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Overview of Senior Living in Seattle

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Introduction to Senior Living

If you're curious about retirement communities you've come to the right place. When looking for a new senior retirement community your new home is not just a place to live, it's a whole new lifestyle! Most communities have several levels of care, so no matter where you are in life you can enjoy it to the fullest. Whether you're fully independent or need a bit of help, we understand. We're also a great solution if you're recuperating from an operation or illness and need some extra care while you heal. 


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Here at Daystar Retirement Community, we understand the importance of living a full life, and that's why we focus on all aspects of healthy living. There are all sorts of activities to enjoy as well as a wide variety of fitness programs to keep you in your best shape. Our dining room offers a full selection of menu offerings at every meal, and because we have a dietitian on-site, you can be sure they'll work with your primary care provider if you have any special diet requirements.

Independent Living

Assisted Living



Independent vs. Assisted Living

The main difference between assisted living and independent living is the availability of on-site personal and medical care. Independent living is just that,  seniors who chose to live in a community geared primarily for their age group. Often this is a condominium, high-rise apartment, or "over 55" community that includes a common recreation area, but the main point is the residents live independent.

Assisted living, on the other hand, offers help with personal care, housekeeping, and medical needs as well as other services required for daily life. Residents live in their own apartment but have access to all services the community offers if they choose to participate. While their apartment features a kitchen, all meals are provided in a common dining room, allowing for better nutrition and socialization.

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Independent Living

Choosing the right home option when looking at retirement communities can be confusing, and Daystar wants to help you get a better understanding of the differences. At Daystar Retirement Village, we offer several life-style options starting with over 55 living.

Understand and compare the different types of elderly care.

If you're living independently now and want to downsize this may be your best choice. An independent living apartment usually means you won't have to worry about painting the house or cutting the grass because it's all part of the maintenance included in your monthly rent. You'll be free to cook your meals or enjoy the dining room, and all the other activities with others in the community. Your rent will cover most of your utilities, and you won't have to worry about property taxes, emergency repairs, or landscaping because it's all included. The staff can provide wellness checks to make sure you're all right if wanted, but other than that you're on your own.

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Independent living at most retirement communities is designed to keep you living as you always have, but adding fun activities and new friends awaiting.  If independent living is something you've been thinking about, but unsure about the details, here is a page full of information about Independent Living.


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Assisted Living

Assisted living is the next level of care to help with daily tasks that you may have trouble with now. As the name implies, it's all about helping you when you need some assistance. If you need help with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, or dressing, then this may be a perfect choice. You'll still enjoy the freedom of being self-sufficient, but there will be a hand to help with certain things you may have trouble doing. Medication management is a perfect example: if you find yourself sometimes forgetting to take your pills, you won't have to worry about it when you're in assisted living. All your meals are included, and your monthly rent covers most items. Your housekeeping will be done every week, and a daily light cleaning is included as needed.

Most assisted living communities include 24 hours service. You'll never have to worry about being alone if you have a medical emergency. At Daystar, we also take care of transportation to appointments as well as scheduled trips to West Seattle, Burien, downtown Seattle, and local churches, so you'll be able to go wherever you choose. Of course, you'll also be free to enjoy all the activities and other amenities Daystar Retirement Village has to offer!


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Our 55+ living apartments in our Parkview Senior Residence building are for seniors who want to stay 100% independent, but with all the amenities and social opportunities of a retirement community. The apartments are on the campus and all Parkview Senior Residence community members have the options to take advantage of the rooms and activities at Daystar. Think of this as similar to Independent Living, but without the wellness checks or the included meal plan (but the meal plan is optional, so you can still eat Daystar's fabulous food!)

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Respite Care

Respite care is designed to be short-term, assisted living for a set duration. If your primary caregiver is injured or planning a vacation, you might consider respite care, as you can enjoy all the benefits of assisted living without a long-term contract.

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Likewise, if you're injured in a fall or need extra care while recovering from surgery respite care is the perfect solution. Our dedicated staff will make sure you never miss your medications and appointments, and because we have a physical therapist on staff, you'll find recovery to be less stressful.

