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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Washington, DC

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Washington, D.C.’s 83,900 senior citizens enjoy an enviable location that gives them access to world-class amenities and puts them in touch with the pulse of the nation. The city’s metro system makes it easy to run errands, travel to medical appointments or visit renowned cultural institutions, such as the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Retirees who want to make the nation’s capital their home may appreciate the area’s temperate Mid-Atlantic climate and low annual snowfall totals, which are less than half the national average. The area also has exceptional health care ratings, with almost twice as many physicians per 100,000 residents as the typical U.S. city and health care costs approximately 18% lower than average. Additionally, residents can choose from a wide selection of long-term care facilities.

According to Genworth Financial’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities in the District of Columbia charge $11,288 per month, which is 2.5 times higher than the national average. However, for many seniors, there’s not only no place like home; there’s no place like Washington, D.C.

Seniors who live in the Washington area and want to remain in the community will find information about 10 of the district’s best assisted living facilities in this guide.

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

Located on the campus of Sibley Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins, Grand Oaks has cared for local seniors since 2000. This Georgian-style community features tastefully appointed common areas and a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments designed for older adults in assisted living or memory care. Residents have access to 24-hour support and a wide variety of recreational opportunities that promote physical, mental and social well-being. Scheduled activities include bridge games, music appreciation and classes on history and art. Grand Oaks sets a high standard for resident care and quality of life, which is why we've named it one of the best assisted living facilities in Washington.

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  • Silver member of the National Quality Award Program
  • Chef-prepared meals served with beer or wine

Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue is conveniently located in Northwest Washington between Chevy Chase, Maryland, and the Smithsonian Zoo. The impressive campus stands out for its traditional architecture and contemporary decor, which combines the best of both worlds. Residents can relax in one of the comfortably appointed sitting areas, savor a tasty snack from the bistro or enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in the lush courtyard. The community offers assisted living as well as more advanced care. This silver-level National Quality Award winner receives rave reviews for its opulent setting, attentive management team and outstanding staff. 

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  • On-site doctor's visits and house calls
  • Shops and restaurants within walking distance

The Residences at Thomas Circle

Located a short distance from the White House, the National Monument and the Smithsonian, The Residences at Thomas Circle has an exceptional location along with an equally impressive list of amenities. The community has a fitness center, art studio, theater, rehabilitation gym, outdoor pool and well-stocked library. Apartments feature in-room laundry and full kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Residents have access to a bistro as well as a formal restaurant and private dining room. Luxurious hotel-style common areas provide plenty of room to relax while promoting social interaction. In addition to independent and assisted living, the community offers memory care and skilled nursing.

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Chevy Chase House

Located steps from the Maryland border, Chevy Chase House is situated in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s vibrant Upper Northwest, which gives residents easy access to restaurants, shops and the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library. This upscale Meridian Senior Living Community caters to the needs of active seniors who require occasional assistance with daily activities. The community's activities director plans an outstanding calendar of events that includes therapeutic movement, lifelong learning opportunities, unique culinary experiences and clubs for those who enjoy lively discussions. Residents also have easy access to the nation's top attractions for exciting community outings. The property features an outdoor courtyard, indoor activity spaces and an on-site chapel.

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Forest Hills of DC

Forest Hills of DC is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that follows an all-inclusive philosophy and welcomes residents from all backgrounds and walks of life. The campus offers assisted living as well as memory care and skilled nursing to accommodate couples with varying needs and allow seniors to age in place. It also accepts all types of pets large or small. Forest Hills features contemporary indoor and outdoor common areas with a comfortable residential feel. Amenities include a private dining room, rehabilitation center and on-site dental office. Residents enjoy varied daily activities with an emphasis on live entertainment.

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Maple Heights Senior Living

Maple Heights Senior Living is a boutique assisted living and memory care community located in the district's Northwest quadrant between Rock Creek Park and Fort Totten. The community offers residents personalized care and state-of-the-art amenities, including an elegant theater, exercise studio and bistro that serves chef-prepared meals featuring fresh produce and quality ingredients. Although Maple Heights is located in the heart of the city, residents have access to private gardens with sheltered walking paths and attractive landscaping. This community's contemporary design and attention to detail have earned it a spot on this guide to Washington's best assisted living facilities.

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Ingleside at Rock Creek

Billed as an urban oasis, Ingleside at Rock Creek is a full-service continuing care retirement community set on 14 pristine acres near shopping, dining and cultural attractions in the heart of the city. Assisted living residents reside in spacious one-bedroom apartments featuring kitchenettes, walk-in closets and up-to-date amenities. Recreational opportunities, wellness services and social experiences abound thanks to the community's robust life enrichment program. Residents also enjoy an all-day dining programming featuring chef-prepared meals and healthy snacks that comply with individual dietary requirements and recommendations. 

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  • Guest apartments for out-of-town visitors
  • Person-centered care available around the clock

Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home

With roots dating back to the turn of the 20th century, the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home is an award-winning senior living community and charitable organization dedicated to serving older adults and low-income seniors in and around the Washington metropolitan area. We're pleased to recognize this community as one of the city's best thanks to its long legacy in the industry, and its commitment to providing individualized care while respecting residents' wishes. Seniors at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home enjoy a wholesome dining program and a varied calendar of activities and outings that allow residents to stay as busy as they like or make time for private pursuits.

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  • Resident volunteer program to promote engagement
  • Access to on- and off-site medical care

Brookdale Arlington

Brookdale Arlington is a large-scale senior community offering memory care and assisted living. Residents aged 65 and older can choose from studio and one-bedroom apartments in a modern high-rise building with easy access to shops, restaurants and the Ballston Quarter shopping center. The pet-friendly community features more than a dozen premium amenities, including a library, fitness center, theater and community kitchen. Residents also have access to comfortable living areas, well-lit activity spaces and shaded courtyards with outdoor seating.

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  • Keypad entry and 24-hour security
  • Refined dining with seasonal ingredients

Sunrise of Arlington

Located off North Glebe Road, this top-rated assisted living community has been recognized as one of the area's best thanks to its friendly staff, personalized care and elegant amenities. Residents also benefit from a convenient location near the Virginia Hospital Center. The charming Victorian-style community features a formal atrium and comfortably styled common areas with plush seating. Residents can chat and snack in the cheery bistro, watch a sports game in the fireside TV lounge or grab a book from the well-stocked library. Sunrise of Arlington offers several floor plans, including studios, multiroom apartments and two-bedroom companion suites to accommodate individuals and couples with varying needs. 

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