The Hermitage in Northern Virginia - Alexandria, VA

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  • Minimum Age of Accepted Residents
  • Activities Onsite
  • Devotional Services Available
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Meals Provided
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed in Private Areas Indoors
  • No Smoking Allowed in Public Areas Indoors
  • Hospice Available
  • Male Residents Accepted
  • Female Residents Only

Customer Reviews

Excellent tour, facility is somewhat dated in some areas but very well maintained. Renovated apartments are nice. The feel of Hermitage was “lively”, similar to the Jefferson. It seems like residents are active and happy. Great location that is close to many amenities. I could see my 80 year-old MIL living here.

The Hermitage in Alexandria, Va

A clean friendly place 5 minutes from our kids. Staff exceptional, food choices delicious, as many activities as one would want, including trips to government buildings/museums which are quite close. Apartments are large and seem to be renovated often. One can have as many or as few services as they wish. The building also has a theater, a gym, and a large lobby where residents like to congregate. A nice treat we have each morning is a drink made with a variety of fruit and veggies .
There is daily newsletter listing both daily and weekly activities. The library also receives copies of the two local newspapers, which are a popular read every morning.

Responsive, attentive staff!

I moved my mother to The Hermitage from a different community. Things are going great here, she is doing really well. I like it very much. The staff is very attentive and responsive, my mother falls often and they are quick to assist her. Everyone is nice. The head nurse on her floor is delightful. The food is great, she had lost weight before coming to The Hermitage and she has been eating better there. There are a lot of activities. She is in the skilled nursing area, but we are able to take her to other areas so she is able to participate in all sorts of activities the different areas have. There are good musicians who come in and play guitar. There is a hair salon. She usually eats in her area of the community but we sometimes take her to the main dining room that is more formal and it is a little treat for her.

Way too expensive...didn't get beyond the price.

We are very much satisfied so far.

We are very much satisfied so far. They are doing a pretty good job with the food, I eat there a lot, and so does my family and they enjoy it. It probably is a little more seasoned that most elderly folks like, though.

Mom decided to move here! Liked the solariums at the end of the corridors and the feel of the place.

I visited the Hermitage yesterday 2/25. The facility was very nice. The price was a little high, but they offer more than some of the other facilities. At the present time there population is 60% assisted living. I would have to go back and visit during a meal time to see how much assistance the majority of residents require. My father is 91 and is still independent. If the residents require a lot of assistance my dad would feel like he is in a nursing home and would not be happy.

Wonderful place!

Everything at The Hermitage has been fantastic so far. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, and were right there for us throughout the whole sales and move-in process. The facility itself is clean and well kept, and the room they had available was just right for the loved ones that we were searching for. They even do a great job with the food! I would give them top marks across the board, it really has been a great experience!

Nice place!

Our experience so far with The Hermitage has been a good one! The people are all very friendly, and they seem to take great care of their residents. The facility itself is clean and well kept, and they've got a lot to offer the people who live there. It has worked out well so far!

It smelled bad to me and se...

It smelled bad to me and seemed run down.

My experience trying to find place fo...

My experience trying to find place for my mother with mild dementia:

- arrogant
- information varies according to who you talk to
- amateur, even though they have years of experience
- of the "directors", [Removed], proceeded to call me an [Removed]
- that may or maynot be true, but best to hang up first!


Exceptionally proactive and helpful in making sure they could care fort parents appropriately even before I visited. Hermitage feels more like "family" than any other place I've visited.

Overall they are doing pretty well.

Overall they are doing pretty well. There have been a few concerns along the way. I do like DR. Jones, there. I was a little concerned about the physical therapy, but that is a sub contractor. They were medicating her a little more here than where she was before. They have lots of activities, but it seems that they never really get her out of bed. I had some concerns, but I brought them up with the director of nursing, and went over them with her. When I first looked around, I liked the facility, and Lynette is a very nice person to talk to, I was very impressed with her. I was impressed with the facility, it was nicer and they were a more reasonable price. They have kept the community up really nicely.

