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

Home to a thriving arts culture and vast local cuisine, seniors enjoy retiring in Richmond, where days can be spent roaming the various outdoor markets, art exhibits, and music festivals, and sports loving retirees enjoy their days on the multitude of golf courses and watching the NASCAR races. To help seniors in Richmond find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.

With an average cost of $4,062 in Richmond, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.

This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 227 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 33 facilities in Richmond.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Richmond

The city of Richmond is not only the Virginia state capital, but one of the oldest major cities in America. It is home to a number of historic landmarks and has a population of around 227,000. Of these residents, 12.1 percent are aged 65 and older, and may require some degree of assistance with daily tasks and activities.

In Richmond, as in the entire state of Virginia, there are two levels of Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) available, depending on the level of care a senior requires: residential living care and assisted living care. A total of 50 of these facilities are available in Richmond and its surrounding communities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Richmond

 

  • Residents of Richmond enjoy a pleasant year-round climate. Winter temperatures only fall to around 28 degrees, and summer days can reach a high of 90. Overall, the city scores a 60 out of 100 in terms of overall comfort.
  • Richmond has a considerably low air quality, which may be an important point of consideration for seniors who suffer from certain cancers or lung diseases.
  • For Virginia seniors on a tight budget, Richmond may be a good option. While just above the U.S. national average of 100, at a score of 102.5, the cost of living in Richmond is quite a bit lower than the statewide average of 114. This difference is largely due to low grocery, health and transportation costs.
  • Rates of property crime in Richmond are very high, scoring 55.9 on a scale out of 100, with 100 representing high crime, compared to the U.S. national average of 35.4. Violent crime rates are much closer to the national average, scoring 24.6, compared to 22.7.
  • Seniors can navigate the city with the transportation services provided by the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), and adults age 65 and older are eligible for reduced fares. The GRTC also offers a specialized transportation division with four different curb-to-curb service options for seniors with disabilities or mobility issues.
  • Well known for its arts scene, the city is home the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet, as well as a host of theaters and art museums, some of which offer senior discounts. 

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Richmond

Assisted Living costs in Richmond start around $3,644 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 Richmond 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.

Cities in Virginia

Mechanicsville

$4,337

Williamsburg

$4,156

US

$4,000

Midlothian

$3,901

Richmond

$3,644

Petersburg

$3,500

Henrico

$2,500

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Richmond

Several options are available to eligible seniors who require funding assistance to reside in an assisted living facility in Richmond. Government programs include Supplemental Security Incomeand an Auxiliary Grant Program. Seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease may also be eligible for assistance from Virginia Alzheimer's Assisted Living under Medicaid waiver 1915(c).

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 Richmond

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Richmond

Richmond-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions About Assisted Living in Richmond, VA

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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John

I visited this facility

Review of God’s Mercy LLC

We liked God's Mercy LLC and they said they would work with us. Their price was not bad, and the facility looked good. It was a small facility, but it had a nice fenced-in yard where the residents...

Provider response

Thank you very much for the tour and we appreciate you for your time. Yes, we give our clients a balanced diet meal(fruit&veg)and we go by dietary "for those who are on a diet or specification by...

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Assisted Living

Chris

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of God’s Mercy LLC

Neat and clean place.Very friendly environment.Very patient with client and respectful.My brother is always looking neat and well taken care of.

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Assisted Living

Carol Gholson

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of St. Francis Home

My sister has lived at this facility for 0ver 5 years, the entire place is clean and staff are very hospitable, I've visited several times unexpectant, and it was always the same. Exceptional...

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