Alexandria is a city on the opposite bank of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. that regularly features in lists of the best places to live in Virginia. About 11.3% of its almost 160,000 residents are aged 65 and older. Alexandrians benefit from an excellent choice of health care facilities and low rates of crime. The city’s old town is awash with historic eateries serving a wide range of foods and independent boutique stores, with each offering something unique.

Seniors struggling with daily tasks at home, such as cleaning and managing medications, may want to consider assisted living. The facilities in Alexandria are staffed with trained caregivers who assist with daily needs and help residents live in safety and comfort in their new homes. Costs average at $5,948, which is high for Virginia, where the typical rate is $5,250, but in keeping with other cities close to Washington, D.C.

This guide considers the pros and cons of living in Alexandria and compares its assisted living fees with some other Virginian cities. It also compares costs for other types of senior care and lists some useful resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Alexandria, VA

2013, 2016, 2017

Spring Hills Mount Vernon

3709 Shannons Green Way, Alexandria, VA, 22309

Spring Hills Mount Vernon is nestled between Vernon Heights Park and the Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia. Residents and visitors alike praise Spring Hills for being a spacious, clean and brig … (read more)
Spring Hills Mount Vernon is nestled between Vernon Heights Park and the Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia. Residents and visitors alike praise Spring Hills for being a spacious, clean and brig … (read more)

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Sunrise of Alexandria

3520 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22304

Sunrise of Alexandria is located in Alexandria, Virginia, next to Highway 236, supermarkets, Port City Brewing Company and shopping centers. The facility offers shopping trips, sightseeing tours and v … (read more)
Sunrise of Alexandria is located in Alexandria, Virginia, next to Highway 236, supermarkets, Port City Brewing Company and shopping centers. The facility offers shopping trips, sightseeing tours and v … (read more)

2016

Sunrise at Mount Vernon

8033 Holland Road, Alexandria, VA, 22306

Sunrise at Mount Vernon is located in Alexandria, Virginia, near George Washington Memorial Parkway, several medical centers, shopping outlets, historic parks and recreational attractions. Visitors an … (read more)
Sunrise at Mount Vernon is located in Alexandria, Virginia, near George Washington Memorial Parkway, several medical centers, shopping outlets, historic parks and recreational attractions. Visitors an … (read more)

Macklin Court

9417 Macklin Court, Alexandria, VA, 22309

Macklin Court is located in Alexandria, Virginia near Ferry Landing Road, Grist Mill Park and the Washington Metro Philharmonic. Relatives appreciate the elegant, well-kept home and long-term staff wh … (read more)
Macklin Court is located in Alexandria, Virginia near Ferry Landing Road, Grist Mill Park and the Washington Metro Philharmonic. Relatives appreciate the elegant, well-kept home and long-term staff wh … (read more)

The View Alexandria

5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22311

Hermitage in Northern Virginia, located in Alexandria, Virginia, was founded in 1962 by Virginia United Methodist Homes. Residents appreciate musical and theatrical performances, religious services, b … (read more)
Hermitage in Northern Virginia, located in Alexandria, Virginia, was founded in 1962 by Virginia United Methodist Homes. Residents appreciate musical and theatrical performances, religious services, b … (read more)

Emilia Assisted Living Home

5501 Brookland Rd, Alexandria, VA, 22310

Emilia Assisted Living Home is five miles west of downtown Alexandria, Virginia, in the neighborhood of Rose Hill. The community is conveniently close to a variety of local shopping and outdoor attrac … (read more)
Emilia Assisted Living Home is five miles west of downtown Alexandria, Virginia, in the neighborhood of Rose Hill. The community is conveniently close to a variety of local shopping and outdoor attrac … (read more)

Sunrise of Old Town

400 N Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314


2015

Paul Spring

7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA, 22307

Paul Spring Assisted Living and Retirement Community sits on 12 acres of land in Alexandria, Virginia, which is home to wonderfully preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture. Housing options includ … (read more)
Paul Spring Assisted Living and Retirement Community sits on 12 acres of land in Alexandria, Virginia, which is home to wonderfully preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture. Housing options includ … (read more)

