The capital of Virginia, Richmond is a city deeply rooted in history. Of its more than 226,000 residents, 12.8% are seniors aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s and related dementias are responsible for a growing number of deaths in aging adults across the U.S. each year, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s related deaths accounted for 4.68% of all deaths in Richmond in 2014. Thankfully, these numbers have fallen in recent years, dropping from 54 in 2014 to just 50 in 2018 — an overall decrease of 7.41%.

While this is an extremely positive step in the fight against Alzheimer’s, it’s still important for the community to provide resources and services to support the needs of those impacted by the disease, and seniors in Richmond have many at their disposal. In addition to community-based programs, the community is also home to a number of memory care communities where residents receive 24-hour care and support to support cognitive well-being. This guide offers information for seniors and families considering the option of memory care, including what these services typically cost, some of the local resources available and a directory of facilities where memory care is offered in Richmond.

Memory Care Facilities in Richmond, VA

Sunrise of Richmond

1807 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA, 23229

Sunrise of Richmond is located in the West End community of Richmond close to I-64 and the Regency Mall. Residents love the cottage-style layout with landscaped gardens and numerous flowers and trees. … (read more)
Sunrise of Richmond is located in the West End community of Richmond close to I-64 and the Regency Mall. Residents love the cottage-style layout with landscaped gardens and numerous flowers and trees. … (read more)

2022

Vitality West End Richmond

1800 Gaskins Rd, Richmond, VA, 23238

I love our tour at Vitality West End Richmond, it was outstanding. We were able to go inside the rooms, they had an empty room that they were redoing. It was nice. The library was nice and they were h … (read more)
I love our tour at Vitality West End Richmond, it was outstanding. We were able to go inside the rooms, they had an empty room that they were redoing. It was nice. The library was nice and they were h … (read more)

2015

Sunrise at Bon Air

2105 Cranbeck Road, Richmond, VA, 23235

Sunrise at Bon Air is located west of Richmond near shopping centers, restaurants and Johnston-Willis, Chippenham and St. Francis Hospitals. Visitors mention that the apartments are spacious, bright a … (read more)
Sunrise at Bon Air is located west of Richmond near shopping centers, restaurants and Johnston-Willis, Chippenham and St. Francis Hospitals. Visitors mention that the apartments are spacious, bright a … (read more)

2022

Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe

12401 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA, 23238

We went to Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe. That was a wonderful experience. The only thing that we didn’t like is where my father would be placed if we chose that one would be on the second floor. I think it’ … (read more)
We went to Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe. That was a wonderful experience. The only thing that we didn’t like is where my father would be placed if we chose that one would be on the second floor. I think it’ … (read more)

2016

Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield

4931 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA, 23234

Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield is a well-located assisted living and memory care facility in Richmond, Virginia just off of Chippenham Parkway. Visitors praise the facility for its warm an … (read more)
Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield is a well-located assisted living and memory care facility in Richmond, Virginia just off of Chippenham Parkway. Visitors praise the facility for its warm an … (read more)

The Crossings at Bon Air

9100 Bon Air Crossings Drive, Richmond, VA, 23235

Centrally located in Richmond, Virginia with easy access to the Midlothian Turnpike, The Crossings at Bon Air is a contemporary independent and assisted living facility for people over 55 years old. R … (read more)
Centrally located in Richmond, Virginia with easy access to the Midlothian Turnpike, The Crossings at Bon Air is a contemporary independent and assisted living facility for people over 55 years old. R … (read more)

Seaton Chesterfield

1000 Twinridge Lane, Richmond, VA, 23235

Elmcroft of Chesterfield is an assisted living and memory care facility in western Richmond, conveniently situated near shopping and dining, and with easy access to Chippenham and Powhite Parkways. Br … (read more)
Elmcroft of Chesterfield is an assisted living and memory care facility in western Richmond, conveniently situated near shopping and dining, and with easy access to Chippenham and Powhite Parkways. Br … (read more)

