Residents of Kirkland enjoy a classic Pacific Northwest lakeside lifestyle that’s highly appealing to active retirees who enjoy hiking, boating, birdwatching and picnicking. Only 11 miles from downtown Seattle, Kirkland provides residents with easy access to world-class urban amenities. However, many residents find that Kirkland has everything they need, including an amazing culinary scene, an extensive parks and trail system and a arts and culture presence that many larger cities can’t rival. Summer temperatures in Kirkland average in the mid-70s, while winter lows average in the mid-30s. Although the area receives slightly more rain than the national average, residents believe that the abundance of emerald green vegetation is more than worth a little extra precipitation.
Assisted living facilities provide residential settings where seniors can receive customized care. This option is designed for those who need some extra help with everyday tasks and activities, but do not need the level of clinical care offered by a nursing home. The average cost of assisted living in Kirkland is $6,750, which is higher than both the national and Washington state average.
We’ve created the following guide for those seeking to explore assisted living in Kirkland. Keep reading for cost comparisons, a list of resources for seniors in Kirkland and information on paying for assisted living.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Kirkland
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 Kirkland
According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living costs an average of $6,750 in Kirkland.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Kirkland
Communities in the Seattle Metro Area, including Kirkland, pay the highest rates for assisted living in Washington at an average of $6,750 per month. This is over $2,000 higher than the national monthly rate of $4,500.
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Other Washington communities are more affordable than Kirkland for assisted living. In Walla Walla in Washington’s rural southeastern corner, residents of assisted living facilities pay an average of $3,211 per month while those in Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, pay $4,888. Up near Washington’s northern border with Canada, in Bellingham, assisted living facility residents pay a monthly average of $4,600. South of Kirkland in the state capital of Olympia, assisted living costs average somewhat more at $4,805. This trend continues moving further south to Longview, where the rate is $5,300.
Note: Data for Kirkland was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Seattle, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kirkland
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:
Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County is the administering agency for the federally based Older Americans Act. Kirkland seniors, their caregivers and families can access information and referrals to relevant resources here. Examples of available services include case management, caregiver support and advocacy through their Community Living Connections program, which is designed to help determine eligibility for programs and services and navigate any red tape involved in applying for them.
The Peter Kirk Community Center is open Monday through Friday to those aged 50 and over. The Center serves hot lunches every day except Thursday and provides a variety of activities. Activities include group outings, card and board games, walking groups, book clubs, music and dance, arts and crafts, yoga and lifelong learning classes. Seniors can also enjoy intergenerational programs and receive referrals to legal, health and financial services.
King County Metro offers transportation to medical appointments for Medicaid recipients, and those aged 65 and over can receive a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. The agency also sponsors classes for drivers aged 55 and over, designed to promote safe driving. Those who pass this class are usually eligible to receive reduced vehicle insurance rates.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces can receive primary health care and referrals through the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. This agency also hosts a variety of classes designed to promote good health among veterans and their families, including tai chi, stress management and aging resiliently.
The City of Kirkland offers abundant volunteer options for people of all ages. Opportunities include working on park maintenance projects, staffing the city’s information desk and participating in habitat restoration events.
Kirkland Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted Living Facilities in the Kirkland 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.