An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax is steeped in history. Just 20 minutes from Washington, D.C., the city offers a small-town feel, with low crime rates and a friendly atmosphere, which is ideal for seniors seeking a quiet retirement while still maintaining close proximity to a large metropolitan area.
From its many parks and trails to its vibrant historic district and nearby wineries, Fairfax has a great deal to offer seniors of diverse interests. Seniors can visit the Fairfax Museum, take in a performance by the City of Fairfax Theater Company or explore the historical sites, shops and local restaurants in the walkable downtown area. Seniors who enjoy the outdoors can take advantage of the city's 258 acres of parkland and scenic walking trails. The city also sponsors a number of world-class events throughout the year, including a Chocolate Lovers Festival, Holiday Market and Independence Day Celebration.
Not only is the daily cost of living in Fairfax much higher than the statewide average, but seniors can expect to pay more for assisted living services. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, these services cost $5,100 per month in the Fairfax area, compared to an average of $4,800 in other cities across Virginia.
Note: Assisted living cost data wasn't available for Fairfax so data for the closest city, Washington, D.C., was used.
Here's a look at the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Fairfax area.
Sunrise of Fair Oaks
3750 Joseph Siewick Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Centrally located in Fairfax within INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital campus, Sunrise of Fair Oaks is a beautiful facility characterized by welcoming common areas, spacious accommodations and long outdoor walking paths. A community companion dog can be found at the facility to keep residents company. Staff work with residents and their families to develop personalized service plans and are available 24 hours a day to cater to individual needs. Daily activities give residents the opportunity to maintain their physical fitness, explore their creativity, engage their minds and socialize with fellow retirees. Special outings are frequently organized to allow residents to stay connected with the community.
4027 Olley Lane
Fairfax, VA 22032
Known for its commitment to quality care, Braddock Glen is an award-winning community with thoughtfully designed suites, comfortable community areas and beautifully landscaped grounds and garden spaces. Small touches, such as fresh-cut flowers throughout the residence, help create an environment that feels like home. Trained staff work to build personal relationships with residents and are available 24 hours a day to administer care focused on the specific needs of each resident. The programming is designed to help residents celebrate each day, including faith-based activities, fitness classes, music, fine arts and nature exploration. Seniors also have the option to join one of the many resident-run clubs and participate in fun outings to local hot spots.
Sunrise of George Mason
4300 George Mason Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030
Located in the heart of Old Town Fairfax, Sunrise of George Mason offers quality senior care in a close-knit, family environment. It's included in this list because of its community design and unique amenities. The single-level community is easy for residents of all care levels to navigate and features spacious, light-filled living spaces, comfortable resident suites and an on-site beauty shop, bistro and spa. Its relaxing outdoor environment offers sun porches and a secured courtyard with walking paths. Residents are treated to daily home-cooked meals and never have to worry about laundry and housekeeping, giving them more time to participate in activities, such as wine and music before dinner, fitness classes, brain games and local excursions.
Gardens at Fair Oaks
4310 Forest Hill Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
At Gardens at Fair Oaks, seniors receive compassionate care in a warm, welcoming environment. The family-run facility features beautifully landscaped grounds and spacious, sun-filled common areas, a beauty salon and an on-site rehabilitation center. One of the community's main areas of excellence is its individualized care system. Residents are assessed and assigned a care level and receive personalized services based on their needs. Three meals are served daily in the restaurant-inspired fine-dining room, and a full calendar of engaging activities help seniors to enjoy a fulfilling, carefree lifestyle.
Sunrise of Springfield
6541 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Smiling faces, highly specialized care and a homelike environment are what set Sunrise of Springfield apart. Caring staff members work to ensure each resident receives individualized attention and care and conduct regular comprehensive assessments. A diverse range of activities are offered, including religious programs, monthly support groups, fitness classes and a number of resident-led interest clubs. The facility's unique Reminiscence Program also provides countless opportunities for seniors to remain connected to the local community.
Sunrise of Arlington
2000 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
The first Sunrise mansion ever built, Sunrise of Arlington, continues to demonstrate itself as one of the best assisted living facilities in the region. We included it in Fairfax's top 10 list because of its dedication to providing residents with compassionate, personalized care in a safe, comfortable environment that feels just like home. Located in a quiet, residential area, residents can enjoy a relaxing retirement, while still maintaining easy access to the many amenities of Washington, D.C. In fact, the facility's activities coordinator plans weekly outings to restaurants, movies, plays, museums, and other entertaining sights. At the facility, residents engage in a variety of social and recreational activities, including exercise classes, games, social hours and movie nights.
Sunrise at Reston Town Center
1778 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Seniors of all care levels can enjoy a caring, inviting retirement experience at Sunrise at Reston Town Center. We included Reston Town Center in this list because of its offering of comprehensive on-site care services and diverse programming. Staff are available 24 hours a day to deliver personalized attention and care, and its proximity to some of Northern Virginia's leading health care facilities offers added peace of mind. Residents can also benefit from the on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided by Health Pro Services. With its extensive activity program, there's always something fun for seniors to do, including oil painting, cooking, walking club, flower arranging, Bible study and card games.
Sunrise of Hunter Mill
2863 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124
Sunrise of Hunter Mill has a reputation for providing high-quality senior care. Dedicated staff members work to build meaningful relationships with residents and develop customized care plans to suit individuals' specific needs and wants. The facility places a large emphasis on family and community involvement, hosting intergenerational activities, volunteer opportunities and local group outings. Seniors can spend their time enjoying the facility's many amenities, taking a walk through the landscaped gardens, socializing with fellow residents in the cozy common areas or participating in one or more of the daily activities designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit.
Hermitage Northern Virginia
5000 Fairbanks Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
Right in the heart of Alexandria, Hermitage Northern Virginia is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers a service-rich lifestyle. The beautiful seven-acre campus is lined with trees and landscaped gardens, featuring a number of on-campus conveniences, including three daily home-cooked meals, an arts and crafts studio, library, fitness room, greenhouse and chapel. Residents live in spacious apartments and enjoy carefree living with weekly housekeeping and linen services and home maintenance tasks taken care of. Each month, residents are provided with a new calendar of social, recreational, educational and wellness programs, including ceramics class, exercise, bridge club and music appreciation.
Sunrise at Bluemont Park
5920 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
Sunrise at Bluemont Park offers a resident-centered approach to senior care in an environment that's designed to feel like home. Staff members treat residents with respect and build strong personal relationships, providing individualized assistance with daily tasks while encouraging their independence. Residents can enjoy three daily home-cooked meals in a restaurant-style setting as well as snacks throughout the day at the bistro. With housekeeping, laundry and chores taken care of, residents have time to do the things they enjoy most, whether that be attending lectures and group discussions, music lessons, spiritual activities, fitness classes or simply relaxing in the outdoor garden area.