Named for the major river that flows along its southern border, Potomac is a quiet community just northwest of Washington D.C. that’s home to nearly 50,000 people. Adults aged 65 and over make up an impressive 23% of this population, which is far higher than the national average of 16.5%. Due to this dense senior population, local leaders are focused on creating a community that’s very friendly toward seniors through programs, services and general quality of life improvements. 

Assisted living facilities are designed for older adults who exercise some level of independence but are unable to handle some or most activities of daily living. These include bathing, dressing, grooming, light housekeeping and taking medication. Assisted living communities offer on-site dining for most or all residents’ dietary needs, and many facilities have luxury amenities, such as swimming pools and fitness centers. The average monthly cost for an assisted living facility in Potomac is $6,000 per month according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey for 2020, which is $1,000 higher than Maryland’s statewide average.

Further in this guide, families can find more detailed information about assisted living in Potomac, including a breakdown of costs compared to other cities and types of care. Links to free or low-cost resources and programs are also available.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Potomac, MD

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)

Asheir Homes – Potomac

20 Riverwood Ct, Potomac, MD, 20854

My mother moved into Asheir Homes. It’s a very small residential facility. There are only eight patients. It’s very nice, but the trouble is, during the pandemic, visiting is extremely limited. Today, … (read more)
My mother moved into Asheir Homes. It’s a very small residential facility. There are only eight patients. It’s very nice, but the trouble is, during the pandemic, visiting is extremely limited. Today, … (read more)

Assisted Living of Potomac I

11901 Falls Road, Potomac, MD, 20854

I toured this home Its very immaculaty clean, residents looked happy and engaged in activities.. Owner is a RN and was very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. References from current family members w … (read more)
I toured this home Its very immaculaty clean, residents looked happy and engaged in activities.. Owner is a RN and was very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. References from current family members w … (read more)

Serenity Gardens Assisted Living

10829 Burbank Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854

We picked Serenity Gardens Assisted Living for my sister. It’s 10/10. They will do all medical care, which is important, and give you a place to stay. The rooms were beautiful. My other sister and I w … (read more)
We picked Serenity Gardens Assisted Living for my sister. It’s 10/10. They will do all medical care, which is important, and give you a place to stay. The rooms were beautiful. My other sister and I w … (read more)

Byron House

9210 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854

Our 92 year old mother recently moved in to Byron House. She was living independently until a few months ago when she decided she needed help and wanted to be around people to eat and socialize with … (read more)
Our 92 year old mother recently moved in to Byron House. She was living independently until a few months ago when she decided she needed help and wanted to be around people to eat and socialize with … (read more)

Serenity Gardens Assisted Living II

9710 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD, 20854

Home away from home setting. Beautiful,refreshing,clean. Friendly staff. Extremely knowledgeable and outgoing owner who is a nurse. Was curious about the name initially but once I did the tour I l … (read more)
Home away from home setting. Beautiful,refreshing,clean. Friendly staff. Extremely knowledgeable and outgoing owner who is a nurse. Was curious about the name initially but once I did the tour I l … (read more)

Potomac Seniors Village

10501 Burbank Drive, Potomac, MD, 20854

The owner Ruby is very involved at the facility. She gives a lot of time and attention to each resident. I am very happy to have put my Mother there and it gives me a peace of mind to know she is be … (read more)
The owner Ruby is very involved at the facility. She gives a lot of time and attention to each resident. I am very happy to have put my Mother there and it gives me a peace of mind to know she is be … (read more)

AlfredHouse Rebecca

9910 River Road, Potomac, MD, 20854

My overall impression of Rebecca House is good. The staff is very nice. My dad stays in his room and doesn’t do anything, but his room is nice.
My overall impression of Rebecca House is good. The staff is very nice. My dad stays in his room and doesn’t do anything, but his room is nice.

Eden Kosher Homes, Llc

11500 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD, 20854



Ingleside at Rock Creek

3050 Military Road NW, Washington, DC, 20015

Rooms are very small(500 sq. ft.) though uinits with lots of windows, have beautiful views and lots of light! They were wonderful when my family member came, but since Covid and the aftermath, they a … (read more)
Rooms are very small(500 sq. ft.) though uinits with lots of windows, have beautiful views and lots of light! They were wonderful when my family member came, but since Covid and the aftermath, they a … (read more)

2013, 2015

Sunrise at Reston Town Center

1778 Fountain Drive, Reston, VA, 20190

Sunrise at Reston Town Center was fairly new, clean, and well maintained. Residents were moving around and they were friendly. We talked to the receptionist and the person that showed us around was ve … (read more)
Sunrise at Reston Town Center was fairly new, clean, and well maintained. Residents were moving around and they were friendly. We talked to the receptionist and the person that showed us around was ve … (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)

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)

Chevy Chase House

5420 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC, 20015

Chevy Chase House is located in Northwest Washington, D.C., just south of the Maryland state line. Residents and visitors love the location on Connecticut Avenue, which puts them within walking distan … (read more)
Chevy Chase House is located in Northwest Washington, D.C., just south of the Maryland state line. Residents and visitors love the location on Connecticut Avenue, which puts them within walking distan … (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)

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)

