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Senior Housing & Assisted Living in Washington

More than 7 million people call Washington home. When it comes to geography and the people living there, The Evergreen State is very diverse. Seniors looking to retire in a beautiful place with plenty of mountain peaks and beaches will make themselves right at home here. Thanks to the moderating effect of the marine climate, Washington's weather is very pleasant, with warm summers and bearably cold winters.

Looking to find out more information about Washington's senior living costs, facilities, and benefits? You are in luck! We have compiled the essentials here about the state's senior living options, as well as the various amenities and support systems that each has to offer here. You can also navigate through the list of cities below to find the closest senior living options available in any given area(s) you're planning retirement in.

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Washington's Best Senior Living Communities

With a plethora of living options to consider in Washington, it can feel overwhelming when it comes time to selecting the best living facility for yourself or your aging loved one. To help you narrow down your choices, we've put together a handy list of Washington's best senior living communities below.

Pacifica Senior Living Ellensburg

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living

Farrington Court

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living

South Pointe Assisted Living

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living

Broadway Court Estates

type of care

Independent Living

Madison House

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care

Stafford Suites Senior Living

type of care

Assisted Living

Liberty Place

type of care

Assisted Living

Bay Pointe Retirement and Marine Courte

type of care

Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care

Garden Courte Memory Care

type of care

Memory Care

Home Care Assistance Bellevue

type of care

Home Care

Washington's Senior Living Costs

Washington is one of the more costly states to retire in, with a housing index of 120.50. One bedroom apartments average out to $937 a month, compared to the national average of $825 a month for a similar apartment. Need more room? Two bedroom apartments go for an average of $1,179 a month, which is more than the national average of $1,027 a month.

Still interested in retiring here? Let's take a look at the monthly senior living costs in The Evergreen State. On average, home health care costs are $5,053 a month. This fee enables seniors to live comfortably in their own residences while receiving some help from service aides to keep the house clean, run everyday errands, and cook meals.

Adult day care is a great place to stay if you are a senior needing somewhere safe and supervised to spend the day while your caregiver is tending to other obligations. In Washington, adult day care costs around $1,408 a month. Since adult day care does not include extensive care, it is suitable for older people who are mostly independent but could use some socialization and therapy that they wouldn't get during the day at home alone.

Washington also has assisted living facilities operating to serve elders who require more help with their everyday tasks for an average monthly cost of $4,660. Residents of assisted living facilities get access to health services and personal care they need to live well and comfortably.

If you are an older senior requiring round the clock care and supervision, it may be worthwhile to look into nursing home care in Washington. At nursing homes, residents can expect to receive housing, skilled nursing care and personal care, supervision, therapies, and medicines as needed. The cost for a semi-private room is roughly $8,578 a month, while a private room is about $9,447 a month.

Perks of Retiring in Washington

If you're still on the fence about whether or not you want to retire in Washington, consider some of the advantages of life in this state:

Temperate Climate

Compared to other states in the country, Washington has pretty moderate climates. While it's known for wet winters, it rarely snows or gets below 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are warm and comfortable, and seldom goes over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The average year-round temperature is 60 degrees, which is considered to be pretty comfortable compared to some of the lower average temperatures nationwide.

World Class Landscapes & Scenery

Photographers from around the world come to Washington state to photograph its many scenic landscapes. Retirees who choose to live here will get to take in those views daily if wanted, rather than just see them in photos. Some of the most beloved spots are  the volcanic Mount Rainier, Olympic National Park, the North Cascades, and all sorts of hidden nooks and crannies throughout the state that are captivating.

Very Low State Taxes for Seniors

Retirees can rejoice, as Washington is one of the very tax friendly states for seniors. What is taxed? Almost nothing. Social security income isn't taxed, public pensions aren't taxed, private pensions aren't taxed, and withdrawals from retirement accounts are not taxed. To top it all off, the marginal state tax rate is a whooping 0%. Seniors will be able to put more of their income towards other things like spoiling their grandkids and investing in better >senior living arrangements.

Senior Living Options in Washington

Depending on individual circumstances and needs, Washington's seniors have ample options to choose from when it comes to living situation. Retirees here can opt for independent living, assisted living, memory care, or nursing home care. Determine which one would be best for you by exploring each option below.

Independent Living

Washington has more than 400 independent living facilities for healthy seniors to choose from. Independent living is best for those who do not need round the clock nursing care. It costs anywhere from $550 to $4,950 a month to stay at an independent living facility in this state.

Prefer apartment style living? The Evergreen State also offers apartment choices for seniors 55+ or 65+ years of age. Residents of these active senior communities are usually able to take advantage of extra amenities like small gyms, walking trails, pools, and more.

Assisted Living

There are more than 1,300 assisted living facilities throughout Washington. Seniors who need skilled caregivers, quality healthcare, and access to social opportunities will benefit from staying at an assisted living facility. On top of these advantages, residents can expect to get assistance with laundry, meal services, transportation, and housekeeping duties. Assisted living facilities are also monitored 24/7 to ensure safety.

It costs anywhere from $1,000 to $9,000 a month to stay at an assisted living facility in Washington. If you're on a tight budget, it's advisable to look in the Spokane Valley area where assisted living prices are low. The highest assisted living costs in this state are in the King County area.

Memory Care

Dementia is increasingly one of the greatest concerns facing seniors, as it can be the most debilitating. There are over 800 memory care facilities that are specially equipped and staffed to face the issues seniors will have due to their dementia. The average cost of a memory care facility is $73,950 a year. The costs can range from as little as $1,450 a month up to $13,050 a month. Location can also affect the overall costs, as Seattle and Tacoma tend to have the highest average costs coming in at $99,000 a year. Spokane and its surround areas will have lower cost memory care facilities, averaging $79,200 a year.

Nursing Homes

Washington currently has nearly 1,700 senior living providers for their growing senior population. Currently, seniors over the age of 65 make up 14.8%, up from 12.3% in 2010.

Adult day cares provide meals, help with taking medications and personal grooming, and socialization with other seniors. The average cost of adult day care centers in Washington is $17,443 per year. Costs can vary greatly depending on location, such as Olympia and Tumwater generally having the most costly adult daycare centers that have an average annual cost of $37,440. As for the lowest cost areas, that would be the Walla Walla area where the average annual cost is just $13,000.

Hospice care is invaluable to terminally ill seniors. Hospices help seniors live out their remaining days in a calm, loving environment with professional care to minimize pain through a combination of medications and holistic approaches such as aromatherapy and grief counseling. There are over 30 hospices in Washington, with costs that can often be covered by private insurances, Medicare, or Medicaid.

Respite care is most often used when the primary caregiver, such as a son or daughter, is overwhelmed by the high demands of senior care. Respite care will provide a professional caregiver to tend to the senior as often as several days a week, for entire months at a time, or as little as a single day. There are about 600 respite care facilities in the state, at an average cost of $92,345 a year. Depending on the amount of care needed, as well as the location of the respite care facility, will affect the final costs, but the range is typically between $4,350 a month up to $15,747 a month.

Resources for Seniors in Washington

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – This resource has plenty of useful information on the long-term care services available to seniors in Washington.

Aging Washington – Looking for answers on aging and disability resources in Washington? Find them here.

Department of Revenue: Washington State – Some senior citizens and disabled persons may be eligible for the property tax exemption program offered in Washington. Learn more about it here and how you can qualify for it.

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