housing for seniors

When it comes to choosing senior living options in Virginia, whether for yourself or a loved one, several important factors need to be taken into account. These factors include things such as when and where to move, costs, amenities, programs, insurance coverage, and more. That is why it is crucial to carefully consider and weigh all of your options before making a final decision. 


According to studies done by the AARP, 90% of individuals over the age of 65 want to remain living in their homes for as long as possible, while 80% believe they will always live at their current home. Aging-in-place refers to the option of growing old in your own home and community, surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors, rather than moving to a long-term care facility. Aging-in-place is a preferred option because it allows individuals to manage their lives, stay connected to loved ones, and is more cost-effective than an assisted living community or retirement home. However, as individuals age and develop cognitive disorders or physical conditions, there may be more benefits to living in an assisted and supportive environment. 

Age-Restricted Communities

According to laws such as the “Housing for Older Persons,” at least 80% of the homes in specific age-restricted communities must have at least one resident who is 55 years old or above. However, most of these communities have a higher percentage threshold. These communities are known as active adult communities, offering a range of amenities such as swimming pools, pickleball courts, and other recreational facilities for the residents. Moreover, these communities are exclusively for adults and do not allow children to live there.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer residents private rooms or suites, round-the-clock clinical care, three daily meals served in a communal dining area, and assistance with medication management. Residents who require additional support, such as help with bathing and dressing, can also receive it. However, it is important to note that assisted living is typically not government-funded and is paid for by residents or their families. 

Group Homes

Group homes are assisted living types that provide a similar range of care services. These homes are licensed by the state and can be owned by an individual or a company. Residents are provided with a shared or private room. The caregiving staff often lives in the same house with their families and shares common areas with the residents. These homes can accommodate five to twenty residents and may be referred to as residential care homes.

Nursing Homes

Adults who need help with basic skills, such as bathing, dressing, eating, using the bathroom, and getting in and out of beds or chairs, can receive hands-on, 24-hour care in nursing homes.  A nursing home is a place for individuals who do not require hospitalization but cannot be cared for at home. Some nursing homes have a hospital-like setup where the staff provides medical care and physical, speech, and occupational therapy. However, other nursing homes strive to create a homely atmosphere and neighborhood feel. 

Learning More About Your Options 

As much as nursing homes and other facilities provide advantages to older people, unfortunate incidents such as abuse can still occur and have devastating outcomes. If you suspect that your elderly loved one was a victim of such incidents, do not hesitate to contact Hollingsworth Law to learn about your legal options and find out how our legal team can help you.