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  • Sunrise of Alexandria

    Sunrise of Alexandria

    3520 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
    (20)
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    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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  • Paul Spring Community

    Paul Spring Community

    7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
    (20)
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    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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  • Brandywine Living at Alexandria

    Brandywine Living at Alexandria

    5550 Cardinal Place, Alexandria, VA 22304
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    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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  • The Fountains at Washington House

    The Fountains at Washington House

    5100 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
    (50)
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    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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  • Sunrise at Mount Vernon

    Sunrise at Mount Vernon

    8033 Holland Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306
    (18)
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    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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  • Spring Hills Mount Vernon

    Spring Hills Mount Vernon

    3709 Shannons Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22309
    (78)
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    At Spring Hills Mount Vernon, we are committed to making healthy living the foundation of every aspect of life. From dining that truly satisfies, to fitness that invigorates and motivates, down to the smaller details, such as our use of safe, non-toxic cleaning products in each assisted living...

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  • Harbor Park Estates Assisted Living

    625 River Bend, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (1)
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    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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  • Amazing Life Assisted Living Services

    9007 Pinehurst Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (1)
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    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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  • In Loving Hands

    In Loving Hands

    8402 Lucille Court, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (5)
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    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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  • Canterbury House Assisted Living

    Canterbury House Assisted Living

    3904 Canterbury Way, Temple Hills, MD 20748
    (4)
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    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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  • Brookdale Arlington

    Brookdale Arlington

    3821 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203
    (44)
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    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)
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    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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  • Gracie's Place Assisted Living

    9109 Natahala Place, Clinton, MD 20735
    (3)
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    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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  • Sunrise at Bluemont Park

    Sunrise at Bluemont Park

    5900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205
    (23)
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    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 Residences at Thomas Circle

    The Residences at Thomas Circle

    1330 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
    (11)
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    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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  • Sunrise of Springfield

    Sunrise of Springfield

    6541 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150
    (21)
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    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 of Arlington

    Sunrise of Arlington

    2000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207
    (10)
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    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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  • Aarondale Community

    Aarondale Community

    6929 Matthew Place, Springfield, VA 22151
    (10)
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    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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  • Sunrise of Falls Church

    Sunrise of Falls Church

    330 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
    (19)
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    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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  • Brightview Woodburn

    Brightview Woodburn

    3450 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
    (6)
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    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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  • Queen's Court Assisted

    Queen's Court Assisted

    7606 Fox Hunt Court, Clinton, MD 20735
    (25)
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    Queen's Court Assisted Living LLC is located in a quiet tree lined community close to Andrews Air Force Base. Our caring staff has over 40 years combined experience working in senior care. We offers help with daily activities, medication management, and personal care in a lovely residential setting...

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  • Grand Oaks

    Grand Oaks

    5901 MacArthur Boulevard Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
    (20)
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    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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  • The Fairfax a CCRC

    The Fairfax a CCRC

    9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
    (17)
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    The Fairfax is a continuing care retirement community conveniently located near Fort Belvoir, VA and is the perfect option for individuals over the age of 55 looking to enjoy and active, fulfilling life with none of worries of home-ownership. Meals, housekeeping and maintenance are included in the...

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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)
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    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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  • High Spirits Home Assisted Living

    High Spirits Home Assisted Living

    7703 Don Drive, Clinton, MD 20735
    (1)
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    High Spirits Home Assisted Living Facility is located in the Keyser Estates in Clinton, MD. Our facility is five minutes away from Southern Maryland Hospital and conveniently located, half mile from the shopping center. Our staff members have over five years combined experience in elder care and our...

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  • Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

    Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

    5111 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008
    (6)
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    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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  • Ingleside at Rock Creek

    Ingleside at Rock Creek

    3050 Military Road NW, Washington, DC 20015
    (7)
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    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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  • Chevy Chase House

    Chevy Chase House

    5420 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
    (1)
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    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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  • Golden Manor

    Golden Manor

    7600 Woodyard Farm Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (4)
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    Golden Manor is an assisted living community located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The small town of Upper Marlboro is the seat of Prince George's County and is known for its beautiful sights and easy access to a wide range of amenities. Whether you are relocating to Upper Marlboro or planning a...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

    Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

    5555 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    (8)
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    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)
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    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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  • Harmony at Spring Hill

    Harmony at Spring Hill

    8350 Mountain Larkspur Drive, Lorton, VA 22079
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located thirty minutes outside of Washington, D.C., Harmony at Spring Hill provides accommodations for residents in Assisted Living and Memory Care. The community provides warm, attractive apartments on a conveniently located, well-landscaped campus. The campus is ideally located in Lorton,...

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  • Hands & Heart Assisted Living

    Hands & Heart Assisted Living

    6612 24th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782
    (5)
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    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 Braddock Glen

    Sunrise Braddock Glen

    4027 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032
    (11)
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    Sunrise's assisted living options offer personalized assistance, supportive services and compassionate care in a professionally managed, carefully designed, community setting. It's the perfect alternative for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home, yet don't need 24-hour, complex...

