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The 5 Best Nursing Homes in Charlottesville, VA for 2024

The historic Virginia city of Charlottesville is known as the gateway to Shenandoah National Park. Charlottesville has a population of 47,266, with around 12.2% of residents aged 65 and over. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room in nursing home care in Charlottesville is relatively low at $7,452; the national average, in comparison, is $7,756. Seniors living in Charlottesville have access to excellent health care services at the University of Virginia Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in two specialties and rated as high-performing in five procedures by U.S. News rankings.

Nursing home care provides 24/7 assistance with the tasks of daily living and constant medical monitoring for seniors with chronic conditions. Care is provided by teams of skilled nurses; consequently, this kind of support is the most expensive care option available to seniors in most areas of the country. Seniors living in Charlottesville who don’t require such a high level of care may want to consider other options such as assisted living and home care services.

This guide explores the costs of senior care options in Charlottesville and lists resources available.

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Nursing Home Costs in Charlottesville, VA

In Charlottesville, the average monthly cost of nursing home care is $7,452 for a semiprivate room and $8,060 for a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors looking at nursing home care facilities in Charlottesville may be interested in knowing how its cost of care compares to that of other cities. Using the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room as a comparison point, the cost of care in Charlottesville is slightly lower than the national average of $7,756; it’s also lower than the Virginia state average of $7,665.

Elsewhere in the state, Lynchburg’s cost of care ($6,644) is lower than Charlottesville’s. However, the average monthly cost of care is higher in Winchester ($9,566), Richmond ($9,064) and Virginia Beach ($7,665). 

Charlottesville

$7,452

Virginia

$7,665

The United States

$7,756

Lynchburg

$6,644

Winchester

$9,566

Richmond

$9,064

Virginia Beach

$7,665

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A variety of alternative care options for seniors also exist in Charlottesville. Adult day care is the cheapest option, with an average monthly cost of $1,733. Assisted living has a monthly average fee of $5,893. Both home care and home health care services have an average monthly fee of $5,148. At the upper end of the cost scale, nursing home care has a monthly average cost of $7,452 for a semiprivate room and $8,060 for a private room.

Adult day care

$1,733

Assisted living

$5,893

Home care

$5,148

Home health care

$5,148

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7,452

Nursing home (private room)

$8,060

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Charlottesville, VA

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Charlottesville, VA

Government and nonprofit organizations in the area provide a number of no-cost services to Charlottesville’s senior population. These resources may be of assistance to seniors who are looking for services that can help them age safely in place and delay or avoid the move to a nursing home facility. 

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JABA Companion Support Services(434) 817-5253The Jefferson Area Board for Aging offers a companion support service for seniors aged 60 and over to help them retain their independence. Seniors who are eligible for the program are assigned companions to provide them with non-medical assistance. Services can include medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping.
Meals on Wheels(434) 293-4364The Charlottesville Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound seniors and adults who are temporarily or permanently unable to prepare meals on their own due to illness, aging or disability. Meals are delivered by groups of volunteers on a daily basis; blizzard bags filled with non-perishable items are delivered when inclement weather is forecast. The volunteers also provide wellness checks as part of their visitation duties, letting relevant authorities know if anything is amiss. There is a charge for meals, but low-income seniors can apply to JABA to have their meals sponsored.
JABA Insurance Counseling(434) 817-5248The Jefferson Area Board of Aging provides free, unbiased counseling to seniors and their caregivers regarding state health insurance plans. Volunteer counselors can assist seniors in applying for health insurance and check if they’re receiving all the benefits they’re eligible for. In addition, counselors can explain the various financial assistance options available to seniors who require nursing home care and help them apply for options that best suit their needs.

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