Named one of the best scenic cities to retire, Roanoke’s location nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it a perfect place for seniors who enjoy beautiful views and outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and bird-watching. The city’s cultural offerings include the Taubman Museum of Art, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and, for locomotive enthusiasts, the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Downtown, a conveniently located Amtrak station offers seniors a 10% discount on peaceful rides to Washington and other regional cities.
With a cost of living well below the U.S. average, Roanoke’s abundance of live music offerings, festivals and farmers markets make it easy for seniors to enjoy high-quality, active lives throughout each years’ changing seasons. The climate’s less extreme weather provides 211 sunny days annually and only 15 inches of snow. For seniors interested in experiencing low-stress days in this beautiful trail town, we’ve put together a list of nine of our favorite Roanoke assisted living facilities.
The Park-Oak Grove
4920 Woodmar Dr. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24018
Seniors at the pet-friendly Park-Oak Grove enjoy restaurant-style dining in an elegant, spacious room with tall windows to let in ample natural light and comfortable, carpeted apartments with full kitchenettes and large closets. This upscale facility has well-landscaped grounds with a secured courtyard and offers private patios and balconies from which residents can enjoy the beautiful mountain views. The well-stocked library, beauty salon and complimentary transportation service make it easy for residents to explore their personal interests from a safe, home-like setting.
Pheasant Ridge Senior Living
4435 Pheasant Ridge Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24014
Pheasant Ridge Senior Living provides seniors with assisted living and memory care in a comfortable yet upscale building set among landscaped grounds with garden patios and a shady porch with rocking chairs. We chose to highlight this facility for its home-like atmosphere enhanced by the cozy, shared living room filled with cushioned sofas and chairs, a piano and fish aquarium. Throughout, the building’s large windows let in natural light, and a beauty salon and casual bistro provide fun settings for residents to treat themselves and socialize. We also selected this facility for its unique flexible dining program that enhances residents feelings of independence by allowing them to eat restaurant-style meals whenever they please.
The Harmony Collection at Roanoke, Memory Care
4414 Pheasant Ridge Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24014
The Harmony Collection at Roanoke provides exceptional, specialized memory care in a secure, comfortable environment with private and companion suites. We selected this assisted living facility for our list of Roanoke’s top nine for its caring, highly skilled staff that facilitates open communication with family members through regular meetings. Residents enjoy upscale and convenient amenities, including a full-service beauty salon, movie theater and activities room for painting, games and crafts. Outside, residents can garden and relax in the secure, landscaped grounds.
1127 Persinger Rd. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24015
From a prime location close to Fishburn Park, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the famed Mill Mountain Star, Brookdale Roanoke offers seniors an innovative design of four home-like residences, each with its own shared kitchen and living area. The facility’s memory care specialty is reflected in its emphasis on resident safety and comfort through amenities such as a secured courtyard with walking paths, keypad entryways and private bathrooms. Additionally, the community houses a beauty salon, therapy room and piano for live musical entertainment.
Magnolia Ridge Assisted Living
1007 Amherst St. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24015
Magnolia Ridge Assisted Living is an intimate, family-owned Paradise of Virginia facility with multiple levels of care for up to 34 residents. Walking distance from the peaceful Norwich Park, the community provides residents with housekeeping, laundry and medication management services in addition to around-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living. Caring staff members take residents on fun group outings and serve three nutritious home-cooked meals per day.
Cave Spring Place
3585 Brambleton Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24018
At Cave Spring Place, residents enjoy a peaceful, well-decorated environment with an abundance of natural light and dining menus that include regional favorites. Staff members provide housekeeping and laundry services so residents can spend their time enjoying the on-site hair salon, activity room and spacious shared living area with a fireplace. The large apartments include big closets and kitchenettes, and a transportation service is available for scheduled appointments and group excursions. The scenic Garst Mill Park is only minutes away.
3804 Brandon Ave., S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24018
Brandon Oaks is a resort-like, pet-friendly facility offering residents a wealth of upscale amenities. In the Health & Vitality Center, residents can participate in wellness classes or take a dip in the pool. Multiple dining options include casual counter service, buffets, outdoor patio dining and elegant, restaurant-style meals. We selected this facility for our list of Roanoke’s top nine for its unique LifeCare program that allows residents a lifetime lease and permanent access to assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.
Friendship Health and Rehab Center
327 Hershberger Rd. N.W.
Roanoke, VA 24012
Staff members at Friendship Health and Rehab Center provide residents with personalized care plans to ensure each residents’ needs are met while promoting freedom and independence. Residents can use the transportation service for errands or medical appointments, take aquatics courses in the on-site swimming pool or join scenic group bus rides. A beauty shop offers manicures and hairstyling, and the on-site chapel hosts religious services and Sunday school.
Our Lady of the Valley
650 N. Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24016
With a convenient location close to Garst Mill Park and Tanglewood Mall, Our Lady of the Valley provides residents with multiple levels of assisted living, 24-hour access to a licensed nurse and nursing care if needed. This facility made our list of Roanoke’s top nine for its caring, on-staff pastoral counselor who offers residents counseling and nondenominational worship services. Throughout the community, residents find tranquil settings perfect for reflection and relaxation, including sunrooms, porches and patios.
Is Roanoke the Right Choice for You?
The 15.4% of Roanoke’s approximately 100,000 residents who are aged 65 and older enjoy an affordable lifestyle in a city rated as one of the best places to live. Its natural beauty and low crime rate make it an excellent place for visiting loved ones to explore its many breweries, parks and famed landmarks such as the Mill Mountain Star and Zoo. Additionally, Virginia’s retirement-friendly lack of social security tax and lower-than-average health care costs make the city an excellent place for seniors to call home.