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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 Fairfax

    Sunrise of Fairfax

    9207 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031
    (19)
    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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  • Peaceful Life Assisted Living Rambling Hills

    Peaceful Life Assisted Living Rambling Hills

    1027 Butterworth Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (2)
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    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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  • The Virginian

    The Virginian

    9229 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031
    (7)
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    The Virginian is full service retirement community located on 32 secluded and wooded acres in the heart of Fairfax, VA. and is managed by Life Care Services. A long driveway right off of Arlington Blvd. leads you away from the hustle and bustle of crowded Northern Virginia life to the five-floor...

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  • House of Joseph LLC

    House of Joseph LLC

    4801 Parkmont Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (4)
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    House of Joseph, LLC. is an Assisted Living Facility, licensed to provide personal care services for senior residents. The primary goal of our community is to offer an alternative to traditional nursing facilities. Here, we provide a comfortable environment, with a qualified staff dedicated to the...

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  • Heatherwood Community

    Heatherwood Community

    9642 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015
    (19)
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    Heatherwood is a gracious senior living rental community nestled in a charming residential setting within Burke, Virginia. We offer resident agreements without entrance fees or endowment fees. Residents enter the community by paying a refundable security deposit. Heatherwood offers both independent...

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  • Vienna Manor Assisted Living

    Vienna Manor Assisted Living

    2151 Chainbridge Rd, Vienna, VA 22182
    (4)
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    Life at Vienna Manor begins with family. We believe that when you make the decision to trust the love and care of your loved one to us, you make them part of our growing family. Our residents enjoy privacy, independence and individuality while experiencing the one on one attention and engagement our...

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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 Chevy Chase

    Sunrise of Chevy Chase

    2201 Colston Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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    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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  • Rose's Place

    Rose's Place

    11311 Sherrington Ct, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
    (2)
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    Company: Labeled the 'Bed and Breakfast of Assisted Living', Rose's Place's mission is to provide supportive, consistent care in a holistic approach, centered on each resident's unique needs. Rose's Place Incorporated was established in June 1997 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland by Rosemary Garrett a...

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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 McLean

    Sunrise of McLean

    8315 Turning Leaf Lane, McLean, VA 22102
    (7)
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    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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  • Beulah Spring Assisted Living

    Beulah Spring Assisted Living

    13908 Edsall Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (1)
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    Beulah Spring Assisted Living LLC is a full service 24-hour quality residential assisted living establishment located in Greater Upper Marlboro, MD, in a single-family environment that is home-like, clean, safe and inviting. The home is in a cul-de-sac, in a quiet Brock Hill Estate, on a 2-acre lot...

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Assisted Living in Alexandria, Virginia

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a ongoing senior living option that includes help and support for the activities of daily living such as meals or snacks, showering, getting dressed and medication administration. It isn't exactly like a nursing home, where residents can get round-the-clock skilled nursing care. Every assisted living community has its mix of services, amenities, activities and culture. Many also offer support for seniors with particular needs such as diabetes, incontinence management needs or the first stages of cognitive impairment due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Assisted Living Vs. Memory Care

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, almost one in four residents currently in assisted living in the state of Virginia have Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia. In addition, many assisted living communities give support for residents with cognitive issues. So how do you know if designated memory care or simply assisted living is what your family member needs?

Although some assisted living communities offer memory care onsite, the two varieties of care won't be the same. Memory care will provide full-time specialized services for someone with dementia while assisted living is designed to meet the needs of those who want help with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as showering, dressing or eating. Assisted living could be a good option for people in the earlier stages of dementia but for those who have who have wandering situations or who have caused injury to themselves or others, a protected memory care environment is most likely a better option.

For those who have specific questions when it comes to what sort of services your family member needs, talk to a doctor. They can help you decide whether assisted living will work or if you want to search for memory care. You can also talk to one of our Senior Living Advisors. They have helped many individuals with questions about what kind of care is the best fit for their family member or friend and so they can help you, too.

What Services Are Offered in Assisted Living?

While each facility is unique, most assisted living facilities provide a selection of living arrangements, an array of meal options, common spaces and complimentary transportation, among other services and amenities. Some examples are:

  • Activities, entertainment and occasions, both on-site and off
  • Exercise and health programs
  • House cleaning, including bed linen service
  • Access to medical professionals

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Virginia

The state of Virginia offers exceptional access to its information for assisted living communities through the Virginia Department of Social Services. Data open to review contains the dates of inspection, whether an inspection was instigated by a complaint, if the inspector discovered any violations and what the plan of correction was to handle a violation. Look by by community name or zip code to get the communities in the areas you are considering.

In the state of Virginia, assisted living communities are required for legal reasons to:

  • Allow only two people to live in one bedroom
  • Provide handrails, non-skid floors and grab bars in every bath tub and shower
  • Equip all bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms with signaling devices that residents may use in case they need help.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Alexandria?

According to the A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index, the normal cost of assisted living in the larger Alexandria, Virginia area, averages $4,287 per month which is more than the average for the state of Virginia which is $4,128 per month. Costs for assisted living can vary widely based on services, features and location, so it pays to search in close by suburbs and towns if you have that flexibility.

