Assisted Living in District of Columbia

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Cost of District of Columbia Assisted Living

The average cost of assisted living in District of Columbia is $7,838 per month. This is higher than the national average which is $2,877 per month.

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Paying for Assisted Living in the District of Columbia

Washington DC law states that “quality, affordable assisted living residence care should be accessible to all individuals residing in the District regardless of income.” To this effect, assisted living in the District of Columbia ranks among the top 20 most affordable areas in the nation.

According to a 2012 Cost of Care Survey conducted by Genworth Financial, the median monthly cost of assisted living in the District of Columbiais $2,500 per month or $30,000 annually for a private, one-bedroom apartment, and must be paid privately by the resident or the resident’s family.

Overview of District of Columbia Assisted Living

The District of Columbia, better known as Washington DC, is a 68.3-square mile city that is managed at a federal level. Our nation’s capital is responsible for the governing of America, and around 15 million tourists visit each year to experience its many museums and memorials.

A large number of seniors enjoy assisted living in Washington DC. The city is easily navigable and offers an excellent public transportation system. There are plenty of open parks, and 35% of the city is covered by an urban tree canopy. The DC area enjoys a mild overall climate with only the occasional heavy snowfall in the winter time.

Assisted Living in the District of Columbia Defined

In the District of Columbia, an assisted living residence (ALR) is defined as “any entity, whether public or private, for profit or not for profit that combines housing, health, and personalized assistance, in accordance to individually developed service plans, for the support of individuals who are not related to the owner or operator of the entity.” ALRs are expected to care for residents in an environment that will both promote maintenance and enhance each senior’s quality of life.

Washington DC Assisted LivingThe function of an ALR is to provide personalized assistance through:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Recreational activities
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Provision of health services as needed

The philosophy of assisted living in Washington DC is to accomplish all of this while emphasizing personal dignity, individuality, independence, privacy, spirituality, involvement of friends and family, and also freedom of choice.

Licensing of District of Columbia Assisted Living Facilities

In the District of Columbia, there are several types of facilities that provide care services for adults. Facilities that specifically provide housing and assisted living services, such as bathing, grooming or supervision, for adults 60 years or older are called assisted living residences. Visit our District of Columbia licensing summary page to learn more.


Legislation of District of Columbia Assisted Living Facilities

Effective July 13, 2012, the District of Columbia formally adopted regulations that outlined the tasks a Home Health Aide (HHA) could perform under the supervision of a licensed nurse or health professional. These tasks include providing assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, eating, or grooming; changing simple dressings that do not require the skills of a licensed nurse; and administering medications. However, the home health aide must complete medication administration training and earn certification as a medication aide before performing this task. The curriculum that an individual must complete before becoming a home health aide was also formalized during the same legislative session.



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