The Fountains at Washington House

5100 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22311

The Fountains at Washington House is located in a quiet area of Alexandria, Virginia, a short distance from Interstate 395 where residents can visit shopping centers, restaurants and the Virginia Hosp … (read more)
The Fountains at Washington House is located in a quiet area of Alexandria, Virginia, a short distance from Interstate 395 where residents can visit shopping centers, restaurants and the Virginia Hosp … (read more)

Brandywine Living at Alexandria

5550 Cardinal Place, Alexandria, VA, 22304

Conveniently located just steps away from the Trade Center Shopping Village is Brandywine Living at Alexandria, an assisted living facility in Alexandria, Virginia. Residents who prefer sophisticated … (read more)
Conveniently located just steps away from the Trade Center Shopping Village is Brandywine Living at Alexandria, an assisted living facility in Alexandria, Virginia. Residents who prefer sophisticated … (read more)

Goodwin House Alexandria

4800 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA, 22311

Residents enjoy calling Goodwin House, in Alexandria, their home because of the ornate decorations that make them feel at home as they walk around the senior community. Located right off Interstate 39 … (read more)
Residents enjoy calling Goodwin House, in Alexandria, their home because of the ornate decorations that make them feel at home as they walk around the senior community. Located right off Interstate 39 … (read more)

Annie B Rose House

399 Pendleton Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

The facility is very nice!! The employees there do a lot to ensure the safety and overall enjoyment of their residents while they are staying at this facility. If someone is a smoker then this may not … (read more)
The facility is very nice!! The employees there do a lot to ensure the safety and overall enjoyment of their residents while they are staying at this facility. If someone is a smoker then this may not … (read more)

Lincolnia Adult Day Health Care

4710 North Chambliss St, Alexandria, VA, 22312


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)

2015

Sunrise of Springfield

6541 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA, 22150

My father-in-law is very happy at Sunrise of Springfield. We felt welcome. The minute we walked into the facility, we were greeted by the director. They had a sign welcoming us for the tour that was d … (read more)
My father-in-law is very happy at Sunrise of Springfield. We felt welcome. The minute we walked into the facility, we were greeted by the director. They had a sign welcoming us for the tour that was d … (read more)

Vitality Living Arlington

3821 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22203

I got to tour Vitality Living Arlington. It’s more geared to someone who can move around and be mobile, and that place isn’t a fit for our needs. It was a great place. It’s clean, and I thoroughly enj … (read more)
I got to tour Vitality Living Arlington. It’s more geared to someone who can move around and be mobile, and that place isn’t a fit for our needs. It was a great place. It’s clean, and I thoroughly enj … (read more)

The Fairfax

9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, VA, 22060

The Fairfax is probably the Cadillac of the system. It has a campus environment and excellent food. There is a great bunch of people. It is a military retirement place, so everybody has the same backg … (read more)
The Fairfax is probably the Cadillac of the system. It has a campus environment and excellent food. There is a great bunch of people. It is a military retirement place, so everybody has the same backg … (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)

Sunrise at Bluemont Park

5920 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205

The tour at Sunrise at Bluemont Park was very good. The physical appearance was very nice. The people are friendly. The residents like it there very much. The surrounding environment is very nice, and … (read more)
The tour at Sunrise at Bluemont Park was very good. The physical appearance was very nice. The people are friendly. The residents like it there very much. The surrounding environment is very nice, and … (read more)

2014, 2015

Braddock Glen

4027 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA, 22032

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Braddock Glen is on Oiley Lane near Inova Fairfax Hospital and the intersection of Interstate 495 and State Highway 236. Relatives compliment the staff for being pleasant … (read more)
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Braddock Glen is on Oiley Lane near Inova Fairfax Hospital and the intersection of Interstate 495 and State Highway 236. Relatives compliment the staff for being pleasant … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Alexandria

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Virginia. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Alexandria

The Virginia Department of Social Services issues licenses to facilities that satisfy its guidelines, which include strict adherence to health and safety, fire safety and staff recruitment policies. The administrator of the facility must also be licensed by the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. Licensed facilities are regularly monitored and subject to unannounced inspections.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Alexandria

