Truly an all-American city, Spokane is the second largest city in Washington State with a hometown, family feel. Seniors looking for an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) will have many choices and will enjoy Spokane’s distinct four seasons. Known as the “Lilac City,” flowers and parks abound from spring through summer with an average high temperature of 79 degrees. Autumn boasts colorful foliage and winters are often a snowy wonderland with an annual average of 47.7” of snowfall. A major focal point of the city is the spectacular Riverfront Park located a block from downtown and nestled along the Spokane River — the former site of the 1976 World’s Fair. With lakes, pine trees, and wildlife within 20 minutes reach, this is a sportsman’s paradise.
Seniors will find a wide range of elder care choices with several locations offering independent living and senior apartments. There are also a variety of choices for in-home residential care. Those seeking CCRC facilities will find several throughout the Spokane area. Five full-service hospitals are located in the Spokane area, including the world-class Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, serving a population base of 614,000 (2011 U.S. Census Bureau).
The cost of senior living in Spokane is slightly below the median cost for the rest of Washington State, except for nursing home rates which are slightly higher. A private one-bedroom in an assisted living facility is $3,750 per month, while a private room in Spokane’s nursing homes averages $8,517 per month. With that said, there is no state income tax in Washington and the sales tax rate is 8.7 percent. Spokane’s name comes from its rich Native American heritage and translates to mean “Children of the Sun.” Both elderly and young alike will love the sunny disposition of this mid-sized city including golfers who will find 35 pristine courses within an hour’s drive.
Spokane seniors can also experience the city’s manicured parks originally designed by the Olmstead brothers, the same team that designed New York City’s Central Park. Residents and visitors can still see the Olmstead influence at Finch Arboretum, High Bridge, Manito, Cannon Hill and Corbin parks. Spokane’s cultural offerings include the recently restored Fox Theater — home of the Spokane Symphony, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture exhibiting the heritage of the Inland Empire region including the historic Campbell House, and the INB Performing Arts Center (formerly the Spokane Opera House) that hosts a variety of national touring road shows and musicals.
With its friendly demeanor and easy lifestyle, Spokane offers natural beauty, affordable amenities and a true four-season climate. SeniorLiving.org can help find the right facility and/or elderly care program for you. This site offers customizable search by care type, geography/zip code, as well as giving you a place to request specific profiles and guides for each community that you are interested in. Expert advice is available in the Senior Living Library and custom search options are available throughout this site.