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Having spent the majority of his or her life in the nation's Capitol, your loved one will be hard-pressed to leave it to retire in an assisted living facility in another part of the country. Fortunately, he or she won't have to. With over 50 local assisted living facilities to choose from, Washington, D.C., is an ideal place to spend one's golden years.

When it comes to finding an assisted living community for your loved one, you may have several questions. What is assisted living? What services are available? How much does assisted living cost, and how do you choose the right fit for your family?

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Senior housing types near Washington, DC

  • The Residences at Thomas Circle

    The Residences at Thomas Circle

    1330 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    More than a great place to live, The Residences at Thomas Circle is a neighborhood within a neighborhood – where seniors can live life their way. LIFE AT ITS FINEST In the heart of downtown DC, just blocks from the White House and a short walk to museums and monuments, you will find seniors enjoying...

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  • Maple Heights Senior Living

    Maple Heights Senior Living

    5100 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Maple Heights Senior Living, you will find it’s all about choice. Whether you are in search of a more independent lifestyle with a variety of optional services, or a full complement of Assisted Living, Maple Heights will offer the best of both worlds within our community. Not only will we provide...

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  • Forest Hills of DC

    Forest Hills of DC

    4901 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Inclusive Senior Living... Essential care and support for life Formerly known as the Methodist Home of DC, Forest Hills holds a tradition of excellence for over 125 years. Throughout our history, our focus has always been on people -- our residents and our staff who, together, make our community...

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  • Ingleside at Rock Creek

    Ingleside at Rock Creek

    3050 Military Road NW, Washington, DC 20015
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    With more than a century of service and sophistication, Ingleside at Rock Creek is the preferred address for Washington, D.C. retirement. There’s no setting quite like ours: 14 acres of wooded paths and flourishing gardens, bordering Rock Creek Park. In an elite Northwest Washington, D.C....

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  • Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

    Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

    5111 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue is located in the heart of Washington D.C. and opened in late 2003. Our community offers not only a convenient location within the District, but also a variety of services and amenities. Nearby attractions include major shopping malls, golf courses, country clubs, and...

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  • Chevy Chase House

    Chevy Chase House

    5420 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Experience luxury at Meridian Senior Living’s newly remodeled Chevy Chase House, the place where assisted living meets the style and comfort of a contemporary residence in the heart of Washington, DC. The Chevy Chase House was thoughtfully redesigned by an award-winning design firm to incorporate...

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  • Grand Oaks

    Grand Oaks

    5901 MacArthur Boulevard Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Grand Oaks is located on the campus of Sibley Memorial Hospital. It is close to Georgetown, Bethesda and just minutes from the Potomac River and the Virginia Suburbs. Our residents feel inspired in their spacious, light filled apartments, dine in elegance with delicious meals and remain active with...

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  • Brookdale Arlington

    Brookdale Arlington

    3821 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203
    (44)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    As one of the premier assisted living and memory care communities in the Washington, D.C., area, we are conveniently located in the heart of Arlington, Va., an upscale area consistently ranked among the wealthiest counties in the United States. We’re close to casual and fine dining establishments,...

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  • The Jefferson

    The Jefferson

    900 North Taylor Street, Arlington, VA 22203
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to The Jefferson, where ownership and a unique approach to active aging are conveniently located at The Gateway to Arlington Virginia, just minutes away from Washington, DC. The Jefferson has skillfully combined independence, luxury,services and amenities with the security of home ownership...

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  • Sunrise of Arlington

    Sunrise of Arlington

    2000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Positioned to enjoy the greenery & peacefulness of the Lexington Bike Path on one side and the bustling in-town location of Massachusetts Ave. on the other side, Sunrise of Arlington has the best of both worlds under one roof. Our community is perfect for the resident who prefers an urban...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

    Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

    5555 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Brighton Gardens provides personal care in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. A separate Special Care Center for residents with Alzheimer's or other memory related disorders...

