The Mary Marshall Assisted Living Residence in Arlington is part of Virginia’s effort to move the disabled out of large institutions and into smaller, community-based residences. Its operators say it is unique in that all of its residents, who have intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses, are 55 or older.
Robert Woosley gives his lunch order to Sue Morgan, resident care coordinator at the Mary Marshall Assisted Living Residence in Arlington. Each floor has a small lounge area with a fireplace, and there's a pantry and small kitchen for those who want to prepare a meal or a snack, a laundry room, an exercise area and computer workstations. John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo