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- The median monthly cost of assisted living in Washington is $6,000 per month—that’s about 29% higher than the national average.
- Unlike many other states, Washington’s Medicaid programs will cover the full cost of assisted living for Medicaid-eligible seniors.
- The state of Washington does not have minimum assisted living staffing ratios, so it’s important to check that the facilities you’re considering are adequately staffed.
- Washington’s Area Agencies on Aging and state ombudsman programs can help you or a loved one navigate the assisted living experience.
Retirees seeking independent or assisted living in Washington will appreciate the state’s rich natural beauty as well as its thriving cultural life. The Pacific Northwest’s “Evergreen State” is known for its mild climate, mountain vistas, and beautiful Pacific coastline, including the San Juan Islands.
The population of older adults in Washington is steadily growing, and the state has a wide range of attractive options for retirees, from independent living communities to high-quality assisted living facilities. Whether you’re seeking senior living near the state’s world-renowned national parks, including Olympic and Mount Rainier, or near its urban centers, such as Seattle or Spokane, Washington has a great deal to offer. Favorable tax policies, excellent air quality, and expansive Medicaid programs also make Washington a popular place for seniors to retire.
Assisted Living in Washington: The Big Picture
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) reported that Washington has 2,000 assisted living communities with a total of 41,500 beds. On average, each facility serves 22 people.
In Washington’s assisted living facilities, according to the NCAL, 50% of residents are over the age of 85, and 28% of them rely on Medicaid for their long-term care. Additionally, 65% of assisted living facilities in Washington provide some skilled nursing care.
Cost of Assisted Living in Washington
The cost of living index in Washington is 114.2, which means that Washington is about 14% more expensive than the national average. However, it’s still more affordable than its West Coast counterparts, Oregon and California, which are about 21% and 38% above the national average, respectively.
In Washington, the median monthly cost of assisted living is $6,000, which is about 29% higher than the national average. Still, that median monthly cost varies depending on your location within Washington. For example, the cost of assisted living in Seattle is much higher than in other major cities in Washington.