Spring Arbor of Richmond

9991 Ridgefield Parkway, Richmond, VA, 23233

We went to the Spring Arbor of Richmond. I think the area that my father would be in is way too small. The rooms were OK. They weren’t anywhere close to the other facilities. The residents there were … (read more)
We went to the Spring Arbor of Richmond. I think the area that my father would be in is way too small. The rooms were OK. They weren’t anywhere close to the other facilities. The residents there were … (read more)


Blue Ridge Senior Living of Richmond

12411 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA, 23238

I chose this community for my mom because the price was reasonable, the facilities looked pleasant and they’re also redoing it. The rooms are an adequate size, they have reasonable closet space and a … (read more)
I chose this community for my mom because the price was reasonable, the facilities looked pleasant and they’re also redoing it. The rooms are an adequate size, they have reasonable closet space and a … (read more)

The Towers

350 Hioaks Road, Richmond, VA, 23225


2016

Morningside in the West End

3000 Skipwith Road, Richmond, VA, 23294

Centrally located in Richmond, Virginia, Morningside in the West End has an incredible amount to offer. This assisted living community has clean, updated private suites for residents that are fully eq … (read more)
Centrally located in Richmond, Virginia, Morningside in the West End has an incredible amount to offer. This assisted living community has clean, updated private suites for residents that are fully eq … (read more)

Masonic Home of Virginia

500 Masonic Lane, Richmond, VA, 23223



2020, 2021

Heritage Green of Hanover

7080 Brooks Farm Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23111

I liked Heritage Green of Hanover. The lady who took us on a tour was very informative, she gave us a nice tour but my only drawback with that was I didn’t see any diversity there. Most of them were o … (read more)
I liked Heritage Green of Hanover. The lady who took us on a tour was very informative, she gave us a nice tour but my only drawback with that was I didn’t see any diversity there. Most of them were o … (read more)

Harmony at Hanover

8227 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116

My mom has been at the Harmony of Hanover for almost a month now. I think it was the best place for the amount of money that we had to spend to keep her safe. It was clean and everybody seemed to be o … (read more)
My mom has been at the Harmony of Hanover for almost a month now. I think it was the best place for the amount of money that we had to spend to keep her safe. It was clean and everybody seemed to be o … (read more)

Bickford of Chesterfield

11200 West Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA, 23113

I toured Bickford of Chesterfield for my father, and it was a beautiful facility. It was sort of the place I needed to be myself because I would be comfortable there. It was very nice, very clean, and … (read more)
I toured Bickford of Chesterfield for my father, and it was a beautiful facility. It was sort of the place I needed to be myself because I would be comfortable there. It was very nice, very clean, and … (read more)

Tapp Family Home

8106 Rural Point Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116


Anthology of Midlothian

11210 Robious Rd., North Chesterfield, VA, 23235


Morningside of Bellgrade

2800 Polo Parkway, Midlothian, VA, 23113


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Richmond

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Richmond

In Richmond and throughout the State of Virginia, assisted living facilities (ALFs) are licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services. This includes facilities that offer residential living care, assisted living care and specialized dementia care in special care units. ALFs that provide care for seniors with cognitive impairments are subject to additional licensing requirements.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Richmond

