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Find the Best Assisted Living in Seattle, WA

Assisted living allows older adults to receive the daily assistance they need while still maintaining some independence. However, finding the right facility isn’t always easy. We created this guide by comparing the local availability and customer reviews of 58 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top assisted living facilities in Seattle.

Top 8 Seattle Assisted Living Facilities

Daystar Retirement Village Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, independent living and respite care at its facility in Seattle. Amenities include a library, activity rooms, multiple dining options and a beauty salon.

Foundation House at Northgate Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living. One local facility in Seattle. Amenities include exercise rooms, meeting rooms and a restaurant-style dining area.

Fred Lind Manor Read Author Review

Offers pet-friendly assisted living and independent living in Seattle. Provides exercise classes, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and dining service.

GenCare Lifestyle Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, respite care and independent living through its six facilities in Washington. Amenities include a fitness center, hair salon, bistro and heated pool. Provides a kitchen in each unit.

Merrill Gardens at The University Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living. Seven related local facilities. On-site amenities include a fitness center, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a library and restaurant-style dining.

Norse Home Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living at its facility in Seattle. Residents enjoy the dining room, beauty salon, fitness center and library. Provides rooms for guests of current residents.

Northgate Plaza Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, independent living and respite care. Five related facilities in Washington. Residents enjoy its outside patio, recreation lounge, library and luxury dining area.

Valley Care Adult Family Home Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and personal care plans at its house in Seattle. Provides recreational activities, specialty equipment, wheelchair accessibility, medication management and grooming. Residents receive private rooms.

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What to know about assisted living in Seattle

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is responsible for regulating the state’s assisted living communities, requiring them to provide room and board as well as support for daily living activities. However, there are a few additional factors you and your loved one should know about assisted living in Seattle:

  • Washington’s lack of state income tax makes it an attractive place for assisted living because there is no tax on Social Security, retirement accounts or pensions.
  • Public transport in Seattle is widespread. King County Metro provides local and commuter buses within the county. Sound Transit also operates light rail, commuter rail and regional express buses in the Puget Sound region.
  • At the time of publishing, Seattle is safer than only 2% of U.S. cities, according to NeighborhoodScout. When searching for an assisted living community in Seattle, ask what security measures are in place to protect residents from crime.
  • For older adults who like precipitation and cooler temperatures, Seattle is a good location. Throughout the year, temperatures in Seattle usually range from 39 degrees to 79 degrees and don’t often go below 28 degrees or higher than 88 degrees.
  • Active seniors enjoy that Seattle is surrounded by national parks and coastal scenes. Consider choosing an assisted living community that makes day trips to local museums, parks and nature sites.

How much does assisted living cost in Seattle?

On average, the cost of assisted living in Seattle ranges from $3,400 to $6,600 per month. Most facilities include food, housing and amenities in this monthly bill. Ask each community what payment structures it uses, and keep in mind that certain factors might affect each facility’s prices, such as:

  • Your chosen style of lodging
  • Whether you or your loved one needs additional care beyond the service offered
  • Any outings that are not part of the standard package

Talk to a representative at each facility about how to keep costs low. Most facilities are willing and able to remove amenities or downgrade services to fit your budget.

Seattle assisted living FAQ

What is assisted living?
Assisted living is a form of housing designed to provide older adults with various levels of personal and medical care. These communities are staffed with caregivers who look after the residents while ensuring their independence. Residents can usually stay active using the facilities’ on-site amenities, too.
Who can live in an assisted living facility in Seattle?
Assisted living facilities in Seattle provide homes for older adults who need help with daily care but not to the extent that most nursing homes provide. Residents usually live in their own apartments and receive personal care, housekeeping, help with medication and 24-hour emergency help.
What Seattle regulations protect older adults in assisted living facilities?
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services oversees nursing homes and assisted living facilities through its Aging and Long-Term Support Administration. This organization enforces laws and regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Older Americans Act and relevant parts of the Washington Administrative Code.

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    Seattle assisted living community information

    Foundation House at Northgate

    At Foundation House at Northgate, residents can choose between assisted living and independent living. It offers amenities such as one- and two-bedroom apartments, a large activity room for exercising and resident meetings, and restaurant-style dining.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 11301 Third Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125
    • Phone: (206) 361-2758
    • Website: foundationhouseng.com
    Merrill Gardens at The University

    Older adults at Merrill Gardens at The University can choose between assisted or independent living. Residents receive access to concierge services, a 24-hour staff, restaurant-style meals, a fitness studio, scheduled transportation, a library, a movie theatre and a salon. Merrill Gardens, this facility's parent company, has two more communities in Seattle and locations in Tacoma, Kirkland, Burien, Renton and Auburn.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 5300 24th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    • Phone: (206) 926-9738
    • Website: merrillgardens.com
    Northgate Plaza

    Northgate Plaza offers assisted living, independent living and short-term stays. Some of its amenities include an outside patio, a library, luxury dining, a recreation lounge for games and arts and crafts, and organized outdoor activities. MBK Senior Living, its parent company, also has locations in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Olympia and Woodinville.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 11030 Fifth Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125
    • Phone: (206) 962-5330
    • Website: mbkseniorliving.com
    Daystar Retirement Village

    Daystar Retirement Village offers assisted living, respite care and independent living. Residents have access to amenities such as parlors, activity rooms, a library, a billiards room, an on-site salon, four dining rooms and elevators.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 2615 SW Barton St., Seattle, WA 98126
    • Phone: (206) 937-6122
    • Website: daystarseattle.com
    Norse Home

    Norse Home provides assisted and independent living. Residents enjoy amenities such as an elegant dining room, a library, a beauty salon, a gift shop, an exercise room and fitness center, and rooms for their guests.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 5311 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
    • Phone: (206) 781-7400
    • Website: norsehome.org
    Fred Lind Manor

    Fred Lind Manor offers assisted living and independent living. It provides residents access to home-cooked meals, exercise programs, cable TV and phone services, shuttle and chauffeur services, and weekly housekeeping.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 1802 17th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
    • Phone: (206) 324-1632
    • Website: fredlindmanor.com
    GenCare Lifestyle

    Residents at the GenCare Lifestyle facilities can choose between assisted living, active living and respite care. Residents at its Ballard Landmark facility can also enjoy an indoor heated pool, 24-hour staffing, in-unit kitchens, a gym, an on-site personal trainer, a hair salon and a bistro.

    • Located in: Seattle, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Renton and Federal Way
    • Address: 5433 Leary Ave., Seattle, WA 98108
    • Phone: (206) 782-4000
    • Website: gencarelifestyle.com
    Valley Care Adult Family Home

    Valley Care Adult Family Home is a facility for assisted living and personal care. The facility has full wheelchair accessibility, and it provides recreational activities, help with personal hygiene and grooming, and specialty medical equipment.

    • Located in: Seattle
    • Address: 8213 S. 116th St., Seattle, WA 98178
    • Phone: (206) 772-1670
    • Website: valleycareafh.com
    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.