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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Washington, D.C.

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in D.C.. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Washington, D.C.

Seniors in Washington, D.C. pay an average of $5,948 per month for assisted living, somewhat higher than the national average. Furthermore, the nearby states of Virginia and West Virginia cost slightly less at $5,250 and $4,160 as does Maryland at $4,900 per month.

Assisted Living in Washington, D.C. vs. Nearby Cities

While not the most affordable, assisted living in Washington is only moderately more expensive than some other cities in nearby states. Blacksburg in Virginia is only marginally less at $5,595, while Lexington is slightly more affordable at $4,708. However, residents in Easton, Maryland, have to pay more for assisted living at $6,703 per month.

  • Washington, D.C.: $5,948
  • National: $4,500
  • Virginia: $5,250
  • Blacksburg: $5,595
  • Lexington: $4,708
  • Easton: $6,073

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Washington, D.C.

Seniors in Washington have other care options open to them. Each one offers varying levels of support either in home or a residential setting. Homemaker services and home health aides, each costing $5,339 are one option and allow seniors to age in place while receiving care and assistance ranging from housekeeping and meal preparation to more extensive personal care. In addition, adult day health care costing $2,282 offers respite to primary caregivers while more long-term care options include semiprivate rooms in nursing home facilities costing $11,467.

  • Assisted Living: $5,948
  • Homemaker Services: $5,339
  • Home Health Aides: $5,339
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,282
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $11,467

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Washington, D.C.

Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Washington

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Washington.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Washington

Numerous free and low-cost resources are available to assisted living residents in Washington, D.C. These include programs that allow seniors to access free transportation and legal advice, referral services, assistance with benefits and opportunities to participate in recreational activities.




Department of Aging and Community Living

(202) 724-5626

The Department of Aging and Community Living provides seniors with a variety of transportation services designed to meet their mobility needs. The Senior MedExpress program offers complimentary rides to essential medical appointments or government offices for eligible D.C. residents aged 60 or older who have a qualifying medical condition. In addition, ConnectorCard is a cost-sharing program that provides qualified older adults aged 60 and over with a debit card that allows them to use ground transportation to the destination of their choice. A sliding fee scale determines the subsidies provided through the card.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

(202) 434-2120

Legal Counsel for the Elderly publicly supports the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. seniors by assisting those in need and providing legal and social work services free of charge. They help nearly 10,000 people each year while advocating for citywide reforms in laws, regulations and long-term care facilities. A vital part of the counsel’s work involves housing, economic security, self-determination, health and safety.

Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs

(202) 724-5454

The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs assists in providing outreach and resources to D.C.’s 30,000 veterans and their families to support Mayor Bowser’s pathways to middle class. Through MOVA’s District Veteran Service Officers, it assists D.C. veterans and their families with VA claims and benefits and develops district-level programs that provide D.C. veterans and their families with a fair shot.

Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Programs

(202) 673-7647

The Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Programs offers seniors the opportunity to participate in various senior activities that encourage active and healthy lifestyles. Many of these activities focus on physical fitness, including the DC Senior Games. Older adults can also get involved in environmental programs, community gardens and volunteer work through Senior Camps.

Washington Social Security Offices

(800) 772-1213

There are several Social Security field offices in the District of Columbia that seniors can visit to apply for several different benefits, such as Social Security retirement income, Supplemental Security Income and disability insurance. The offices also assist with Medicare benefits and enrollment.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Washington

Assisted Living Communities in Washington are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Washington D.C. Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Washington D.C. area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 53 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 15 hours researching assisted living communities in Washington D.C.
  • Read more than 420 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Washington D.C. is $5,948, which is considerably higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Washington D.C., a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 53 communities in the Washington D.C. area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Washington, D.C. area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Brookdale Arlington
Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospice, Respite
Not Listed
Located in the heart of Arlington, Virginia, just a few blocks from the Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Potomac River, Brookdale Arlington offers seniors a worry-free retirement lifestyle that includes assisted living and memory care options. Residents in this pet-friendly facility enjoy resort-style amenities, such as a fitness center, private dining room, business center and integrated Wi-Fi. The facility is also equipped with a keypad entry system for safety and security.
What Residents are Saying:
One relative described Brookdale Arlington as a "godsend" for his father explaining the "staff is extremely well trained, kind and caring." Another reviewer whose dad is also at Brookdale stated every time she visits "the staff is very helpful, attentive, and very pleasant" and added that there is always a lot of staff present.
3.93 out of 5 stars
(111) Reviews
3821 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203
Chevy Chase House
Forest Hills of the District of Columbia
Grand Oaks Assisted Living
Hermitage Northern Virginia
Maples Heights Senior Living
Sunrise of Alexandria
Sunrise of Arlington
Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue
The Residences at Thomas Circle

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.