  • Compared to other cities in Virginia, Richmond is an affordable option for seniors looking to maximize their retirement income. Housing and transportation costs are the biggest factors that bring the overall cost of living nearly 5% lower than the U.S. national average.
  • The state of Virginia is also very tax-friendly towards retirees, which could further lessen the financial burden of care costs. Richmond seniors will not be taxed on their Social Security retirement benefits, and the state offers seniors a deductible of up to $12,000 on other forms of retirement income, including pensions and retirement account withdrawals.
  • The weather in Richmond receives an overall comfort index of 7 out of 10. Summers are generally quite comfortable, though some days can be very hot and muggy. Winters are characterized by cold temperatures, an average amount of snowfall and cloudy skies.
  • Seniors in Richmond have access to world-class health care facilities, including VCU Medical Center, which offers specialized geriatric care services, and Johnston-Willis Hospital, which is widely known for its innovative neuroscience center.
  •  Richmond is a vibrant city with plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment. The city is full of culture, with a number of museums and historic attractions for seniors to visit, and it has a vibrant arts scene with numerous performance venues and galleries such as the Institute for Contemporary Art. Active seniors can enjoy the city’s many trails and park spaces.
  • Crime rates in Richmond are slightly above average. On a scale to 100, with 100 representing high crime, the city receives a 24.6 for violent crime and a 55.9 for property crime, both of which are higher than the national averages of 22.7 and 35.4 in the same categories, respectively. 
  • The GRTC Transit System makes it easy for seniors to get around the city. It offers regular fixed-route services as well as the Pulse bus rapid transit line. Both options offer reduced rates for senior riders. GRTC also offers a CARE specialized transportation program, which provides curb-to-curb transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Paying for Memory Care in Richmond

Memory care in Richmond costs an average of $6,126 per month. While higher than the national average, it’s a less expensive option than some communities in Virginia. Memory care includes an enhanced level of care and programming compared to traditional assisted living, so costs are often 20-30% higher. Specific memory care data is not available, so these costs were calculated by using assisted living costs as reported by Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2021, plus 25%.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Richmond is an affordable option compared to other cities in Virginia such as Charlottesville ($7,125) and Roanoke ($7,406). However, there are less expensive options, including Lynchburg at an average of $5,781 per month and Virginia Beach at $5,683.

$6126

Richmond

$6563

Virginia

$5625

The United States

$7125

Charlottesville

$7406

Roanoke

$5781

Lynchburg

$5683

Virginia Beach

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors have several other care options available to them. Adult day care is the least expensive at $1,712, though it includes the least amount of assistance. Homemaker and home health aide services are also affordable options for seniors looking to age in place at $5,148 and $5,243, respectively. The most expensive option is nursing home care, which can cost up to $9,749 depending on the type of accomodations.

$5148

Homemaker Services

$5243

Home Health Aide

$1712

Adult Day Health Care

$4901

Assisted Living Facility

$8654

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9749

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Richmond

In Richmond, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Virginia page.

More ways o pay for memory care in Virginia

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Virginia page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Richmond

A number of nonprofit organizations and resources are available in Richmond and throughout the state of Virginia to help seniors and their families successfully navigate dementia. Some of the services available through these agencies include care assessments, financial counseling, educational efforts, social programming and support groups.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(804) 343-3000

Seniors Connections is the Capital Area Agency on Aging, serving the city of Richmond and cities in seven surrounding counties. The nonprofit organization offers a comprehensive range of programs and services to help seniors, their families and caregivers, including advocacy programs, financial counseling, care coordination, medical referrals and support groups.

(800) 272-3900

Established in 1981, the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is a comprehensive resource for seniors, families, caregivers and the community. The organization advocates for the needs of those living with dementia through its early detection efforts and risk reduction and actively raises funding to support Alzheimer's research. Its programs and services include care consultations, support groups and community educational programs, as well as a 24/7 helpline that provides care and support around the clock.

(804) 662-9333

The Dementia Services division of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) assists seniors and their families with finding information and local resources to support their health and wellness. DARS can connect these individuals to local organizations that offer dementia-specific programming and services such as counseling, support groups and fall prevention classes.

(773) 784-8134

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Commission, AlzPossible is a statewide initiative developed to support individuals in Virginia impacted by dementia and the communities they live in. The organization acts as a virtual Alzheimer's disease center where seniors, families and community members can go to learn about dementia and find local resources. Through its integrated online programs, services and research efforts, AlzPossible can help Virginians locate memory assessment centers, caregiver support services, healthcare information and educational webinars.

(804) 662-9154

A statewide initiative, Brain Health Virginia is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal organizations aimed at increasing awareness around Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. It provides seniors with access to tools and resources such as community educational programs, health screenings and assessments for early detection.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Richmond

Richmond Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Virginia are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Virginia page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Virginia