Merrifield is a residential suburban community in the western reaches of Arlington, not far from the National Cemetery visited by 3 million tourists a year, but also relatively close to the open farm country of Fairfax County. As one of the communities that ring the southern suburbs of Washington, D.C., Merrifield is home to many government workers and their families. The surrounding area is rich with historic Civil War sites and national monuments, as well as the Jefferson District public golf course across I-495.

Just over 15,000 people live in Merrifield, nearly 10% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. Seniors in Merrifield can get out to run errands, visit with others or explore the surrounding parks and monuments at a discount through Seniors-On-the-Go! and other public transit services.

Homemaker services can help Merrifield seniors remain comfortably at home for an average monthly cost of $4,004. Home health aide services average $4,242 a month in the area, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Similar services have very similar prices nationwide. Nationally, seniors pay an average of $4,004 a month for homemaker services and $4,195 a month for help from a home health aide. Monthly price points are all based on 44 hours of care per week.

Note: Home care cost data wasn’t available for Merrifield, so data for the closest city, Baltimore, MD, was used.

At Caring.com, we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of every home care provider in the Merrifield area – complete with types of care provided, services offered and reviews from families who’ve actually used the service. In addition to our in-depth provider listings, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help seniors and their families access all the tools they need to age in place safely and gracefully.

Directory of Home Care Services in Merrifield, VA

Right at Home Northern Virginia

8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Suite 320, Fairfax, VA, 22031

I liked that everyone was really nice and helpful. The impact was very positive. I also needed someone to come in and bathe her, and they came in to do that.
I liked that everyone was really nice and helpful. The impact was very positive. I also needed someone to come in and bathe her, and they came in to do that.

2019

Ready Hands

5568 General Washington Dr., Alexandria, VA, 22312

They could have had better trained caregivers. There was a variability in the quality of caregivers. There were some people who just didn’t know what they were doing.
They could have had better trained caregivers. There was a variability in the quality of caregivers. There were some people who just didn’t know what they were doing.

2018, 2019, 2020

Home Helpers of Northern Virginia

21430 Cedar Drive Suite 222, Sterling, VA, 20164

We don’t have people come that often, but when they come, he seems to enjoy them. He has some cognitive issues. They come once a week to give him a shower. We like the fact that they work hard to ge … (read more)
We don’t have people come that often, but when they come, he seems to enjoy them. He has some cognitive issues. They come once a week to give him a shower. We like the fact that they work hard to ge … (read more)

IncrediCare

3607 Chain Bridge Road, Suite D, Fairfax, VA, 22030

IncrediCare has very good caregivers and they really look out after people. The services I received from IncrediCare were helpful because the caregiver I had was very good with my dogs and took them o … (read more)
IncrediCare has very good caregivers and they really look out after people. The services I received from IncrediCare were helpful because the caregiver I had was very good with my dogs and took them o … (read more)

Griswold Home Care NoVA East

700 Princess St, Suite 202, #1051, Alexandria, VA, 22314

While I am a relatively new client, I’ve been very favorably impressed by the professionalism of everyone that I have encountered on their staff. The caretaker assigned to my wife is wonderful. She … (read more)
While I am a relatively new client, I’ve been very favorably impressed by the professionalism of everyone that I have encountered on their staff. The caretaker assigned to my wife is wonderful. She … (read more)

2015

Attenda Home Care, LLC

1900 Campus Commons Drive #100, Reston, VA, 20191

The caregiver that was assigned to my Mom is outstanding. She takes the best care of my mom when she is here. I never worry when we go out while she is here because I know she is in good hands.
The caregiver that was assigned to my Mom is outstanding. She takes the best care of my mom when she is here. I never worry when we go out while she is here because I know she is in good hands.

Paragon Home Care

1515 Chain Bridge Rd # 136 , Mclean, VA, 22101

* * Outstanding Prompt Services * * PARAGON responded quickly & booked caregivers within 12 hours from request in difficult situations. I continue to be impressed & satisfied. My Medic … (read more)
* * Outstanding Prompt Services * * PARAGON responded quickly & booked caregivers within 12 hours from request in difficult situations. I continue to be impressed & satisfied. My Medic … (read more)

Best Health Care Services, Llc

9306 A Old Keen Mill Rd, Burke, VA, 22015

We are using Best Health Care Services for my wife’s rehabilitation. They are providing the services of a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. The PT comes three times a week for 45 minut … (read more)
We are using Best Health Care Services for my wife’s rehabilitation. They are providing the services of a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. The PT comes three times a week for 45 minut … (read more)

FirstLight Home Care – Fairfax

3949 Pender Drive Suite 230, Fairfax, VA, 22030


Trinity Home Care Services – Woodbridge, VA

3102 Golansky Blvd Suite 201, Woodbridge, VA, 22192


Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria, Virginia

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 600, Arlington, VA, 22201

I can go places instead of staying at home. They are very efficient and quick to respond.
I can go places instead of staying at home. They are very efficient and quick to respond.

2019, 2020

Lifematters

7531 Leesburg PikeSuite 101, Falls Church, VA, 22043

They gave me a lot of freedom. They are very responsive and the care they send out is very good.
They gave me a lot of freedom. They are very responsive and the care they send out is very good.

