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Assisted Living in Virginia

Overview of assisted living in Virginia

Assisted living facilities in Virginia offer long-term housing and care for older adults who are generally active in their day-to-day life. The median starting cost of assisted living in Virginia is around $5,100 per month or $61,200 annually, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data from its brand partners in the state.[01] With the commonwealth’s geographic variety, assisted living communities in Virginia can be a great fit for seniors looking for proximity to Washington, D.C., picturesque beaches, or the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Virginia

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Avalon House on Laburnum Street

1453 Laburnum Street, McLean, VA 22101
10
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15 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Missy B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We had our mother there for about seven years. All the staff took incredible care of her, we felt incredibly safe to have her there. We could not have been happier with this whole establishment, and all the...

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Avalon House on Woodacre Drive

1505 Woodacre Drive, McLean, VA 22101
10
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20 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Karen - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Our mother, who has dementia and requires 24-hour care, has been a resident for more than 3 years. The staff are like family members to her and we have found it to be a comfortable fit. Other than a bit...

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Avalon House on Dominion Crest

1804 Dominion Crest Lane, McLean, VA 22102
10
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34 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Our family has been very satisfied with the Avalon House on Dominion Crest. They are able to provide individualized are that is exceptional. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would most...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Fairfax

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Sunrise of Fairfax

9207 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031
9.3
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13 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Sunrise Fairfax is a lovely facility that makes you feel at home - like mom has a room in a pretty Southern mansion. The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. We are thrilled that Mom has...

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The Gardens at Fair Oaks

4310 Forest Hill Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
8.5
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6 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Nancy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We love The Gardens at Fair Oaks. What we love the most about the community is the quality of care given by the staff members, the décor in the community and the food that is prepared for the residents. And...

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Avalon House on Woodacre Drive

1505 Woodacre Drive, McLean, VA 22101
10
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20 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Karen - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Our mother, who has dementia and requires 24-hour care, has been a resident for more than 3 years. The staff are like family members to her and we have found it to be a comfortable fit. Other than a bit...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Richmond

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The Barrington at Hioaks

350 Hioaks Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
9.8
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223 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother was a resident at The Barrington at Hioaks and overall things were good at this facility. The staff was friendly and caring. The food wasn't good. My mother suddenly required oxygen, but the doctor...

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Sunrise at Bon Air

2105 Cranbeck Road, Richmond, VA 23235
9.6
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46 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Megan E - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We love having our family member here at Sunrise because of the community vibe it offers. It feels like home and the staff members feel like family. There are always activities going on and something new...

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Ginter Hall Assisted Living & Memory Care

11300 Mall Court, Chesterfield, VA 23235
8.5
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54 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Janet - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Staff and many residents are welcoming. Environment is clean, comfortable, welcoming. My brother and I visited. He has spent a 2 week respite there in November. And he started attending day respite in...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Chesapeake

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Chesapeake Place Senior Living

1508 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
9.7
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122 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Like all assisted living facilities it's difficult to move a love one into someone else's care. But sometimes has to be done! The staff is great at Chesapeake place- sometimes the communication is not the...

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Commonwealth Memory Care at Chesapeake

130 Great Bridge Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23320
9.0
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58 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff there is very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating. They resolved our issues as well address our questions and concerns. I would definitely recommend them.

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Commonwealth Senior Living at Georgian Manor

651 River Walk Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
8.8
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44 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We picked this community because of the price, which is one of the highest of all that I investigated, I would hope the rooms to be higher quality. The closet doors, lighting, are on the level of low...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Virginia Beach

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Bay Lake Community

4225 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9.8
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79 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anamelia H - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

This is a very nice senior living. Everyone was friendly from the second you walked in the door. The food was delicious and my friend has only great things to say since she has moved here. Great job Bay...

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Discovery Commons Virginia Beach

1628 Old Donation Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
9.6
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83 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Neal - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff is great! There might be a couple of people having a bad day on certain days, but overall very good. Housekeeping is great. I wish they would provide toilet paper and tissues so I did not have to...

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The Waterford at Virginia Beach

5417 Wesleyan Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
9.4
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145 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Nathan K - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My wife was a resident at the Waterford of Virginia Beach. She loved her stay there, was well taken care of, and connected with residents and staff. Thank you so much!

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Cost of assisted living in Virginia

In Virginia, the median monthly cost of assisted living is about $5,100, according to A Place for Mom’s internal data from its brand partners. However, assisted living in the commonwealth is only slightly more expensive compared to the national median monthly cost of assisted living in the U.S., which is about $4,800.[01] However, this is in line with the higher cost of living in the state, especially in areas near large metros and tourist attractions.

