Fairfax is a suburb of Washington D.C. with a reputation as a good place to retire due to its lower tax burden, ample access to quality medical care and plenty of recreational opportunities. The city has just over 24,100 residents, with almost 15% in the 65 and older age group. Despite its proximity to more populated cities, Fairfax has a small-town feel, lots of tree-lined streets and enough stores and restaurants to satisfy most shopping and culinary tastes. There are also plenty of parks for those who enjoy the outdoors and several museums.

Assisted living facilities in Fairfax offer safe, comfortable accommodation for seniors who no longer feel they can live independently in their own homes. The facilities provide staff who assist with personal needs, such as dressing, cooking and cleaning duties. The average monthly fee is $5,948, which is above the norm for Virginia but similar to other suburbs around Washington D.C.

This guide considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Fairfax and the costs of alternative types of senior care. It also lists some senior-friendly resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Fairfax, VA

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)

Sunrise of Fair Oaks VA

3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22033

Sunrise of Fair Oaks is located in Fairfax, Virginia, and offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Residents and visitors give high marks to this senior living community for a beaut … (read more)
Sunrise of Fair Oaks is located in Fairfax, Virginia, and offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Residents and visitors give high marks to this senior living community for a beaut … (read more)

Almost Home Senior Care

8945 Little River Trpk., Fairfax, VA, 22031

Jenny and Paul run a wonderful 3 residence group home in Fairfax. Jenny is a licensed geriatric nurse and meticulous about the processes and people assigned to take care of Mom. Flor is the caregive … (read more)
Jenny and Paul run a wonderful 3 residence group home in Fairfax. Jenny is a licensed geriatric nurse and meticulous about the processes and people assigned to take care of Mom. Flor is the caregive … (read more)

The Virginian

9229 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA, 22031

The Virginian is an age-in-place community offering all Levels of Care including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and our Health Care Center. We offer a month-to-month model without t … (read more)
The Virginian is an age-in-place community offering all Levels of Care including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and our Health Care Center. We offer a month-to-month model without t … (read more)

Sunrise of Fairfax

9207 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA, 22031

Sunrise of Fairfax is located in western Fairfax, Virginia, near Arlington Boulevard and minutes from Fairfax Circle Shopping Center and the Army Navy Country Club. Visitors and residents appreciate t … (read more)
Sunrise of Fairfax is located in western Fairfax, Virginia, near Arlington Boulevard and minutes from Fairfax Circle Shopping Center and the Army Navy Country Club. Visitors and residents appreciate t … (read more)

The Gardens at Fair Oaks – CLOSED

4310 Forest Hill Dr, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Gardens at Fair Oaks is located in western Fairfax, Virginia, just off Lee Highway and near the shops of Fairfax Centre. Visitors say staff members truly care about the residents and are highly attent … (read more)
Gardens at Fair Oaks is located in western Fairfax, Virginia, just off Lee Highway and near the shops of Fairfax Centre. Visitors say staff members truly care about the residents and are highly attent … (read more)

Cobbdale Assisted Living

3503 Burrows Ave, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Cobbdale Assisted Living is located in Manassas, Virginia, a short distance from Fairfax Boulevard where residents can visit an assortment of restaurants, cafés and shops. The facility offers assiste … (read more)
Cobbdale Assisted Living is located in Manassas, Virginia, a short distance from Fairfax Boulevard where residents can visit an assortment of restaurants, cafés and shops. The facility offers assiste … (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)

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)

Harmony at Chantilly

2980 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA, 20171

Harmony at Chantilly was excellent. Everything was very clean and the people were nice, as well as the rooms. I was very impressed with it. The person who gave the tour was very professional and knowl … (read more)
Harmony at Chantilly was excellent. Everything was very clean and the people were nice, as well as the rooms. I was very impressed with it. The person who gave the tour was very professional and knowl … (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)

2015, 2016

Sunrise of Hunter Mill

2863 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA, 22124

Sunrise of Hunter Mill is located in Oakton, Virginia, just minutes from Oakton Community Park and Oakton Shopping Center. Family members commend the clean, tidy Victorian-style building. Residents ca … (read more)
Sunrise of Hunter Mill is located in Oakton, Virginia, just minutes from Oakton Community Park and Oakton Shopping Center. Family members commend the clean, tidy Victorian-style building. Residents ca … (read more)

Rembrandt Assisted Living

6669 Gouthier Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042

My mom will be moving into Rembrandt Assisted Living. The facility was bright, clean, and very roomy. It felt like a home that my mother would be comfortable in. They are brand new, so they only had a … (read more)
My mom will be moving into Rembrandt Assisted Living. The facility was bright, clean, and very roomy. It felt like a home that my mother would be comfortable in. They are brand new, so they only had a … (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)

Harmony at Spring Hill

8350 Mountain Larkspur Drive, Lorton, VA, 22079

Harmony at Spring Hill was a very nice facility. It was very open, very clean, and very welcoming. I met with Lara. She was extremely friendly, very informative and had lots of energy. She spoke with … (read more)
Harmony at Spring Hill was a very nice facility. It was very open, very clean, and very welcoming. I met with Lara. She was extremely friendly, very informative and had lots of energy. She spoke with … (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)

