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Assisted Living in Thurston County, WA

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $4,250 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 17 assisted living facilities in Thurston County and 6 in surrounding areas.

The Cost of Senior Care in Thurston County, WA

  • Assisted Living: $4,250
  • Nursing Home Care: $9,064
  • In-home Care: $5,529
  • Adult Day Health Services: $2,730

Bonaventure of Lacey Senior Living Community

4528 Intelco Loop SE
Lacey, WA

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Designed with your security and comfort in mind, Bonaventure of Lacey Senior Living Community is located close to shopping, services and medical facilities.

Brookdale Olympia East

616 Lilly Road NE
Olympia, WA

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Brookdale Olympia East offers a great location near shopping, dining and healthcare. Our caring community offers active living in a warm atmosphere.

Prestige Senior Living - Rosemont

215 Killion Rd Nw
Yelm, WA

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Offering a full range of amenities and services, Rosemont Retirement & Assisted Living Community is a comfortable and secure retirement residence.

The Sequoia Assisted Living Community

825 Lilly Road NE
Olympia, WA

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The Sequoia Assisted Living Community, located in Olympia, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Woodland by Bonaventure

4532 Intelco Loop SE
Lacey, WA

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Life on your termsBonaventure is all about one thing: life on your terms. That's why so many people choose a Bonaventure community after they've looked at the other options. It's also why so many doctors, referral agencies, churches and others,…

Easthaven Villa

311 Cullens Rd.
Yelm, WA

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Easthaven Villa is located on Cullens Road, a quiet, picturesque street that's just a turn off of SR 510/Yelm Highway. We have 52 assisted living studios and 4 one-bedroom assisted living apartments, all with their own, private entrance and patio.…

Brooks Blessings Adult Family Home

1627 12th Avenue Southwest
Olympia, WA

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Brooks Blessings AFH offers a range of care giving services in an intimate, family environment. Located on the beautiful Mima Prairie just minutes from Olympia we provide care and companionship in an exclusive setting. Brooks Blessings is an alternative to…

Olympics West Retirement Inn

929 Trosper Road
Tumwater, WA

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Panorama

1751 Circle Lane SE
Lacey, WA

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Set on more than 100 acres near Olympia, Panorama is a diverse community of more than 1200 retirees who have come together to create an embracing and warm lifestyle.

Artesian Place

828 McPhee Road SW
Olympia, WA

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Here at Artesian Place, we believe each senior deserves to spend their later years in a warm and caring environment, and we offer this to respite and long-term residents alike.

The Hampton Alzheimer's Memory Care Center

1400 Trosper Road
Olympia, WA

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Often the mental demands of those struggling with Alzheimer's disease can take over the emotional needs. But at JEA Senior Living, we keep the emotional needs and feelings of your loved one at the very center of what we do.…

Roo-lan Healthcare Center

1505 SOUTHEAST CARPENTER ROAD
Lacey, WA

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Lodge At Roo-Lan, The

1530 Carpenter Rd Se
Lacey, WA

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Bethany Adult Family Home

4711 17th Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA

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A Big Heart Adult Family Home, LLC

1127 Georgetown Dr NE,
Olympia, WA

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Community Resources

208 West Bay Dr NW
Olympia, WA

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Canterwood Estates Adult Family Home

7424 Kenzi Street SE
Olympia, WA

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Reviews of Thurston County Assisted Living Facilities

The Sequoia Assisted Living Community

Review by RM | Consumer

The Sequoia was a very small, older facility. It didn't have many bells and whistles. The rooms were more studio-style, but it felt backwards that when you go into the room, you're actually entering the bedroom and then you turn to go to the little living area. It had a nice, little, protected courtyard area that was v...

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The Sequoia Assisted Living Community

Review by Robert | Consumer

I visited the Sequoia Assisted Living Community, and I liked it. The staff member was knowledgeable, very helpful, and she gave information to my daughter to follow up on the VA to see how much I could get. The rooms could be a little bigger. They have two dining rooms, and they have a kitchen-type area in the big dini...

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The Sequoia Assisted Living Community

Review by Cathleen | Consumer

I've been at The Sequoia for a little while now. I'm a diabetic so I have to have injections, and the nurses are very good. They come on time, so I don't have to wait around for them in the morning. The food here is good, which is very important to me. It's clean. I have a nice room. I'm happy here, but I wish there wa...

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Bonaventure of Lacey Senior Living Community

Review by Susie | Consumer

I moved my mom here in Sept 2014. It was a ROUGH transition. The staff at Bonaventure was very helpful with getting her involved and listening to my frantic phone calls. Donna, the executive director, always has her door open to my mom, as well as me. They have all been very supportive of me and even got me into a s...

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Bonaventure of Lacey Senior Living Community

Review by Visitor | Consumer

Bonaventure of Lacey was very homey. They had the option of a single room that was readily available, and I think they are taking care of their residents pretty well. My grandfather is in memory care which has less access to the amenities. They have books and things, but not a library. They have an outside area. The di...

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Bonaventure of Lacey Senior Living Community

Review by Visitor | Consumer

Bonaventure of Lacey was a nice facility. They gave great attention to the location and helped the patients and the families build a plan that worked for everybody. The atmosphere was comfy. The staff was friendly, courteous, and attentive. The rooms were nice. Some were kind of small, but they provided a wide range of...

