Portsmouth, Virginia, is near the coast and has mild winters, for those seniors who want to escape colder climates. Temperatures rarely dip below freezing in winter, and the occasional snowfall melts quickly. Seniors in Portsmouth make up 14% of the population, and there are several senior centers in the area.

Downtown Portsmouth has a scenic view of the Elizabeth River and a long promenade, perfect for seniors who like to stroll. The town hosts weekend events like farmer’s markets and festivals, and the historic Olde Towne area holds a monthly antique and flea market. There’s a lot to see in a small area, perfect for seniors to take in at a leisurely pace.

There are several home care agencies in the Portsmouth area, and the average cost for seniors is $19 per hour, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is below the national average of $21 for homemaking services and $22 for home health assistance. Seniors can expect to pay about $3,600 a month for either home or health care.

Note: Home care cost data wasn’t available for Portsmouth, so data for the closest city, Virginia Beach, was used.

At Caring.com, we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of every home care provider in the Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, VA

2019, 2020

Home Instead Senior Care – Chesapeake, VA

1021 Eden Way N, Suite 121, Chesapeake, VA, 23320

Caregivers are honest and are taking care of me.
Caregivers are honest and are taking care of me.

Joy Home Care LLC

840 Juniper Cres # 103, Chesapeake, VA, 23320

This company has been a true lifesaver for our family The staff shows they really care about our Moms wellbeing and provide care as if it is their own mother. I would highly recommend Joy Home Care … (read more)
This company has been a true lifesaver for our family The staff shows they really care about our Moms wellbeing and provide care as if it is their own mother. I would highly recommend Joy Home Care … (read more)

Care Advantage – Suffolk

1530 Breezeport Way, Suffolk, VA, 23435


Right at Home Virginia Beach, VA

1300 Diamond Springs Rd, Ste 301, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455


HomeCare.com

7925 Jones Branch Drive, Suite LL 140, Mclean, VA, 22102

I’m using HomeCare.com for my husband. We’re content. They have very qualified personnel. It’s easy billing, and it’s easy to contact them. They provide companionship, and they drive him around. I’m g … (read more)
I’m using HomeCare.com for my husband. We’re content. They have very qualified personnel. It’s easy billing, and it’s easy to contact them. They provide companionship, and they drive him around. I’m g … (read more)

Home Helpers & Direct Link – Virginia Beach

5998 Providence Road # 107, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464

Caregivers help mother with daily need. They’re very kind and attentive to mother dependable & trust worthy.
Caregivers help mother with daily need. They’re very kind and attentive to mother dependable & trust worthy.

FamilyCare Senior Solutions, Inc.

801 COURT STREET, Portsmouth, VA, 23704


Alternative Therapeutic Home Care LLC – Norfolk, VA

5215 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA, 23508

I have known Betty for almost 30 years. She cleaned our offices for almost 20 years but more than that became a trusted friend and ally. She was always there to do whatever we needed or did things for … (read more)
I have known Betty for almost 30 years. She cleaned our offices for almost 20 years but more than that became a trusted friend and ally. She was always there to do whatever we needed or did things for … (read more)

Community Personal Care

1761 Church St., Norfolk, VA, 23504


Interim HealthCare of Newport News, VA

703 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite B-1, Newport News, VA, 23606


Guardian Homecare, Llc

248 West Bute Street, Suite 202, Norfolk, VA, 23510


Cozy Home Care

921 First Colonial Rd # 1705, Virginia Beach, VA, 23454



Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth:

I-Ride Transit

Address: SSSV Transportation Department, Interstate Corporate Center
6350 Center Drive, Building 5, Suite 101, Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: (757) 222-4513

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia provides this inexpensive transportation option for seniors in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Fares are as low as $1 on fixed routes, and transportation to the Western Tidewater Free Clinic in Suffolk is available three days a week. Seniors 60 years and older and anyone who is disabled can schedule a ride to see their doctor, and the suggested $4 payment is voluntary.

East Ocean View Community and Senior Center

Address: 9520 20th Bay Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Phone: (757) 441-1785

This facility is a community center that serves all ages. There’s a gym with a locker room to help seniors keep up with exercise, and the center hosts multi-generational activities such as beading class and chess tournaments. Senior coffee hour is held four mornings a week, and retirees can also enjoy fishing at the adjacent pier with no fishing license required. The complex includes picnic shelters on the water, and adventurous seniors can even rent canoes or kayaks.

Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center

Address: 7300 Newport Avenue, #100, Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: (757) 625-5857

This United Way-sponsored senior center in nearby Norfolk is designed to meet the recreational and health needs of local seniors. Over 50 different fitness classes are offered, and seniors can choose activities that match their interests and fitness levels. Classes in art, music and dance help seniors stay active and in their own homes for as long as possible. Health screenings and seminars are also held regularly. Access to all programs at the senior center is $120 a year per person, with a limited number of free or discounted memberships based on need.

Virginia Office of Aging Services

Address: 1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100, Henrico, Virginia 23229
Phone: (800) 522-3402

This state organization helps seniors remain independent and healthy. The organization sponsors a number of free services:

  • Chronic disease self-management: Workshops on dealing with the demands of chronic illnesses like arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Insurance counseling and assistance: Free confidential guidance in comparing Medicare and private insurance options.
  • Nutritious meal service: In group settings and through home delivery.

Portsmouth Real Estate Abatement Program

Address: Portsmouth City Hall, 801 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone: (757) 393-8000

Portsmouth has a senior/disabled property tax abatement for residents who meet these criteria:

  • Over 65 years or permanently disabled.
  • Family income doesn’t exceed $30,000 per year.
  • Net worth doesn’t exceed $75,000, excluding the value of the home and land

The abatement ranges from 10% to 100% depending on income.

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.