People who have a need for long-term services and supports may begin applying for benefits in January 2025. To qualify for benefits, you must have met the WA Cares contribution requirements by the time you apply. You must also need help with activities of daily living.

You must be at least 18 years old and a current resident of Washington to receive long-term care benefits. 


To be eligible to receive benefits, you must need assistance with at least three activities of daily living, such as:  

  • Medication management
  • Personal hygiene
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Transfer assistance
  • Body care
  • Bathing
  • Ambulation/mobility
  • Dressing