As a King County suburb of Washington’s largest metro area, Auburn provides a combination of small city ambiance and world-class urban amenities. With Seattle less than 30 minutes away, Auburn residents can easily access state-of-the-art medical care, entertainment and shopping. However, Auburn has a lot to offer in its own right, and active, nature-loving seniors can find everything they need here. The city has many public parks that offer multipurpose trails, wildlife viewing towers, picnic areas and public access to fishing. Auburn also has a top-rated municipal golf course.
Seniors who require assistance with the tasks of daily living but want to retain their independence should consider assisted living. There are a number of assisted living communities to choose from in the Auburn area. These facilities provide personalized care services, recreational activities and daily meals. According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Auburn is $5,750, which is less than the state average but higher than the national median.
This guide provides information on care costs and gives an overview of senior resources in the area.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Auburn
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Washington. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Auburn
Seniors in Auburn pay $5,750 per month for assisted living services.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Auburn
In Auburn, the average fee charged by assisted living facilities is $5,750 per month. This is $250 less than the Washington state average and over $1,000 more than the national median of $4,500.
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The average senior in nearby Seattle pays $1,000 more per month for assisted living than those in Auburn. Seniors who are looking for the most affordable option in the state may want to consider Walla Walla, where the average community charges $3,211 per month for care services. Just south of Auburn is the city of Olympia where seniors pay an estimated $4,805 each month, which is almost $1,000 less. Towards the Canadian border, seniors in Mount Vernon and Bellingham pay an average of $5,500 and $4,600 respectively.
Note: Data for Auburn was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bremerton, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Auburn
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
Seattle/King County Area Agency on Aging serves as the frontline resource for seniors, their families and caregivers. Available direct services include fall prevention workshops, senior nutrition programs, advocacy through the long-term care ombudsman, legal support and case management.
The Auburn Senior Activity Center offers social activities, classes, trips and support services. Activities include card games, bingo, dominos and movies. Members can join others for a walk, play a game of volleyball, enjoy a round of golf or take a class in subjects such as watercolor painting, foreign languages, driver safety and various arts and crafts. Hot lunches are served five days a week, and the center organizes trips to local restaurants for dinner as well as maintains a pet food bank for seniors having difficulties meeting the food costs for their furry friends.
Those aged 55 and over can access no-cost, door-to-door transportation from Hyde Shuttles. Destinations include senior centers in the King County area, grocery stores and medical offices. Rides are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and must be requested in advance to ensure availability.
Seniors seeking ways to give back to their community can put their education and skills to good use by volunteering at local agencies and organizations. The United Way of King County acts as a clearinghouse for a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Examples include doing intake and shelving food at food banks, helping with literacy programs in local schools and participating in habitat restoration work parties in parks and wilderness areas.
The local chapter of the American Legion offers veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members opportunities to socialize with other military families. They can also access assistance with filling out forms and other aspects of applying for service-based benefits and emergency financial assistance. Members can also participate in community-betterment projects.
Auburn Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Auburn area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.