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  • Home Away From Home, LLC

    4002 Ingraham St, Hyattsville, MD 20781
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We know how difficult a decision it is to entrust your loved one to an assisted living home, rest assured that taking care of your loved one is our number one concern.  We provide a safe, caring, loving, and nurturing environment for our residents.  We are waiting to welcome you...

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  • Independence Court of Hyattsville

    Independence Court of Hyattsville

    5821 Queens Chapel Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Independence Court of Hyattsville is an elegant assisted living home that is available to residents who are looking for a peaceful place to live. This community offers its residents access to the historic city of Hyattsville, MD. Guests of the residents of this community will find that they have...

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  • Hands & Heart Assisted Living

    Hands & Heart Assisted Living

    6612 24th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are devoted to meeting the unique needs of each resident through a variety of senior care living options ASSISTED LIVING AT HANDS & HEART ALLOWS SENIORS TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN A PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED AND CAREFULLY DESIGNED COMMUNITY SETTING. ENJOY VIBRANT SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, PERSONALIZED...

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  • Sunrise at Bluemont Park

    Sunrise at Bluemont Park

    5900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205
    (23)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our 35 year mission at Sunrise Senior Living has been to champion the quality of life for all seniors. Our approach is simple; resident centered care. This approach helps seniors live the life they want to live by providing options to meet their individual needs and wishes. Sunrise offers a variety...

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  • The Fountains at Washington House

    The Fountains at Washington House

    5100 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
    (50)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Alexandria's number-one continuing care RENTAL community! Located near Washington DC, The Fountains at Washington House offers nine (9) floor plans in both assisted and independent living in a boutique-hotel style environment. Our community provides independent living, assisted living and...

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  • Mama's Care Assisted Living Inc

    4111 East West Highway, University Park, MD 20782
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to create services for seniors that enhance the value of the entire span of life In a residential, and safe environment. ABOUT US: Mama's Care Assisted Living is a single family house located at 4111 East West Highway in University Park Maryland, and it's on half an...

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  • Sunrise of Chevy Chase

    Sunrise of Chevy Chase

    2201 Colston Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Sunrise of Chevy Chase, conveniently located adjacent to Washington, DC, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, we provide a safe, comfortable living environment and excellent care delivered by an experienced, compassionate team of caregivers. Our beautiful community, nestled in a desirable...

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  • Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase

    Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase

    8100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Five Star Senior Living, founded in 2001, is a trusted name in senior care with over 200 facilities and communities in 33 states. The standards that we have set inspire us to exceed what is expected — becoming a valued member of our community, striving to surpass every standard, and keeping...

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  • Sunrise of Alexandria

    Sunrise of Alexandria

    3520 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Canterbury House Assisted Living

    Canterbury House Assisted Living

    3904 Canterbury Way, Temple Hills, MD 20748
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in Temple Hills, Maryland, in a quiet community. Canterbury House is situated in central Prince George's County, only minutes from Washington DC and northern Virginia. This ranch style home is very comfortable and homey. The home has 8 spacious private bedrooms. Canterbury House is committed...

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  • Sunrise of Bethesda

    Sunrise of Bethesda

    4925 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Sunrise of Bethesda, located northwest of Washington, DC, in Montgomery County, our residents receive the highest level of care inside our community while enjoying access to some of the nation's premiere hospitals, located just minutes away. Our beautiful community offers assisted living and...

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  • Sunrise of Falls Church

    Sunrise of Falls Church

    330 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located just minutes from historic downtown Falls Church and only a few miles from the national capital, our setting is convenient for families living throughout Fairfax and Arlington counties and beyond. Sunrise of Falls Church is nestled in the heart of the scenic City of Falls Church, just a few...

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  • Brandywine Living at Alexandria

    Brandywine Living at Alexandria

    5550 Cardinal Place, Alexandria, VA 22304
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    An Outstanding Location Located next to Cameron Station and just minutes from historic Old Town, Brandywine Living at Alexandria provides a convenient location for seniors to reside close to their children, grandchildren, and friends, while remaining in the community they love. This 116-suite,...