HomeCare.com

7925 Jones Branch Dr., Suite LL 140, Mclean, VA, 22102


Comfort Keepers Home Care

10721 Main Street, Suite 304, Suite 304, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Comfort Keepers Home Care was good. The people were very nice and very caring. We used them for just having somebody there with my father. Somebody sat and did various things with him. My father had q … (read more)
Comfort Keepers Home Care was good. The people were very nice and very caring. We used them for just having somebody there with my father. Somebody sat and did various things with him. My father had q … (read more)

Options For Senior America Corp – Northern Virginia

10560 Main Street Suite 318 , Fairfax, VA, 22030

I saw Options for Senior America ad in the Catholic Herald newspaper. We called a few agencies but Nicole, the manager of Options, was very personable. The care providers are awesome and specifically … (read more)
I saw Options for Senior America ad in the Catholic Herald newspaper. We called a few agencies but Nicole, the manager of Options, was very personable. The care providers are awesome and specifically … (read more)

Dalecare Home Health

7406 Alban Station Court, Ste. A106, Springfield, VA, 22150

The care provided is exceptional. The ladies are kind and caring. They tend to my needs and even anticipate my needs or wants. They treat me with respect. You won’t find a better service for elder car … (read more)
The care provided is exceptional. The ladies are kind and caring. They tend to my needs and even anticipate my needs or wants. They treat me with respect. You won’t find a better service for elder car … (read more)

Home Caregivers – Fairfax, VA

8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Fairfax, VA, 22031

Robin, from Home Caregivers LLC is very professional and invests time in getting to know her clients. She wants to ensure that her caregivers can provide excellent care. We have used Home Caregivers f … (read more)
Robin, from Home Caregivers LLC is very professional and invests time in getting to know her clients. She wants to ensure that her caregivers can provide excellent care. We have used Home Caregivers f … (read more)

Medical Professionals On Call

10875 Main Street, Suite 112, Fairfax, VA, 22030

my friend highly recommended. after shoulder surgery they provided excellent in home care
my friend highly recommended. after shoulder surgery they provided excellent in home care

Thrive at Home, Inc

10301 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, VA, 22030

I have someone from the Thrive At Home agency come in for four hours a week. The caregiver is very good. It’s a young man from Jamaica and he’s perfect for my husband. He has just passed the test to g … (read more)
I have someone from the Thrive At Home agency come in for four hours a week. The caregiver is very good. It’s a young man from Jamaica and he’s perfect for my husband. He has just passed the test to g … (read more)

SmithLife Homecare

1801 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD, 20852

I have used SmithLife Homecare 2x now. First time, in April 2019 they took me to my colonoscopy, picked me up waited with me, got me lunch and took me home and tucked me in for a nap afterwards! I … (read more)
I have used SmithLife Homecare 2x now. First time, in April 2019 they took me to my colonoscopy, picked me up waited with me, got me lunch and took me home and tucked me in for a nap afterwards! I … (read more)

Merrifield Home Care Resources

Home care services are only one of the pieces needed for seniors to gracefully age in place. There are many services and programs that are low-cost or free, that enable seniors to enjoy an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home, such as help with home modifications, meal delivery services, and more. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the most helpful resources in Merrifield:

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Address: 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Phone: (703) 383-8500

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides long-term support for Merrifield seniors with mental or physical disabilities through the Assisted Community Residential Services (ACRS), which is open to Fairfax County residents who need personal assistance at home. Services are also available for loved ones, such as respite care and community support groups.

VirginiaSAVES Green Community Program

Address: 411 E. Franklin #203, Richmond, VA, 23219
Phone: (804) 344-5484

VirginiaSAVES provides voucher and rebate support for Merrifield seniors who own their own homes and meet income criteria to upgrade or install energy-efficient systems in their homes. Funds are issued at the state level, which arrive as reimbursement for work done by local contractors. Covered upgrades include solar panels and alternative fuel systems, upgrades to windows, doors and insulation, and certain HVAC projects, such as the installation of smart thermostats.

Department of Family Services Community Support Unit

Address: 801 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (703) 777-0353

Seniors in Merrifield who live independently may need help with various activities of daily living (ADLs). The Virginia Department of Family Services pays for many of the services seniors need to remain safely in their homes with the help of local service providers. CSU funds support, among other services:

  • Companion, chore and homemaker help in the home
  • Adult foster care at a local facility
  • Adult day care at a local facility
  • Nutritional assistance, including meals delivered at home
  • Medical and mental health assessments for seniors moving into assisted living facilities and nursing facilities

Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care

Aging can be a difficult process, and loved ones may not always ask for help – often times it’s up to their family to evaluate their need for help around the house. While no two situations are exactly alike, this checklist can help you and your loved ones determine when it’s time to start the search for a home care provider.


Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

If you’ve determined that your loved one needs the assistance of a care provider in their home, it may be time for a difficult conversation. Handled correctly, however, this process can bring a family together and ensure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. Use this PDF as a starting point to help the conversation stay as positive and productive as possible.