Virginia has earned the nicknames “Old Dominion” and “Mother of Presidents” due to the state’s long and storied history. Founded as one of the oldest British colonies, Virginia has also been the birthplace of 8 former U.S. presidents. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the west, to its scenic beaches along the Atlantic coast as well as its proximity to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Virginia truly has something for everyone and is a great place to retire.
There are more than 170 nursing homes in Virginia. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Virginia to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget. According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Virginia is about $8,200. The median monthly cost for a semi private room is around $7,350.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Virginia.
In Virginia, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
Overall, the cost of living in Virginia is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. as well as its pristine coastline and beachfront properties mean that certain parts of the state have a much higher cost of housing than others. This is especially true in the northern and eastern parts of the state. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 15% of the population in Virginia are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Virginia leaned liberal. This is mostly due to a left-leaning populace in the northern portion of the state surrounding the D.C. metro area. The southern parts of the state are known for being more conservative.
Virginia’s climate is classified as humid sub-tropical. This means that the state experiences long summers, while the winters are short and fairly mild. There is moderate rain year round and the coastal breezes keep summer temperatures pleasant. The average humidity level is around 70%, often peaking in August at around 80%.