With a rich cultural history and plenty of sites for residents and visitors alike to explore, Potomac, Maryland, is home to the Glenstone Museum and the Canal Quarters C&O Canal Trust Lockhouses. Seniors living in this area can browse the unique shops and sample the fresh seafood at local hotspots, including O’Donnell’s Market and the Old Angler’s Inn. More than 44,000 people call the city of Potomac home, and of these, around 21% are seniors aged 65 years and older, which is 33% more than the average U.S. city.
While the friendly atmosphere and close proximity to all that the Washington, D.C., metro area has to offer are big draws for retirees to this area, there are some cost considerations as well. Overall, the cost of living in Potomac is more than double that of the U.S. average and almost 77% more than the Maryland mean. However, much of this can be attributed to housing costs, which are more than 400% more than the rest of the United States, and this may not be a consideration for seniors looking at assisted living. Groceries and health care costs are pretty much on par with the rest of the country, and this can help seniors save some money. Assisted living care is a bit more expensive than the national average of $4,000, coming in at $5,000 per month for the Washington, D.C., area which is the closest metro covered by the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
11215 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Located a few blocks from Cabin John Regional Park where seniors can go for a picnic lunch, Brookdale Potomac also has its own walking paths and landscape grounds. Some of the amenities offered to the seniors are beauty and barber shop, snack shop, and an arts and craft studio. This facility has a wellness and fitness center to help residents keep up their physical strength. Seniors can invite family and friends to the movie theater or out to the pool. We put this facility at the start of our top 10 list because of its homelike decor and close-knit community.
Serenity Gardens Assisted Living Community
10829 Burbank Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath is within walking distance of Serenity Gardens Assisted Living Community. A Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, physicians’ services and pharmacy delivery service is available to seniors, and the facility is equipped to handle medical needs, including diabetes, feeding tubes, and physical needs. There are 24-hour security cameras are throughout the property for residents’ peace of mind. This community is on our top 10 list for Potomac because of its family atmosphere and dedication to seniors’ well-being.
Sunrise at Reston Town Center
1778 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Located just across the river from Potomac in Reston, VA, Sunrise at Reston Town Center is close to the Reston public library and Reston Hospital Center. This staff here helps residents stay active by scheduling group trips, clubs, fitness classes and spiritual activities. This facility makes the Potomac area’s top 10 list because it focuses on the whole person, including mental stimulation and physical well-being through community events and monthly wellness visits.
Grand Oaks Assisted Living
5901 MacArthur Boulevard, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Grand Oaks Assisted Living sits just south of Little Falls Stream Valley Park and between the communities of Brookmont and Palisades. This facility has assisted living apartments as well as a memory care unit and offers short-term respite care, so there’s plenty of neighbors for residents to socialize with. On-site amenities include apartments and common areas designed with natural light for a homelike feel, and there are secure open-air courtyards for residents who want to get outside and enjoy nature.
Tysons Woods Assisted Living
2248 Central Avenue
Vienna, VA 22182
Nestled in picturesque Vienna, Tysons Woods Assisted Living community makes the top 10 facilities in the Potomac area because of its intimate, welcoming environment that’s inspired by cozy bed and breakfasts. The facility offers homemade meals that are prepared from scratch every day, and the staff takes care of all of the housekeeping and laundry services so residents can spend their time socializing and enjoying their golden years. Private suites and 24/7 staff ensure seniors get the right blend of independence and assistance.
Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights
5555 Friendship Boulevard
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Conveniently located just off of Wisconsin Ave. and in close proximity to three parks and a shopping center, Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights gives residents easy access to the city’s amenities while still providing a safe, secure place to call home. The common area has a big fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating for catching up on the latest bestseller or chatting with neighbors, and the facility also has a library, computer room and barber shop on site.
Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue
5111 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20008
Situated in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue places a premium on its residents’ physical and emotional health, and that’s why we’ve included it in our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area. The staff helps residents stay connected with friends and family through scheduled meetings and group activities that visitors are welcome to join in. Seniors here can choose between one-bedroom or studio apartments, and companion suites are also available.
9200 Darnestown Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Located just blocks from Glenora Park and the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, Brightview Fallsgrove gives residents plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities for an after-dinner walk or sitting on a bench watching the wildlife. Inside the facility, seniors will find a lifestyle that’s designed to keep them healthy and active through activities such as art classes, exercise groups and scheduled outings. This facility is on our top 10 list because of its SPICE and Bright Minds programs that help seniors continue to live their best lives no matter their age.
Sunrise of McLean
8315 Turning Leaf Lane
Mclean, VA 22102
Just a few miles from the Maryland/Virginia state line, Sunrise of McLean is an assisted living facility that provides care for residents who are ready for maintenance-free living but who still want some independence. The dining plan at this community includes from-scratch cooking that is tasty, wholesome and provides the nutrients residents need to support their health. Some of the activities organized by the staff that residents can participate in include yoga classes, movie night, the Go 4 Life walking club and religious services.
Sunrise at Fox Hill
8300 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
Accessible from nearby Interstate 495, Sunrise at Fox Hill is just a few miles north of the Potomac River, so residents can take a day trip to walk the shoreline and see the wildlife. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available, and shared meals are offered in the community dining room for residents who prefer to eat in the company of others. This facility rounds out our top 10 because it has trained staff available 24/7 so seniors and their loved ones can rest assured that someone is always around to handle every need.
Is Potomac the Right Choice for You?
Just 13 miles from the Washington, D.C., metro, which is easily accessible via public transportation, Potomac keeps seniors close to the big city amenities while still offering a smaller, more close-knit feel. For seniors who enjoy all four seasons, including getting to watch the leaves turn and experiencing a little snow — the area gets 17 inches of snow on average per year — the city of Potomac delivers warm summers, cold winters and a vibrant spring and fall where they can enjoy all life has to offer.