The Fairfax Fort Belvoir, VA

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9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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Assisted Living Reviews for The Fairfax

July 31, 2014

By Janice29

I visited this facility

The Fairfax is definitely a 5. Their facilities were fantastic, the best out of everything I have seen so far. The people were very knowledgeable, but it was very, very pricey. Also for somebody like my mother-in-law who had basically lived in the country and not in the city, The Fairfax would be different for her because it was a whole different class of people. She would feel very uncomfortable there. It was for somebody who has lived in an upper middle class neighborhood and wants the services that they provide because they were fantastic. It was an upscale facility. They serve three meals a day and their selections were good. We're interested in a studio and they showed us around and they were good. They were very respectful of my time and my wishes rather than trying to sell me up, so I appreciated those.

May 30, 2012

By Ziko

I visited this facility

The facility was really nice and it was a really big facility. There was a swimming pool inside, gym, small golf course outside and walking trail. Also I checked out the dinning room, which was really nice and well organized. all the staff and resident were really nice and friendly and they took good care of us. You could see that some of the residents who lived there enjoyed living there and most of them seemed happy. We sat down in the dining room and the food was great they had many different kind of drinks, food and deserts. The facility was very clean and I really enjoyed visiting the place. It was a great experience. I also forgot to mention that there was a big auditorium, where sometimes the residents would have movie nights on a big screen projector and concerts.

May 18, 2012

By Elise1

I visited this facility

When walking into this facility, one can see where the money goes. They keep it extremely clean and provide services ranging from games to church services in the facility. The staff are constantly on call, however, did not appear to care about their jobs at hand. They were negligent to my great grandmother and, though the facility was nice, I would not recommend it to others. The fact that a door was heavy enough to break someone's arm is ridiculous, it should not be allowed ESPECIALLY in a retirement home.
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Independent Living Reviews for The Fairfax

September 29, 2017

By John

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The general appearance of The Fairfax is outstanding. It is very well maintained with expansive areas to walk on. It is a gated and secure place, and there is a 1.03 mile walking loop around the place. All of their buildings are interconnected. The staff that I talked to was very friendly, answered all my questions, and kept in contact with me telling me exactly where we are in terms of getting my mother in there. Overall, it was an outstanding place. They have a very good web presence, too. I would most definitely recommend them.

February 02, 2017

By tulip3

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Horrible treatment by many of the aides. There are several who care but most do not. My Mom is afraid of many of them. They are very rough and rude to her. When you talk to Management they say they are looking into it. Nothing changes. Total indifference for the residence and family. The head doctor is not to be questioned...huge ego. No partnership with the family. Very sad for my Mom. A new manager is coming to take over on Friday. I am hopeful.

Provider Response

We’re sorry to hear that you did not have a positive experience. We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. Please contact us at information (at) so that we can learn more. –The Sunrise Team

June 22, 2016

By Pat527536

I am/was a resident of this facility

The Fairfax has beautiful grounds with a lake, a big pond, and a fountain. It’s so clean, and I liked it. The staff seemed very nice. They had all kinds of activities, trips, and beautiful library. I had other residents talk to me who seemed really friendly. It’s a place for retired military.

March 18, 2016

By Ene1

I visited this facility

Touring The Fairfax was a great experience and I loved everything about it other than it was just too expensive. I was afraid my money would run out. The rooms were beautiful and the nicest I have seen. I would have loved to be able to move in there, but I just can’t afford it. The food was absolutely wonderful; you can eat three times a day and pay a little extra. There was nothing there that they didn’t have. I was extremely impressed. The staff was wonderful, very forthcoming, knowledgeable, and ready to help in every way. The grounds were absolutely gorgeous.

June 29, 2015

By Juanita8

I visited this facility

My experience with The Fairfax was very good. We had a tour, and it was not just me; it was 50 of us. They had an open house, and it just so happened to coincide when I began looking. It was a lovely community. However, to be honest, it was very expensive, and if I had the finance that I needed, that would be my first choice. The rooms were beautiful and well kept. We went into 2 cottages and a couple of 3 or 4 apartments. Everything was very well kept. The grounds were very well kept. The employees were very caring. It was military affiliated. My husband was in the military, and I worked for 35 years in the military. So, it would be an atmosphere that I would be very comfortable in. They played bridge. They had a lake on the premises, which was very nice, and they had fishing tournaments. They had transportation to and from the military hospitals and the military facilities, which was also very nice. A lot of the activities were couple oriented, but I don't think that would preclude me from participating.

August 13, 2014

By Irina1

I visited this facility

The Fairfax has every activity. They have swimming there. They have everything that you could ever think of. It's a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful facility and the people are extremely nice and very knowledgeable. They took me around. The staff was courteous, personable, and very nice.

