With 13% of Tacoma’s approximately 216,000 residents ages 65 and older, seniors in this beautiful Pacific Northwest city are in good company. Compared to nearby Seattle, the city offers residents a much lower cost of living, diverse neighborhoods and a quieter, more relaxed environment. It’s proximity to Puget Sound provides residents with a bustling waterfront that’s perfect for long walks or cycling, scenic beaches and many attractions to explore within the 700-acre Point Defiance Park. Additionally, the beautiful Mt. Rainier can be seen from many locations throughout the city.
Tacoma’s Museum of Glass holds exquisite pieces by the world-famous artist, Dale Chahuly, and art enthusiasts can also find regional art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Multiple senior centers throughout Pierce County and Tacoma itself provide aging adults with health screenings, financial planning services, low-cost lunches and a wide range of recreational activities. For seniors looking to transition into an assisted living home in this wonderful city, we’ve highlighted a list of the top 10 Tacoma facilities.
Solstice Senior Living at Tacoma
6414 N. Park Way
Tacoma, WA 98407
We selected Solstice Senior Living at Tacoma for our list of Tacoma’s top 10 thanks to its 28 acres of lush, parklike grounds that’s perfect for anyone who enjoys scenic nature strolls. This pet-friendly facility has landscaped walking paths, beautiful trees, green spaces, a peaceful pond and picturesque foot bridges. While Solstice Senior Living at Tacoma is primarily an independent living community, seniors seeking assisted living can take advantage of the facility’s partnerships with home health agencies and personal care providers as their care needs change. Amenities include a large, well-stocked library, a fitness center, beauty salon and restaurant-style dining hall.
Weatherly Inn Tacoma
6016 N. Highlands Pkwy.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Weatherly Inn has provided exceptional senior care for over 30 years, and its attractive Tacoma location offers independent living, assisted living and memory care. The facility’s homelike ambiance is maintained by a friendly staff that provides housekeeping and laundry services, so residents can spend their time doing what they please. Providing ample opportunities for socializing and relaxation, the building’s elegant interiors are filled with comfortable furnishings and amenities, such as cozy living areas, a private dining room and a stylish beauty salon. Outside, the paved patio is surrounded by greenery and a trickling fountain, and the large, well-manicured courtyard boasts numerous walking paths and park benches.
8609 Portland Ave. E.
Tacoma, WA 98445
King’s Manor is an award-winning assisted living facility where residents receive personalized assessments to ensure they receive the level of care most amenable to their needs. The private apartments are comfortably furnished and include convenient emergency call systems. Outside, abundant green spaces include grassy areas perfect for picnicking, outdoor patios and a community garden where residents grow vegetable and roses. There’s a private dining room for special occasions, and the shared dining hall serves tasty snacks along with three nutritious meals per day.
The Village Senior Living
4707 S. Orchard St.
Tacoma, WA 98466
Residents at The Village Senior Living can choose from independent living, assisted living and memory care, which are provided in separate wings within the four-story building. All residents can shop for personal goods in the on-site general store, enjoy a professional hair cut in the community beauty salon and invite family members and friends to special gatherings in the entertainment room. In the shared dining hall, the bright, colorful decor creates a cheerful and homelike atmosphere.
3615 S. 23rd St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
We included Brookdale Allenmore in our list of Tacoma’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its emphasis on helping seniors live a vibrant, stimulating lifestyle full of fun, shared experiences and opportunities to learn new skills. Residents can start their day with a morning fitness class or spend an afternoon listening to live music or learning how to dance. They can bake in the community kitchen, grow vegetables in the garden or simply relax with their favorite book in the library. Additionally, calming neutral paint colors and soaring ceilings in the shared dining hall create a comfortable, open and airy feel.
Merrill Gardens at Tacoma
7290 Rosemount Cir.
Tacoma, WA 98465
This facility’s close proximity to Sunset Terrace Park and an abundance of local shops and restaurants makes it easy for residents to stay in touch with the greater community. Merrill Gardens at Tacoma provides independent living, assisted living and memory care services and offers residents a wealth of luxurious amenities, including a fitness area, beauty salon and large outdoor patio with shady seating. Residents can mingle in the on-site wine bar and bistro or dine anytime throughout the day in the restaurant-style dining hall. The unique Eldergrow gardening program is just one of the facility’s many life-enriching initiatives scheduled for residents each day.
8201 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98406
At Narrows Glen, independent and assisted living residents can choose from a variety of attractive apartment layouts, and some of them include full kitchens and private patios or balconies. Outside, residents can let their pets frolic along paved walking paths that wind through the well-landscaped grounds and gardens. Inside, a full-service beauty salon serves men and women, and residents can participate in group exercise classes in the on-site fitness center. Friendly staff members serve seasonal, chef-prepared meals in the assisted living wing’s fine dining hall, and memory care residents enjoy intimate, family-style meals.
Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care
6856 Portland Ave. E.
Tacoma, WA 98404
Located walking distance from Tacoma Vista Shopping Center, Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care affords residents stunning views of Mt. Rainier and easy access to nearby freeways. A community shuttle provides scheduled transportation services, so residents can easily attend medical appointments, run errands and enjoy scenic drives and fun group excursions to area senior centers, restaurants and the local farmers’ market. On site, the facility’s robust life-enrichment program helps residents engage in spiritual discussions, fitness classes and brain-stimulating games.
Charlton Place Assisted Living
9723 Steele St. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
At Charlton Place Assisted Living, a lush, plant-filled backyard contains well-tended resident gardens and overlooks the beautiful Charlton Lake. The community’s warm, homelike atmosphere is maintained by a friendly staff that facilitates lively holiday events and serves three tasty, chef-prepared meals per day in the shared dining hall. On-site amenities include a chapel for religious services, beauty salon and a game room. Residents can choose from comfortable studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and personally controlled thermostats.
The Meridian at Stone Creek
1111 S. 376th St.
Milton, WA 98354
The Meridian at Stone Creek was a must for our list of Tacoma’s top 10 assisted living facilities due to its award-winning, resort-like atmosphere and beautiful interiors. From its cozy fireside seating in the elegant lobby to its high ceilings and tasteful decor, the building provides residents with an upscale, luxurious environment. Some of its rarer senior living offerings include its liquor license for happy hours and striking views of the stunning Mt. Rainier. The fitness studio is equipped with a NuStep recumbent bicycle, and walking paths abound throughout the well-manicured grounds.
Is Tacoma the Right Choice for You?
Seniors interested in settling down in Tacoma can find a free light rail system that makes it easy to navigate to their favorite spots, highly rated hospitals and vibrant areas, such as the Proctor District for shopping and dining. With mild, sunny summers known for their near perfect temperatures, seniors have many months to explore the city’s numerous parks and even venture to the nearby mountains. Additionally, the various world-class amenities of Seattle are only about 45 minutes away.