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  • Harbor Park Estates Assisted Living

    625 River Bend, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Harbor Park Estates Assisted Living Harbor Park Estates is an upscale, assisted living facility dedicated to providing each of our Residents a caring, nurturing environment with dignified and respectful services in a special place fitting to call 'home'. There is no greater comfort in...

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  • Kensington Park Senior Living

    Kensington Park Senior Living

    3620 Littledale Road, Kensington, MD 20895
    (25)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Kensington Park Retirement Community, our services and setting are as unique as the residents we serve. Whether you are seeking Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Alzheimer's/ Memory Care, Kensington Park is designed to provide an encouraging and comprehensive continuum of services. ...

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  • Cresthaven

    1020 Cresthaven Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20903
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Cresthaven is a small, female only senior care home located in the unincorporated area of Silver Spring, Maryland, which is located in Montgomery County. Silver Spring is a bustling business hub adorned with many parks and recreation areas, including sections of Rock Creek Park, which is well known...

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  • Good Samaritan Assisted Living

    Good Samaritan Assisted Living

    707 Kerwin Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Good Samaritan Assisted Living is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The comprehensive service and amenities are specially designed to promote well-being and personal satisfaction in all areas of a resident's life: physical, emotional, social and recreational.  This approach to service...

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  • The Cottage at Curry Manor

    The Cottage at Curry Manor

    6501 Curry Manor Ct, Bethesda, MD 20817
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Cottage at Curry Manor is a safe, secure senior care home located in the Montgomery Count, MD, community of Bethesda. Bethesda is a historic medium-sized city with slightly over 55,000 residents that has the distinction of having been named by Forbes Magazine as the most educated community in...

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  • Sunrise at Fox Hill

    Sunrise at Fox Hill

    8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise at Fox Hill is Sunrise Senior Living's premier community! With easy access to Washington, DC and northern Virginia, our residents and families love our location which is just minutes from downtown Bethesda's exciting shops, restaurants and cultural activities. Fox Hill Assisted Living...

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  • In Loving Hands

    In Loving Hands

    8402 Lucille Court, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At In Loving Hands Assisted Living Facility, our mission is to provide quality care in a home like environment. All residents will be treated with respect and dignity. When individuals can no longer live independently, we are an option to consider. We are able to assist with all levels of care. In...

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  • Paul Spring Community

    Paul Spring Community

    7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Paul Spring Retirement Community, a tradition of excellence since 1988. Nestled on 12 acres in a residential community just south of Old Towne, Alexandria we are known as the premier retirement community in the Mount Vernon area. At Paul Spring there is never a 'buy in' or endowment. Our generously...

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  • Elder Estates, LLC

    Elder Estates, LLC

    6409 85th Ave, New Carrollton, MD 20784
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Elder Estates, LLC is located in New Carrollton, MD in Prince George's County. This residential care home provides the care that you are seeking in a setting that is twelve miles east of Washington, D.C.. Those who spend time in the New Carrollton are will enjoy visiting New Carrollton Park and...

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  • Miracle Hands Care Services Assisted Living

    Miracle Hands Care Services Assisted Living

    5705 Misty Drive, Lanham, MD 20706
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Miracle Hands Care Services LLC has been in business for 5 years, we opened up in 2012. All of our staff combined have over 20 years of senior care experience, and the owner is a LPN(Licensed Practical Nurse) over 18 years of health are experience. We are the best in the industry. We care for our...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane

    Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane

    5550 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Just a few minutes from Pike and Rose, Rockville Town Square Metro Station,Westfield Montgomery Mall, 495 access and Strathmore Music Center, Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane is both centrally located and beautifully situated. Surrounded by mature tree and garden,and the CO walking path, this...

