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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Charlottesville, VA for 2024

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia approximately an hour west of the state capital, Charlottesville is a city with historical landmarks, beautiful architecture and an urban feel. Approximately 46,000 people call the city home, 12% of whom are aged 65 and older. Seniors enjoy a lively downtown square, scenic roads and plenty of places to eat and shop.

Seniors who prefer to live independently while receiving varying levels of care may choose assisted living communities in Charlottesville. These communities offer nonmedical care, including help with bathing, dressing, housekeeping and meal prep. Assisted living in the city averages $5,700 per month, which is less than the national average of $4,500. The cost depends on several factors, including the exact location, the types of care and the number of amenities the facility provides.

This guide explores the cost of assisted living communities in Charlottesville and nearby cities. Additional information includes a list of common resources and information for seniors.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Charlottesville

The Virginia Department of Social Services regulates assisted living communities in Charlottesville. All communities are licensed through the department’s Division of Licensing Programs. It also details all the codes and regulations and provides a searchable online database of all assisted living facilities. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Charlottesville

  • On a 100-point scale, the cost of living in Charlottesville is seven points higher than the national average and three points higher than the state average. To ease financial stress, Virginia offers several income tax breaks for seniors. Social Security income isn’t taxed, and retirement withdrawals are only partially taxed.
  • Charlottesville offers four distinct seasons, with cold winters bringing average lows around 26 and a little more than a foot of snow. Summers are hot, with average highs around 86. The area gets roughly 219 sunny days per year, offering plenty of pleasant days for being outdoors and exploring the area.
  • Property crime in Charlottesville is slightly higher than the national average, but violent crime is slightly lower. The city partners with the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office through the TRIAD program, which provides education and presentations throughout the community to address concerns about crime.
  • The number of physicians per capita in the Charlottesville area is much higher than the national average, making it easier for seniors to get adequate care. Many of these physicians provide services at the UVA Health Hospital, which provides treatment for a wide range of conditions, including infectious diseases, kidney and liver disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  • For getting around Charlottesville, seniors can choose the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) buses, which provide reduced fares for residents aged 65 and over and those with disabilities. The Center Charlottesville also provides non-emergency medical transportation and rides to and from the facility.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Charlottesville, VA

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Charlottesville and 55 other cities in Virginia.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Charlottesville, VA

Inflation is set to cause a significant rise in the cost of living from 2022 to 2024. For example, in Charlottesville, the cost of assisted living has already increased by over 9% from the 2022 average of $4,683 to $5,131, and it's projected to reach $5,526 by 2024. Although rates are increasing nationwide, Charlottesville's costs remain high, yet still more affordable than Harrisonburg, which is set to reach $5,846 per month in 2024, a 7.7% increase. The most affordable city is Richmond, with costs projected to rise from $4,534 to $4,882 in 2023, also a 7.7% increase. 

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Charlottesville$4,683$5,131$5,526
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Virginia$4,641$4,640$5,013
Harrisonburg$5,336$5,846$6,296
Lynchburg$3,248$3,558 $3,832
Richmond$4,138$4,534$4,882

Cities in Virginia

Fishersville

$5,272

Charlottesville

$4,439

US

$4,000

Crozet

$3,495

Elkton

$2,550

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

There are many factors that contribute to the cost of senior living, including the level of care provided, the amenities featured and the types of accommodations available. Thus, as of 2023, different types of senior care see different monthly rates in Charlottesville. Designed for more self-sufficient seniors, independent living is the least expensive option at $4,450. Memory care costs are the most expensive ($8,150) — over 45% higher than assisted living ($5,131).

Assisted Living

$5,131

Memory Care

$8,150

Independent Living

$4,450

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Charlottesville

Eligible seniors can reduce their out-of-pocket assisted living expenses through one state program. The Virginia Department of Social Services' Auxiliary Grant Program provides a supplement to social security income for in-need seniors who must meet financial or disability requirements. This supplement can go toward assisted living expenses.

