2 Assisted Living Facilities in Bedford, VA


Cardinal Senior Living

Provides: Assisted Living
1350 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA 24523
"Cardinal Senior Living was very nice. I met with the director for over an hour, I got to look at everything, and I was very impressed. I got to meet a couple of the nursing staff, and they were all..." More


English Meadows Elks Home Campus

Provides: Assisted Living
931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford, VA 24523
"I'm in English Meadows in Bedford. I'm very happy with it. I chose it because of the setting,;it is out in the country, it has a golf course right beside it, and it is a beautiful place. The staff..." More

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bedford

    To some people, Bedford is best known as the home of the National D-Day Memorial. The city was chosen for the memorial because it lost the highest number of residents per capita in the 1944 Normandy landings. Bedford, which then had a population of 3,200, lost 19 soldiers on D-Day and three more during the rest of the Normandy campaign.

    While these statistics are sobering, senior citizens may wish to visit the memorial while participating in other Bedford-area activities, such as scenic bus rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The area provides assisted living services to seniors as well, with two facilities in Bedford and 12 more in nearby Lynchburg and Troutville. The Virginia Department of Social Services licenses these facilities, which serve at least four residents each.

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bedford

    • Seniors in Bedford will observe seasonal weather changes. On a yearly basis, the city averages 215 sunny days, 13 inches of snow and 45 inches of rain. The low temperature in January is 27 degrees Fahrenheit, and the high in July is about 86.

    • Bedford’s cost of living is 12 percent below the national average and 19 percent below the state average, so it's one of the more affordable communities in Virginia. Bedford's housing is particularly inexpensive, at 55 percent below the state average. 

    • The violent crime rate of 14.7 out of 100 is well below the national average of 31.1. However, property crimes, such as burglary and car theft, rank higher than the national average, at 50.3 versus 38.1. For its size, Bedford has a high crime rate compared with similar communities.

    • Bedford has an array of community resources for seniors, including Bedford County Senior Programs provided through the Parks and Recreation Department. Along with socialization, the programs offer bingo, choir, line dance classes, picnics, crafts, driver safety classes and various senior-friendly activities.

    • Seniors might be frustrated by the lack of public transportation in the city. Bedford does have a walk score of 68, so it may be possible for some seniors to do a few errands on foot.

    • Area attractions that can make for fun outings include the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, the Claytor Nature Study Center and a variety of wineries and farms.

    Paying for Assisted Living in Bedford

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in Virginia

    $4,000.00 US
    $3,450.00 Roanoke
    $3,076.00 Lynchburg
    $2,500.00 Chesterfield
    $2,447.00 Bedford
    $1,950.00 Salem

    Assisted Living costs in Bedford start around $2,447 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

    It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Bedford and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bedford

    Virginia offers an auxiliary grant that can supplement some Bedford residents’ SSI income to help with assisted living expenses. Seniors with medical needs may also be eligible for funding through the CCC Plus Waiver

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

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    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 Bedford

    Bedford and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in Bedford, please visit our Assisted Living in Virginia page.

    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bedford

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

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    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Bedford

    • Review of Cardinal Senior Living

      Cardinal Senior Living was very nice. I met with the director for over an hour, I got to look at everything, and I was very impressed. I got to meet a couple of the nursing staff, and they were all... Read more

    • Review of Cardinal Senior Living

      Cardinal Senior Living is small and they seem to show a lot of personal attention. It's clean, comfortable, and it's good overall. They take the residents out on occasional outings, they went out f... Read more

    • Review of Cardinal Senior Living

      This community is one of the cleanest I have seen. The staff are friendly and the administrative staff are very professional and welcoming. Everyone we visit activities are going on and the reside... Read more

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