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  • Hillhaven Assisted Living

    Hillhaven Assisted Living

    3210 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, MD 20783
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Hillhaven, where compassion and healing come together. The Malin Family has worked to create a homelike environment for our residents since 1978. Our professional team members are committed to each resident's quality of life. Residents and their families also share the satisfaction that...

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  • Williams House Assisted Living

    Williams House Assisted Living

    3702 La Dova Way, Springdale, MD 20774
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Williams House is an assisted living provider that offers the following services: A residential or facility-based housing and supportive services, or combination of services to meet the needs of there residents who are unable to perform, or who needs assistance in performing, the activities of...

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  • Care First Assisted Living

    Care First Assisted Living

    6926 Lamont Dr., Lanham, MD 20706
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Care First Assisted Living is a warm, welcoming and close-knit HOME with caring and comfortable lifestyle. Our staff gets to know each person's interests, needs and enjoys catering to their tastes and preferences--From favorite meals and activities to scheduling events and transportation is...

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  • Aarondale Community

    Aarondale Community

    6929 Matthew Place, Springfield, VA 22151
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Aarondale resembles an elegant Georgian estate surrounded by gardens and greenery. In reality, it is an innovative and modern retirement residence, truly state-of-the-art. Aarondale includes two levels of care: assisted living and memory impaired. Assisted living includes apartment living with help...

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  • Brightview Woodburn

    Brightview Woodburn

    3450 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    This community, located in Annandale, VA, serves seniors and their families in and around the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Brightview Woodburn features residential apartments and offers personalized care services for seniors who need help with the activities of daily living. Brightview...

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  • Amazing Life Assisted Living Services

    9007 Pinehurst Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are pleased to announce our lift is installed! Amazing Life Assisted Living Services offers a clean fresh facility, beautifully furnished rooms, delicious food, outside activities, and happy residents. We provide frequent updates to the family, photos of events and activities, full laundry...

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  • Sunrise of Silver Spring

    Sunrise of Silver Spring

    11621 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Sunrise of Silver Spring, an assisted living community in Silver Spring, Maryland, just minutes from Route 495 and just off Route 29, north on New Hampshire Avenue. Sunrise of Silver Spring sits in a beautifully landscaped setting in a residential neighborhood, adjacent to the White Oak...

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  • Gracie's Place Assisted Living

    9109 Natahala Place, Clinton, MD 20735
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Gracie's Place Assisted Living is a senior care home located in the rural community of Clinton, Maryland in Prince George's County. Located just 20 miles southeast of downtown Washington D.C., the city of Clinton is just minutes from many historic museums and landmarks as well as regional parks and...

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  • Dulce Hogar

    Dulce Hogar

    11814 Pittson Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our community, Dulce Hogar, is designed as a friendly home environment for your loved ones. We are located in the Holiday Park section of Silver Spring MD, near the senior center. Our caring staff provides three delicious and nutritious meals daily as well as snacks between meals, plus laundry,...

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  • Peaceful Life Assisted Living Rambling Hills

    Peaceful Life Assisted Living Rambling Hills

    1027 Butterworth Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Beautifully situated in the Rambling Hills community in Upper Marlboro, Maryland located just 1 minute from 95/495 Beltway. The home is a one-level building licensed for five assisted living beds. This location offers private rooming options. The facility is handicapped accessible.

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  • Sunrise of McLean

    Sunrise of McLean

    8315 Turning Leaf Lane, McLean, VA 22102
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sure Health Assisted Living

    Sure Health Assisted Living

    10402 Meadowridge Lane, Bowie, MD 20721
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    ABOUT SUREHEALTH ASSISTED LIVING SureHealth Assisted Living provides the ideal solution for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, medication reminders and more. Family owned and operated, SureHealth Assisted Living takes pride in the provision of...

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  • Sunrise of Springfield

    Sunrise of Springfield

    6541 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150
    (21)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sunrise at Mount Vernon

    Sunrise at Mount Vernon

    8033 Holland Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Atrium Kosher Home

    Atrium Kosher Home

    10301 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atrium Kosher Home is a traditional Jewish senior care home located in Potomac, Maryland in the county of Montgomery. Potomac is a quiet neck of the woods that has lots of small residential areas mixed in with lush woodlands. The result is an area where senior residents feel neither crowded nor...

