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Situated at the base of Virginia’s iconic Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Virginia wine country, historic Charlottesville provides a gracious environment with tree-lined streets, colonial architecture and abundant natural beauty. American history enthusiasts appreciate access to Thomas Jefferson’s plantation, Monticello, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and outdoor lovers find numerous recreation opportunities in nearby Shenandoah National Park. The Charlottesville area offers a four-season climate with pleasant, warm summers and cool winters. Charlottesville is also known for its scenic golf courses, several of which have gained national acclaim in the golfing community.
Senior citizens aged 65 and over make up approximately 11.3% of Charlottesville’s population of slightly more than 47,000 citizens. The average cost of assisted living in Charlottesville is $5,893 per month, although the rates at individual facilities may vary substantially based on their location within the community and the services and amenities they offer.
We’ve put together this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Charlottesville area.
Residents of The Colonnades can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as detached homes. All units are equipped with kitchens and are cable-ready. Three hot, nutritious meals are available daily in the community's dining room, and residents can also opt for room service. Those who want or need modified diets are happily accommodated by the skilled kitchen staff. Other on-site amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, computer room, salon and barbershop, and a designated party space for personal celebrations. This community is pet-friendly.
- Physical and occupational therapy available
- Nurse on staff
Commonwealth Senior Living at Charlottesville
Situated in a residential neighborhood with easy access to Interstate 64, Commonwealth Senior Living offers a central location in historic Charlottesville that's close to community amenities such as medical offices, hospitals, banks and unique shops and restaurants. The community offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as companion suites for those who prefer a shared living environment. All units have fully equipped kitchens and laundry equipment and are pet-friendly.
- On-site business center with computer access
- Scheduled outings to community events and attractions
Morningside of Charlottesville
Morningside of Charlottesville offers pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments and companion suites, all with kitchenettes. The restaurant-style dining room offers a menu that seamlessly combines nutrition and taste, designed by a celebrity chef featured on the Food Network. The kitchen staff cheerfully accommodates physician-recommended diets and personal preferences. Residents can enjoy a full-service beauty and barbershop, regularly scheduled group outings to local attractions and on-site community events. The grounds offer garden and patio areas equipped with comfortable seating and raised beds for residents who love to garden.
- Medication management available
- On-site religious services
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge
Conveniently situated just a short walk away from community amenities, such as restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge offers an upscale lifestyle experience designed to help seniors make the most of their retirement years. There's a heated indoor pool where residents can participate in aquatic exercise classes, swim laps or simply relax, a hot tub to soothe away aches and pains after a hike or fitness session. Seniors have multiple dining options that range from carefree patio dining to the elegant dining room worthy of five-star status. The outdoor spaces include nature trails, water features and comfortable seating areas set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Personal fitness trainers available
- On-site lifelong learning classes
Martha Jefferson House
We included Martha Jefferson House on our top 10 list because it exudes traditional Virginia graciousness and its resident capacity of just 32 provides an intimate living experience. This renovated Georgian-styled mansion is nestled in a private cul-de-sac on three acres of walking trails, flower gardens and well-kept shrubbery and surrounded by a lush forest of mature trees. Residents can receive assistance with routine aspects of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and basic grooming. The community has a nurse on staff, and medication management is available.
- On-site notary public
- Pickup and and delivery of dry cleaning
Riverdale Assisted Living
Riverdale Assisted Living is a centrally located Charlottesville senior community with a capacity of just 29 residents. Seniors can choose from studio apartments and private or semiprivate rooms. The spacious front porch overlooking the manicured front lawn provides plenty of room for visiting with friends and family or simply sitting quietly with a good book. Each of the community's two stories has its own communal dining room and comfortably furnished common areas.
- Medication management
- Skilled nursing available
RoseWood Village at Greenbrier Drive
Rosewood Village at Greenbrier Drive earned a place on our top 10 list because of its overall warmth and charm. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and kept sparkling clean by the attentive staff. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available that look out on flower-filled terraces or gardens. All units are equipped with in-room cable and emergency response systems. The attractive common areas include a lounge where residents can enjoy cocktails, coffee, tea or soft drinks, a comfortable living room with a piano, a well-stocked library and a beauty salon and barbershop.
- On-site swimming pool
- Personalized wellness programs
RoseWood Village at Hollymead Town Center
RoseWood Village at Hollymead Town Center earned its spot on our top 10 list because of its award-winning, Montessori-inspired SPARK program. This program provides an engaging living experience for residents that's customized to meet each person's needs and preferences. Residents have access to an array of life-enriching activities, such as art classes, baking and cooking workshops, group outings and professionally led music programs. The executive chef prepares three gourmet-quality meals per day, and snacks and beverages are always available.
- On-site wellness center
- Landscaped grounds with patios and walking paths
Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Peace is situated in a peaceful residential neighborhood, and offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, spacious closets and oversized bathrooms. The restaurant-style dining room serves three delicious and nutritious meals a day, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the staff dietician works with each resident to ensure their dietary needs and personal preferences are met. The skilled kitchen staff also caters private festivities for residents and the family and friends they choose to invite. Shady walking paths meander throughout the facility's wooded campus.
- On-site movie theater
- State-of-the-art generator in case of power outages
The Lodge at Old Trail
Its larger-than-average accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities, customized care plans and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are why The Lodge at Old Trail is on our top 10 list for Charlottesville. The graciously appointed indoor common areas are comfortable and inviting, and the grounds feature walking paths, a community garden and plenty of patio seating for al fresco meals or relaxing and watching the sunsets. Situated near King Family Vineyard, The Lodge at Old Trail features a wide selection of their fine wines to complement the creatively crafted, locally sourced fare offered in the restaurant-style dining room.
- Underground parking garage