The Senior Living Cost Index is founded on the real rates families pay once they move into assisted living in fact it is the primary cost index of its kind. To find out more about senior living costs, go to the A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Planner web page.

How to Pay for Senior Living In Alexandria, VA

Many individuals pay for a move to assisted living through the sale of a house or personal savings, however for some people, this may not be an option. Listed below are three other approaches that will help you pay for assisted living:

  • Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may be eligible for veterans benefits that they don’t aren't aware of. One benefit specifically, Aid & Attendance, has made it possible for thousands of families afford assisted living. To meet the criteria, veterans must be at least 65 years old and have served at least 3 months of active duty, with at least 1 day during what the Veterans Administration considers active wartime intervals. Qualifying widows and widowers of veterans can also be in a position to obtain benefits. With the current average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to discover if your loved one may be eligible for benefits. Look at our Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care for additional information or contact the Virginia Department of Veterans Services or Veterans Information for Virginia for more information or head to va.gov.
  • Life Insurance Policies. If the senior you are helping move into assisted living possesses a life insurance policy, you might be able to cash out the plan and obtain funds today. Different restrictions and regulations apply depending on the type of plan you have, so get in touch with a financial specialist or elderlaw lawyer to discover more about your options and to assess what’s most useful for your situation.
  • Reverse Mortgages. For senior couples who may have different needs, a reverse mortgage can be a good way for just one person to move into assisted living while the other remains in the home while his / her spouse transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage allows home owners aged 62 or older to borrow on their home equity. To learn more, get in touch with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to look for a reverse mortgage counseling agency in your area.

For more ideas about how to pay for your transition to senior living, contact A Place for Mom to speak to a Senior Living Advisor today. Or find even more information on our 5 Best-Kept Secrets to Financing Senior Care page.

5 Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Facility

Finding the right assisted living facility is an important decision, both for a senior and for their family. Here are five points to consider when considering making the move to assisted living:

  1. What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Can this community provide your loved one with the support they want? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living facilities have a ratio of one personal care assistant for every 23 residents. Staffing may differ widely depending on the size of the community, so make sure to enquire about the communities you are looking for.
  2. Is there yard? For most residents making the changeover from an individual household to assisted living involves letting go of a favorite garden or outdoor area, so the ability to access a gardening area, a patio or a courtyard is normally beneficial. Many larger assisted living facilities provide a range of yards, with features such as walking paths, gardens and BBQ areas for community occasions.
  3. Just how many staff are available to assist at night? Some assisted living communities provide 24x7 nursing personnel, while others may have more generalized assistance available after hours. In the state of Virginia, assisted living facilities are required to have at the least two direct care staff members awake and accessible at all times.
  4. Is there a wait list? Popular facilities can fill up fast. If the one you like is not available, ask about the waiting list and what the facillity’s plan is for handling it. Many communities will ask for a deposit many facilities have internal lists for special treatment needs. Here is where doing your homework can actually pay off -- plan ahead!
  5. What solutions are included in the monthly fee? Before signing the contract, it’s a good idea to understand what is included in the basic fee structure and what might incur additional cost. Some communities use a fee-for-services style, or a la carte pricing, which means they charge a regular charge for rent and meals but further charges for things such as medication management. Others might use a tiered prices model where different degrees of care are charged different costs.

For more information about what to look for when visiting an assisted living community, take a look at our Assisted Living Residence Checklist page.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

With so many options to choose from, choosing the best assisted living community can seem like a daunting task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors might help -- they are knowledgeable in helping match seniors to the facilities that will be the best fit for his or her care needs, personality and price range.

Here are some things to remember at the time of your search:

  • Make sure to search for your family member, not you. Today’s assisted living communities offer everything from homey settings to high end resort-style luxury living. It could be easy to become influenced by the features and amenities you might choose for yourself, but eventually it comes down to what will work best for your loved one.
  • Focus on the today, not the past. Does your loved one want help washing and dressing? Do they have particular needs like limited vision or special diets? Would they enjoy the benefits of a bigger facility or be a little more comfortable in a smaller, more intimate setting?
  • Think about the here and today, not what may have been their personal preference ten or 15 years ago.
  • Plan to visit at least 3 to 5 facilities, if you can. Start with planned visits and consider having meals with the residents. If none of them seems like a good match, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more choices. And don’t be reluctant to ask questions and take notes while you’re there.

The process of choosing the right assisted living community can be overpowering, but there are assets that can help. Call A Place for Mom today -- we can help save you money and time and make sure you make the right choice.

About Senior Living in Alexandria, Virginia

Virginia offers more than 50 assisted living options to pick from, with a wide range of prices, styles and features. Whether you are looking for down-home atmosphere or resort-style living, you will find it in the higher Alexandria area. For more details about services for seniors in Virginia, visit the Senior Connections internet site or SeniorNavigator, a website that features links to community assets throughout the state, the site can be searchable by town or zipcode.

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