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

 

McLean is in northern Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C., metro area. A census-designated place, McLean has more than 50,000 residents. Many seniors look kindly upon the area, as signaled by the fact that 19.5% of McLean's population is at least 65 years old. For context, the national average is 16.8%. In McLean's region, seniors can access many health care providers through the VHC Health and Inova medical systems. McLean scores well in public safety measures, potentially appealing to seniors concerned about crime, and organizations focused on helping older adults are plentiful in the area.

When a senior becomes unable to continue living alone, assisted living may be a good fit. At assisted living communities, residents have regular access to help from staff members, easing everyday tasks such as preparing meals and bathing. In McLean, the average senior pays $5,948 per month for assisted living. Nationally, the average monthly cost for assisted living is $4,500, and across Virginia it is $5,250.

This guide compares the price of assisted living in McLean to the costs associated with other care options. It also gives details on several places McLean's older adults can find support.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in McLean

Virginia's Department of Social Services licenses assisted living facilities across the state, including in McLean. The department is responsible for making sure facilities meet care standards and obey regulations set by the State Board of Social Services. To that end, department staff members conduct inspections and investigations, and the department dispenses penalties when appropriate.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in McLean

 

  • Around McLean, there are multiple large hospitals, including Inova's Fair Oaks Hospital and Fairfax Medical Campus, each of which has an emergency department. The VHC Health network operates many facilities in the area, too. Senior care programs are among the offerings of both Inova and VHC Health.
  • McLean has a four-season climate with an average of 203 sunny days per year, a figure just 2 days below the national average. Thunderstorms are common during warmer months. Annually, McLean sees over 6 inches of rain than the typical U.S. locale, while its snowfall accumulation is 8 inches below average. 
  • Air and water quality levels in McLean are below average. However, McLean has a perfect score on the BestPlaces Superfund index, which reflects low levels of waste contamination in the area. Additionally, the BestPlaces Health Cost Index lists McLean as 6% less expensive than average. 
  • Driven up largely by high housing prices, McLean's cost of living is more than double the national average. However, seniors 65 years of age and up may be able to take advantage of tax breaks from Fairfax County. On the state level, Virginia offers a tax deduction for qualifying seniors and it does not tax Social Security payments.
  • McLean is a relatively safe place to live. In BestPlaces' safety-assessment system, McLean's violent crime ranking is 12.2 and its property crime ranking is 25.8, both of which are near the safer end of the scale. By comparison, the national average for violent crime is 22.7. For property crime, it is 35.4. For seniors concerned about personal safety, an assisted living facility with robust security measures may be attractive.
  • Many service providers, like NV Rides and Fairfax County's Neighborhood and Community Services Department, help seniors get around McLean and its Fairfax County surroundings. 

Paying for Assisted Living in McLean

 

In McLean, the average cost of assisted living is $5,948 per month. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The average monthly cost of assisted living in McLean is $698 higher than the Virginia-wide rate. Compared to the national average, McLean is $1,448 more expensive. McLean is also more expensive than Winchester, where the average assisted living rate is $5,015. To McLean's south, Richmond's average assisted living facility charges $4,901. The average prices in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are $5,711 and $5,700, respectively, making them more similar to McLean than other nearby options.

McLean

$5,948

Virginia

$5,250

United States

$4,500

United States

$4,500

Winchester

$5,015

Harrisonburg

$5,711

Charlottesville

$5,700

Richmond

$4,901

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living facilities in McLean charge a typical rate of $5,948 per month. Seniors who can safely stay at home may save an average of $609 per month by opting for in-home care or home health care. Adult day health care has an average rate of $2,282, making it the area's most affordable option. Nursing homes are by far the priciest type of senior care provider. In a McLean nursing home, the median cost for a shared room is $11,467 per month.

In-Home Care

$5,339

Home Health Care

$5,339

Adult Day Health Care

$2,282

Assisted Living Facility

$5,948

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11,467

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in McLean

Seniors in Mclean who meet requirements for SSI can also benefit from Virginia's Auxiliary Grant, which helps pay assisted living fees. 

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 Assisted Living Resources in McLean

McLean 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 McLean, please visit our Assisted Living in Virginia page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in McLean

 

Mclean 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

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