550 communities in Virginia
Virginia is for lovers, and it's not too shabby for seniors either. Senior living in the Old Dominion State is as varied as the climate and the terrain. Virginia was the largest of the original 13 colonies, and as such, its land spreads out from the lush coastal areas to the inland foothills and beyond, to the granite peaks of the Fall Line, where the world-famous Appalachian Trail lures hundreds of thousands of out-of-state visitors a year. Virginia bills itself as the home of presidents, and the state's role in American history goes far beyond even that impressive boast. In the modern era, Virginia offers its aging citizens lots of open space, exciting cityscapes, fun beaches and historic sites where you can connect with generations of past Americans who shaped the country's politics and society for centuries.
As expansive as Virginia is with its influence in the world, it's remarkably conservative with its symbols. The state bird is the common cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, and it uses the same plant for both the state flower and the state tree: the American dogwood, which is somewhat ironically named Cornus florida in the botany textbooks. Most of the city living in Virginia is to be had in the resort town of Virginia Beach, which is far and away the biggest city in the state, with over 450,000 residents. The next five urban areas are all in the 200,000-person area, topped by Norfolk.
Spring Arbor Of Williamsburg
Province Place Maryview
Lakewood Manor Baptist Retirement Community
English Meadows Abingdon Campus
Hermitage At Cedarfield
Tribute At One Loudoun
Discovery Village At The West End
Sunrise Of Mc Lean
Commonwealth Senior Living At Farnham
Commonwealth Senior Living At Radford
Commonwealth Senior Living At Hillsville
The Park Oak Grove
Commonwealth Senior Living At Georgian Manor
What Is Assisted Living?
The State of Virginia recognizes assisted living as a level of care that's less intensive than skilled nursing or memory care but more focused than in-home help from a caregiver. Aging citizens who opt for assisted living can expect round-the-clock help with bathing, dressing, meal prep and other activities of daily living (ADLs).
Assisted Living Virginia Statistics
Virginia Beach is one of the most popular places in the state for seniors looking into assisted living. The city boasts 14 such properties within its city limits and around half a dozen more in the immediate outlying areas. Other popular spots in the commonwealth include Norfolk, Richmond and Burke, which is close to Arlington and other sites of national importance.
Average Monthly Cost in Virginia for Assisted Living
Virginia can be a pricey place to retire, according to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, but it's not very far above the usual national figures. The monthly cost for basic assisted living in Virginia hovers around $3,933 a month, which is close to the national median of $3,750. Some savings can be found here and there, as in the more rural areas, where monthly costs can dip as low as $1,200 a month for shared living quarters. Living in one of the more beach-oriented communities tends to drive up the cost. At the high end — if you're looking for resort-style living near all the amenities a city can offer — you might expect to pay over $10,000 a month for residential assisted living.
Seniors were 12 percent of Virginia's population in 2010, but that percentage is expected to rapidly rise as the baby boomers retire. Aging citizens are projected to make up 16 percent of the population in time for the 2020 Census and as much as 20 percent by 2030.
Assisted Living Virginia Laws, Taxes and Other Facts
Assisted living in Virginia is regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services. This body monitors health, wellbeing and customer reports from all of the state's licensed facilities. The state regulatory body separates assisted living from residential care homes, largely on the basis that these are residential properties, not medical ones, though some exemptions apply, as with caregivers helping residents with their medication. Licensing requirements are considered strict by national standards, and inspections are fairly common for any community in the state.
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Virginia Tax info for Seniors
Virginia is a friendly place for aging citizens to settle down in. The state doesn't tax Social Security benefits, and seniors who get less than $12,000 annually in retirement income may pay no taxes at all. Even above that level, low- to moderate-earning seniors typically pay very little. Assuming you get $15,000 in Social Security income and $25,000 in retirement payments, you may not have to pay more than $300 a year in state taxes.
The tax savings for seniors don't stop with income. Sales tax in Virginia is among the lowest in the country, with 5.65 percent on most goods being the norm. Property tax averages 0.79 percent across much of the state, though homeowners over 65 who make less than $72,000 a year may pay no property taxes at all. As good as all that is for property-owning seniors, you should know that Virginia does have a capital gains tax of 5.75 percent, and seniors' investment gains are treated like any other income by the state revenue authorities.
Politics in Virginia
Virginia was once a heavily segregated, very conservative state that never voted for liberal candidates or causes. This was during a time when most of the commonwealth was undeveloped rural land with low population density. Since 1970, however, the state has been changing with every election cycle into a reliable blue dog. Virginia went for the Democratic nominee in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump received historically low votes in the state, with fewer Republican ballots cast for him than any other candidate since Thomas Dewey in 1948.
State-level politics have likewise been shifting left. The governor's office used to be a dependable job for conservative Republicans, though 2016 likewise saw the GOP candidates edged out in favor of Democratic challengers. Demographers attribute the shift to several factors, including increased urbanization, higher minority registration and the growth of very liberal college towns in the state.
Three Fun Facts About Virginia
The name "Virginia" really does derive from the word "virgin." When the Old Dominion was founded, it was named in honor of then-Queen Elizabeth I, the so-called "Virgin Queen," who resolved the religious disputes in England by refusing to marry both Catholic and Protestant suitors, though she herself was the head of the Church of England.
Virginia's motto is: "Sic semper tyrannus!" John Wilkes Booth, a native Virginian was reported to have shouted this after shooting President Lincoln and jumping to the stage in Ford's Theater. The line means "Always thus to tyrants!" and is actually a line from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a play Booth was famous for performing.
Virginia was the site of America's real First Thanksgiving. Years before the Mayflower's 1621 voyage to Massachusetts, English settlers in Jamestown staged the autumn feast in October 1619.