Assisted Living in Kent, Washington
Located in Washington’s King County and a part of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, Kent is a mid-sized city with easy access to Seattle, the Washington Coast and the Cascade Mountain Range. Active seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors appreciate numerous recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking and golfing. Although Seattle is less than a 30-minute drive from Kent, residents of Kent enjoy a vibrant downtown with distinctive shopping, food and beverage and entertainment options. Sports fans can catch a hockey game at Kent’s ShoWare Center, and those who love open-air markets can find fresh produce, baked goods and arts and crafts at the Kent Farmers Market.
Persons aged 65 and over make up 10.9% of Kent’s total population of slightly over 132,000 citizens. Assisted living costs in Kent average $6,500 per month. However, costs vary depending on location, services and amenities offered by individual facilities.
Note: Data for Kent was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Seattle, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Kent, Washington
The Cost of Assisted Living in Kent
At an average of $6,500 per month, assisted living costs in Kent are $1,000 higher than the Washington state average of $5,500 and $2,449 higher than the national average of $4,051. Their neighbors to the south in the state of Oregon pay even less at $4,499 per month, while prices drop even further to $3,728 to the east in Idaho. Montana residents pay an average of $3,820 per month while assisted living, and costs in California average $4,500.
Within the state of Washington, assisted living costs are higher in Kent than in the Northern Washington communities of Bellingham at $4,115, Mt. Vernon at $4,650 and Bremerton at $4,723. At the southern end of the state, Longview residents pay an average of $5,500 per month, while their counterparts on the other side of the Cascade Mountain Range in Spokane pay an average of $4,000 per month.
Kent Assisted Living Financial Assistance
The Medicaid Personal Care Program, which is administered by the state of Washington Health Care Authority, provides financial assistance to eligible seniors to help with costs of assistance with daily living activities. However, Washington’s Community First Choice Option provides assistance for those requiring a higher level of care for the purpose of keeping them out of nursing homes for as long as possible.
Kent Assisted Living Resources
|Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County ||206-684-0660||Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County provides seniors and disabled persons with information about local resources designed to maintain independence and a good quality of life. This agency administers federal funding from the Older Americans Act to community-based service providers such as Meals on Wheels, local senior centers and a legal service designed to assist senior citizens in obtaining state and federal benefits and entitlements. |
|Kent Senior Activity Center||(253) 856-5150||Kent Senior Activity Center is open Monday through Friday and offers a variety of activities. Seniors can drop in for a game of cards, enjoy lunch with friends, join a book club or take an exercise or arts and crafts class. The center also sponsors special events such as concerts and workshops as well as group trips to local attractions. Seniors are also welcome to join the center’s volunteer roster. |
|Kent’s Free Circulating Shuttle||1-866-261-DART||Operated by the City of Kent, the free Circulating Shuttle provides no-cost door-to-door transportation. Drivers are trained to help passengers with wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices. |
|King County Veterans Programs||206-477-8282||The King County Veterans Program collaborates with regional partners to provide support services to former and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. Services include emergency assistance, help finding employment and mental health referrals. |
|American Legion Post #15||(253) 859-9905||Veterans of all branches of the U.S. armed forces and their families can find opportunities for socializing at the American Legion. The organization frequently hosts meals, provides assistance to needy veterans and offers scholarships to the children and grandchildren of members. |
Kent Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Washington’s Aging and Long-Term Support Administration operates under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services and regulates assisted living facilities. Facilities must also comply with federal regulations concerning accommodations, medication and staffing. See our Assisted Living in Washington page for more information.