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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Richmond, VA

Page Reviewed / Updated - September 11, 2020

As one of America's oldest cities and the capital of Virginia, Richmond is filled with Federal-style mansions, tree-lined streets and historic sites. The city is home to just over 230,000 people, and seniors aged 65 and older make up 13.8% of the population. There are a number of top-ranked hospitals in Richmond and the surrounding area, including the VCU Medical Center and the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. 

Seniors seeking a retirement destination that offers a wide variety of cultural attractions and events will appreciate Richmond's many museums, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and the Museum of the Confederacy. The region also has 14 public and 18 private golf courses, hundreds of craft breweries and over 300 wineries, making for endless options when it comes to day trips and excursions.

Read our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Richmond to find the right fit for you or your loved one. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Richmond and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Best Assisted Living Facilities in Richmond, Virginia

Imperial Plaza

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1717 Bellevue Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 262-6537

Located just east of the I-95 near Bryan Park, Imperial Plaza is a large, well-appointed senior living community. Residents live in private suites that range in size from cozy studios to large two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse apartments with private dining rooms. Community amenities include a concierge, fitness center, guest suite and chapel, as well as a putting green, greenhouse, bank, craft studio and general store. 

  • Chapel
  • Ice cream parlor

Sunrise of Richmond

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1807 North Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 823-2774

Located just a few blocks from Henrico Doctors' Hospital near churches, shops and restaurants, Sunrise of Richmond is a cottage-style, single-story assisted living and memory care facility. The beautiful campus features plenty of comfortable outdoor seating, illuminated walking paths and shade trees, and seniors can relax and socialize with their neighbors on the covered porch. Meals are made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients and include familiar recipes, and pureed diets can be accommodated. A full-time activity director organizes daily games, workshops, fitness classes and community outings, and caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day.

  • Small pets welcome upon approval
  • Private suites with kitchenettes

Brookdale West End Richmond

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1800 Gaskins Road
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 292-2461

Brookdale West End Richmond is a colonial-style assisted living and memory care community. Located on a quiet landscaped campus in the upscale Raintree neighborhood, this well-appointed facility features a large courtyard, garden and greenhouse, including resident gardening areas. Seniors can take advantage of the putting green, walking paths and covered porch, along with a woodworking shop, fitness center, piano and game room. Wi-Fi service is available throughout the community, and residents can enjoy light snacks in the bistro, dine in the restaurant and reserve the private dining room for family meals. We included Brookdale West End Richmond on our list due to its extensive amenities that appeal to a wide range of seniors.

  • Pet-friendly
  • Concierge service

Elmcroft of Chesterfield

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1000 Twinridge Lane
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 327-1990

Located just steps from Chesterfield Towne Center near the Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Elmcroft of Chesterfield is a vibrant, one-level assisted living community with dedicated memory care services. The ranch-style building features plenty of large windows and comfortable common areas, including a beautiful restaurant-style dining room, beauty salon, games room and craft room. Signature programs are designed to help seniors live life to the fullest and include Second Wind Dreams, an innovative program that helps residents enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Elmcroft of Chesterfield earned a place on our list because of its emphasis on health, wellness and personalized care that focuses on residents' strengths. 

  • Walking Tall fall prevention program
  • Studio and one-bedroom assisted living suites

Sunrise at Bon Air

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2105 Cranbeck Road
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 477-8839

Located on a landscaped campus close to The Shoppes at Bellgrade, Sunrise at Bon Air offers assisted living and memory care services in a modern, friendly setting. Caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day, and monthly wellness checks are performed by the licensed staff nurse. Daily recreational and social activities include Bible study groups, chair yoga classes and resident-sponsored clubs, and seniors can relax in the beautiful outdoor area and stroll along the paved walking paths.

  • Regular family nights
  • Meals prepared on-site

The Crossings at Bon Air

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9100 Bon Air Crossings Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 554-3213

Centrally located close to the Johnston-Willis Hospital and Chesterfield Towne Center, The Crossings at Bon Air offers independent and assisted living services, as well as a dedicated memory care wing. This pet-friendly, smoke-free community features beautiful decor, including extra-high ceilings and large windows that bring in plenty of sunshine, and apartments include private balconies and full kitchens. Meals are served restaurant-style, and seniors can find plenty to do in the pub, games room, crafting room and fitness center. We featured The Crossings at Bon Air on our list because of the caring, compassionate staff who go out of their way to make residents feel safe and supported. 