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Assisted Living in Washington, D.C.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living offers seniors the opportunity to continue to enjoy independent living while still providing their loved ones with peace of mind. Senior housing facility staff are available to assist aging individuals with everyday tasks such as medication management, hygiene maintenance, dressing, housekeeping and transportation.

Residents also enjoy three square meals a day, oftentimes in a fine-dining facility. Residents may also partake in activities such as cooking, gardening, writing and art classes, as well as book clubs, exercise programs and more.

What Is Senior Living Like in Washington, D.C.?

With over 50 assisted living facilities in less than 70 square miles, Washington, D.C. is surprisingly senior-friendly. That said, because its culture has been largely influenced by the presence of the U.S. government, the area is rich in arts and culture. Seniors can enjoy unparalleled museums, inspiring art galleries and vibrant music and performance arts scenes.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is one of many museums residents of the area can explore on a sunny afternoon. The living history museum depicts life on a pre-revolutionary war farm. On the first and third Saturday of every month, city residents are invited to participate in the National Portrait Gallery for the Docent's Choice Tour, which takes them on a special tour of the America's Presidents Exhibition.

For seniors who prefer the simplistic beauty of nature over the complexity of human history, the Butterfly Pavilion offers a colorful reprieve. The pavilion is home to hundreds of different butterfly species and plants from all over the world. Guests are invited to walk through and gain an education regarding the evolution of our ecosystem and the role of butterflies and plants in the process.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Washington, D.C.?

The cost of senior living varies greatly from facility to facility and based on the type of services an individual requires. That said, the average cost of independent living in the city is $2,901 a month, while the average cost of independent living in the immediate metro area is $3,330 a month. Assisted living ranges between $4,751 to $5,037 a month.

How Can I Afford To Pay for Assisted Living?

Because senior living can sometimes be costly, many families get creative when it comes to finding ways to pay for it. This is especially true as a person's needs evolve and become more comprehensive. If the prospect of affording long-term care for your loved one has you feeling a little overwhelmed, don't lose heart just yet — there are plenty of strategies families just like you have used to comfortably incorporate quality senior care into their long-term budgets.

  1. Consider Going A La Carte - Assisted living facility directors understand better than most the expenses of long-term care. For this reason, many devise their service menus a la carte sytle. For instance, you may wish to pay for meals, hygiene and medication management but opt to take care of housekeeping duties such as cleaning and laundry yourself. Sit down and figure out which services you, other family members and volunteer services can perform to reduce the monthly cost of living. However, make sure you don't overburden yourself, as that defeats the point of assisted living. Also, bear in mind that for many families, all-inclusive packages end up being the more affordable options.
  2. Compare Care Types - If your loved one is still physically and mentally capable, you may not need the added cost of assisted living. Independent living may be adequate. If that is the case, you can save considerably on monthly dues.
  3. Consider a Different Location - D.C. has one of the highest costs of living in the nation, so it makes sense that the cost of long-term care would be priced to match. If you and your family cannot find an assisted living facility that fits within your budget, consider finding a facility that is located just outside of the District. Both Virginia and Maryland border D.C. and are a short drive from the Capitol. Chances are that with a bit of time and research, you can find a facility in an outlying community that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Unfortunately, Medicare only pays for short-term rehab stays at nursing home facilities after hospitalization and in-home therapy. It does not cover the cost of long-term care, assisted living or residential care homes.

What Services Are Available at Assisted Living Facilities?

