Stafford is a census-designated place and the seat of Stafford County. It’s dissected by I-95, bringing Richmond to within an hour and Washington D.C. within 50 minutes. Stafford’s population of 5,370 forms part of the county’s 156,927 residents, 10.7% of whom are in the 65+ age group. Residents may appreciate the area’s unhurried lifestyle and convenient proximity to Fredericksburg, which is less than 20 minutes away. The area’s historical links to the Civil War run deep, particularly places such as Government Island and Stafford Civil War Park.

Independent seniors who want to retain their autonomy but need some help with daily tasks might find assisted living an agreeable compromise. Seniors in assisted living facilities spend their time freely, while staff ensures their rooms are cleaned, clothes laundered and meals prepared. The facilities also offer opportunities for seniors to socialize with their own age group. The typical fee for an assisted living community in Stafford is $6,000 per month, which is $1,700 more than the national average. 

The remainder of this guide considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Stafford and the costs of senior care in the area. It also lists some resources useful to seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Stafford, VA

2016

Commonwealth Senior Living at Stafford

30 Kings Crest Dr., Stafford, VA, 22554

My dad is in respite care at Commonwealth Senior Living at Stafford. He has been there a month, and he’s staying for another month. What I like about it is it’s smaller and the people are very good. T … (read more)
My dad is in respite care at Commonwealth Senior Living at Stafford. He has been there a month, and he’s staying for another month. What I like about it is it’s smaller and the people are very good. T … (read more)

Marian Manor of Stafford

177 Old Potomac Church Road, Stafford, VA, 22554

My mother is on the waiting list for Marian Manor of Stafford. It’s all in one facility there. Everything was really nice there; we liked it a lot. The rooms were also nice and clean, and the staff me … (read more)
My mother is on the waiting list for Marian Manor of Stafford. It’s all in one facility there. Everything was really nice there; we liked it a lot. The rooms were also nice and clean, and the staff me … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

Chancellor’s Village

12100 Chancellor’s Village Lane, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

My mother will be moving into Chancellor’s Village. I had visited both independent and assisted living because the original plan was that my mom and my father would go into independent living, but my … (read more)
My mother will be moving into Chancellor’s Village. I had visited both independent and assisted living because the original plan was that my mom and my father would go into independent living, but my … (read more)

Brookdale Lake Ridge

3940 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA, 22192

Your loved one is safe and secure living at Brookdale Lake Ridge. Families of residents enjoy that caring staff and professional nurses are available around the clock. Medicine dispersal, reminders an … (read more)
Your loved one is safe and secure living at Brookdale Lake Ridge. Families of residents enjoy that caring staff and professional nurses are available around the clock. Medicine dispersal, reminders an … (read more)

2015, 2016

Greenfield of Spotsylvania

9300 Onyx Court, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

Situated south of Washington D.C., Greenfield of Spotsylvania is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a history-rich city which is close to four major Civil War battlefields, Spotsylvania National Mil … (read more)
Situated south of Washington D.C., Greenfield of Spotsylvania is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a history-rich city which is close to four major Civil War battlefields, Spotsylvania National Mil … (read more)

Westminster at Lake Ridge

12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, VA, 22192


2019

Harmony at Falls Run

60 Brimley Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, 22406

Located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, Harmony at Falls Run is close to the Fredericksburg Shopping Center, Mary Washington Hospital and the urban amenities of Washington, DC. Visitors consiste … (read more)
Located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, Harmony at Falls Run is close to the Fredericksburg Shopping Center, Mary Washington Hospital and the urban amenities of Washington, DC. Visitors consiste … (read more)

Paramount Senior Living at Fredericksburg

3500 Meekins Dr., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

Paramount Senior Living at Fredericksburg was rather run down. It definitely needed some sprucing up. It kind of looked like a DIY project. There were torn screens in the windows, and it just wasn’t a … (read more)
Paramount Senior Living at Fredericksburg was rather run down. It definitely needed some sprucing up. It kind of looked like a DIY project. There were torn screens in the windows, and it just wasn’t a … (read more)

2013

Potomac Place Assisted Living and Memory Care

2133 Montgomery Avenue, Woodbridge, VA, 22191

Potomac Place Assisted Living and Memory Care is small, well-run, and very clean. They have a lot of activities and my dad really likes their food. The staff has been very attentive, too. I would high … (read more)
Potomac Place Assisted Living and Memory Care is small, well-run, and very clean. They have a lot of activities and my dad really likes their food. The staff has been very attentive, too. I would high … (read more)