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

Financial Assistance 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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Charlottesville,VA

There are many resources in Charlottesville,VA that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Virginia state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Jefferson Area Board for Aging434-817-5222There are 25 AAAs in Virginia, each of which provides seniors with information about services and programs in the state. Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME), a telephone reassurance check-in service and care coordination are a few of the available services Additional options range from residential repair and renovation programs to local transportation services for seniors.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care

Charlottesville seniors wishing to remain in their own homes can find financial assistance from several local resources. These programs and organizations help retirees cover the cost of services such as home care, property modifications and utilities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Companion Support Services434-817-5222The Jefferson Area Board for Aging offers a companion support service for seniors aged 60 and over to help them retain their independence. Seniors who are eligible for the program are assigned companions to provide them with non-medical assistance. Services can include medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Charlottesville seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank434-296-3663The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Charlottesville, VA, partners with Feeding America to provide seniors and other members of the community with needed groceries. Anyone who needs food assistance qualifies for help. Proof of address may be required, and potential recipients are asked to call in advance to learn about distribution. In addition, on-site meals and neighborhood produce markets are offered by the organization with no income verification required.
Home Delivered Meals - Charlottesville434-817-5244Low-income adults age 60+ may receive nutritious, home-delivered meals if they're unable to prepare their own and don't have caregivers to cook for them. Diverse menu items are available, including foods prepared to meet dietary needs. Meals are delivered by friendly volunteers who can also check in with recipients. Seniors who want meal deliveries can apply to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, which serves Charlottesville, VA, as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.
Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle434-293-4364Meals on Wheels is a federally funded program available to seniors and homebound residents across the state. Meals are typically provided on a sliding scale based on your ability to pay. In most cases, you must be homebound or unable to cook or shop to qualify for this program. Meals on Wheels chapters are located throughout the state.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Charlottesville collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
​All Blessings Flow434-422-8888This faith-based charity provides free equipment loans to families in need, including minorities, seniors and rural residents. The organization loans more than 2,000 items every month.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Charlottesville seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Charlottesville434-817-5257The Charlottesville Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program conducts investigations of abuse and neglect claims in care communities and during in-home care. The organization runs a senior helpline for taking reports on behalf of seniors in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Any member of the community can access the senior helpline, and all residents of senior care facilities can access the office's investigation and advocacy programs by making contact with the Ombudsman's office.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Charlottesville bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Charlottesville Mary Williams Community Senior Center - Charlottesville434-817-5285Charlottesville Mary Williams Community Senior Center welcomes area seniors for congregate meals, social events and group outings, as well as free educational events for seniors looking for community resources. Services are available for seniors aged 60 and over who can manage their own medications and personal care, and who sign up for a free membership. Lunch comes with a small suggested donation, though meals are free for low-income members. Members also get free health screenings and assistance with chronic diseases.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Charlottesville help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Become a Volunteer - Charlottesville434-817-5289Located in Charlottesville, VA, JABA's Become a Volunteer program enables seniors to utilize their skills and years of experience in the service of their local communities. A wide range of volunteering opportunities is available, including administrative support, insurance counseling and mentoring students at nearby schools. JABA's Neighbor to Neighbor initiative also requires friendly, compassionate volunteers to visit residents who are elderly or disabled, assist them with household chores and deliver monthly food boxes.
Jefferson Madison Regional Library - Central Library434-979-7151The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Central Library, which operates as a cooling station, is open daily in Charlottesville, VA. It offers several services seniors can request, including computer use, digital scanning, faxing and 3D and standard printing. Seniors can also bring their own supplies and use the sewing machines, Cricut and laser cutting and engraving tools. Programs and workshops range from book club and Kimchi-making lessons to tech tutorials and trivia events. Notary services are also available.
Senior Citizen Waiver Program - Charlottesville434-982-6000The University of Virginia's Senior Citizen Waiver program enables adults aged 60 and older to audit up to three courses per semester at no cost. Seniors with an income of less than $23,850 in the preceding year can also take classes for credit without paying tuition. To be eligible for the program, individuals typically must meet the institution's admission requirements, and space must be available in classes, as priority is given to tuition-paying students first.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Charlottesville help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Charlottesville Social Security Office 22911800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Charlottesville, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Jaunt434-296-3184JAUNT offers transportation to seniors, people with disabilities and the general public in urban Charlottesville and the surrounding rural areas. Those who are ADA-certified can be picked up from their home and dropped off at their destination. The service can be used for medical appointments, as well as shopping, errands and leisure activities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Charlottesville

Charlottesville-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.

Laws and Regulations in Virginia

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