At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.

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Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.

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JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.

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JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.

In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.

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What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”

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Independent Living

JABA is committed to providing quality, affordability, and convenience in its independent living retirement communities. By living in a JABA community, you will have excellent accommodations and amenities, as well as access to JABA's many helpful services. When the time is right, residents have another JABA alternative living community: Mountainside Senior Living, JABA's affordable assisted living.

If you are looking for a great place to live for a reasonable price, please take a look at the apartments at JABA's three local facilities. These communities provide a wide variety of interesting activities and useful programs, while allowing residents to remain independent and active.

By living in a JABA community you will also have convenient access to JABA's many helpful services for seniors, such as wellness vists from JABA nursing staff.  If you are interested in any of these housing options, or if you have any questions, please contact the specific apartment living community provided below. Go to Easy Access for additional resources.

  • Woods Edge Apartments, A JABA Community »

    Woods Edge Apartments offers independent living apartment homes for persons 55 or better. Woods Edge features beautiful, one- and two-bedroom apartments with affordable rents that include heat. Other amenities include laundry facilities on every floor, elevator access, recreation, computer and TV rooms, a library, beauty/barber salon, garden plots, social activities, dishwashers, garbage disposals, and wellness visits from JABA nursing staff. Woods Edge is located off of Rio Road in Charlottesville.

    Woods Edge Apartments Mailing Address:
    829 Mallside Forest Court
    Charlottesville, VA 22901
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    Phone: 434- 975-9090

  • Ryan School Apartments, A JABA Community »

    Located in the hills of beautiful Nelson County, the Ryan School Apartments are designed for comfortable, independent living. The community features thirty-one spacious, efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments with affordable rents that include water, dishwashers, laundry facilities on each floor; community, computer, and horticultural rooms; social services and activities; JABA wellness visits, and much more. Ryan School Apartments is located in Shipman, VA, three miles from Lovingston.

    Ryan School Apartments Mailing Address:

    Dorothy Waters, Resident Manager

    105 Ryan Circle
    Shipman, VA 22971
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  • Park View Apartments, A JABA Community »

    Park View Apartments at South Pantops features beautiful one- and two- bedroom apartments for seniors 62 and above. All apartments come with fully equipped kitchens, ceiling fans, mini blinds, spacious floor plans, and enhanced safety features. There is also a large community room with warming kitchen, onsite laundry facilities, a beauty salon, exercise center, TV lounge, library, and computer room. Park View at South Pantops is located in the Pantops area of Albemarle County.

    Park View Mailing Address:
    210 South Pantops Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
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    Phone: 434-923-0200

  • Information on Independent Living Communities »

    Retirement Communities offer a range of housing options, from single family homes to high-rise apartments. Retirement communities provide either a purchase or lease option, and range from condominium-style ownership to monthly rental apartments. These communities usually offer some services and amenities, such as recreation facilities, meal preparation or congregate meals, housekeeping services, and laundry services. The cost of these services may or may not be included in the monthly fee. It is best to find out what services are available, and at what cost, before entering a retirement community.

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are financially self-sufficient residential communities for seniors that offer medical and nursing services in addition to independent living. CCRCs differ in the amount of health care they offer their residents, and some do not offer a health care guarantee through the end of life. Generally, they provide food, housing, medical services and nursing care, and assisted living for the remainder of the resident's life, frequently even after the person has exhausted all financial resources. It can be thought of as a form of self-insurance, spreading the risk of catastrophic health care costs among all residents in the CCRC so that no one will face financial ruin. Because of the guaranteed health care, this type of facility is usually the most expensive.

    CCRCs generally charges two fees: a one-time entry fee followed by a monthly maintenance fee. An alternative used by some CCRCs is to offer a reduced entry fee, which is accompanied by proportionally higher monthly fees. Careful planning, coupled with wise shopping can make this form of housing and health care a successful alternative.

    Modified Retirement Communities offer the same services as the Continuing Care Retirement Communities, but without the health care guarantee. For example, a modified facility may provide 15 days of nursing care per year. After you exhaust your 15 days, you must pay a daily charge for the nursing. In the event you run out of money, the facility is not contractually obligated to provide for your care.

  • Additional Resources »

    If you would like to identify additional (Non-JABA) independent living communities please use the following source words on Easy Access, Virginia’s gateway to services for seniors.

    • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
    • General Retirement Communities
    • Independent Living Communities
    • Modified Retirement Communities
    • Retirement Communities
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