A place for Mom - turned out to be the Hermitage!

My mother lived in Florida up until 2 weeks ago. A place for Mom worked with me remotely to find an assisted living community that would work for her. She had some unique health challenges which made the search more difficult. We found the Hermitage and I was delighted by the response, corporation and care provided even before my mother moved in. A non profit community run by the United Methodist Church, it is a great fit for mom. She is still getting accustomed to her apartment (which was newly renovated), but overall she is happy with the living enviornment and care given to her. It is a tremendous relief to know that there are assisted living communities that genuinely care about their residents . I know she will be well cared for and happy here.

visited previously, helpful...

visited previously, helpful staff member, but thought it was too dark and dusty smelling.

I was very impressed with t...

I was very impressed with the facility. Lynette Mitchell was warm and inviting as well as extremely informative. She knew many residents by name as we passed on our tour. She was empathic about my concerns for my mother and answered every question I had regarding care and cost. Based on the information she gave me, The Hermitage is within the affordable range for my mother.

Great Assisted Living possi...

Great Assisted Living possibility for Mom.

A very nice community. Eve...

A very nice community. Everything was clean and the have quite a lot of features.

I have been very pleased.

I have been very pleased. I think you get a lot for your money, there seems to be a lot that they offer. At this point there really isn't anything that needs to be done better or improved. They have a choice at every meal, which is nice. It's run by the Virginia United Methodist Church, which is something that we really liked.

I have been very pleased, the people are really happy and friendly, and very helpful.

I have been very pleased, the people are really happy and friendly, and very helpful. She gets more attention than I expected, especially considering she is still in independent living. Some of the caregivers will come and help her get to the activities and meals. The activities director is very responsive and willing to personalize some of the activities. The buddy system they promised never materialized. Some of the meal requests have not been done, even though they said they could, things like helping to make sure she can see and understand her choices at meal times. She keeps saying I don't know how they found so many nice people to work in one place. I have found the staff to be very genuine. They told me they have the same number of staff on the weekends and nights, and it does seem to be the case. I like the fact that it's a non-profit organization, it doesn't feel like a business. Another new resident's family looked at seven places and when they walked in they knew right away, and that made me feel good. Everyone seems to know her name, and I love that.

Peace of Mind and Better Health

Since moving into the Hermitage, my Mom has improved significantly in many ways. Being "forced" to eat the majority of her meals in the main dining room is a major contributor to this. First, she's eating more nutritionally balanced meals which is helping with her energy levels. The moving about from her unit to the dining and back is creating a level of physical activity that had been fading and causing other health related issue. This subtle form of exercise has been a big improvement. The social element that comes from both the dining arrangement and the other residents has been good for her mental well-being. She's also been participating in the exercises class, which is not typical for her at all, but again, has been extremely positive. The staff is very caring, friendly, and attentive. All in all, it's been a great experience for all involved.

They do a fantastic job with the care...

They do a fantastic job with the care here, and watching out for Mom's overall health. She's in a safe environment with caregivers who are really on top of things. When I was looking into care options for her I looked through 5 years of the state health inspection records and this facility was one of the best in the state. They've really proven themselves. My Mom fell ill a few weeks ago, and an employee immediately realized it was more than just a cold or a flu and rushed her to the hospital, and the doctor told us if she had come in any more than an hour later she would likely have died of pneumonia.
Another really great aspect of this community is that their maintenance department is outstanding. Any problems or simple installations you have (shelves, bathroom fixtures) they'll take care of quickly and professionally.
They do have a few area I'd really like to see them improve on, however. Number one is the food. It is absolutely terrible. My Mom complains constantly, and I eat there myself once or twice a month and meals served for dinner have been uniformly awful. They are either tepid or outright cold.
The activities also are not good. They are poorly organized and not advertised to the residents well.
Those issues aside this really is a safe place, and the care they provide is amazing. I would recommend looking into this place during your search.

Very large facility. market...

Very large facility. marketing person who was very helpful. Lots of residents sitting in lobby. One said he was bored. No other activities observed going on.


