Bethesda is a census-designated place northwest of Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19% of its 61,000 residents are in the 65+ age group, which is above the national average of 16.5%, suggesting the area particularly appeals to seniors. Bethesda has a laid-back quality when compared to the nation’s capital, which is only 20 minutes away. It has plenty to offer seniors who value their leisure time. Pike and Rose in particular is crammed with popular shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The aging process can make some daily tasks, such as cleaning, more challenging for seniors. No one wants to give up their independence, which is why assisted living can be a solution. Seniors get to retain their autonomy in a safe, comfortable environment while staff take care of the daily chores. Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey reveals that the typical monthly fee for assisted living in Bethesda is $6,000, which is above the state and national averages of $5,000 and $4,300, respectively. 

This guide covers costs in more detail, discusses some pros and cons of living in Bethesda and provides a list of helpful resources for seniors and their families.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Bethesda, MD

Sunrise at Fox Hill

8300 Burdett Road, Bethesda, MD, 20817

My brother stayed at Sunrise at Fox Hill for respite. It was very well run and very clean. The people were very attentive and eager to help when asked. The food could be a little bit better. They tend … (read more)
My brother stayed at Sunrise at Fox Hill for respite. It was very well run and very clean. The people were very attentive and eager to help when asked. The food could be a little bit better. They tend … (read more)

Bartholomew House

6904 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20817

Bartholomew House is a very loving, caring, comfortable, and intimate place because it is small. It is a little bit more like a larger home, and it smells very clean. The food is good, and it has a gr … (read more)
Bartholomew House is a very loving, caring, comfortable, and intimate place because it is small. It is a little bit more like a larger home, and it smells very clean. The food is good, and it has a gr … (read more)

Sunrise of Bethesda

4925 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Sunrise of Bethesda is a beautiful facility. The people are very nice, and they’re taking good care of my mother to the extent that they are able to. It’s the management that’s at fault. They tell you … (read more)
Sunrise of Bethesda is a beautiful facility. The people are very nice, and they’re taking good care of my mother to the extent that they are able to. It’s the management that’s at fault. They tell you … (read more)

Avalon Homes Inc

7020 Armat Dr, Bethesda, MD, 20817

I can’t say enough about the blessed, loving care we received with Avalon Residential Living for my dear Mother, Marie, who had Vascular Dementia, and had difficulty managing for dad at home. Marian … (read more)
I can’t say enough about the blessed, loving care we received with Avalon Residential Living for my dear Mother, Marie, who had Vascular Dementia, and had difficulty managing for dad at home. Marian … (read more)

Larmax Homes

7102 Bells Mill Rd, Bethesda, MD, 20817

I would consider Larmax Homes. It’s the one I had an actual in-person tour of. I like the house a great deal. It was small but the room that was available was too small, that’s why I didn’t choose it. … (read more)
I would consider Larmax Homes. It’s the one I had an actual in-person tour of. I like the house a great deal. It was small but the room that was available was too small, that’s why I didn’t choose it. … (read more)

Auxiliary House Memory Care Home

5501 Southwick Street, Bethesda, MD, 20814


Hillwood, Llc

7401 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, 20817


Waverly House Apartments

4521 East West Hwy, Bethesda, MD, 20814


Ingleside at Rock Creek

3050 Military Road NW, Washington, DC, 20015


Vitality Living Arlington

3821 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22203

I toured Vitality Living Arlington. The rooms were the right space. The diet accommodations were good. It’s clean. People were friendly. The staff who assisted me, Vicki was her name, she was very kno … (read more)
I toured Vitality Living Arlington. The rooms were the right space. The diet accommodations were good. It’s clean. People were friendly. The staff who assisted me, Vicki was her name, she was very kno … (read more)

2015, 2016

Sunrise of Silver Spring

11621 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20904

My brother has moved into Sunrise of Silver Spring. It is very pleasant. It is kind of a nice hotel. It’s like an inn, and the staff was very friendly. My brother has just moved in this morning. Today … (read more)
My brother has moved into Sunrise of Silver Spring. It is very pleasant. It is kind of a nice hotel. It’s like an inn, and the staff was very friendly. My brother has just moved in this morning. Today … (read more)

