Thinking about D.C. and the surrounding areas for retirement? You're in great company, and Seniorly explains why in this 2023 roundup of our favorite assisted living communities in the area.
Retiring in the nation’s capital can give you easy access to more than just outstanding dining and shopping. It means you can be a quick train ride away from catching a show at The Kennedy Center or checking out the latest exhibit at the Smithsonian. In any case, a retirement lifestyle in D.C. is always better with friends, making a senior living community in the D.C area an ideal location.
While the cost of living in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area can be high, urban retirees can benefit from the perks of living in a world class city. For example, the public transportation in D.C. can easily get you anywhere in the area easily and safely. In addition, there are multiple healthcare providers and hospital systems that are world renowned. From an affordability perspective, Washington, D.C ranks as the 10th most expensive area to retire, according to a Seniorly 2023 study on The Most Affordable States for Retirees. While D.C is generally a tax-friendly district, it does carry a cost of living that is significantly above the national average.
Whether you're looking for assisted living, memory care, or independent living, we've got you covered with a roundup of some of the best assisted and independent living communities in the DMV area.
Located on 32 wooded acres, The Virginian gives residents a quiet and lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cities. Located in Fairfax, Northern Virginia, this senior living community provides a full continuum of senior care services on its large campus: independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled and nursing homes.
Residents at The Virginian enjoy multiple dining venues onsite, including a wine cellar, each with a unique menu of seasonal and delicious entrees prepared by trained chefs. In addition, residents can find amenities such as an onsite salon and barbershop, fitness center, and many shared outdoor spaces. And as a recent renovation concludes in 2023, you can expect updated finishes and decor throughout the facility.
Located in beautiful and historic Alexandria, VA, Elancé at West End offers residents a modern, upscale home to enjoy. The community offers assisted living and memory care services. This is one of the newer assisted living communities in the Alexandria area, so design reflects the newest in modern senior living lifestyle concepts.
Residents enjoy access to premier amenities and services including scheduled transportation, housekeeping visits, and concierge services. In addition, the community features a library, wellness center, and restaurant-style dining.
In the upscale suburb of Bethesda, Brightview Bethesda Woodmont is a senior living community that is Maryland owned and operated. The community provides assisted living and memory care services and focuses on supporting an independent living lifestyle as long as possible.
Catering to a refined audience of residents, Brightview Bethesda Woodmont offers luxury amenities and services such as restaurant-style gourmet dining, penthouse common area, happy hours with crafted cocktails, and movie theater. In addition, the community is near National Intitutes of Health, Water Reed Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins, ensuring easy access to world-class healthcare services.
Located in suburban Woodbridge, VA, Arbor Terrace of Prince William Commons offers upscale senior living in a beautiful community. Arbor Terrace is a senior living community that provides assisted living and a signature Bridges program, which is designed to support residents living with early stage cognitive decline and seniors who are not quite ready for full memory care services.
As the name might suggest, residents at Arbor Terrace of Prince William Commons enjoy access to luxury amenities such as a game lounge and bar, onsite salon and spa, and movie theater. In addition, assisted living residents can receive regular housekeeping visits, laundry services, and scheduled transportation services.
Located right in the heart of Washington, D.C., The Residences at Thomas Circle offers an urban retirement lifestyle steps away from cultural and historical landmarks. Just a fifteen-minute walk to the White House, Thomas Circle provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care services.
Residents living at Thomas Circle enjoy community amenities like an arts studio, internet lounge, fitness center, and outdoor patio and swimming pool. In addition, residents and family members can choose from many dining venues at the community for restaurant-style fine dining or a faster grab-and-go experience. And in 2023, The Residences renovated their independent living wing with a modern and stylish decor.
Offering 62 apartments in a modern and innovative setting, The Residence at Colvin Run encourages residents to remain as independent as possible while offering just the right amount of personalized support. This senior living community provides both assisted living and memory care services.
Residents at The Residence at Colvin Run have access to amenities including a fitness center, art studio, theater, beauty salon, and outdoor courtyard with fire pit. In addition, the community offers restaurant-style dining with opportunities to watch a chef cook their favorite dish in the demonstration kitchen.
Conveniently located just steps from Washington, D.C.’s beautiful Rock Creek Park, Ingleside at Rock Creek is a quiet oasis among the busy streets of our nation’s capital. The community provides a full continuum of senior care on its campus: independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing.
Residents at Ingleside enjoy world class amenities and services including access to the Center for Healthy Living, indoor pool, art studio, theater, and guest suites. Enjoy an independent lifestyle among private gardens and meandering walking paths, in an impressive 14-acre campus. Flexible dining plans are offered in independent living while assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing includes three chef-prepared meals daily.
Residents are just steps away from the Potomac River and historic Old Town when they call The Landing Alexandria home. The community provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care services in addition to The Bridge, a program to support older adults in the early stages of cognitive decline.
Residents at The Landing Alexandria not only benefit from an idyllic location, but active seniors also have the option to take advantage of community amenities including raised flower beds, 8th floor terrace, and two-story lobby. The community also features world-class, all-day dining in any of the onsite restaurants and boutique-style residences featuring an elevated design aesthetic.
Tucked in the heart of historic Alexandria, Sunrise of Old Town is just steps away from everything the area has to offer. Owned and operated by Sunrise Senior Living, this is one of over 250 assisted living communities managed by the organization. This assisted living community also supports residents with memory care diagnoses.
Residents at Sunrise of Old Town not only live in an ideal location, but they also enjoy upscale amenities and services including shared outdoor and indoor spaces, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, and scheduled transportation. In addition, families can stay updated with what’s happening thanks to their family communication app.
Located in a residential neighborhood and adjacent to open spaces including a National Wildlife Habitat, Brightview Great Falls is the ideal retirement destination for those seeking to be close to the action of the city but without missing out on green views. This senior living community offers assisted living and memory care services. Operated by Brightview Senior Living, this community is one of over 45 assisted living and personal care communities operated by the company.
Assisted living residents at Brightview Great Falls enjoy amenities including all-day dining, well stocked library, physical therapy onsite, and scheduled transportation. In addition, there is plenty to do and enjoy outdoors thanks to shared outdoor spaces like the nature preserve, bird sanctuary, and putting green. No matter what your care needs are, Brightview promotes the concept of independent living for every stage and age.
While Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas may not be the most affordable area for senior living, the vitality of the area is hard to beat. From one of the best museum complexes in the entire world, offering rotating exhibits and lectures, to an incredible culinary and shopping scene, this is an area boasting a range of assisted and independent living communities. Whether you're seeking the tranquility and green space of the Capitol Hill area or just want easy access to transportation and dining, D.C. somehow manages to offer it all.
Haley Burress writes for Seniorly on the topic of senior living and the aging experience. With a long history of roles in Life Enrichment and Dementia care management for top senior living providers like Sunrise Senior living, Haley now also serves the non-profit senior living sector in a volunteer capacity. Ms. Burress holds a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from Aurora University.
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