When you take a look at assisted living expenses in Virginia, it’s generally a good idea to look at median costs instead of average costs. Medians normally aren’t influenced by extreme values, such as amenities-focused, luxury communities outside of Washington, D.C., or high-end communities near Virginia’s beaches.

It’s normal for there to be a significant variation of assisted living costs in the commonwealth. The lower 10th percentile monthly cost in Virginia is about $3,000, while the 90th percentile monthly cost is around $8,000 per month.[01]

It’s important to understand the many different factors that influence assisted living costs in Virginia. One key factor is the level of care needed by a specific resident. The following may also play a role in pricing for assisted living in the commonwealth:

  • Proximity to Washington, D.C.
  • Proximity to tourist destinations, such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia Beach
  • Room square footage
  • In-room features, such as provided furniture, complementary cable TV, and luxury finishes
  • Amenities and services available in the community

In Virginia, assisted living communities tend to be more budget-friendly in rural, low-population density areas than those located near the nation’s capital in northern Virginia (NOVA). Regardless of where you choose to live in Virginia, it can feel like sticker shock when seeing the price of assisted living communities. However, there are many options for paying for assisted living. In fact, it’s possible for senior Virginians to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, which can help cover the expenses related to assisted living in the commonwealth.

Compare costs of Virginia vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Virginia

$5,061/mo

US National average

$4,526/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Virginia

$5,061/mo

Maryland

$6,359/mo

West Virginia

$4,378/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Virginia vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Virginia

$5,061/mo

Richmond, VA

$4,777/mo

Fairfax, VA

$7,877/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Virginia

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Virginia

When considering assisted living in Virginia, plan ahead and figure out your loved one’s budget prior to needing care. Some Virginians can potentially combine private and public pay options to cover assisted living expenses. In the sections below, you can learn about the different ways families can pay for assisted living expenses in Virginia. To take a deeper dive into payment options, visit our complete guide to paying for long-term care.

When first moving into assisted living care in Virginia, seniors and their families commonly use private pay resources first.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Virginia

In the commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) oversees Virginia’s assisted living facilities. The requirements outlined in Virginia’s Assisted Living Rules and Regulations are to be followed by assisted living communities operating in Virginia.[02] These communities are typically subject to periodic inspections by commonwealth and local authorities as outlined in Virginia’s regulations.

You can access publicly available information about assisted living facilities in Virginia by using the VDSS’s Assisted Living Facility Search Portal. It’s worth noting that the commonwealth does not guarantee that the information available through their system is accurate, up-to-date, or complete.

When you’re looking at assisted living facilities, it’s important to realize that your loved one’s situation, needs, and preferences are unique. If you’re interested in your loved one living in a community with specific amenities and services, it’s a good idea to ask prospective assisted living facilities about these during a tour or exploratory phone call.

Moving into assisted living doesn’t mean that seniors lose their autonomy and independence. In the commonwealth, the above rules and regulations outline resident rights in assisted living communities. These rights include but are not limited to the following:

  • Residents have the right to voice or file grievances.
  • Residents can continue to exercise their rights as a resident and a citizen throughout their time in an assisted living community.
  • Residents can expect their records to be kept confidential and stored in line with the commonwealth’s regulations.
  • Residents can expect to have freedom of movement between their private units and public spaces in the community. [02]

For further peace of mind, ask prospective communities about their policies and how they might affect your loved one. Remember: It’s always OK to ask questions when you’re determining if an assisted living community is a good fit for your loved one.

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State licensing in Virginia

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Virginia assisted living records: Exceptional

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the Commonwealth of Virginia is exceptional. A key findings that informed this rating is that Virginia has records of assisted living complaints and violations dating back to 2003.

How to look up Virginia assisted living licenses and records

  • Use VDSS’s Assisted Living Facility Search Form to find records about providers.
  • Narrow your search using facility name, location, ZIP code, or special services offered.
  • From the results page, click a community’s name for more information, including access to all inspections reports.

How we arrived at our Virginia rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? Yes
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes or N/A
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? No
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? Yes
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 12 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom Proprietary Data.

  2. Virginia Department of Social Services. (2021, October 13). Standards for licensed assisted living facilities.

Top cities in Virginia for assisted living

8.7
Fairfax, VA
51 facilities
8.5
Charlottesville, VA
14 facilities
8.3
Virginia Beach, VA
17 facilities
8.2
Richmond, VA
57 facilities
8.0
Chesapeake, VA
19 facilities
7.9
Fredericksburg, VA
14 facilities

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