The services offered at long-term care facilities vary from location to location and are dependent upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the number of residents, housing style, amenities, type of food services and cost. However, there are certain services that are standard of assisted living facilities. Those include the following:

  • Assistance with daily activities, including dressing, bathing and meal prep
  • Medication management
  • Daily housekeeping and laundry services
  • Safety and security
  • Social activities, entertainment and wellness
  • Transportation

If your loved one is in need of particular services, A Place for Mom can help. We have local Senior Living Advisors that you can talk to regarding which services you are looking for in a facility. This service is provided free of charge. Your advisor will keep your considerations at the top of mind when narrowing down your options.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Washington, D.C.

Each state takes a different approach to the regulation of assisted living facilities in its jurisdiction. In terms of accessibility and openness of public records, the District of Columbia received a moderate rating. Though residents can access facility records, they must submit a request directly with the D.C. Department of Health in order to find out the rankings and backgrounds of providers. Whereas other states allow individuals to perform a quick search via a database to access records from anywhere with an internet connection, D.C. does not.

To petition for access to records, you would need to make a Freedom of Information Act request. The state recommends using resources such as the National Freedom of Information Coalition to find sample state-specific FOIA letters to use for reference.

What Are Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

Many families wait for that "defining moment" to decide it is time for assisted living. A defining moment could be when Mom wanders down the street in her night gown, or when Dad misplaces his vehicle at the local grocery store. For most people, that defining moment rarely ever comes. Though individuals' needs intensify as they age, the changes are often gradual and unnoticeable to those closest to them. This can make it difficult for family members to give up control of an elderly loved one's care. If you're looking for signs that it's time to look into senior living communities, consider the following:

  • Stress: If you experience increased stress when you're around your loved one or when you think about him or her, it may be time to seek help.
  • Aggression: If your loved one is violent towards you and/or other family members, he or she may need additional care.
  • Escalating Needs: When your loved one's needs outpace your capabilities, you may need to consider professional help.
  • Wandering: When your loved one begins to wander, his or her safety is always at risk, which means it may be time for round-the-clock monitoring.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

Selecting the right assisted living facility for a loved one can be a daunting task. You want your loved one to continue to live a full and active lifestyle while still maintaining as much independence as possible, but you also want peace of mind.

To find a community that grants you this delicate balance, you need to be thorough in your research and utilize all the resources at your disposal. Your A Place For Mom Senior Living Advisor is one such resource, and we have compiled a list of considerations to think about when in the process of finding a senior living community for a loved one.

  • Needs Assessment - Any quality facility will perform a needs assessment before agreeing to care for an aging individual. This assessment should address residents' current needs as well as plan for future needs. The facility you choose should work with your loved one's physician to perform periodic assessments and devise/alter your love one's care plan based on the results. If a facility does not conduct periodic needs assessments, be wary about the quality of care it will provide after you sign a contract.
  • Services - Families pay for assisted living to ensure that their loved ones' needs are met when they arise, regardless of how basic or complex those needs may be. Though your loved one may be fairly independent now, check to ensure that the facility you ultimately decide on offers a detailed menu of services. The list should include assistances such as laundry, housekeeping, transportation, dressing, hygiene and grooming, toileting, bathing, shopping, medication management and meals. You should also ask about whether or not the facility has a barber/beautician, pharmacy and physical therapy services on-site.
  • Atmosphere - The saying, "Never judge a book by its cover," does not apply to senior living facilities. You can tell a lot about a community and its staff by the community's outward appearance. Is the lobby warm and welcoming or is it bland and cold? How does the staff interact with residents? Do they call individuals by their names and interact warmly with them, or do they simply nod and otherwise ignore them? Do the residents appear happy and comfortable? Are you invited to socialize with the residents, or does the administrator keep the residents in a secluded area during tours? Your answers to these questions can tell you a lot about a facility and how it will treat your loved one once he or she is a resident.

What Are My Next Steps?

Coming to the conclusion that your loved one needs additional care is the hard part. Once you decide to go the assisted living route, you are not alone. Our dedicated team of Senior Living Advisors at A Place For Mom is prepared to help you find a Washington, D.C., assisted living community that meets your loved one's needs, fits within your budget and gives you peace of mind.

Contact our team today to learn more.