Tall Oaks Assisted Living LC

12052 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA, 20190

I’m living in Tall Oaks at Reston Assisted Living now, and it’s going OK at the moment. It’s kind of a mixed review. The food is good. We haven’t had many activities because of the COVID stuff. We hav … (read more)
I’m living in Tall Oaks at Reston Assisted Living now, and it’s going OK at the moment. It’s kind of a mixed review. The food is good. We haven’t had many activities because of the COVID stuff. We hav … (read more)

Greenbrier Assisted Living

8204 Madrillon Estates Dr, Vienna, VA, 22182

Greenbrier Assisted Living was a single-family home that has been fitted for senior living, and it was very clean and very nice on the inside. The woman that I spoke to was also very nice. They’ve got … (read more)
Greenbrier Assisted Living was a single-family home that has been fitted for senior living, and it was very clean and very nice on the inside. The woman that I spoke to was also very nice. They’ve got … (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 Potomac

The Assisted Living Unit, which is within Maryland’s Department of Health, is responsible for licensing and monitoring assisted living facilities in Potomac and the rest of the state. Regulations are designed to assure the health and safety of assisted living residents.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Potomac

  • Rates of both violent crime and property crime in Potomac are below the national averages. Seniors and families who want some extra peace of mind will find assisted living facilities in the area that offer controlled access, video surveillance and 24-hour monitoring. 
  • The American Lung Association gives Montgomery County a passing grade for particle pollution, meaning seniors can feel free to participate in outdoor activities without worrying about the air harming their lungs. The Potomac area does experience rare days of high ozone, so seniors should avoid going outside if the forecast predicts this condition. 
  • While the overall cost of living in Potomac is 93% higher than the national average, health care costs 7.4% less than the national average. High housing prices account for the expensive cost of living, but some seniors can take advantage of this when they sell their homes. 
  • Maryland has only somewhat friendly tax policies for seniors. All income from social security is exempt from state income tax, but retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s and IRAs, and pensions are taxed at values above $33,100 in accordance with the state’s Pension Exclusion program. Low-income seniors can expect to keep most of their income so that they can pay for assisted living.
  • Potomac is in Montgomery County, which is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. County leaders have set a goal of making the area a very friendly place for seniors to live. The improvement process often includes an age-friendly action plan and progress reports. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Potomac

The estimated cost for assisted living in Potomac is $6,000 per month. This figure is higher than the average for Maryland as a whole, which is $5,000 per month, and higher than the United States collectively, which is $4,300 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Potomac has some of the highest assisted living costs in the state. The city of California and its surrounding area is the only place more expensive, at an estimated $6,200 per month. Baltimore, the state’s biggest city, is quite a bit cheaper at $5,000 per month. Hagerstown, which costs $4,500 per month, has the least expensive assisted living costs in Maryland.

$6000

Potomac

$5000

Maryland

$4300

The United States

$5000

Baltimore

$4500

Hagerstown

$6200

California

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Potomac, assisted living offers an attractive balance of price and level of care, putting it in the middle of the pack of senior care options in terms of cost. Adult day health care is the most affordable care option at an estimated price of $1,744. Homemaker services and home health aides cost about $1,233-$1,400 less per month than assisted living. At $11,726 per month for a semiprivate room, nursing homes are the most expensive type of care in Potomac.

$4601

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$1744

Adult Day Health Care

$6000

Assisted Living Facility

$11726

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$13059

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Potomac was not available, so data for the closest city, Washington D.C., was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Potomac

The state of Maryland pays for assisted living services in Level II and Level III ALPs through the Medicaid 1915(c)Home and Community-Based Options Waiver Program. There is also a Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program funded by the state.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland

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 Potomac

A variety of public and private resources are available in Potomac and Montgomery County that can make assisted living issues easier for families. Applications for programs, as well as more information, are available through the contacts listed in the following table.

Resource 

Contact 

Service

(301) 738-3252 

Potomac residents aged 50 and over can contact CAR to schedule a trip anywhere within the Washington D.C. metro area. The reason for travel can include medical appointments and errands to social activities and more. Representatives at CAR also help older adults sign up for local transportation programs, which can help them save money on trips to and from assisted living facilities. If a senior takes a trip on any Ride On or MetroBus route, that portion of their journey will be free. 

(240) 777-3369

The Ombudsman for Montgomery County serves the interests of seniors at 183 assisted living facilities located throughout the county, including the 21 communities in Potomac. In addition to taking reports of abuse, Ombudsman volunteers are available to resolve problems and ensure that local facilities are maintaining high standards. This program has received national recognition. 

(240) 221-1370

Potomac Community Village is a nonprofit organization that connects seniors in need with local programs, events and services. Their volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including computer repairs, errand running, transportation and pet care. Some services require membership, but fees may be waived on a case-by-case basis. One of their objectives is to prevent placement in a nursing home whenever possible.

(240) 773-4805

The Senior Centers located in Montgomery County host several programs that adults in Potomac assisted living communities can use to improve their health, happiness and creativity. These include wellness services, long-term care referrals, volunteer opportunities and excursions to destinations all over the Mid-Atlantic region. The Holiday Park location is right across the border from Potomac in Rockville.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Potomac

Potomac-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 Maryland