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In Fairfax County, Nobody Cares For Your Family Like Our Family

From Assisted Living to Adult Day Care and More, We’re Here for You

While holidays, birthdays and anniversaries can be wonderful times for families to gather and share memories, they can also be a time when family members see loved ones who are aging and perhaps not being as physically or mentally as fit as they used to be. Sometimes this realization is more obvious to those who don’t live nearby and don’t see an aging relative very often.

When visiting during the holidays or at family celebrations, if you observe a decline in physical health or mobility, a sense of loneliness, possible mental confusion or difficulty managing medications with one of your friends or family members, The Gardens can help provide the direction and assistance you need.

The Bainum family, founders and owners of The Gardens and the adjacent independent living community, The Woodlands, has 60 years of experience in senior healthcare and is one of the most respected leaders in the senior care and senior housing industry in the Virginia – Washington DC area.

The Gardens in Fairfax Offers a Wide Range of Services for Seniors

  • Assisted Living – The perfect balance of independence and caring support, our assisted living community offers each resident a full, vibrant lifestyle where everyone feels a genuine sense of connection. From spacious, apartment-style residences and restaurant-inspired dining, to endless activities, events and outings and amenities such as weekly housekeeping, our on-site salon and complimentary transportation, The Gardens offers the perfect long-term solution for those facing the challenges of maintaining a home or the isolation of living alone.


  • Respite Care – Respite care is a wonderful way to experience life at The Gardens on a temporary basis, from two weeks to up to three months. It’s perfect for those transitioning from a hospital or rehabilitation, for caregivers who just need a break, or for anyone curious about what life at The Gardens is really like, but just isn’t ready to make a full commitment. Our respite residents enjoy the same services and amenities as our full-time residents. Participants in our Day Care Program can easily transition to respite care, as needed, for weekends and shorter stays.


  • Adult Day Care – Open seven days a week, from 7:00AM – 7:00PM, our The Gardens’ Adult Day Care Program in Fairfax provides opportunities for seniors living at home to socialize and engage in meaningful, fulfilling ways. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, along with special, seasonal events including entertainers and speakers. Daily activities range from exercise and current events to games, music, outings, movies and more. The Gardens provides support to busy caregivers in the community and nursing oversight for added peace of mind. For those with memory impairment, day care is provided in our safe and secure, Memory Care neighborhood.


  • Memory Care – Dignity and compassion set the tone for Memory Care at The Gardens in Fairfax. Situated on a secure floor, designed to be a warm, home-like environment, here the safety of our residents is paramount. Our professional, experienced staff works with each resident to meet their individual needs and to ensure that every day is stimulating, engaging and fun. Daily activities create moments of joy that make for a meaningful life and our 24/7 on-site nursing staff is always on hand to meet every health care need.

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Senior Rehabilitation Services in Fairfax – The Gardens features extensive facilities and professional staff for those needing assistance with physical, occupational or speech therapy. When it comes to rehabilitation services for seniors, no one offers a more comprehensive array of physical, occupational and speech therapy than The Gardens. These services include:

  • Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies available onsite for our residents with a doctor’s order.
  • Rehabilitation services available for those in our Respite Program who are in their transition to home after a Skilled Nursing Facility stay.
  • Therapy services available at your convenience in the comfort of your Gardens’ home or in our on-site Rehab Gym. Rebuilding your strength, mobility and balance, ability to perform your activities of daily living, improving your speech or swallowing needs are all available with our licensed therapy staff provided by Select Rehab.

A better you begins with the best spectrum of rehabilitation services.

Staring down the path of senior care can feel like navigating uncharted waters.  If you’re looking for help in deciding what level of care is best for your loved one, The Gardens can make these choppy seas smoother.

For more information about how The Gardens can best meet your loved ones needs or to schedule a visit or call (703) 249-6356.  We look forward to talking with you.

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“Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” – the Third of Three Programs Presented at The Gardens

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Starting Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Gardens, 4310 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax VA

Presentation will be in The Gathering Place

Complimentary refreshments will be provided throughout the evening hosted by The Gardens staff.

On December 13th, The Gardens will host the third of three events presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.  Presenting on December 13thth will be Sheila Griffith, Vice President of Programs and Services of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sheila coordinates and provides education and outreach through the delivery of programs and coordination of services about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.

She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Maryland and her background is in long-term care and senior housing, such as skilled nursing care, assisted living and group homes. Caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers has been her passion throughout her career.

December 13th – Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

“Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.

Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.”

RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday, December 11th to let us know how many will attend.

For more information or to reserve seats at this December 13th event, please contact Lainie Walsh at Seating is limited.

If you are showing signs or symptoms of illness, we kindly ask that you do not attend.

The Best Assisted Living Community in Fairfax, VA

Have you ever found yourself lost in a maze of options when searching for the best assisted living community?  It can be like stepping into a bustling market with vendors calling out from every corner. Only this time, it’s not fruits or fabrics we’re shopping for—it’s comfort and care for our loved ones.

In my search, I came upon The Gardens—an oasis amidst that chaotic marketplace. A gem hidden in Fairfax, Virginia; it was more than just another senior home. The Gardens just felt different—like someone had taken the warmth of a family home and blended it with top-notch healthcare services. A perfect combination.

So what makes The Gardens stand out among its competitors?

The Gardens: A Comprehensive Overview

As one of Fairfax, Virginia’s most highly-rated assisted living communities, The Gardens offers a variety of services that cater to diverse needs. This includes assisted living, memory care, respite care, and even an adult day program – making it one of the most comprehensive senior health care communities in northern Virginia.