  • Daily fitness classes
  • Transportation services

Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield

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4931 Ridgedale Parkway
North Chesterfield, VA 23234
(804) 271-9787

Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield is a warm, inviting senior living community located close to the VA Hospital and the HCA Virginia Health System campus. A number of shops, services and independent restaurants are nearby, and staff regularly take residents on day trips to local attractions. Meals are served restaurant-style in the bright, sunny dining room, while the wine bistro is a popular place for after-dinner drinks. 

  • Studio and one-bedroom suites
  • Single-story community

Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe

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12401 Gayton Road
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 277-4039

Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe offers assisted living and memory care services. Located northwest of downtown Richmond in Tuckahoe West Village near Short Pump Town Center and Regency Square Mall, this vibrant community features two landscaped courtyards, comfortable common areas, a library and a beauty salon. Daily recreational programs include coffee clubs, organized games and field trips, and staff are on-site 24 hours a day.

  • Semiprivate and private suites
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services

Commonwealth Senior Living at the West End

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2400 Gaskins Road
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 965-2155

Located close to the Short Pump Town Center, Commonwealth Senior Living at the West End is a single-story assisted living and memory care community. Friendly caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day, and plenty of engaging activities and special events are planned and organized to keep residents active and engaged. Accommodations include semiprivate and private apartments with en suite bathrooms, as well as weekly housekeeping and linen services. 

  • Screened porch
  • Beauty shop

Spring Arbor of Richmond

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9991 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233-3600
(804) 754-8700

Located on a large landscaped campus next to the Deep Run Park and Recreation Center, Spring Arbor of Richmond is a well-appointed assisted living and memory care community. Residents are encouraged to remain as independent as possible while enjoying the peace of mind that comes with having caregivers close at hand 24 hours a day. It offers high-speed Wi-Fi, a spacious front porch with rocking chairs and a courtyard, a restaurant-style dining room and a full-service beauty salon. Pets are welcome upon approval, and every resident receives a wearable medical alert pendant that instantly connects with in-house staff.

  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living suites
  • Private dining room available for family celebrations

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Richmond

In Richmond, costs of senior care cost more across the board than in other areas of Virginia. Assisted living costs $5,916 a month on average, which is very expensive compared to the state average of $4,451. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, nursing home care, and adult day services all run around $500 more than the state averages. Home care is the same price as the state average at $3,813.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Richmond?

In Richmond, assisted living costs are the highest in the state at $5,048 monthly on average. Nearby Charlottesville is significantly less, at $4,577 a month. The least expensive areas for assisted living in Virginia are those lesser populated places that comprise the rest of the state, which averages at $3,238 a month.   

How much does Home Care Cost in Richmond?

Home care costs in Richmond average at $3,813 a month, which is also the state average. The more affordable areas include Virginia Beach at $3,623 and Roanoke at $3,384. The rest of the state averages at the lowest cost overall at $3,337, indicating home care can be found more affordably in towns with smaller populations.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Richmond?

Adult day health costs vary across the state of Virginia, and Richmond falls in the middle at an average of $1,452 a month. The state average is slightly higher at $1,517 monthly. The most expensive area for day services is nearby Charlottesville, averaging at $1,733. More affordable areas include Harrisonburg at $1,224 on average and the Blacksburg area, which averages at $1,203 a month. The rest of the state averages in this range as well, at $1,235.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Richmond?

The monthly average price of living in a nursing home varies widely across the state. Winchester, in the north, comes in as the most expensive for a semi-private nursing home room at $10,129. Prices drop considerably in other cities – the state average is only $7,452 and cities outside of more heavily populated areas average at $6,692 a month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Richmond

Virginia Medicaid Commonwealth Coordinated Care+ Waiver

The Medicaid program for seniors in Virginia is called the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus program. Eligible elders can apply for this home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver, though there may be a waitlist to receive assistance paying for services. This program provides long-term care services including:

  • Personal care help with grooming, bathing, eating, and chores
  • Skilled nurses
  • Home modifications and durable medical equipment to help a person stay at home

This program is designed after the federal Money Follows The Person program, which was created to give elders in need of aging care the freedom to choose any service provider that costs as much as the classical model, a nursing home placement, would. In order to receive services through this waiver, a person must:

  • Be considered part of the ABD population by being age 65 or older, blind, or disabled
  • Meet federal income standards – aged adults may earn up to 80% of the area median income, which is $3,883 a month in 2019, though Medicare recipients are subject to different limitations
  • Be determined to need a nursing home level care by needing help with at least two activities of daily living (ADL) and/or personal care services like cooking

To apply, visit the Richmond Department of Social Services website or call 1-855-242-8282 to find out more about services, eligibility, and how to apply.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Program

The Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, better known as PACE, provides aging services to income-eligible seniors in Richmond, including:

  • Day health programs and social service referrals
  • In-home care as well as care received while in a nursing home
  • Medical care, including medications, dental, and radiology
  • Transportation services

Services are not provided for people who require a private duty nurse unless it is medically required or live in a private room in a nursing home. To qualify, applicants need to be eligible for either Medicaid or Medicare, be age 55 or older, and need nursing home level care.

The PACE provider in Richmond is InnovAge, you can visit their website or call (844) 704-9613.

Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

The Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) waiver, which does not currently have a waitlist, provides long-term care services for elders living in-home that meet financial requirements. Services provided include adult day health costs, personal care, and respite services. The program also pays for Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and transition assistance, for those who need to move into or out of a higher-care facility.  

To qualify for this waiver, a person must not be living in an assisted living facility or nursing home but may be on a waiting list to receive long-term care services through another waiver and still receive EDCD services. Applicants that receive SSI may earn up to 300% of the area median income, which is $249,600 annually or $20,800 a month in 2018.

More Senior Living Resources in Richmond

Central Virginia Housing Authority

There may be opportunities to rent low-income available through the Central Virginia Housing Authority. Priority is often given to elders and those with disabilities. Call (804) 780-4200 to inquire about current openings for applications.

Many apartment buildings have been federally subsidized to provide rent to low-income seniors. In many cases, there are waiting lists for subsidized apartments. It is best to apply as early as possible. There are income limitations for subsidized apartments- you can find out the exact requirements for applying to rent a property by calling the numbers listed below.

Company

Address

Phone Number

Description

William Byrd Senior Apartments

2501 West Broad Street,

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 359-5200

This unique apartment building is a restructured hotel that has combined 2 hotel rooms into one unit to create an apartment for eligible seniors. These apartments are for low-income adults over age 55, earning at least $1,700 a month.

Darby House

1400 Shirleydale Ave

Henrico, VA 23231

(804) 236-8382

This building has one- and two-bedroom apartments and is about two miles from downtown Richmond.

Monarch Woods Senior Apartments

6501 Jahnke Road

Richmond VA 23225

(804) 320-4301

This low-income property provides subsidized one-bedroom apartments for rent to eligible seniors aged 62 and above.

Cary West

2021 W. Cary St.,

Richmond, VA 23221

(804) 353-1809

These townhouse and garden style apartments are for seniors. No pets are allowed in these buildings.

New Clay House II

1125 W. Clay St.,

Richmond, VA 23223

(800) 232-5481

This building provides one-bedroom apartments with shared showers and kitchen areas.

Randolph Place

300 S. Randolph St,

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 353-1809

For adults aged 62 and older, this pet-friendly building provides 50 one-bedroom apartments with income-based rent.

Guardian Place

1620 N. Hamilton St.,

Richmond, VA 23230

(804) 355-3013

These apartment homes were built by the United Way to serve low-income adults as they retire. There are also 10 market rate apartments available, and many community amenities.

The Rennaisance Apartments

1021 German School Rd.,

Richmond, VA 23225

(804) 320-8898

These are one- and two-bedroom secured apartments for older adults and disabled people.

Bacon Bowler Senior Living

815 North 35th Street,

Richmond, VA 23223

(804) 644-5607

This is a refurbished schoolhouse with many subsidized one- and two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors.

Highland Park Senior Apartments

1221 East Brookland Park Blvd.

Richmond, VA 23222

(804) 303-6229

These pet-friendly apartments are available to adults who are low-income and over age 55.

Washington Plaza

21 East Leigh Street

Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 728-2122

This converted school provides apartments for adults over age 55 in downtown Richmond.

Dominion Place

1025 West Grace Street

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 355-9114

This building provides one-bedroom apartments for adults over the age of 55 and those with disabilities. There is a wide range of activities for residents and no pet fee.

The Charlevoix

5600 Charlevoix Court,

Richmond, VA 23224

(804) 232-1207

This property has one side for families and one side for elderly residents. The Charlevoix apartments are for adults 62 and older.



For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Virginia.