail shops and restaurants.

Approximately 12.5% of Seattle’s residents are aged 65 or over. The average cost of assisted living in Seattle is $6,750 per month. Although this is higher than the national average, Social Security and other retirement income aren’t subject to tax because Washington doesn’t have a personal income tax.

This guide explores the costs of care in Seattle and provides information about resources for seniors. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Seattle, WA

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Seattle pay the highest costs in the state at $6,750, where residents pay $1,750 more than the Washington average and $2,250 more than the national average of $4,500.

Residents of assisted living facilities in Walla Walla pay less than half of Seattle’s monthly costs at $3,211, while their counterparts to the north in Spokane pay $4,888 per month. Those in Bellingham, Washington’s northernmost city, pay a monthly average of $4,600. In the center of the state in Wenatchee, assisted living costs are $1,000 less than those in Seattle at an average $5,750 per month. 

  • Seattle: $6,750
  • Washington: $6,000
  • United States: $4,500
  • Walla Walla: $3,211
  • Spokane: $4,888
  • Bellingham: $4,600
  • Wenatchee: $5,750

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care in Seattle, WA

The average cost of in-home care in Seattle is only a few dollars higher than assisted living in Seattle. The typical cost of in-home services and home health care are both $6,769 per month. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $2,600 per month. Nursing home care costs an average of $9,916 for a semiprivate room and $11,984. 

  • In-Home Care: $6,769
  • Home Health Care: $6,769
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,600
  • Assisted Living: $6,750
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $9,916
  • Nursing Home (private room): $11,984

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Seattle, WA

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Seattle, WA

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 Washington.

Free Resources for Seniors in Seattle, WA

Seniors in Seattle have a range of programs and services designed to make their lives better through volunteering, creating plans for long-term care and accessing transportation.




Seattle/King County Area Agency on Aging  (206) 684-0660 Seattle and King County residents aged 60 and over, their families and their caregivers can access services such as case management, caregiver support, wellness screenings, health insurance counseling and referrals to relevant local, state and federal resources from Seattle/King County Area Agency on Aging. The agency also administers the Senior Nutrition Program and the King County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which investigates claims of neglect, exploitation and abuse in long-term care facilities from seniors and their families.
Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank (206) 728-2773 Seattle seniors aged 55 or over can join others for two hot, nutritious meals per day along with a range of community-building activities and events at Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. Unlike many senior centers, Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank is open seven days per week. Activities include ballroom dancing, Healthy Step classes, yoga classes, health and wellness workshops, cards and games. The center also distributes supplementary food boxes for those in need. 
Hyde Shuttle 

(206) 727-6262

Hyde Shuttle provides door-to-door transportation for seniors and disabled persons. Drivers receive training in transporting passengers with mobility challenges. Rides must be reserved in advance and can be scheduled through an online portal or by telephone.
Community Living Connections

(844) 348-5464

Community Living Connections connects seniors and others with local, state and federal resources relevant to their needs. The service also provides one-on-one consultations regarding planning for long-term care needs and publishes an events calendar. All services are free and confidential. 
Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Solid Ground (RSVP)

(206) 694-6785 

Those aged 55 and over seeking opportunities to connect with their communities and make a positive difference can reach out to RSVP to explore volunteering for local programs and services. Options include tutoring, working at Solid Sound’s Giving Garden, which provides fresh fare for food banks in King County, in a variety of capacities, including planting seeds, watering and harvesting produce, helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity, or teaching those on limited budgets how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals. The program also provides supplemental insurance while volunteering, publishes a newsletter and offers opportunities for volunteers to socialize with one another through volunteer recognition events.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Seattle, WA

Assisted Living Communities in Seattle 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 Seattle, WA

Northgate Plaza

Situated at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Northgate Way, the Northgate Plaza senior living community is within walking distance from numerous prime shops, eating establishments, entertainment venues and recreational areas such as Victory Creek Park. The facility offers senior citizens an inviting, urban living atmosphere where they can enjoy exploring their interests while making friends and building new family-like relationships. Residents enjoy a choice of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans, along with gorgeous courtyard gardens and a long list of exciting amenities, including entertainment rooms, a beauty salon and barbershop, and health and wellness programs. This facility made it to our top 10 list due to its strategic location and attentive, compassionate staff.

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Bridge Park

Residents at the Bridge Park senior living community enjoy the caring support of pleasant housekeepers, compassionate caregivers and helpful maintenance technicians who are always on standby whenever they’re needed. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, the community is close to recreational areas such as the Seattle Art Museum and hospitals such as the Kaiser Permanente Downtown Seattle Medical Center. Inside the facility, residents enjoy warm parlors and game rooms that play host to the facility’s long list of life-enriching activities. Seniors always have something to do, including playing billiards or enjoying indoor golf or relaxing on the outdoor manicured gardens while soaking up views of the city skyline.