March 16, 2014

By Also A Senior

I am a friend or relative of resident

My father was one of the charter members of the resident's Retirement Foundation. In 2002 he and my mother became residents after it became clear that his dementia was more the my mother could deal with. Initially, as long as Marriott Corporation was operating the facility, we were extremely pleased. However, after Sunrise took over and exercised tight financial restrictions, it became clear that the residents were enjoying poorer meals and fewer amenities. Nevertheless, the facility and its services remained above average compared to many other retirements communities. Over the past couple years, unfortunately, the residents have seen significant annual increases in thier monthly payments for maintaining their living quarters and significant degradation in the quality and variety of meals. It appears that they no longer have a competent chef to head the kitchen and now rely on an assortment of semitrained cooks. Meats are often over-cooked and dry, vegetables are either poorly prepared (They don't know to trim the ends of sugar snaps and show peas, for example) or under/over-done. Menu description s of dishes being servied are frequently attractive lies. Seasoning is a mystery to the cooks; there never is much. Dining service in the fairly elegant main dining room used to provide top restaurant-quality staff. Now residents must be careful that a server doesn't run them down in their rush to get back to the kitchen for a chat or smoke break. Courtesy and attentiveness is a thing of the past; although a tiny minority of staff are charming, watchful and extremely helpful. Still the range of residential accommodations is quite wide--from small one-bedrooms, to large suites with multiple rooms, and cottages. Virtually all have full kitchens, appropriate hardware for residents who have various physical challenges, and access to cable, internet and telephone (for additional fees). When a resident becomes unable to live indepently, The Fairfax does offer assisted living quarters and nursing care facilites for those who are ill and need more attention. I cannot address their quality because my mother is still living independently despite having very poor vision. The grounds are expansive and include a small fishing lake and a formal pond with fountains, gardens, a small putting green, and garden plots for resident with green thumbs. The staff, aside from some of the dining servers, are a very pleasant group who try to offer residents the services they need. The concierge is central to steering residents and visitors in the right direction. To be fair I have to give the residential facilities and services a 4-star rating, but the dining service is a serious detractor, deserving barely 2 stars. The Fairfax (i.e., Sunrise) management has apparently not learned that having a qualified chef running the kitchen and an experienced maitre di' managing the dining room will save money and improve resident satisfaction.

Provider Response

We're sorry to hear your dining experience has been a negative one. We take your comments very seriously and would like more information if possible. Please contact with your contact info and we’ll be in touch. Thanks, The Sunrise Team

January 31, 2014

By Housatonic

I am/was a resident of this facility

I have several issues that I need to resolve and have been unable to get any answers or call backs from any voice mails my brother resided there and has been moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family. I have questions that need to be addressed for my knowledge and the Facility he has moved to. I am frustrated and upset by the disrespect of not paying any attention to my needs. I would not at this time give a good review of this place SueBonak

Provider Response

We're sorry to hear you had this negative experience and we would like to get in touch with you immediately. Please contact with your contact information. Thanks, The Sunrise Team

November 20, 2012

By 043

I am a friend or relative of a resident

In general, I highly rate this facility. The staff appear to be taking good care of my father and speak highly of him. He looks health and happy. My biggest problem so far is the lack of accountability for his posessions. Right now I'm dealing with his missing $2000 wheelchair and before that his hearing aids disappeared. Depending on how my inquiry into the missing wheelchair proceeds tomorrow, I may revise my opinion downward. There is also an inability of the staff to use email effectively and they can't seem to get the ocassional form to me when needed. The is the community at which he and his late wife wanted to finish their lives, so I am trying to keep an open mind with regard to their efficiency.

June 29, 2012

By susankeel

I visited this facility

The Fairfax is a generally nice place; it's divided into assisted living apartments, which are small but allow residents to have their own furniture, and a more intensive care section, where the atmosphere is more like a hospital but patients are still allowed small pieces of furniture, like bureaus and chairs, and keepsakes. The facilities are always lavishly decorated for the holidays, and residents in both sections often decorate their doors with wreaths or mats. A large cage in the lobby held songbirds the last time I was there, and during Christmas, there's a tree, menorah, and other holiday material on every floor. There are ample parking spots in the lot, and the facility provides a bus to take residents shopping and to church. There is at least one resident cat, and a very nice restaurant on-site. The place doesn't smell like antiseptic or like being in a hospital, although when moving to the more intensive care wing, people are asked to use some hand sanitizer to prevent transmission of disease. There appear to be ample programs to engage residents; although, being that the facility is located on a busy road with bad traffic, they may be the only activities available to older people who are less confident in their driving.
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Questions about The Fairfax

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

We are nearby the Marine Corps Museum, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Potomac Town Center, Historic Occoquan, and the Mount Vernon Estate!

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at The Fairfax has organized?

A trip to the MHGM Casino at National Harbor, Little Theatre of Alexandria in Old Town, a trip to see The National Symphony Orchestra Coffee Series at The Kennedy Center, and much more!

What transportation services does The Fairfax offer to independent living residents?

We offer a wide variety of transportation services, both scheduled and non-scheduled.

What makes the chef or dining program at The Fairfax exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Our dining program is one of the best, you must try our Champagne Sunday Brunch to see what the hype is about!

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Services and Amenities of The Fairfax

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Room Service For Meals
  • Dining Extra: All Day Dining


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Security Gate
  • Pool

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms

Health services

  • Nurse On Staff: Available During Business Hours


  • Fitness Room

Guest services

  • Overnight Guests


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 600
  • Minimum Age: Minimum Age 55


  • State Licenses: ALF 1104891-L151


  • Assisted Living Starting At: $4980/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $3094/month
  • Nursing Home Starting At: $10650/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $9540/month
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    About The Fairfax

    Focusing on your unique needs and preferences, Sunrise Senior Living takes a holistic approach to senior care. With us, you can expect consistent yet individualized care rooted in evidence based research and theories of aging. From personalized programming to quality dining, we concentrate on your individual wellness and well-being so you can live life exactly how you please.

    We remain firmly focused on promoting the safety of our residents, and are taking rigorous measures to help maintain their health during this time. Sunrise CareConnect, our electronic health record system, allows physicians to track residents' care, medication protocol, and progress notes remotely. In addition, we are facilitating telehealth visits with health care providers, minimizing the need for external office visits.

    At Sunrise, championing quality of life for all seniors is our mission and is carried out by every Sunrise team member. Based on resident surveys, consumer insights, and industry metrics, national programs have recognized Sunrise's efforts and our commitment to quality care.Sunrise communities have earned more than 280 National Quality Awards - more than any other assisted living provider. To learn more about our award winning communities, a full listing of the company's recipients can be found on Sunrise's National Quality Award page.

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