Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States, and it’s situated on the banks of the Potomac River. The city has a population of about 705,000, and about 12% of residents are aged 65 or older. It has a humid, subtropical climate with hot summers. However, the cold winters are perfect for seniors who enjoy snowy weather. Seniors in Washington have access to the Inova Fairfax Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which are both ranked in one specialty by US News

Nursing homes are best-suited to seniors who require a high level of care and medical assistance due to frailty, an illness or a long-term disability. The type of care provided in a nursing home results in a higher cost. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly rate for nursing home care in Washington is $11,726 for a semiprivate room and $13,059 for a private room.  Family members may want to look into other care options such as home care or assisted living for their loved ones. 

This guide looks at the cost of nursing home care and other care options in Washington, D.C. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Washington, D.C.

Lisner Louise Dickson Hurthome

5425 WESTERN AVE NW, Washington, DC, 20015

Lisner Louise Dickson Hurthome is located in Washington, D.C., just across the river from Turkey Run Park. The facility offers social events with nearby care facilities, and these gatherings are accom … (read more)
Lisner Louise Dickson Hurthome is located in Washington, D.C., just across the river from Turkey Run Park. The facility offers social events with nearby care facilities, and these gatherings are accom … (read more)

Health & Rehabilitation Center at Thomas Circle

1330 Massachesutts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20005

I just love this place because the staff gets so involved with the patient and they are really all about getting people back to life. We had a family member admitted here after a major surgery and he … (read more)
I just love this place because the staff gets so involved with the patient and they are really all about getting people back to life. We had a family member admitted here after a major surgery and he … (read more)

Jeanne Jugan Residence

4200 HAREWOOD ROAD NE, Washington, DC, 20017

This is a very, very small place but it has a huge heart for their patients. I observed one of the sisters who was simply doing her chores and very busy at the time. I could also see that there was a … (read more)
This is a very, very small place but it has a huge heart for their patients. I observed one of the sisters who was simply doing her chores and very busy at the time. I could also see that there was a … (read more)

Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home

1818 NEWTON ST. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home does not smell like old people, it does not smell like antiseptic, it does not smell like a hospital, and it does not smell like anything. The place is immaculate. It is … (read more)
Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home does not smell like old people, it does not smell like antiseptic, it does not smell like a hospital, and it does not smell like anything. The place is immaculate. It is … (read more)

Forest Hills of DC

4901 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC, 20082

Located in Washington D.C., Forest Hills of DC is an assisted living facility in a beautiful residential area not far from several shopping centers and restaurants. Residents of the facility and their … (read more)
Located in Washington D.C., Forest Hills of DC is an assisted living facility in a beautiful residential area not far from several shopping centers and restaurants. Residents of the facility and their … (read more)

Carolyn Boone Lewis Health Care Center

1380 SOUTHERN AVE SE, Washington, DC, 20032

My aunt is in Carolyn Boone Lewis Heath Care Center for a couple of months now for her therapy and I am very pleased with the facility. It is clean. My aunt likes the food and she eats all of it. The … (read more)
My aunt is in Carolyn Boone Lewis Heath Care Center for a couple of months now for her therapy and I am very pleased with the facility. It is clean. My aunt likes the food and she eats all of it. The … (read more)

Community Hospices

3720 Upton Street NW, Washington, DC, 20016

My grandmother spent the last year of her life in the Alzheimer’s unit of the Washington Home. The facilities are quite pristine and well cared for and despite it’s large size and high number of pati … (read more)
My grandmother spent the last year of her life in the Alzheimer’s unit of the Washington Home. The facilities are quite pristine and well cared for and despite it’s large size and high number of pati … (read more)

United Medical Nursing Home

1310 Southern Avenue, Se, Washington, DC, 20032

My mother was at United Medical Nursing; it was nice, and I chose it again. The facility is real clean; the other nursing home she was in when you go in the smell just knocked you down, this one had n … (read more)
My mother was at United Medical Nursing; it was nice, and I chose it again. The facility is real clean; the other nursing home she was in when you go in the smell just knocked you down, this one had n … (read more)

Knollwood Hsc

6200 OREGON AVE NW, Washington, DC, 20015

My mother was a resident of Knollwood for many years. It is a "progressive living" facility with independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. I am familiar with five other facilities that my … (read more)
My mother was a resident of Knollwood for many years. It is a "progressive living" facility with independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. I am familiar with five other facilities that my … (read more)

Sibley Mem Hosp Renaissance

5255 LOUGHBORO ROAD NW, Washington, DC, 20016

This facility, in northwest DC, is part of Sibley Hospital, but it has its own nursing home. It’s on the edge of the city, with a wooded area all around. But its location near the crowded area of Geor … (read more)
This facility, in northwest DC, is part of Sibley Hospital, but it has its own nursing home. It’s on the edge of the city, with a wooded area all around. But its location near the crowded area of Geor … (read more)

Deanwood Rehab and Wellness Center

5000 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20019

I’m in Deanwood Rehab and Wellness Center for rehab. It’s been good. Everybody’s very nice. I have two to three therapists, and they do exercises and different things with me every day. The food is al … (read more)
I’m in Deanwood Rehab and Wellness Center for rehab. It’s been good. Everybody’s very nice. I have two to three therapists, and they do exercises and different things with me every day. The food is al … (read more)

