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The average cost of assisted living in the area is $5,000 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the area, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 1 assisted living facilities in McLean and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in McLean, VA
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The 2018 Genworth Cost of Care study shows that the cost of assisted living in McLean ($5,000) is 25% higher than the national average ($4,000) and 12% above the state median of $4,451. Only the state capital, Richmond, is more expensive at $5,048 per month. Assisted living rates are fairly consistent in other Virginia cities including Winchester ($4,613), Virginia Beach ($4,676) and Blacksburg ($4,695). Lynchburg is the sole exception, with an average monthly cost of just $3,695.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for McLean, so data for the Washington, D.C., area was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Senior care costs can vary drastically depending on location, care category and whether around-the-clock services are provided. The least expensive option in McLean is adult day health care, which only provides Monday-Friday daytime services in a care center setting. At-home services from a homemaker or home health aide average about $550 and $700 less per month than assisted living. When day-to-day household expenses are added in, the total may be more costly than residential care, which provides room and board. Nursing home care is by far the most expensive option in McLean, largely because it includes 24-hour skilled services.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid provides health care services to low-income Americans across all age groups. The program operates nationwide as a jointly funded collaboration between individual states and the federal government. In Virginia, the Medicaid program is overseen by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Seniors age 65 and older and people with disabilities who are U.S. citizens or in the country legally can qualify for Medicaid coverage if they meet specific eligibility guidelines:
All sources of income count. Counted assets include cash, stocks and bonds, bank account balances and real estate, with the exception of an applicant’s principal residence if it’s valued at less than $585,000. Other excluded assets are personal belongings, household effects and one vehicle.
McLean seniors can apply for Medicaid in person at any Fairfax County Department of Family Services office, online or by calling (855) 635-4370.
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus waiver
Medicaid-eligible Virginia residents age 65 and older who need medical or nursing home care are automatically enrolled in the CCC Plus waiver program if they have a monthly income below $2,313, which is 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate. Medicaid asset limits also apply.
The CCC Plus program’s purpose is to allow seniors to stay in a home or community setting and postpone or prevent the need for nursing home placement. Approved managed care organizations provide the waiver’s long-term care supports and services. The covered services begin with case management but can include a wide range of benefits such as:
Those who are over the Medicaid or CCC Plus waiver income limit but have high medical bills may still qualify through a spend-down. Also called a medically needy pathway, this provision allows an individual to lower their countable income by deducting out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Virginia Auxiliary Grant
Virginia residents age 65 or older who currently live in an assisted living facility may qualify for extra funds through the Auxiliary Grant program to pay for their living accommodations and services. To apply, a senior must already reside in a participating facility and meet these requirements:
Once seniors are approved, they receive a monthly personal needs allowance and a benefit payment that can cover a number of facility services and costs including:
For more information about the Auxiliary Grant program or to schedule a qualifying assessment, contact the Fairfax County DFS at (703) 324-7500.
Assisted Living Bridge Loan
Seniors who want to make an immediate move into an assisted living facility but are experiencing a temporary cash crunch may consider applying for an Elderlife bridge loan to span the gap. These loans are specifically designed to provide short-term funding to pay rent and other initial assisted living costs. The loan is set up as a line of credit that can be accessed as needed, and it offers the convenient option of scheduling automatic monthly payments to a chosen facility. Elderlife loans have no application fees or upfront costs and offer terms of up to 24 months.
For more information or to apply over the phone, contact Elderlife Financial at (888) 228-4500.
Fairfax County oversees a countywide network of 14 senior centers, including the Lewinsville Center in McLean and the Pimmit Hills Center in the adjacent community of Falls Church. Registered network members can visit the center of their choice to socialize with their peers and participate in a diverse array of programs and activities.
Seniors can join a chair yoga or line dancing class, take a foreign language or computer class or join a planned shopping excursion or restaurant outing. The centers serve nutritious congregate meals each weekday, and transportation services are available. Yearly network membership fees are $24 or $48 depending on income.
Fairfax County acts as the Area Agency on Aging serving McLean and the neighboring communities. It provides a wealth of aging, disability and caregiver resources on its web page dedicated to services for older adults.
The AAA also offers a resource helpline that seniors can take advantage of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Older residents can get help locating needed services or recreation and wellness programs across the county, applying for benefits and available programs, or gaining access to health insurance counseling, volunteer transportation to medical appointments or paratransit services.
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