If you are looking for an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) located in a city with a wide range of care options and personality, then the Seattle metro area may be your ideal choice. Seattle — Washington State’s largest city — boasts panoramic views of not only the Puget Sound but also of the Olympic and Cascade mountains. It is a city that benefits from well-planned community centers, parks, and all of the cultural amenities of a big city while still keeping its distinctive neighborhoods intact.
Choices abound for seniors, whether you are looking for independent living, senior apartments, in-home residential care or a progressive health care plan. Those seeking CCRC facilities will also find multiple options. With 35 hospitals in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, health care options are plentiful and feature some of the top-ranked facilities in the nation including University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and Group Health. There is a sophisticated network of clinics associated with each hospital offering services throughout the Seattle area including on-site visits at many of the elderly care facilities.
The cost of senior living in Seattle is approximately 4%-15% higher than the median cost for the rest of Washington State depending on the type of care you are seeking. A one-bedroom in an assisted living facility is $4,500 per month, while a private room in area nursing homes averages $9,125 per month. With that said, there is no state income tax in Washington and there are special programs for seniors that help reduce overall living costs. The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens advocates and provides direct services to seniors ranging from promoting healthy aging initiatives to hosting senior computer classes and special events.
Seattle seniors can also experience the city’s rich cultural offerings with special programming at institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Opera, and at a large assortment of equity theaters. The Seattle Metro system offers reliable and well-connected public transit options for seniors electing independent living and/or in-home residential care options, and most assisted facilities offer transportation options including both wheelchair transport and supervised group outings. The population of Seattle is one of the most educated and informed in the country and is served by two state-of-the-art library systems: Seattle Public Library and King County Public Library; both offering loans by mail, internet services, and a variety of lifelong learning programs. Various Asian ethnic groups will find community programs, museums and events in the International District, just blocks away from downtown Seattle.
Whether you are a Seattle native or are thinking of spending your golden years in a city that offers both vibrancy and diversity, SeniorLiving.org can help you find the right facility and/or care program. You can customize your search by care type, geography/zip code, as well as request specific profiles and guides for each community. Expert advice is available in the Senior Living Library and custom search options are available throughout this site.