Carroll Manor Nursing & Rehab

725 BUCHANAN ST., NE, Washington, DC, 20017

This place is terribly staffed it’s an old facility and the old good thing I witnessed was the pool for physical therapy. Overall this place should be shut down. It is understaffed and the social work … (read more)
This place is terribly staffed it’s an old facility and the old good thing I witnessed was the pool for physical therapy. Overall this place should be shut down. It is understaffed and the social work … (read more)

Washington Ctr For Aging Svcs

2601 18TH STREET NE, Washington, DC, 20018

I have visited the Washington Center for Aging Services in the past (last year and the year before) work related meetings. It appeared to be very nice and clean. The residents that were around during … (read more)
I have visited the Washington Center for Aging Services in the past (last year and the year before) work related meetings. It appeared to be very nice and clean. The residents that were around during … (read more)

Transitional Care Center Capitol City

2425 25TH STREET SE, Washington, DC, 20020

Washington Nursing was very poor. The nurses were mean to the people because one of them hit my mom, and that’s one of the reasons we got out of there. I had to get a lawyer to get on that. Every ti … (read more)
Washington Nursing was very poor. The nurses were mean to the people because one of them hit my mom, and that’s one of the reasons we got out of there. I had to get a lawyer to get on that. Every ti … (read more)

Specialty Hospital of Washington – Hadley Snf

4601 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVENUE SW, Washington, DC, 20032

Family member recovering from mild stroke. Psychiatrist gave her med for bipolar/schizophrenia for depression. not only inappropriate.. inadequate screen, but not legal pt. consent and caused many a … (read more)
Family member recovering from mild stroke. Psychiatrist gave her med for bipolar/schizophrenia for depression. not only inappropriate.. inadequate screen, but not legal pt. consent and caused many a … (read more)

J B Johnson Nursing Center

901 FIRST STREET NW, Washington, DC, 20001

I am a nursing student. I had the opportunity to visit this facility last year in 2011. For starters, the place smelled of stale urine upon entering the facility. You are greeted by security with t … (read more)
I am a nursing student. I had the opportunity to visit this facility last year in 2011. For starters, the place smelled of stale urine upon entering the facility. You are greeted by security with t … (read more)

Rock Creek Manor Nursing Center

2131 O STREET NW, Washington, DC, 20037

I did not like this facility that my grandmother was in. They would take up to 30 minutes or more to come to her when she needed to use the bathroom. Staff was rude and seemed too busy talking then ta … (read more)
I did not like this facility that my grandmother was in. They would take up to 30 minutes or more to come to her when she needed to use the bathroom. Staff was rude and seemed too busy talking then ta … (read more)

Capitol Hill Nursing Center

700 CONST. AVE. NE, Washington, DC, 20002


The Jefferson

900 North Taylor Street, Arlington, VA, 22203


Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads

3440 S Jefferson St, Falls Church, VA, 22041


Nursing Home Costs in Washington, DC

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Washington, D.C., is $11,726 for a semiprivate room and $13,059 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Nursing home care in a semiprivate room is significantly more per month on average in Washington, D.C., than in the average American city, with a cost difference of about $4,000 between Washington, D.C. and the national average of $7,756. 

However, the average monthly cost of nursing home care is similar in the neighboring cities of Baltimore, Maryland ($11,984), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ($11,285) and New York, New York ($11,771). The average monthly cost of care is lower in nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at $9,125. 

$11726

Washington, D.C.

$7756

The United States

$11984

Baltimore, MD

$11285

Philadelphia, PA

$11771

New York, NY

$9125

Pittsburgh, PA

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors and their family members may be interested in looking at other care options besides nursing home care. The cheapest senior care option is adult day care, at an average of $1,744 per month. Assisted living is a popular choice for those who don’t need medical care around the clock, at an average cost of $6,000 per month. Homemaker services and home health aide services cost a monthly average of $4,601 and $4,767, respectively. The most expensive option is nursing home care, at an average monthly cost of $11,726 for a semiprivate room and $13,059 for a private room.

$1744

Adult day health care

$6000

Assisted living

$4601

Home care

$4767

Home health care

$11726

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$13059

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Washington, D.C.

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 Washington, D.C.

A number of free resources in Washington, D.C., may be of interest to seniors in the area and assist them in safely remaining in their homes for a longer period of time. 

ResourceContactServices
SOME(202) 797-8806So Others Might Eat is a charity organization in Washington. It runs volunteer programs to help maintain the well-being of seniors and help them safely live in their homes for as long as possible. The organization runs a senior center where seniors can participate in many activities, including fitness classes, community trips and health seminars. Lunch is provided each day for those partaking in activities. The homebound senior program provides active case management and includes regular needs assessments, accompaniment to medical appointments and weekly calls.
IONA(202) 895-9448IONA is a nonprofit that aims to assist seniors to live well and age well. It provides a number of community services, including adult day health services, care management and nutrition programs. Additionally, it offers a wellness program at a St.Albans senior center, which includes fitness classes and healthy eating seminars. 
D.C. Gov(202) 724-5626The D.C Department of Aging has a range of services to help seniors in the city, including a nutrition program, transportation, home safety adaptations and adult protective services. It operates a number of senior centers around the city where seniors can enjoy a free hot meal each day and take part in many activities such as fitness classes, technology classes, field trips and health care lectures. All services provided by the agency are free. The nutrition program delivers free meals to homebound seniors throughout the city who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.