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Emerald City Senior Living

Retirees at the Emerald City Senior Living community enjoy a blend of privacy, safety and care support services within a warm, homelike environment. Nestled in the serene Ravenna and Maple Leaf neighborhoods, the community is only minutes from downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, and many senior-friendly amenities in the area. Residents enjoy a full calendar of events at the facility, including gardening, sports, games and regular outings to local attractions. The community has an on-site therapy facility and offers a visiting physician service to cater to all residents’ wellness needs. Seniors enjoy amenities such as a coffee shop, party space, TV room, salon and barbershop and a garden and patio.

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Brookdale Admiral Heights

Senior citizens at Brookdale Admiral Heights enjoy spending their golden years in a relaxing environment within a quaint neighborhood. Plenty of eateries, sidewalk cafes, entertainment joints and stores are within proximity from the facility, and residents enjoy transportation and escort to these areas by the community’s staff. On site, there are plenty of exciting things to do and fun people to do them with, including sharing stories at the facility’s bistro, playing games at the game room or walking with friends and family at the scenic courtyard and garden. A library and a beauty salon and barbershop are also on the grounds.

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The Lakeshore

Located on the southern shore of Lake Washington, The Lakeshore senior living community offers panoramic views of the water body alongside picturesque views of Mount Rainier and the facility’s gardens. Residents enjoy living in a vibrant, welcoming community supported by a care team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A full-service restaurant with chef-prepared meals, on-site wellness center with a registered nurse, scheduled transportation to physician appointments, many common areas and weekly housekeeping and linen services are just some of the benefits available to residents. We included this facility on our top list because of its broad range of life enrichment activities and events.

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  • Regular outings to the symphony and other cultural events
  • On-site crafts studio

Merrill Gardens at First Hill

Perched above downtown Seattle in the vibrant, friendly First Hill neighborhood, Merrill Gardens at First Hill senior care community is just minutes away from top shopping, restaurants, theaters, the Pike Place Market and other senior-friendly amenities. Residents at the facility enjoy peace of mind knowing that there is a registered nurse among the staff, as well as numerous quality medical facilities nearby. Seniors can spend their time at the facility relaxing in the courtyard, movie theater, or library, or they can sign up for a fitness class and stay engaged at the community's state-of-the-art fitness room. Regular group outings to local attractions are scheduled.

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  • Restaurant-style meals served from 7 am to 7 pm daily
  • Emergency call response system

Quail Park of West Seattle

Residents in the Quail Park of West Seattle senior living community enjoy the support of friendly, compassionate staff available 24/7 and overseen by a team of licensed nurses. This facility makes it to our top 10 list because of its rich list of facilities designed to enhance the quality of life for seniors. The amenities include aquarium lounges, dining areas with fireplaces, movie theaters and outdoor patios with panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhoods reflecting West Seattle’s heritage and landscapes. Residents are encouraged to participate in the different activity plans designed to fit their unique needs and interests, including gardening, games, cooking classes, exercise sessions and pet therapy.

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Ida Culver House Ravenna

Ida Culver House Ravenna is located right in the heart of the Ravenna/Bryant neighborhood, with easy access to the University of Washington campus and the University Village shopping center. Warmth and energy set the tone at the senior living community, and residents enjoy incredible socializing, entertainment and learning opportunities. The facility offers all the comforts of home within the studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring in-room kitchens and emergency call response systems. Additionally, residents enjoy flexible dining options prepared by an in-house chef and served restaurant-style, vibrant life enrichment programs, weekly housekeeping and linen services and lush green gardens with walking paths.

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  • Individually controlled heating
  • Emergency call and daily check-in system

University House Wallingford

Residents at the University House Wallingford have a selection of one- and two-bedroom floor plans with more than 20 different layouts to choose from. The community offers seniors a vibrant, active setting where they can share a passion for learning and the desire to stay healthy. Residents enjoy a wealth of programs, diets and tranquil atmosphere designed to promote healthy living. The community partners with the University of Washington Retirement Association to offer members a variety of benefits, including access to UW programs. Residents also benefit from easy access to a modern fitness center providing a range of fitness programs and a personal trainer, as well as an auditorium for large gatherings and events.

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The Kenney

The Kenney is a continuing care retirement community that hosts seniors age 62 and older in its vibrant and eclectic community setting. Located near some of Seattle’s best coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, bakeries and local attractions, including Lincoln Park and Alki Beach, seniors have plenty of places to go for excursions with friends and family. At the community, residents enjoy maintenance-free living as the facility’s staff takes care of all their housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation. From a fully equipped modern fitness center to hiking trails within the community and off-site, seniors have plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy. Life enrichment programs include gardening, arts and crafts, live music and religious services.

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