The Kensington is a new and unique assisted living community in Falls Church.
Here, our team understands how important it is for many families to be close by their senior loved ones as they increasingly need specialized care. We also appreciate how preserving the comfort of their loved one’s routines helps make the care experience more pleasant for the whole family.
Our enhanced program of exceptional care makes it possible for residents to continue living here, even if assisted living health care needs change or increase.
As a result, we offer assistance that includes a full spectrum of clinical support – beyond what many traditional assisted living communities offer.
Allowing all of our residents to “age in place.”
They will not have to move out if assisted living health care needs change or increase.
To create the best conditions for this “relationship-based” focus, we assign a primary care manager to each resident. The consistent attention of one individual keeps the continuum of familiarity intact. It also preserves meaningful routines for residents.
Ultimately, the bond between residents, the residents’ families, their care manager, and the entire team deepens – making the care experience more natural, pleasant, and dignified, easing the potential stress of senior care.
Why Falls Church, VA, and The Kensington
The Kensington Falls Church is located in the heart of the city of Falls Church, in scenic Northern Virginia. Located just minutes from Washington, DC, and easily accessible to and from I-66, I-495, and Routes 29 and 50, Falls Church also has easy access by the East and West Falls Church Metro Stations on the Orange Line, as well as numerous bus routes.
Founded in 1734, Falls Church is known for its urban village community, environmental activism, and endless community activities. City events include New Year’s Eve Watch Night, Falls Church Fall Festival, Memorial Day parade and festival, Arbor Day Tree Planting, weekly Falls Church Farmers Market, Halloween Carnival, holiday craft show, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cherry Hill Park.
The Kensington is located close to Seven Corners and Tyson’s Corner retail corridors, as well as Harris Teeter, Giant, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway. And the Hilton Garden Inn is right next door.
Falls Church is an ideal city for senior living, home to six senior centers, 14 parks, and endless sites and activities to keep everyone engaged and active.
You and your loved one will never run out of things to do in this charming, historic city!
The Kensington Falls Church Difference
At the Kensington, our enhanced wellness program and care model enables residents to “age in place.” That means they do not need to move out of The Kensington if their assisted living health care needs change or increase.
Our residence offers beautiful surroundings that look and feel like home. But we also provide services to help your loved one feel even more at home, with lush outdoor terraces and patios, a full-service salon, transportation, and a concierge service.
Our residents also enjoy:
- Care coordination by a full-time registered nurse
- Licensed nurses on site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Medication/diabetes management, including injections by licensed professionals
- Physical therapy and on-site fitness center
- Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies, offered by Genesis Rehabilitation
- A physician office on site
- Monthly health and wellness assessments
- Individualized care plans, tailored to personal wants and physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual needs
- Accommodation of special dietary needs
- Restaurant style, all-day dining with complimentary meals for friends and family, including wine and beer served with lunch and dinner, as well as daily cocktail hour and Sunday brunches
The Kensington also provides full-time Assisted Living Activities Coordinators, who work with a team to develop a vibrant calendar of activities and events, seven days a week, morning until evening, plus additional activities staff who supervise and individually participate with residents.
Advice for Family Members Moving into Assisted Living
Moving a loved one into assisted living is one of the most challenging decisions for a family to make. It’s important to be proactive in finding a residence that will be a good fit before a severe event compels the urgency to seek a higher level of care.
A considered search for senior care that supports the needs and lifestyle of your loved one and the family is the best way to find an ideal assisted living community.
Being proactive gives you the time to consider and decide on the right approach for assisted living while preserving more options.
In making this important decision, you’re encouraged to enlist the services of senior care professionals.
For example, partner with a geriatric care manager who can provide advice and recommendations based on your loved one’s condition.
In many cases costs and finances are a significant consideration; consequently, seeking advice from a financial advisor is also strongly recommended.
Visit several retirement communities or assisted living communities in your area. As you do, look for the following essential features of quality senior care:
- Were you greeted promptly and courteously by front desk staff?
- As you tour the building, observe staff and resident interactions – are the staff patient and kind?
- Is the building clean and odor free?
- Check out the dining facilities, and even take the time to have a meal – are the dining hours and food choices flexible? Will special diets be accommodated?
- What is the caregiver-to-resident ratio? Is assistance available 24 hours a day?
- Ask about staff training and credentials – is there a registered nurse on staff? Does the staff have specialized training in dementia?
- Can your loved one truly age in place? Can they remain a resident as their care needs increase with age?
- Very important: Under what circumstances will your loved one have to leave the
- Does the community accept very frail seniors, those in hospice care, or confined to a wheelchair?
- Does the community accommodate residents with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease? Is there a separate area or floor for these folks?
- Are there rehabilitation services on-site? Is there a physician-office on-site?
- Is transportation provided for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other activities?
Frequently Asked Questions About The Kensington Falls Church
Question: Is The Kensington a buy-in?
Answer: Not at all. At The Kensington, you pay a Community Fee and the monthly fee.
Question: Do I have to sign a lease?
Answer: You do, but it’s not a long-term contract. Instead, suites are leased on a month-to-month basis, with only a 30-day notice required to vacate.
Question: Are residents allowed to have pets?
Answer: Absolutely! Pets become part of our family at The Kensington. We recognize their importance as more than companions, but also as important contributors to the emotional health of our residents.
Question: Is there any oversight or regulation of Assisted Living communities in Virginia?
Answer: There is. Assisted Living communities in Virginia are regulated by the Department of Social Services, and they must be licensed for the types of care or services they provide. This regulation addresses areas such as staffing levels and training, medication administration, types of care given, and many other health and safety policies. In addition, the Department makes unannounced inspections to all assisted living communities on a regular basis to assure the community adheres to the required standards.
Question: Is financial support information and assistance available?
Answer: Financial support is available from a number of sources. The most obvious is long-term care insurance, which can pay all or a portion of their stay. The US Department of Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance program also offers benefits for veterans and surviving spouses, of up to $2,000 per month or more while residing at the Kensington. Individual life insurance policies may provide living benefits that can contribute to assisted living support. And there are also certain tax benefits that may be available to either you or your loved one.
Falls Church Community Resources
One of the qualities that set The Kensington apart is the availability of programs, both at The Kensington and in the Falls Church area.
Here are just a few of the programs The Kensington offers:
- Parkinson’s Communications Club – provided weekly, and led by our linguist and speech-language pathologist. The program is offered in partnership with the Parkinson’s Foundation.
- Parkinson’s Energized Fitness – led by our rehabilitation partners, Genesis Rehab.
- Caregiver Connect – a monthly program hosted by our aging and dementia specialist.
- Family Support Group – Held monthly for our residents’ families.
- Memory Café – Hosted in partnerships with Falls Church Arts, Insight Memory Care Center, and Famille Café. The sessions are held twice each month.
We also provide life-enriching opportunities through programs available off-residence:
- Falls Church Senior Center – Offers social activities, recreation programs and trips for area seniors.
- Falls Church Library – Provides its Senior Book Discussion Series, a general book discussion geared toward seniors.
- Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church – Is a non-profit, volunteer-based, interfaith organization sponsored by area congregations, community groups, and businesses, to service older persons in Northern Virginia.
Assisted living is a significant life decision for the resident and the family. This is why The Kensington Promise is so important.
We believe in the promise – to love and care for your family as we do our own. We also believe in teamwork in caring for loved ones and their families in this time of increasing need for assisted care.