While accidents are never planned, vacations are, and surgery often is. If you have a planned schedule disruption in your caregiving future give us a call today and see if Daystar is the solution to your short-term care needs.

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There are a ton of activities that you can enjoy as a senior. This time of your life can be one of the best times because you're finally free of the daily work grind and can enjoy the things you truly enjoy. Here are a few activities you can enjoy: art, crafts, knitting, bible study, games, and movies. For those who are a little more active, there are Dances, sing-alongs, traveling, trips to local attractions and events.

One of the best things about retirement communities is that they offer a ton of activities for you. All the planning will be done for you, and you get to enjoy all the activities with friends and guests coming to see you. At Daystar, we keep the calendar full of events, so you have a choice of which seems more interesting to you.

See a whole list of Senior Activities



Fitness is crucial to staying healthy and there are numerous choices to help you. In the West Seattle area, there are beautiful parks with walking trails.  You can try different classes such as yoga, tai- chi, zumba,  and swimming. If you are looking for something a little more simple to get you started, look for chair exercise classes in your local area.

A big part of staying fit is socializing, you'll find it much easier to get out and about if you join a walking club or partner up with a friend when you start a new class. It will help you stay motivated to attend and see your friend while you are there to catch up while you move your body. Retirement communities can really help you foster these routines with friends as most offer various classes for different levels of needs.

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Some of the best perks of moving into a retirement community are the amenities that come along with it. Although our features are too many to list, at Daystar you can rest assured because we have 24-hour security cameras at the front entrance. Our parking areas are well-lit and easily accessed, and there's plenty of parking for your guests, too. Our park-like setting has walking paths and gardens, and there are many outdoor amenities as well as an atrium to enjoy all year round. When you make your appointment to tour our community, make sure to plan enough time to soak it all in. There's a lot to see and do at Daystar Retirement Village, even if you're just visiting!

At Daystar, we have an in-house beauty salon and barbershop with manicures and pedicures, a pool table room, a library, and lots of other indoor amenities. As a bonus, there's a shopping center right across the street! See more about our facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives here at Daystar? Tell me about the people who live here.

Daystar residents are just like you. They might hail from Montana or Missouri, eastern Washington or southern California. Some enjoy a game of Bridge; others are crazy about old radio programs; many love the Symphony, the ballet, and a good play. Daystar residents make good neighbors and good friends because they care about people. Like you, they are looking for companionship with folks in their age group, who like doing the things they like to do.


What if I need more help in the future?

Daystar offers up to five levels of assistance. We can help you with a shower or remind you to take your morning medication. Our professional, caring staff will provide the physical support you need whether you are recovering from an injury or illness, or have long-term needs requiring daily attention. You can be confident that you can remain in your home here unless you require skilled nursing services.


How do I get my errands done and get a ride if I need one?

The Daystar bus takes residents shopping and to doctor's appointments on scheduled days every week. If you need transportation outside of our normal schedule, there are several options available to you and we are happy to help you make arrangements.


How close is Daystar to the closest hospital?

Daystar is very close to some of the northwest’s best medical care. Just a short drive to the local hospital and minutes from a selection of local doctors' offices. Schedule a simple appointment, or access an area hospital for more immediate care.


What if I have my own car? Can I keep it at Daystar?

Absolutely. We have free parking onsite for residents and for their guests.


What is a non-intrusive well-being check?

Twice a day — once in the morning and once again in the evening — our residents let us know that they are well by placing a sign on their apartment door handle. Our staff takes note of the signal, but they do not disturb you in the process unless the sign is not there. In addition, at meal times, we note who is present and who is not. If the resident is absent, we call the resident’s apartment to check on his/her well being.


Can my family share a meal with me?

Of course! We'd love to meet your family. Many of our residents’ families get to know each other over a meal at Daystar. Families are encouraged to come and enjoy meals with residents, and get to know the staff, and we foster these relationships. Throughout the year, we host brunches, lunches and special events to which family and friends are invited.


Can I have a meal tray delivered to my apartment?

Certainly! We offer up to three deliveries a month at no charge. Sometimes our residents require delivery of your meals for a longer period of time, and we can gladly arrange that as well for a nominal delivery fee.


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