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What Are My Options for Senior Living in the Charlottesville Area?

What Are My Options for Senior Living in the Charlottesville Area?

Senior Living in Charlottesville VA is bountiful in wonderful resources and places to live for all Seniors, whether active or requiring assistance.

We often hear from people who are considering retirement and looking at options for Senior Living in Charlottesville VA. We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce newcomers to the area!  This is because Charlottesville is rich in cultural activities, along with recreation and educational opportunities. Also, there's very good energy here!  As a result, Charlottesville and surrounding communities have become a hotspot for active retirees. And there are great places for Seniors to live in the Charlottesville area!
4 seniors chatting and laughing

First of all, Charlottesville is a fun place to be! The Charlottesville area has so much to offer in terms of what to do and see for all age groups. While things to do might include walking the Downtown Mall in the city of Charlottesville, you may also enjoy the many fine arts and music venues. Many education programs are available, such as OLLI at the University of VA.  Also, touring historic sites,  enjoying outdoor recreation, and great shopping are pluses for this area. In addition, visiting breweries and wineries or dining at one of the many of restaurants can be an epicurean's delight. As a result, who can resist wanting to retire here?

Choices for Senior Living

The following are options that include 55+ communities and full retirement facilities. Also, if you wish to purchase a home, there are many choices. The Charlottesville area includes new and established neighborhoods which are walk-able, have homes with main level bedrooms, and possibly a golf course. Perhaps you just would like the conveniences of living close to the action... Drop me a note, I would love to introduce you to Charlottesville.

Senior Housing and Facilities

Senior Living in Charlottesville VA can be whatever you choose it to be that best suits your needs. Among these options are affordable housing, senior residential communities, home care, respite care and housing. Independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term and long-term care, and hospice are also available. Of important note, two large medical facilities are in Charlottesville, The Medical Center at UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital Each hospital is affiliated with a large health system network. Also, there are many practitioners to choose from in all fields of medicine. Most of the Senior Communities and Services utilize these facilities. Due to these various options in health care, the Charlottesville area has become very attractive to Seniors!

Hot air balloon floating over Albemarle County

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing can be found through JABA, the Jefferson Area Board of Aging.  JABA services the city of Charlottesville along with the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. JABA is a federal mandated area agency for the aging. This agency assists in all aspects of Senior Health Care. In addition, some of the many services provided are Community Senior Centers and Adult Day Care Centers with transportation. A Friendly Visitors program, Health Insurance and Medicare Counseling, and Home Delivered Meals are also available.

senior couple walking through a vineyard

Independent Senior Living:

Independent Senior Living in Charlottesville VA and the surrounding area can mean many things. Senior living can be owning a private home in a Senior Residential Community. (You can also own your home space in a large facility with life stage options.)  Good examples of Senior Communities with privately owned homes are Branchlands in Albemarle County and Four Seasonsin Ruckersville (Greene County). Ruckersville is a 25-30 minute drive from Charlottesville. The Ridges at The Lodge at Old TrailWestminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, and The Colonnades are fine examples of Independent Living facilities. This is because they have tiered life stage options. Most of all, you can move from independent living on to Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Long-Term Care. Also, The Blake at Charlottesvilleis one of the newest Senior living facilities.

Assisted Living:

Assisted Living facilities in the Charlottesville area usually offer all of the amenities of home. There are no worries of having to do it yourself. This is because the amenities may include on-site dining options, laundry service, and a beauty shop. Also, many have a library, a woodworking shop, and gardening activities. Most have a walking trail, a swimming pool and fitness center, etc. Rosewood Villageoffers several types of options for assisted living, depending on your needs. In addition, many offer transportation to and from anywhere locally you need to go. Some places welcome your pets or visitors bringing pets along!

In conclusion, the Charlottesville VA area is a great location for seniors! This is because the area is rich with many attractive options for the aging. It is important to note that Excellent Health Care and Quality of Life are the top priorities in the Charlottesville area. 

Possibly one of the most complete lists of Senior Housing in the Charlottesville area is found on SeniorHousingNet (a service of ) : Senior Living Communities in Charlottesville.

Here are some helpful websites with more information regarding Senior Living in the Charlottesville:
A Place for Mom
Assisted Senior Living
and, again...
JABA , which is the Jefferson Area Board for Aging.

Here is an interesting article with more information: Coming of Age by Jessica Luck in the April 11-17, 2018 C'ville Weekly issue.

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Thoughts for A Retiring Single Senior

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