  • Many hospitals in the Washington D.C. area provide excellent health care services for Alexandria’s older residents. Within the city, Inova Alexandria Hospital has a high reputation for multiple specialisms, including cancer care, orthopedics and stroke services. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital also serves the city’s seniors, specializing in behavioral health, joint replacement and vision services.
  • Property crime in Alexandria is below the state average. Violent crime is also less frequent than the state average. The chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Alexandria are 1 in 525 while the figure for Virginia is 1 in 482. Seniors concerned about crime may be interested to know assisted living facilities typically provide security and surveillance systems as part of their services and many have staff on-site 24/7.
  • The climate in Alexandria is generally favorable for seniors who like to experience all four seasons but want to avoid weather extremes. July is the hottest month, with temperatures hovering around a pleasant 88 degrees. January is the coldest, but temperatures tend not to fall far below 27 degrees very often. Snowfall is about half the national average, at 14 inches annually, and rainfall is usually around 5 inches more than the U.S mean.
  • Alexandria’s high housing costs are one of the drivers behind the city’s average cost of living index of 149.9, which is considerably higher than normal for Virginia and the country. However, the city’s average health cost index is 98.5, which is lower than the state and national equivalents.
  • MetroAccess Paratransit is a shared-ride door-to-door service provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. It’s for residents whose disabilities make it too difficult for them to use the authority’s bus and rail services. To be eligible, seniors must have an ADA-defined disability or need to use a ramp or wheelchair lift to use a public transportation vehicle. All adults aged 65+ are eligible for a Senior SmarTrip Card, which reduces their travel costs on the transit network.

Paying for Assisted Living in Alexandria

The average assisted living facility in Alexandria charges $5,948 per month for its services. This is above the norm for Virginia, where the typical senior pays $5,250, and the country, where the average is $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Being on the opposite side of the river from the state capital can drive up costs in Alexandria, which may answer the question of why assisted living in the city is more costly than normal for Virginia. However, some nearby cities have high costs too, such as Harrisonburg, where the median is $5,711. Generally, though, assisted living tends to be more affordable, such as in Winchester, where costs average $5,015, and Richmond, where they’re $4,901.

$5948

Alexandria

$5250

Virginia

$4500

The United States

$5015

Winchester

$5711

Harrisonburg

$4901

Richmond

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who want to remain at home can expect to pay around $5,339 per month for homemaker or home health aide services. Those able to attend adult day care can see average costs reduced to around $2,282. Assisted living’s typical rates of $5,948 are around half of the normal fees charged by nursing homes, where a private room typically costs $13,049, and a semiprivate room, $11,467.

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$2282

Adult Day Health Care

$5948

Assisted Living Facility

$11467

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$13049

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Alexandria

Eligible seniors can apply for financial assistance for assisted living in Virginia through the Auxiliary Grant and a state supplement to SSI

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia

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 Virginia page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Alexandria

Alexandria’s seniors can get help from many nonprofit organizations in the area dedicated to improving the lives of the city’s older residents. Those listed here can provide medical equipment that makes it easier for seniors to move around, help assisted living residents resolve issues with their care providers and identify the benefits available to veterans and their dependents.

Resource

Contact

Service

(703) 324-5861

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program aims to resolve differences between residential care residents and those who own and manage facilities. It uses a combination of counseling, investigation and negotiation to find solutions that satisfy all parties. The department also trains volunteers to be ombudsmen, who are tasked with regularly visiting care communities to speak with residents and inform them of their rights and conduct investigations into complaints.

(703) 359-1210

Managed by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the Springfield Benefits Office helps U.S. military vets and their families get the state and federal benefits they should. Located only minutes from Alexandria, it can also help eligible veterans apply for allowances that meet some long-term care costs, such as VA Aid Attendance. Additionally, it can refer those discharged from active service to the Alexandria VA Vet Center if they need support from counselors to deal with issues such as addiction and depression. 

(703) 246-3460

Adults aged 55 or more who want to volunteer some of their time to help the community of Alexandria can contact RSVP Northern Virginia, an organization specializing in connecting volunteers with nonprofits that rely on their assistance. Volunteer work can vary. For example, the volunteer may require training to be an income tax advisor or a teaching assistant, but they may also be able to mentor others developing knowledge where the senior already has expertise.

(703) 719-1380

The medical equipment loan closet is a service provided by ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc., a nonprofit that helps disabled adults gain more independence. All loans are free of charge and typically include the most common medical devices, such as electric wheelchairs, commodes, canes, rollator walkers and knee scooters. As the organization depends on donated equipment, the requested device may not be immediately available. However, the center will try to provide it as soon as possible.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Alexandria

Alexandria Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Virginia page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Virginia