Sunrise at Silas Burke House

9619 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA, 22015

My tour at Sunrise at Silas Burke House was pretty thorough. I had a sit-down briefing before we had a chance to do a walk around the place. It looks immaculate. In my understanding, it’s only four ye … (read more)
My tour at Sunrise at Silas Burke House was pretty thorough. I had a sit-down briefing before we had a chance to do a walk around the place. It looks immaculate. In my understanding, it’s only four ye … (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)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Fairfax

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 Fairfax

To legally operate in Virginia, an assisted living facility must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and its administrator separately licensed by the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. Licensed facilities must comply with strict guidelines relating to resident health and safety, fire safety, insurance and staff-to-resident ratios relevant to their building design and maximum occupancy.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fairfax

  • Property crime in Fairfax is slightly more common than normal for Virginia, but it’s below the national average. However, crimes of violence are significantly less frequent when compared to the state and U.S. averages. The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Fairfax is 1 in 1,207, compared to Virginia’s 1 in 482.
  • Fairfax has an average cost of living index of 152, which is considerably higher than Virginia’s 103.7. However, the index is skewed by housing costs, which, in the Washington D.C. area, are almost double Virginia’s average. When comparing costs more likely to affect seniors in assisted living, the differences sometimes flip. For example, the average health cost index for Fairfax is 99.9, while Virginia’s is 102.4.
  • Seniors who enjoy four seasons will appreciate Fairfax’s climate. January’s temperatures are usually around a chilly 24 degrees, and July’s are a comfortably warm 86 degrees. Consequently, residents aren’t subjected to temperature extremes and don’t need to be too concerned about other undesirable weather features, such as hurricanes. Snowfall is below average, but rainfall is slightly more than normal.
  • Fairfax’s average health cost index is an admirable 94.6, which is better than the national median of 100. Water and air quality are below average, but other factors compensate, such as the city’s excellent work within the EPA’s Superfund program to clean up contaminated land.
  • Fastran is a transportation service that serves the needs of Fairfax residents who benefit from human services agency programs, such as Medicaid. The service can also transport passengers to and from seniors centers within Fairfax County. Because fees are based on a sliding scale, the senior’s income will determine the cost per trip. 
  • In addition to being within 30 minutes of some of the country’s finest hospitals in Washington D.C., Fairfax seniors also have well-regarded facilities closer to home. Inova Fairfax Hospital and Emergency Room specializes in many areas of medicine, including heart and vascular conditions and cancer care.

Paying for Assisted Living in Fairfax

Fairfax has above-average assisted living rates, which is in keeping with other cities within the Washington D.C. area. Its median fee is $5,948 per month, which is significantly more than Virginia’s $5,250 and the national average of $4,500. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Fairfax is the most costly city in Virginia for seniors considering assisted living. Of the nearby cities, Harrisonburg’s average fees come closest, at $5,711; although several cities further south have similar fees. However, it’s more common to see significantly lower rates in the state, such as Winchester, at $5,015, and Richmond, at $4,901.

$5948

Fairfax

$5250

Virginia

$4500

The United States

$5015

Winchester

$5711

Harrisonburg

$4901

Richmond

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

With fees averaging $2,282 per month, adult day care is the most affordable option for seniors in Fairfax. Agencies offering homemaker and home health aide services typically charge $5,339 per month, which is below assisted living costs. But seniors should know they still have to factor home expenses into their overall costs. The most expensive type of care is in nursing homes, where the average private room costs $13,049, but savings of around $1,582 per month are possible if the senior chooses a semiprivate room.

$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)

Note: Data for Fairfax was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Washington, D.C., was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fairfax

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 Fairfax

Many nonprofit organizations assist seniors in and around Fairfax. The following list includes those that advocate for assisted living residents unhappy with their care providers, support veterans struggling with non-medical health issues and provide opportunities for volunteers to help others in their communities.

Resource

Contact

Service

(703) 324-5861

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a state-sponsored advocate for the rights of seniors residing in assisted living facilities. Its main purpose is to help residents understand their rights and to resolve care-related issues with providers through investigation and negotiation. Ombudsmen visit care communities weekly to provide confidential one-on-one counseling sessions to residents. They can also provide data about long-term care providers so seniors can make more informed choices.

(703) 359-1210

The Fairfax Benefits Office is administered by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to help those discharged from active military service apply for state and federal benefits. All of the office's services are free of charge. It can also refer vets and their dependents in need of behavioral health support to the Alexandria VA Vet Center, where specialists can help with a range of issues, such as family counseling, depression and PTSD. 

(703) 246-3460

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps adults aged 55 and older find nonprofit organizations in Fairfax and the surrounding areas that rely on volunteers to fulfill their purposes. There are many ways volunteers can assist, sometimes utilizing existing life and work skills and other times receiving training to deliver something new. Examples of common ways to help include becoming a teaching assistant within the Arlington Education and Employment Program and acting as an income tax assistant for individuals and families in Fairfax County.

(703) 719-1380

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled adults achieve as much independence as possible. Its medical loan closet lends Fairfax seniors with disabilities a wide range of devices that can mitigate the impact of the conditions that restrict their movement. As the center relies on donations, all loans are subject to availability. Equipment commonly in stock includes electric and manual wheelchairs, crutches, canes, knee scooters and commodes. There is no charge for the service or the loaned equipment.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fairfax

Fairfax 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