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Map of Thurston County Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Costs in Thurston County

Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study documents senior care costs nationwide. The study shows that the average monthly price for assisted living in Thurston County is $4,250, which is $250 above the national average and $885 below the state average. Prices are much higher in neighboring areas, such as Bremerton ($5,720) and Seattle ($5,750), which has the most expensive care costs in the state. 

Costs in Thurston County are comparable to Bellingham ($4,250) and Wenatchee ($4,125), making prices here among the lowest in the state. 

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Thurston County, so data for Olympia, the county seat, was used. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas

Care Cost Comparison

At an average of $9,064 per month, semiprivate nursing home care in Thurston County costs more than double the fees for assisted living. Although both services include room and board, nursing homes also provide 24/7 medical care to seniors with complex needs. 

Hiring either a homemaker or home health aide for 44 hours per week costs an average of $5,529 per month, while adult day health services cost $2,730 per month. When weighing the true price of each senior care option it’s important to recognize that seniors who remain in their homes must continue paying day-to-day living expenses in addition to their care costs. 

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Thurston County

Medicaid in Washington

Medicaid is the government health plan that provides needy individuals with access to essential health care services, such as primary care, hospitalization and nursing home care. Every state administers its own Medicaid plan using funds from the state and federal government, and in Washington, the Medicaid program is called Apple Health.

To qualify for Apple Health enrollment, seniors aged 65 and older must have an income of $2,313 or less ($4,626 per couple) and own under $2,000 in countable assets ($3,000 per couple). Some assets, such as a home owned and occupied by the applicant and/or their spouse is exempt as long as the home is worth no more than $585,000. 

Also exempt is one vehicle, an irrevocable burial trust and personal effects. If only one spouse needs Medicaid services, the income of the non-applicant is disregarded, and special rules apply to ensure the community spouse has enough money and resources to live on. 

For more information on Apple Health, contact the Washington Healthplanfinder at (855) 923-4633. 

Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Apple Health waiver provides funding for personal care services for seniors who meet the criteria for nursing home placement but live in a community-based setting, such as an assisted living facility. 

Under the CFC, seniors who are able to self-direct their care can choose to hire and manage their own personal support workers, and these caregivers may be family members. 

Community Options Program Entry System 

Like the CFC waiver, the Community Option Program Entry System (COPES) provides services and supports to let seniors avoid institutionalization and remain in an assisted living setting. 

COPES covers adult day health services, transportation, respite care and personal care in assisted living facilities, however, participants remain responsible for their own room-and-board costs. 

Eligible seniors can enroll in both the CFC and COPES programs. 

To learn more about COPES and the CFC program, contact the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging at (888) 545-0910. 

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

VA Aid and Attendance Housebound

Veterans and survivors who collect regular VA pension payments may qualify for a higher pension amount through the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance to help pay for assisted living care. To be eligible for either one of these two enhanced VA pension programs, applicants must either have a permanent disability or chronic illness that impacts their day-to-day functioning. 

Aid and Attendance provides single veterans a maximum annual pension of $22,577, and veterans with one dependent can receive up to $26,766. Single survivors may receive a maximum annual pension of $14,509 and up to $17,309 with one dependent.

To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, applicants must be bedridden, live in a nursing home, have a severe visual impairment or need help to perform basic activities of daily living. 

Housebound gives single veterans a maximum annual pension of $16,540 and up to $20,731 for vets with one dependent. Single survivors may be eligible for up to $11,095 per year, while those with one dependent may qualify for a maximum annual enhanced pension of $13,893. 

Note: Successful applicants are granted either Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits. Veterans who already receive VA disability benefits are not eligible for these two programs. 

For more information and assistance with the application process, contact a veterans services officer at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub by calling (360) 456-3850. 

Optional State Supplementation

The State of Washington provides a cash benefit of up to $46 per month ($92 per couple) for seniors aged 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Optional State Supplementation program. This program helps seniors cover the room-and-board portion of their assisted living costs.

For more information, phone the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213. 

Assisted Living Resources in Thurston County

Senior Recreation and Leisure Services

Seniors in Thurston County can participate in social, recreational and wellness activities and events at one of two area senior centers located in Olympia and Lacey. 

These ADA-compliant centers are open weekdays and offer drop-in bingo games and movie screenings, daily hot lunches, and regular escorted day trips to local attractions. 

Lacey/Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center
6757 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 407-3973

Olympia Senior Center
222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 586-6181

Veterans Services

Comprehensive VA health services are available at the American Lake VA Medical Center in nearby Tacoma, which is part of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Help with VA entitlements, such as health care enrollment, death benefits, pensions and disability benefits, is available through the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department

American Lake VA Medical Center
9600 Veterans Dr. S.W., Tacoma, WA 98493-0003
(253-582-8440

Thurston County Veterans’ Assistance
412 Lilly Rd. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506-5132
(360) 867-8236

Community Assistance Agencies

Senior Services for South Sound is a nonprofit agency that provides a wide range of support services and programs for seniors. 

The agency operates numerous senior nutrition sites, a volunteer driver program, two thrift shops and a senior resource service. Seniors can access these programs by speaking with a senior services intake worker at either the Olympia Senior Center or the Lacey Senior Center. 

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