47 Assisted Living Facilities near Richmond, VA
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 $3,695 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 249 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 34 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
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Assisted Living costs in Richmond start around $3,695 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.
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.
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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Richmond
Review of Imperial Plaza
My friend moved into Imperial Plaza. It was based on her income, it's nice, it's friendly, and it accommodates her needs. Her room is nice, she loves it, she has a hospital bed that she bought on h... Read more
Review of Commonwealth Senior Living at the West End
Not a well run facility. Based on my own experience calling and emailing the staff, this facility is completely unresponsive to the needs of residents. They have refused to provide Call Button Re... Read more
Review of Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield
My father-in-law was a resident of Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield. I could never get anybody to take any responsibility. When I called to speak to them nobody could be bothered to look ... Read more
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What is the average cost of assisted living in VA?
According to Genworth’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey, the median monthly cost of assisted living in Virginia is $4,800, which is slightly higher than the national average of $4,051 per month. The cost of assisted living in Richmond is on par with the state average, at $4,848 per month.
Is Richmond a good place to retire?
Whether or not a city is a “good” place to retire will depend on your personal preferences. Richmond does boast a cost of living below the national average, which is appealing for many retirees, and a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. The city also makes U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 best places to retire.
Who qualifies for assisted living?
All potential residents must undergo an exam by a physician prior to being admitted to an assisted living facility. Facilities cannot admit residents who are dependent on a ventilator, have an airborne infection that would require the resident to be placed in isolation and/or the caregiver to take special precaution, pose a threat to themselves or others, requires skilled nursing care, or who otherwise require care that the facility is unable to provide or cannot provide due to lack of licensure.
How large is Richmond?
According to the Census Bureau, the city of Richmond is home to 228,783 residents, as of July 2018. The metro population, however, is larger, with 1,270,158 residents. Of the city’s population, 13.2% of residents are age 65 and over.
Does Medicaid cover assisted living in VA?
Standard Medicaid does not cover assisted living in Virginia. But, the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) Medicaid waiver may be used by eligible seniors to help cover the cost of assisted living. The eligibility requirements include income restrictions as well as medical needs, as evaluated by a screening team.