Bickford of Spotsylvania

5000 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

Bickford of Spotsylvania is near Interstate 95 and Cosner’s Corner shopping mall in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visitors are impressed by this facility, which they describe as gorgeous, and they prais … (read more)
Bickford of Spotsylvania is near Interstate 95 and Cosner’s Corner shopping mall in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visitors are impressed by this facility, which they describe as gorgeous, and they prais … (read more)

Charter Senior Living of Fredericksburg

20 Heartfields Lane, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405

I went and it was fine, there was activity going on, the open area there was nice, but it seemed a little dark to me and with a dark atmosphere. They seemed very professional, they showed me everythin … (read more)
I went and it was fine, there was activity going on, the open area there was nice, but it seemed a little dark to me and with a dark atmosphere. They seemed very professional, they showed me everythin … (read more)

HarborChase of Prince William Commons

14080 Central Loop, Woodbridge, VA, 22193

We visited both assisted living and memory care at HarborChase of Prince William Commons. We brought Mom there and they treated us to lunch. They have their own signature five-star chef who served us … (read more)
We visited both assisted living and memory care at HarborChase of Prince William Commons. We brought Mom there and they treated us to lunch. They have their own signature five-star chef who served us … (read more)

Evermore Senior Living

4358 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA, 22192

My husband is at Evermore Senior Living, and he is getting excellent care there. Right now, there are only two residents, so it’s very personalized. He’s happy there, but he misses interactions with m … (read more)
My husband is at Evermore Senior Living, and he is getting excellent care there. Right now, there are only two residents, so it’s very personalized. He’s happy there, but he misses interactions with m … (read more)

Commonwealth Senior Living at Fredericksburg

1001 Northside Dr., Fredericksburg, VA, 22405

We toured Commonwealth Senior Living at Fredericksburg. We only looked at their studios. It was very homey, and it felt comfortable. However, the rooms weren’t exactly what we were looking for. The to … (read more)
We toured Commonwealth Senior Living at Fredericksburg. We only looked at their studios. It was very homey, and it felt comfortable. However, the rooms weren’t exactly what we were looking for. The to … (read more)

Fredericksburg Assisted Living

3902 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

My mom already moved to Fredericksburg Assisted Living. The people are wonderful; the staff really cares about my mom and getting her acclimated on the schedule. When you look at the facility, it’s qu … (read more)
My mom already moved to Fredericksburg Assisted Living. The people are wonderful; the staff really cares about my mom and getting her acclimated on the schedule. When you look at the facility, it’s qu … (read more)

2022

Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg

5308 River Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg is situated near the Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area and Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visitors mention the beautiful, resort-like building t … (read more)
Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg is situated near the Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area and Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visitors mention the beautiful, resort-like building t … (read more)

Tribute at The Glen

4151 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, VA, 22192

Tribute at The Glen was a beautiful facility, but it was way too pricey. It’s all brand new. The staff member was very informative, very friendly, knew the facility, and seemed to know all of the peop … (read more)
Tribute at The Glen was a beautiful facility, but it was way too pricey. It’s all brand new. The staff member was very informative, very friendly, knew the facility, and seemed to know all of the peop … (read more)

Trinity Senior Village

3017 Somerville Rd, Locust Grove, VA, 22508

I’ve been to Trinity Senior Village several times and I had been there with a friend whose mother was there. It’s clean, it’s new, and it’s family-run. It is very caring. Wonderful staff to patient ra … (read more)
I’ve been to Trinity Senior Village several times and I had been there with a friend whose mother was there. It’s clean, it’s new, and it’s family-run. It is very caring. Wonderful staff to patient ra … (read more)

Woodmont Center

11 Dairy Ln, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405

My mother is currently in here for rehab. The facility is not clean and the employees are not responsive when you hit the button for emergencies. No one shows up, so good luck if you have an actual … (read more)
My mother is currently in here for rehab. The facility is not clean and the employees are not responsive when you hit the button for emergencies. No one shows up, so good luck if you have an actual … (read more)

Morningstar Assisted Living

2983 Akron St,, Woodbridge, VA, 22193

We visited Morningstar. They gave me a tour. They told me about the financials that are associated with the care. They showed me the rooms. The place is close to a major street, and that was a big con … (read more)
We visited Morningstar. They gave me a tour. They told me about the financials that are associated with the care. They showed me the rooms. The place is close to a major street, and that was a big con … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Stafford

