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Page Reviewed / Updated – January 17, 2024

Located near Kanawha River and Wine Cellar Park in West Virginia, Dunbar offers retirees a 12% lower-than-average cost of living and access to many shops, restaurants and outdoor attractions to enable an active lifestyle. Thomas Memorial Hospital — situated just across the river — also provides convenient medical care, reducing the need for seniors to travel for surgeries or emergency treatment.

In addition to its low cost of living, Dunbar’s below-average crime rates make it safer than 55% of other U.S. cities for its 7,203 residents, 25.9% of whom are seniors. While winters can get a little chilly across the region, Dunbar offers relatively mild weather throughout most of the year, peaking at 86 degrees Fahrenheit only for short periods in summer.

Assisted living communities charge $4,750 per month in Dunbar — much higher than the state’s $4,160 average but only slightly more than the national norm of $4,500.

Note: Data for Dunbar was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Charleston, was used instead.

This guide to the nine best assisted living residences in Dunbar helps seniors learn more about care options in the area to make retirement planning easier.

Brookdale Charleston Gardens

Situated close to both the Kanawha and Elk Rivers, Brookdale Charleston Gardens enables seniors to walk along the water for gentle exercise. Present 24/7, the community's care staff helps residents with tasks such as dining, bathing and moving around. However, seniors can also benefit from Brookdale's many lifestyle services, including a concierge to assist with errands and a beauty salon that provides haircuts, manicures and facials at home. The community offers diverse activities to stimulate both the mind and body, with B-Fit classes being one highlight to help seniors maintain their strength and mobility.

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Harmony at Southridge

Situated outside Charleston, Harmony at Southridge provides seniors with a quiet living environment away from the bustle of the city while remaining within driving distance of shops and medical amenities. Residents of the community's assisted living program live in spacious apartments, available in several floor plans so seniors can choose their ideal living space. The residence provides chef-prepared meals, ensuring access to quality nutrition without spending free time cooking. Seniors can also enjoy the convenience of housekeeping and laundry services, as well as transportation for medical appointments and shopping errands.

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Kanawha Place

Kanawha Place is just a short drive from shops, restaurants and the CAMC Memorial Hospital. The community offers highly personalized care, with individual plans and a graduated pricing structure, allowing seniors to choose their needed services. In addition to 24-hour personal care, the residence provides some nursing services for seniors who require medical treatments or observation. Assisted living accommodations, available as private or shared rooms, include access to conveniences such as housekeeping and laundry, medication assistance and daily meal preparation. Seniors also get in-room perks, including cable TV and internet.

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  • Frequent activities such as ice cream socials and movie nights
  • On-site physicians, rehabilitative therapies, X-rays and pharmaceutical services

Edgewood Summit

Near golf courses and parks, Edgewood Summit provides assisted and independent living, as well as memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. It earns a spot on this list of the best senior residences because of the smooth transition it enables into higher levels of care or temporary nursing services, minimizing disruption to seniors' lives. The community's assisted living program reflects this adaptability, as residents can personalize care to match their needs. Seniors benefit from 24-hour support and access to licensed nurses. They also receive three chef-prepared meals daily, and weekly housekeeping and laundry services handle most of the cleaning.

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  • Resident apartments include private bathrooms, cable TV and individual climate control
  • Art studio, exercise room and library

SweetBriar Assisted Living

SweetBriar Assisted Living is down the road from the Kanawha River. The community's friendly caregivers remain on-site 24/7 to assist with seniors' needs, and licensed nurses work around the clock. Residents requiring additional medical care can also take advantage of an in-house geriatrician and various concierge services to help them access specialists such as podiatrists. Beyond its high-quality care, the community provides dietitian-coordinated meals matched to seniors' nutritional needs and preferences. Residents can relax indoors while enjoying amenities such as the beauty salon. They can also get fresh air and sunlight while unwinding in the landscaped courtyard.

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  • Housekeeping and transportation services
  • Activity room for crafts, games and social events

Celebration Villa of Teays Valley

The convenient location of Celebration Villa of Teays Valley, just a short walk from Poplar Fork, enables seniors to spend their days fishing or relaxing by the water. We've included the community on our list of the best assisted living residences because of its impressive array of cognitive, physical, recreational and social activities. With so many options, including chair yoga, dance, trivia nights and creative writing, seniors can find something to make each day enjoyable and fulfilling. Celebration Villa also provides 24/7 personal care, with licensed nurses on-site to handle medical needs.

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  • Dining menu includes many options to suit most tastes
  • Studio apartments feature large windows to let plenty of natural light in 

English Meadows Teays Valley

English Meadows Teays Valley sits on the end of a drive that flanks Kirk Hollow, allowing seniors to hike and view nature a few minutes from home. In addition to personalized care, which is available 24/7, the community prioritizes meaningful experiences for each resident. It achieves this by providing clubhouse activities and regular outings to local attractions, enabling seniors to try new things. Residents also benefit from chef-prepared farm-to-table food that highlights fresh produce. Accommodations come in studio and apartment floor plans, and seniors can access communal spaces, including living areas, courtyards and gardens.

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  • Emergency call system
  • Medication management, housekeeping and laundry services

Rolling Meadows Place

On the edge of Scott Depot, Rolling Meadows Place lets seniors live close to several churches, allowing convenient travel to religious services. We've featured Rolling Meadows on this list because of the extensive range of medical and ancillary services it offers seniors to help them maintain their health and well-being. In addition to 24-hour personal care, residents can access on-site physician consultations, lab work and imaging. The community also provides various types of therapies that help seniors recover from illnesses and injuries, as well as hospice for people needing compassionate end-of-life care.

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Paramount Senior Living at Cabell Midland

Paramount Senior Living at Cabell Midland is located in Ona, close to St Mary's Medical Center. While the community provides personalized assisted living services, it also offers 24-hour skilled nursing. This enables seniors to access wound care and diabetic management — medical care traditionally unavailable through assisted living. Residents' suites each include a private kitchen for seniors to cook their favorite fare, wall-to-wall carpeting for added comfort and an emergency call system to alert staff when help is required. The community also features several amenities, such as a beauty salon and private dining rooms.

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  • Medication and incontinence management
  • On-site physician and social services visits