2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

Sunrise of Arlington VA

2000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 22207

This is one of the first – if not the first – Sunrise ever built. Therefore, rooms are a bit smaller than newer homes. But this is also a part of the charm in that it is smaller. At 92 mom would get l … (read more)
This is one of the first – if not the first – Sunrise ever built. Therefore, rooms are a bit smaller than newer homes. But this is also a part of the charm in that it is smaller. At 92 mom would get l … (read more)

2014, 2015

Brookdale Potomac

11215 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD, 20854

Brookdale Potomac was good. The staff was very informative, very friendly, and very welcoming. The rooms were very nice. It was our second choice. It looked a little older than the other one we visite … (read more)
Brookdale Potomac was good. The staff was very informative, very friendly, and very welcoming. The rooms were very nice. It was our second choice. It looked a little older than the other one we visite … (read more)

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

5901 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC, 20016

Grand Oaks Assisted Living is situated in Washington, D.C., just southeast of Turkey Run Park. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s menu, which includes hot sandwiches, soups and salads as appetiz … (read more)
Grand Oaks Assisted Living is situated in Washington, D.C., just southeast of Turkey Run Park. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s menu, which includes hot sandwiches, soups and salads as appetiz … (read more)

The Jefferson

900 North Taylor Street, Arlington, VA, 22203

The Jefferson doesn’t tell you the cost upfront. The staff is very friendly, and it’s a really nice place. I was not expecting them to say that we’ll be paying $10,000 a month. They’re very expensive, … (read more)
The Jefferson doesn’t tell you the cost upfront. The staff is very friendly, and it’s a really nice place. I was not expecting them to say that we’ll be paying $10,000 a month. They’re very expensive, … (read more)

2016

Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

5111 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC, 20008

Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue is an assisted living and memory care facility in Washington, D.C. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are available to retired seniors, and each includes a living ro … (read more)
Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue is an assisted living and memory care facility in Washington, D.C. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are available to retired seniors, and each includes a living ro … (read more)

2016

Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

5555 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

We did an in-person tour of Brighton Gardens of Friendship. We liked the facility, we liked the location very much. The negative there was the food didn’t look very good, they had it out on display fo … (read more)
We did an in-person tour of Brighton Gardens of Friendship. We liked the facility, we liked the location very much. The negative there was the food didn’t look very good, they had it out on display fo … (read more)

Sunrise of Rockville

8 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD, 20850

Sunrise of Rockville offers assisted living options and memory care. It’s nestled in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, with easy access to hospitals, restaurants and shopping centers. Residents and vi … (read more)
Sunrise of Rockville offers assisted living options and memory care. It’s nestled in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, with easy access to hospitals, restaurants and shopping centers. Residents and vi … (read more)

The Residences at Thomas Circle

1330 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20005

The Residences at Thomas Circle is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., just east of Rock Creek Parkway. Guests speak highly of outings to magic shows, museums and cultural events. Residents are … (read more)
The Residences at Thomas Circle is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., just east of Rock Creek Parkway. Guests speak highly of outings to magic shows, museums and cultural events. Residents are … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of McLean

8315 Turning Leaf Lane, Mclean, VA, 22102

Nestled in a neighborhood 15 minutes from Washington D.C., Sunrise of McLean is in McLean, Virginia, close to Tysons Galleria Shopping Mall and the Virginia Hospital Center. Residents’ family members … (read more)
Nestled in a neighborhood 15 minutes from Washington D.C., Sunrise of McLean is in McLean, Virginia, close to Tysons Galleria Shopping Mall and the Virginia Hospital Center. Residents’ family members … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bethesda

The Office of Health Care Quality, which is a division of the Maryland Department of Health, is directly responsible for ensuring the state’s assisted living facilities conform to standards. The division has the authority to issue licenses to facilities that comply and revoke them from those who pass the threshold for upheld violations.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bethesda