The Gardens’ History and Founding Principles

Opened by the Bainum family in 2001, The Gardens was their second initiative in senior healthcare. Its founding principles were deeply rooted in creating a safe haven for seniors where they can lead an enriched life while getting all the help they need.

Services Offered at The Gardens

The Gardens is not just a place to live, it’s a community that offers diverse care services extending far beyond other senior care communities in the area. It is designed to meet the unique needs of each resident.

Assisted Living at The Gardens

Our assisted living has licensed nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and professional caregivers on site 24/7. All of our residents can enjoy their independence while getting help when they need it.

Memory Care Services

We offer specialized memory care services in an environment specifically tailored for those with cognitive impairments. This intimate setting promotes, engagement, comfort and familiarity.

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Respite Care

To give caregivers a much-needed break, we provide respite care services. This service ensures loved ones are cared for around-the-clock without compromising on quality or safety. Respite care is available from two weeks to three months.

Adult Day Program

What sets The Gardens apart from many other communities is our adult day program – the only one in the area open daily from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM, including weekends. This program provides a sense of community through social engagement and delicious meals, while loved-ones attend to their work and personal needs.

Rehabilitation Services at The Gardens

The Gardens offers a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services. We aim to help our residents regain their strength and independence after an injury, surgery, or illness.

We understand that each resident’s needs are unique. So we provide tailored therapy plans including occupational, physical, and speech therapies. These therapies are delivered by licensed professionals who bring warmth and expertise to their work.

Our occupational therapists assist with everyday tasks like dressing, eating, bathing – activities crucial for maintaining autonomy. Physical therapists focus on improving mobility and strength which can often be affected due to aging or certain health conditions. Our speech therapy program will help to enhance communication skills in residents struggling with language disorders often associated with stroke or dementia. All these rehabilitation services happen right here at The Gardens.

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Amenities and Lifestyle at The Gardens

Living at The Gardens is about more than just having a safe place to call home. It’s also about enjoying the lifestyle you desire.

Dining Experience at The Gardens

At The Gardens, residents get an exceptional dining experience with daily specials and a wide variety of menu options in our main dining room. Meals are prepared to meet the dietary needs and tastes of each resident.

Recreational Activities and Social Events

We believe life should be fun-filled no matter your age. That’s why we host various recreational activities and social events that keep everyone engaged and entertained. Think of it as summer camp but without the mosquitoes. Our beautifully-landscaped grounds provide a perfect setting to relax and enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment.  And regularly scheduled day trips provide an opportunity for residents to experience all that the area offers, from museums to parks.

On-Site Beauty Salon

No need to step outside for a hair appointment anymore. Our on-site beauty salon lets residents pamper themselves right in the convenience of The Gardens.

Accommodation Options at The Gardens

The Gardens is home to a variety of living spaces designed for comfort and ease. Residents can choose from different floor plans, each thoughtfully designed to cater to unique needs.

Suites offer a spacious area that’s perfect for individuals who enjoy having room to move around. They feature ample space, letting residents arrange their furniture and belongings in the most comfortable way possible.

For those seeking more privacy or space, one- or two-bedroom designs are available. These options provide separate areas for sleeping and entertaining guests—ideal if you’re expecting frequent visits from family members or friends.

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What a journey, right? We started with a question about the best assisted living community and ended up discovering The Gardens—a haven of care nestled in Fairfax, Virginia. We learned that it’s not just an assisted living facility but also offers memory care and day care services.

The Bainums had vision; they wanted to provide healthcare and safe, senior living for those who need it most. The Gardens gives its residents access to everything from occupational therapy to fine dining experiences. It lets them live life at their own pace while ensuring top-notch healthcare is always available. In short: if you’re searching for quality senior care—be it respite, memory care, day care or assisted living—The Gardens could be your answer!

We welcome you to stay with us

As you plan for vacations, or if caring for your loved one is becoming a challenge, The Gardens offers compassionate, experienced, and licensed respite care. Call (703) 249-6356 or contact us for a consultation. We serve the northern Virginia area and beyond.  We look forward to talking with you.

When is Respite Care needed?

Short-term relief where family matters

Respite care, one of four primary services offered at The Gardens, provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It’s a wonderful way to experience life at The Gardens on a temporary basis, from two weeks to up to three months.

Because The Gardens offers multiple services including physical and occupational therapy as well as assisted living, memory care and adult day care, respite care can provide the perfect transition from those leaving a hospital or rehabilitation center, recovering from an injury or illness.

If you’re the primary caregiver for a family member and want to go on vacation or just get a break from the daily, often tiring care of a loved one, respite care at The Gardens might be the perfect solution. As a respite care resident, it’s comforting to know your loved one can enjoy full participation in the many daily activities, including games, music, exercise, movies and current events, plus special outings, and special, seasonal events including entertainers and speakers who provide an added dimension to The Gardens lifestyle.

Respite care residents enjoy a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in our dining room with other residents. Special care is taken for any dietary restrictions.

Sometimes residents in our Adult Day Care Program enjoy The Gardens lifestyle so much they easily transition to respite care to experience living at The Gardens for a short time.

If you or a loved one wants to experience living at The Gardens before making a full commitment as a long-term resident, respite care offers the opportunity to see firsthand how living at The Gardens provides a home-like experience where “Family Matters” is not just our theme, it’s a way of living. And for more than 20 years, the Bainum family has proudly provided exceptional senior care in The Gardens and an independent lifestyle in its “sister community,” The Woodlands, which is adjacent to The Gardens.

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We welcome you to stay with us

As you plan for vacations, or if caring for your loved one is becoming a challenge, The Gardens offers compassionate, experienced, and licensed respite care. Call (703) 249-6356 or contact us for a consultation. We serve the northern Virginia area and beyond.  We look forward to talking with you.