Initially we were to go Assisted Living. On the "move in" day we were informed after 6PM that we needed to leave the property because the paperwork was not complete, this after sitting with Hermitage staff from 3-4PM to confirm that all the paperwork was complete. My relative ended up the next day at the Emergency room with a catheter. The Hermitage declines to support catheter management in Assisted Living, but did provide a room in their health Care facility. Next we moved out of the Assisted Living facility and terminated that contract. The Hermitage Health Care unit provides 24/7 care for high and low functional residents, meaning alzheimers and catheter management residents are cared for in the same facility without any separation. This was depressing to my high functioning relative. The overall quality of care was ok, but not great. We often found the urine bag full and in need of emptying, and the staff while friendly, made little attempt to engage with my relative, involve her in activities or proactively address her depression and condition. We moved to another facility after 30 days.

Good Value and Location

I think the value is great. I guess an improvement would be communicating with the families a little bit better. Sometimes you have to drag the information out rather than it being offered. My dad is doing alright there. He says the food is good. I've eaten there and I wouldn't say it's good - it's average or what's to be expected. They have a whole range of activities - drives, bingo, music, church. We chose The Hermitage pretty quickly in our search because of the value and the location.

Very nice staff. Strangely...

Very nice staff. Strangely low quality food. Did not look nutritious. Perhaps we were just unlucky that day. But it is still a contender.

Offers Independent and Assisted Living

We only toured The Hermitage but it was really clean. They had just replaced the carpet and you could instantly tell what floor you were on because the carpet was different on every floor. I believe the facility had four or five floors. We met a resident who showed us her apartment. She had all of her own furniture and she even invited us into her walk-in closet. When we were there they were hosting a pretty well attended ice cream social. Not sure if this is helpful but I saw pretty equal numbers of men and women that all looked like residents. This place felt more clinical than The Washington House, but the apartments had nice kitchenettes with a fridge and microwave.

How lucky we were to find the Hermitage!

From the first time we went on a tour with Lynette M., we realized we had found the almost perfect place for our loved one. We had visited other places but they fell far short of Hermitage. Lynette's honesty, warmth, and cheerfulness with not only us, but with all the staff and residents we encountered on the tour, were a positive factor in convincing us to apply for an apartment. Since that initial encounter, we have had only positive experiences with the staff and residents. The food is delicious, too. And, we know other folks who have decided that this is a great place for their loved ones.

Absolutely wonderful!

The Hermitage is the best thing that could have happened. The people on staff are so compassionate, our loved one passed away peacefully in hospice shortly after arriving. It's unfortunate because we think she would have really enjoyed the Hermitage and their assisted living facility. The residents there seem to be very happy. The nurses were so lovely, they knew how to handle everything.

This seems to be for people...

This seems to be for people seriously ill and poorer than we are (our net worth is well over a million) we would need total privacy in both independent and assisted living - we could not share baths etc.even in assisted living.

Visited this place on the 27th of Mar...

Visited this place on the 27th of Mar. Staff very friendly.

I liked this one, but it doesn't have...

I liked this one, but it doesn't have a pool. Owned and run by the Methodist Church.

From the Community

Conveniently located in the heart of Northern Virginia, the Hermitage is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offering various levels of care and services that promote an independent lifestyle regardless of needs. A not-for-profit community, owned and operated by Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc., the Hermitage has been home for area seniors for over 40 years. We consider retirement to be a celebration of life, a time to nurture the mind and spirit, and a time to develop warm lasting relationships. Apartments range from cozy studios to spacious two bedroom units for Independent and Assisted Living. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Washington skyline are seen from the penthouse.
And unlike most CCRCs, no large entrance fee is required at the Hermitage. Residents and families can give the Hermitage a try without the huge financial commitment of an entrance fee; once here, we are confident that residents will want to make the Hermitage their permanent home. When the needs arise, full nursing care is available in the Benjamin M. Smith Healthcare Center. Licensed nurses proved care 24 hours a day in both the Healthcare Center and Assisted Living. Restorative therapy is also available.