  • In addition to Bethesda’s own well-regarded hospitals, such as the Suburban Hospital and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, there are also some of the world’s finest medical facilities within close range. These include the nationally ranked Inova Fairfax Hospital and John Hopkins Hospital, ranked No. 3 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Figures published by Sperling’s Best Places reveal the cost of living in Bethesda to be significantly higher than the national average. Taking 100 as the average, Bethesda is 189.2. Housing costs are the primary driver. Most categories are closer to the national average, and health, at 92.6, has below-average costs.
  • As Sperling’s figures reveal, transportation can be costly in Bethesda. However, there are more affordable ways of getting around Montgomery County. Connect-a-Ride (CAR) is a free service that finds the least costly means of travel for seniors who need to attend medical appointments, run errands or visit friends. Where possible, this can include arranging an escort for particularly vulnerable seniors.
  • Bethesda’s climate is relatively stable, which can be favorable for seniors as they aren’t so exposed to temperature extremes. The coldest month is January, where temperatures range between 28 and 39 degrees F. In July, temperatures of 88 degrees F are normal. 
  • According to Neighborhood Scout, Bethesda has some of the most encouraging crime statistics in the country. Although no area is crime-free, the chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Bethesda is 1 in 1,689 (the state average is 1 in 220). Despite the area’s wealth, the property crime figures are also positive, at 1 in 122 compared to the Maryland average of 1 in 51. It should also be noted that seniors are less likely to be victims of crime than all other age groups.
  • Bethesda’s air quality is negatively affected by its proximity to the nation’s capital. However, it outperforms most areas in cleaning up contaminated land, playing an important role in the EPA’s Superfund program.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bethesda

Families comparing assisted living costs will notice that they can vary greatly between cities, but Bethesda is pricy at $6,000 per month. The following data from the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows the differences in Maryland, including the costs of alternative types of senior care.

The Cost of Living in Nearby Cities

Averaging $6,000 per month, Bethesda’s assisted living costs are almost the most expensive in Maryland, surpassed only by the city of California, at $6,200. They’re also above the state and national averages, but Bethesda’s proximity to Washington, D.C., the fifth most expensive city in the country, is clearly a factor. More affordable assisted living is available in Salisbury, where costs average at $5,500, and in Baltimore, which is $5,000. The most affordable city in Maryland is Hagerstown where seniors typically pay $4,500.

$6000

Bethesda

$5000

Maryland

$4300

The United States

$5000

Baltimore

$4500

Hagerstown

$6200

California

$5500

Salisbury

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care centers offer the most affordable care for seniors at $1,842. Homebound seniors can get home care services for $4,576, and limited home health care for $4,767. While $6,000 is high for assisted living, the most costly care is nursing home care. A typical semiprivate room in Bethesda costs $10,190 per month, and seniors who want privacy pay $10,646 for a private room.

$4576

Home care

$4767

Home health care

$1842

Adult day health care

$6000

Assisted living

$10190

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10646

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bethesda

Seniors in the Maryland area may be eligible for assistance with funding from the Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy program

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Maryland page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bethesda

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bethesda

Maryland offers many resources to seniors and their families, including those who may be considering assisted living or another type of senior care. The following examples are only some of the resources that are available.

ResourceContactService
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(301) 400-2465U.S. military veterans and their spouses who currently reside in senior living facilities can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. It’s a monthly payment added to the VA pension that’s intended to help them meet some of their costs. Payments are unique to each vet. The maximum monthly payments are $1,881 for individual veterans, $1,209 for surviving spouses and $2,230 for couples. Vets unsure if they qualify can use the free tool provided online by VeteranAid.org.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(240) 777-3369Seniors in residential care communities can take their complaints to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The ombudsman has the authority to investigate complaints about assisted living communities, including those made by residents’ families, and to pursue resolutions. Additionally, the department holds information about licensed facilities that families can access on request. This may include information about upheld charges of violating standards.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)(301) 255-4250Adults aged 64 and older who want to know more about Medicare before enrolling, and those who already benefit from Medicare, can use this free service to learn more about the various plans. Counselors can provide one-on-one and confidential services for free, which typically include advising seniors on the best Medicare plans for their circumstances. This may also include private health care insurance plans. However, the counselors won’t try to sell insurance because their role is to exclusively support seniors.
Montgomery County Senior Centers(240) 777-6840Montgomery County operates seven senior centers, each welcoming adults aged 55 and older. Although each center is unique, there are some common services that apply to all. These include what is known as “55+ Active Adult Programs.” Included in the itinerary are fitness classes that range from tai chi to weight training. There are also educational classes for seniors who want to learn more about computing, European languages and nutritional health. Additionally, centers run their own entertainment programs and organize trips to cultural attractions in the surrounding areas.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bethesda

Bethesda-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Maryland are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bethesda