Chesapeake is a short hop from Virginia Beach, and the nearby Greenbrier Mall is home to over a hundred shops and restaurants. Assisted living facilities here are also 20 minutes from Norfolk, a walkable city filled with shops, restaurants and museums. Seniors can enjoy free tours there at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
People age 65 and over make up 12% of the population in Chesapeake. Residents here enjoy 211 sunny days each year, and the area averages just five inches of snow in the winter. Summers are pleasant, with a July high of about 89 degrees. Nearby Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is one of five hospitals and medical centers in the area.
Oak Grove Lake Park in Chesapeake, a 65-acre preserve, has an ADA accessible 1.5-mile walking and biking trail. There are also several accessible fishing platforms surrounding the lake, and seniors can enjoy walking, biking and resting on a bench with a view of the water.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in the area is $4,627, which means seniors who choose Chesapeake pay a bit less than the Virginia state median of $4,800.
Note: Information for Chesapeake was not available, so data from the nearby city of Virginia Beach was used.
Here are some of the top assisted living facilities in the Chesapeake area.
Commonwealth Senior Living at Georgian Manor
651 River Walk Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Georgian Manor, a memory care and assisted living facility, is located next to the Elizabeth River in a well-treed neighborhood. Residents can walk to the nearby river and Rivercrest Community Center. The residence is in the midst of several local parks and near the shopping hub at Battlefield Boulevard. Restaurant-style service in the dining room features fresh, farm-to-table choices that include local seafood selections. There's also a monthly family night buffet with unique entertainment. Other activities include multicultural programs that introduce residents to the food, art and culture of different countries.
1508 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
The residences at Chesapeake Place all have emergency call buttons, smoke alarms and individual climate control. The one- and two-bedroom apartments have ample closets, and all bathrooms include step-in showers. The main common area features a fireplace, and residents can also enjoy the library. Shopping trips and dining excursions are scheduled monthly, along with cooking classes and fitness activities. The lounge area has a big-screen TV and a separate space for games and activities, and the dining area includes a casual bistro where residents can gather to socialize.
Harmony at Oakbrooke
301 Clearfield Avenue
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Situated close to the Greenbrier Mall, grocery stores and restaurants, Harmony at Oakbrooke is right down the street from Oak Brook Park with its gazebo and picnic spots. The Chesapeake Arboretum is also nearby and features walking trails that lead to Lake Hughes. For medical care, the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is just over a mile away. Independent living, assisted living and memory care are offered for a continuum of services at Oakbrooke. Residents can gather at the café and bistro for fellowship, and enjoy activities including yoga, art classes and seminars on current events.
Dominion Village at Chesapeake
2856 Forehand Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Parks, canals and the Chesapeake Arboretum and Planetarium are part of the neighborhood at Dominion Village at Chesapeake. Dwellings all have keyed entries, and dining is available all day. Residents are encouraged to socialize through a full schedule of activities and fitness programs. The facility has an on-site podiatrist and offers in-house doctor visits. Wheelchair-accessible rooms and showers are an option, and transportation is provided for a fee. We chose to include this facility on our top 10 list because of the comprehensive wellness care it offers.
1324 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Assisted living and memory care are provided at Cedar Manor in a family-like environment. At least three daily activities are scheduled, such as pet therapy, walks and social gatherings. Games, music and restaurant outings are also included. Some rooms have kitchenettes, and pets are welcome for visits. The grounds feature a pond with a fountain and gazebo. We included this facility because of its comprehensive attention to health and wellness, its on-site podiatrist and dentist and affiliation with Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.
The Waterford at Virginia Beach
5417 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
The Waterford bus takes seniors sightseeing and to plays and restaurants, as well as to medical appointments. The facility is close to Norfolk with its museums, shopping and historic architecture. An on-site coffee bistro provides seniors with a place to gather and socialize, and there's a full calendar of activities available. Patio apartments are one of the dwelling options, and each unit has large windows to let in the sun. We added this assisted living facility to the list because of its prime location near Norfolk and Virginia Beach, as well as its generous outdoor common areas.
Harmony at Independence
2077 South Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
This senior living facility is near the Virginia Aquarium, and it's only a short drive away from the sights and entertainment options of Norfolk. The life enrichment director oversees a program designed to stimulate seniors' physical and mental well-being, and there are fun activities offered including games, movies and a happy hour. Apartments have large bathrooms and generous closet space. Harmony offers independent living, assisted living and memory care for every stage of care a senior may need. Sentara Hospital is nearby, and the beach is only 15 minutes away.
Commonwealth Senior Living at Leigh Hall
890 Poplar Hall Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502
Leigh Hall offers city living at its finest with its location right in the middle of downtown Norfolk. Rooms and suites on all three floors open to a three-story central atrium with skylights. A number of lounging areas provide spots to watch a movie, read a book, use the facility's computer or play the grand piano. Independent living, assisted living and memory care are all offered at Leigh Hall. The Fairlawn Recreation Center is just down the street, and there are restaurants within walking distance. Public transportation and shopping are also nearby in this metropolitan locale, along with Sentara Leigh Hospital and doctors' offices.
Commonwealth Senior Living at King's Grant House
440 North Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
King's Grant House is situated in a suburban neighborhood just off Virginia Beach Boulevard. Shopping is nearby at Market Square, and the beach is just a short drive away. There are two major hospitals in the area, along with restaurants and a Walmart Supercenter. Suites feature large bathrooms and ample storage space. King's Grant hosts a family night buffet each month, and several day rooms allow residents to enjoy different pursuits at the same time. Regular activities include a morning coffee chat, bowling, bingo and meditation.
One Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
A multi-story facility in the heart of Norfolk, Harbor's Edge provides entertaining and fun social activities that encourage seniors to make friends and enjoy life. All the assisted living dwellings are one-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, and some have views of the Elizabeth River. Independent living, assisted living and memory care are all provided for a smooth transition that fits the needs of each senior. Rehabilitation services are available, along with fitness programs, and both individual and group transportation. We included this senior residence because of its desirable location and access to an on-site clinic.