The Virginia Department of Social Services monitors, regulates and licenses assisted living facilities throughout the state. It has the authority to make unannounced and unrestricted inspections on licensed premises to ensure they are maintaining the standards stipulated in their licenses. It also has the authority to revoke licenses from assisted living facilities that repeatedly underperform.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Stafford

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Stafford has an average cost of living index of 127.7, which is significantly higher than the state average of 103.7 and the national average of 100. The primary drivers appear to be transportation and housing costs, with the latter almost always a sign of an area’s desirability. Health costs are slightly above the national average at 102.1, but the increase isn’t significant.
  • Healthy Generations is a private nonprofit agency that provides subsidized door-to-door transport services for seniors in Stafford County and neighboring counties. The Mobility Options Transportation Program operates wheelchair-accessible vans and charges fares of $2 per trip and $4 for a round trip.
  • Stafford Hospital is the only medical facility in the compact area. However, its work treating patients dealing with respiratory conditions is rated as high-performing by U.S. News & World Report, and it’s well-regarded in handling other conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. Additionally, seniors with Medicare will be pleased to know that despite the small population, there are 17 physicians registered to help them. 
  • Stafford is one of the safer places in the country. According to Neighborhood Scout, violent crime is slightly above the state average but well below the national average. Statistics indicate that Stafford experiences only about half the state average and a bit more than half the national average for property crime. Seniors in many assisted living facilities also benefit from 24-hour surveillance and staff members close by.
  • Residents of Stafford County can enjoy one of the better climates in the state, and it sees an average of 198 sunny days a year. Although January can see temperatures drop to 24 degrees, summer can reach 84 degrees. Rainfall is slightly above average at 43 inches annually, but that’s a price many residents may consider worth paying for the green surroundings.

Paying for Assisted Living in Stafford

Assisted living costs can vary greatly. The Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020 reveals that Stafford’s seniors typically pay $6,000 per month for assisted living care. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although its assisted living costs are higher than state and national averages, Stafford isn’t the costliest location in the region. Approximately 90 minutes west, in California, Maryland, seniors can expect to pay around $6,200 for assisted living. However, back in Virginia, more affordable options exist within a 90-minute radius of Stafford. In Charlottesville, assisted living costs an average of $5,893, while in Richmond, it costs approximately $3,645.

$6000

Stafford

$4850

Virginia

$4300

The United States

$3645

Richmond

$5893

Charlottesville

$6200

California, MD

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Senior care fees can vary, depending on the intensity of care and accommodations, if any. Consequently, adult day care is the most affordable option, with costs averaging $1,744. Home care is more expensive, at $4,601, with another $166 per month added for basic medical support. Nursing homes charge the most, with a private room typically costing $13,059 and a semiprivate room costing $11,726.

$4601

Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1744

Adult Day Health Care

$6000

Assisted Living Facility

$11726

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$13059

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Stafford

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

Seniors living in Stafford may qualify for aid through the Auxiliary Grant Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the 1915 (c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program.

Paying for Assisted Living 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 Stafford

Seniors may choose to live in Stafford because of its abundant resources for older residents. The following list includes some examples, but there are many more. Stafford’s Area Agency on Aging is a good place to begin searching for additional resources.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 262-4012

The role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is performed by volunteers working with Healthy Generations, a private nonprofit that offers many other resources to seniors in the area. The ombudsman can intervene on behalf of seniors in dispute with their assisted living providers, investigate their complaints and pursue resolutions. Seniors yet to choose their assisted living community can request copies of inspection reports to help them make more informed choices. The ombudsman doesn't charge for any of its services.

(804) 675-5000

Spotsylvania County VA Clinic is located about 20 minutes from Stafford, just south of Fredericksburg. It provides primary care to U.S. military veterans and their families, in addition to mental health services and prescriptions. In other cases, it refers seniors to the Richmond VA Medical Center. It can also refer seniors to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, which can help veterans identify and apply for state, federal and military benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, which can pay some assisted living costs.

(540) 658-4516

Citizens Assistance is a program managed by Stafford County that enables adults of all ages, including seniors, to help the community by working voluntarily for the local government. Full training is provided for volunteers, enabling them to work in departments concerned with tourism, the judiciary, social services and parks and recreation.

(540) 373-2559

The Equipment Connection provides cleaned and repaired medical equipment to seniors for free, under the proviso that they return it when no longer needed. Seniors with permanent and temporary disabilities can request equipment. Seniors can also make requests for nonprescription equipment, such as shower handles, directly. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Stafford

Stafford-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