Helpful Senior Living Information & Resources

As you explore your senior living options, below are some helpful resources to help you round out your picture of Horizon House, what might be the best fit for you, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Horizon House is a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC for short. As a CCRC type 3, we provide Independent Living supported by campus conveniences, services and amenities, and wellness programs. As your needs change over time, Assisted Living offers long-term continuing care, 24-hour-a day nursing, memory support, as well as short term respite stays.

Horizon House is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1961. We are affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ and governed by a local board of trustees whose members represent a wide range of professional expertise and community leadership in the Seattle area. Up to one-third of the board are Horizon House residents. The daily operations and management of Horizon House is the responsibility of the executive team.

At Horizon House you’ll enjoy an independent lifestyle in one of the most desirable locations in downtown Seattle. You’ll be in the midst of restaurants, theatres, art galleries, shopping, and Pike Place Market. Some of the area’s finest hospitals and clinics are right nearby. Best of all, the unique Horizon House culture affords a wealth of programs and activities, curated by the residents themselves, to enrich your life. And should your needs change, our Assisted Living program ensures you won’t have to move out of Horizon House to receive the right level of care.

The Monthly Fee includes rent, property taxes, basic cable, Wi-Fi, utilities, local and long-distance phone services, and a $260 per month dining credit. Residents also have access to exercise/wellness programs, social and educational activities, a 5,000-title library, woodshop, art studio, sewing room, computer room, meeting rooms, and gardens. Also covered is appliance maintenance, free transportation to grocery stores, and emergency 24-hour-a-day licensed nursing staff. Additional amenities and services available for a fee include optional dining, housekeeping, styling salon, guest rooms, covered parking, van transportation, and trips and tours.

Independent Living can sometimes become too challenging for a variety of reasons. A transition to Horizon House Assisted Living allows you to be fully engaged in our community while providing personal attention to support the activities of daily living, medication management, and 24/7 nursing. Highly trained staff focus on the wellbeing of each resident and integrating their personal preferences into everyday life. We offer long-term residency, memory support, and short-term respite stays.

At Horizon House we support “thriving in place” and residents may elect to stay in their independent apartment and bring care into their home through contracting with a home health agency However, if the level of care for a spouse necessitates a transition to Assisted Living, that is just an elevator ride away. Both remain fully a part of our community with access to all areas and events at Horizon House.

Entrance and Monthly Fees are based on the size and location of the apartment you choose. Entrance Fees are reviewed annually through the budget process and adjusted as needed. Independent Living Monthly Fees have increased an average of 3 to 4% per year over the past several years.

An application fee of $1,200, $2,000 or $3,000 (depending upon floorplan choice) is collected with your Application for Residency. After selecting an apartment, you’ll sign a Commitment to Occupy, place a deposit of 10% of the Entrance Fee, and verify financial information. After any apartment renovations or customization have been completed and a final walk-through has been performed, you’ll sign the Residency & Services Agreement, at which time the remainder of the Entrance Fee is due. The Entrance Fee is non-refundable. Amortization period applies.

To move into Horizon House, a resident, or one resident in a couple, must be at least 62 years of age and capable of living independently.

You may be able to deduct a portion of the Entrance Fee and/or the Monthly Fees as a medical tax deduction. We recommend that you consult your tax advisor for additional information.

Horizon House’s location on First Hill in Seattle means we share the same neighborhood with leading medical providers. Just steps from our door is Virginia Mason Medical Center, one of the area’s finest health care facilities and specialty hospitals. Swedish Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center are also close by and provide exemplary care. Nearby are additional medical and specialty care clinics, including same-day surgery centers.

Certain standard renovations (painting, carpeting, replacement of appliances as needed) are provided by Horizon House. Prior to move-in you’ll work with the Renovations team to select finishes and fixtures, or on any non-standard optional renovations such as custom cabinets, flooring, or special appliances (at the resident’s cost.) If residents wish to make alterations to their apartments after move-in, Horizon House approval is required as is the use of our own insured vendors. All apartment alterations become the property of Horizon House at move-out.

We welcome indoor cats, birds, fish, and service animals. Dogs too, on a case-by-case basis.

Horizon House offers secured parking in the building’s garage for $160 per month, per spot. Valet parking is offered at no additional cost.

We are committed to enhancing the wellbeing of our residents. Your Monthly Fee includes 24/7 emergency nurse services. We schedule ongoing health education programs, and you have unlimited access to the fitness center, heated saline pool, and spa. We offer dozens of exercise classes per week such as yoga, Tai Chi, circuit training, dance aerobics, strengthening and stretching, and chair exercises.

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