Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions we receive most often at The Chesapeake are provided below.


If you have other questions, need additional information or would like to schedule a tour, please call us at 800-345-0474 (toll-free) or 757-223-1650. We welcome the opportunity to spend time with you on the phone and in person.





What is The Chesapeake?


The Chesapeake is a continuing care retirement community that inspires active living. Located in the popular Hampton Roads area of Virginia, The Chesapeake offers the warmth and friendliness of a small town.


Meeting the lifestyle expectations of today's retirees, The Chesapeake offers spacious, maintenance-free apartment residences and single family cottage homes, and a wide range of amenities and services that promote a healthy lifestyle and independence.


Equally important, The Chesapeake offers a full continuum of on-site care, including licensed physical therapy, assisted living, memory support and nursing services.




What is True Life Care?


True Life Care at The Chesapeake means residency, services and care for life, through services and care available on-site at the community. Residents contract to live in a comfortable residence, enjoy community-based amenities and services, and plan in advance for their future health care needs. As circumstances change, residents remain on-site close to friends and neighbors, receiving services and care through independent living, assisted living and nursing care, according to the individual resident's needs. Depending on the individual's needs, these health services may be recuperative, short or long-term care.


With True Life Care protection, monthly fees continue to be based on the monthly fee for the resident's apartment or cottage as health services are received. The only additional cost in the monthly fee is two additional meals per day and ancillary charges. True Life Care helps shield residents from spiraling health care costs.





What types of residences does The Chesapeake offer?


The Chesapeake features an impressive variety of floorplans so you can choose a residence that fits your lifestyle. Our one and two bedroom apartments range in size from 760 to 1,762 square feet and feature fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms and dining rooms. Select residences also feature dens, patios or balconies.


Our well-designed two bedroom cottage homes range in size from 1,389 to 1,765 square feet and feature fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining rooms, ample closet space, and individualized washers and dryers. Select features include dens, fireplaces, built-in bookcases, sunrooms, patios and garages.




May I Furnish and Decorate My Residence as I Wish?


Certainly. Isn't that the best part of moving into a comfortable new home? We encourage you to decorate your home and leave the landscaping and weekly housekeeping to us.





What Amenities and Services are Available?


The Chesapeake offers an array of educational, recreational and wellness programs that appeal to almost every interest imaginable. Residents also enjoy casual and restaurant-style dining, a professionally-equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna, library, chapel, clinic, community garden, woodworking shop, putting green and game rooms.


Adding to the carefree lifestyle at The Chesapeake are housekeeping services, window washing, grounds upkeep, snow removal, appliance maintenance, an urgent call system, and scheduled transportation for area shopping, appointments and events.



Most importantly, The Chesapeake’s full continuum of care, including licensed assisted living, memory support services, and licensed nursing care give residents ready access to quality care on-site.




What are the Age Requirements for a move to The Chesapeake?


Our community is designed for senior adults who are at least 62 years of age. The Chesapeake attracts a diverse group of residents with varied backgrounds, faiths, and interests. Residents and staff encourage prospective residents move to The Chesapeake early and not wait so they will have the opportunity to fully enjoy the various ammenities and numerous activities the community and surrounding area offer.




Can I Have Family and Friends Stay On-Site?


Yes. We love guests and have accommodations for overnight visitors if you need extra space for family and friends. There are two guest apartments, both of which have two queen size beds, a bath and kitchenette. We also have a guest cottage for larger families and extended stays.





May I Have a Pet Live with Me?


Yes. Cats and small dogs are welcomed. Residents are asked to adhere to The Chesapeake's pet policy.





How Much Does The Chesapeake Cost?


Residents at The Chesapeake enjoy residency that includes their choice of a comfortable residence, a full array of amenities and services, and an on-site continuum of care. These benefits are provided through a one-time entrance fee and a monthly services fee. The entrance and monthly fees vary depending on the type of residence, number of occupants, and type of agreement.


A portion of the fees is recognized as a prepaid Life Care benefit, which makes available assisted living, memory support and health care at fees based on the monthly fee of the selected apartment or cottage residence. Also, under the Life Care arrangement, a portion of both fees may be tax deductible as a prepaid medical expense.





Is the Monthly Fee Subject to Change?


The monthly fee varies according to the size of the residence and is adjusted annually.





Can I Keep My Own Doctor if I Move to The Chesapeake?


Yes. You may continue to see your own physician and other healthcare providers. If needed you can obtain transportation services from The Chesapeake, or your family may take you to appointments.





Who Owns The Chesapeake?


The Chesapeake is owned by Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Culpeper, Virginia, that has operated quality retirement communities in Virginia for more than 65 years. Other locations include Culpeper, Richmond and Roanoke. For more on Virginia Baptist Homes, please click here.





How Do I Learn More About The Chesapeake?


Please contact us by phone at 800-345-0474 (toll-free) or 757- 223-1650 or by email at We are happy to answer your questions, schedule a tour, or send you information.

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955 Harpersville Road | Newport News, Virginia 23601
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