Bellevue, which means beautiful view in French, is a city that lives up to its name. With Lake Washington to the west and a view of the nearby snow-capped mountains from its sprawling downtown, this scenic city is a perfect locale for seniors who love outdoor recreation. Located just 9 miles from Seattle, the city boasts over 100 parks, which range from baseball fields to lakeside beaches, and more than 80 miles of trails for urban hikers.
Almost 19% of Bellevue’s adult population are seniors, and with the city’s ethnic diversity, it’s no surprise that Bellevue is known for its arts and culture. Downtown, seniors can find plenty of opportunities for shopping with boutiques ranging from eclectic to upscale and many offering one-of-a-kind items. This modern city is also a prime destination for foodies. From food trucks to bistros, downtown alone showcases over 170 places to eat, and many places serve the artisan fare for which Pacific Northwest cuisine is famous. Plus, with its plentiful sidewalks and bike paths, it’s easy to get around Bellevue without a car. In fact, the city has been designated a silver-level walk-friendly community. With its proximity to Seattle, Bellevue also offers convenient access to world-class medical care at numerous facilities, such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington Medical Center. This guide highlights some of the area’s best assisted living facilities for seniors considering a move to the area.
The Garden Club
13350 SE 26th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
Nestled in a serene wooded area, this all-inclusive facility is just a short drive from the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park, which offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing and year-round environmental education. Residents of The Garden Club also enjoy the facility’s own outdoor spaces, including a patio area and walking paths that are ideal for morning strolls with pets. Residents who prefer indoor activities can shoot pool in the community’s billiard lounge, grab a book from the well-stocked library or relax in front of the large-screen TV. The Garden Club makes our list of Bellevue’s top assisted living communities because of its world-class programs, such as its Seniors Serving Seniors and Society volunteer program and Let’s Talk Seniors, which promotes lifelong learning through lectures and seminars with age-relevant content.
Sagebrook Senior Living at Bellevue
15750 NE 15th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
Located in the vibrant Crossroads neighborhood, Sagebrook Senior Living is within walking distance of the Crossroads Bellevue shopping complex, where in addition to upscale stores, the mall includes a library and features a weekly Farmer’s Market and live music. Sagebrook Senior Living at Bellevue offers a continuum of senior care services, including medication assistance, cognitive support and help with mobility, so seniors can comfortably age in place. Seniors can choose from a variety of spacious private apartments or may opt for a companion suite. The community also features beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces, where residents can sit and enjoy the tranquil grounds.
Sunrise of Bellevue
15928 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
Conveniently situated adjacent to the Crossroads Bellevue shopping mall, Sunrise of Bellevue provides easy access to many area amenities, including the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park and the Glendale Country Club. From its homelike exterior and beautiful outdoor gardens to its resident pets and personal touches, such as fresh flowers throughout its common spaces, Sunrise creates a welcoming, comfortable environment for seniors. We’ve included Sunrise of Bellevue on our area’s best list because of its CareConnect electronic health system, which ensures personalized care by centralizing resident records, tracking personal preferences and keeping families regularly updated. Sunrise of Bellevue received a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the AHCA/NCAL for its dedication to providing excellent senior care. The facility includes an in-house physician, designated care management and family support groups.
Redmond Senior Living
15241 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA 98007
With its convenient central location, Redmond Senior Living has easy access to local health care facilities, including Overlake Medical Center and the Virginia Mason Bellevue Medical Center. The community provides eight Live with Purpose signature programs intended to encourage interaction between residents, employees and families, including Live with Artistry, which teaches seniors to express their creativity via the arts through a collaboration between Redmond and the Museum of Modern Art. This pet-friendly facility also partners regularly with local animal shelters to host adoption events and has several community pets for residents to pamper.
1115 108th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located in bustling downtown Bellevue just west of Interstate 405, this luxury community offers seniors a choice among 25 distinct apartment floor plans, each featuring high ceilings, granite countertops and tiled entryways. Support plans are tailored to each resident’s unique care needs and may include medication management, ambulation assistance and help with the activities of daily living. The Bellettini makes our list of the area’s top assisted living communities because of its resort-style amenities, which include valet parking, a 24-hour fitness center with two personal trainers and an upscale Italian restaurant right on the premises. The community is only a short drive from lush Downtown Park, which boasts a beautiful waterfall, picnic areas, and a playground that visiting grandchildren are sure to enjoy.
900 124th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
Named for its tranquil wooded location, Evergreen Court is located close to the plentiful shopping and dining venues of downtown Bellevue. Evergreen Court’s pet-friendly apartments all include kitchenettes, spacious closets and a 24-hour emergency call system, and many units have private balconies or patios. Residents can socialize over meals at the community’s spacious dining room or enjoy life enrichment programs in the dedicated activities room. The facility is only a short drive from the Overlake Medical Pavilion, and local transportation is provided for medical appointments and other errands.
1640 148th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Situated in Bellevue’s Lake Hills neighborhood, Patriots Glen is only minutes away from scenic Phantom Lake Park and several other area green spaces. Seniors at Patriots Glen enjoy the facility’s many amenities, which include an on-site ice cream parlor, beauty salon and religious services for those who worship. Residents receive assisted living and memory care services, including care coordination and advocacy, in a comfortable homelike setting. We’ve included this facility on our list of Bellevue’s best due to its expansive therapeutic programs. Offered in partnership with its sister organization, Careage Home Health, the program delivers chronic care management as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Aegis of Bellevue
148 102nd Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
With Main Street just a short walk away, Aegis of Bellevue enjoys a central location in a neighborhood of quaint brick sidewalks and charming boutiques. The community features cozy common areas, including a library with a fireplace and seating so residents can gather for conversation on cool evenings. Aegis of Bellevue also offers a full-service fitness center and a state-of-the-art movie theater. The facility’s flexible mealtimes, woodburning pizza oven and creative chefs land Aegis of Bellevue on our list of top area ALPs. Residents regularly savor globally inspired meals crafted with seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients.
Is Bellevue the Right Choice for You?
With its breathtaking mountain views and quiet, wooded neighborhoods, Bellevue has been recognized three times on Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live. From the Bellevue Arts Museum to weekly farmer’s markets featuring locally grown produce, the city has something to delight retirees who have a wide array of interests. This modern city should appeal to seniors looking for an assisted living program in a locale that’s rich in cultural diversity and natural history.