In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Philadelphia area, our team of researchers sorted through 279 communities using our unique methodology. Our team:
- Spent over 43 hours researching assisted living communities in Philadelphia
- Interviewed 21 facility staff members
- Read more than 230 reviews left by residents and their family members
After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 26 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Philadelphia is $5,318, which is quite a bit higher than the state average of $3,750 as well as the national average of $4,000.
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.
Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Philadelphia, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 279 communities in the Philadelphia area.
Assisted Living Research Institute Trusted Communities
The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Philadelphia area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.
Customers reflect on the many ways Harmony Place brought them peace of mind. One family member stated, “My dad lived at Harmony Place during his final years. The staff was very good and whatever food they served, he inhaled, so he seemed to like that a lot. The dining area was very nice and quaint. They had a few activities available that the residents could participate in, like bingo. His room and the facility were kept very clean. I highly recommend this place for others.”
*Holy Redeemer Lafayette
Holy Redeemer Lafayette is a faith-based assisted living community located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This community offers support services to the senior citizen who is independent but also may require a little extra help with personal care, activities of daily living, or medication management. This facility is a great fit for seniors who thrive in a tightly-knit environment that has deep community values.
Holy Redeemer Lafayette offers rental agreement options that include a waived entrance fee or reduced monthly rent for qualifying applicants. In addition, Holy Redeemer Lafayette offers a wide variety of services and amenities that enrich the lives of their residents. These include:
- Emergency pull cords in every den, bedroom, and bathroom
- Weekly housekeeping
- Linens provided and laundered
- Complimentary laundry rooms and personal washers/dryers in select apartments
- Free transportation
- Interfaith services
- ATM and full-service bank
- Fitness room
- Game room
- Computer room
Residents and family members alike appreciate Holy Redeemer Lafayette. One family member says, "My parents moved into Lafayette, and so far, we are very pleased. Their apartment is beautiful. The activities are nice. The food is delicious. The staff has been very warm, responsive and accommodating.
Residents enjoy the comforting surroundings at Simpson House. One resident says, "Everything has been going so well. The staff is very fantastic and everyone knows everyone by name. They have really bent over backward for us. They have been so accommodating in helping get my mother in law transitioned. We are very, very pleased with everything here. We especially love the community porch that they have for the residents to enjoy."
*United Methodist Communities at Collingswood
Customers appreciate the ability for their loved ones to age in place. One reviewer stated, “I was never worried about leaving my mom at Collingswood Manor. All of the aides who cared for her were kind and sincere. We loved her assisted living apartment and when she needed more care, she was able to get that on the 5th floor."
Atria Center City
Residents love living at Atria Center City for its luxury and elegance. One reviewer says, "I've lived at Atria since 2005 and hope to live here until my final hours on this good earth. Even after nearly ten years I've lived here, eating in our dining room still feels like I'm going out to dinner in a nice restaurant. I also feel so fortunate to have the day-to-day chores, such as laundry, cleaning, and repairing my living space, done for me."
Brightview Woodbury Lake
Customers love Brightview Woodbury Lake for its home-like atmosphere. One reviewer stated, “We love Brightview Woodbury Lake! My mom has been there for almost 5 years now and calls it her home. The staff is very efficient, kind and respectful of Mom. They always keep me informed of things going on with Mom. Mom made a great choice in coming to Brightview!”
Deer Meadows Retirement Community
Customers love the services and amenities provided by Deer Meadows. One reviewer says, "Deer Meadows has an excellent and caring staff on all levels. There is a full range of care services depending on needs. Many activities are available for the residents to participate in. The facility itself is clean and well-lit with nicely sized rooms. There is a full calendar of events that we participate in and there is always something fun going on."
Fox Trail Assisted Living at Deptford
Residents and family members enjoy the compassion and team effort of the staff at Fox Trail. One reviewer says, “My Mother is a resident at Fox Trail in Manassas. She has been receiving excellent care. My family is very pleased and impressed by the compassion shown by the staff. The entire staff works together as a team to provide wonderful care for the residents; they work out individual care treatment plans for each resident.”
Hayes Manor Retirement Residence
Hayes Manor is an assisted living community serving the Main Line and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This community is a great fit for seniors who enjoy quaint surroundings and a tight-knit community. With just 53 personal care living accommodations, residents are able to receive one-to-one care for activities of daily living in an environment that moves at their pace.
Accommodations come with semi-private and private baths, with safety monitoring 24 hours a day. The Hayes Manor staff is comprised of a diverse group of nurses and nursing assistants who are prepared to provide high-quality care. A wide variety of activities and amenities help residents remain active, safe, and engaged. These include:
- Individually controlled heating/air conditioning
- 24-hour security with a closed-circuit TV system
- 24-hour care provided by staff
- Morning and evening snacks
- Housekeeping service
- Barber/beautician on premises
- Weekly shopping trips
- Ecumenical services
- Laundry services
Residents and family members alike appreciate the benefits of living at Hayes Manor. One family member says, "The management and staff are some of the most compassionate and attentive professionals we have met. My parent's care was exemplary. The facility is warm and inviting."
Ivystone Senior Living
Residents enjoy well-appointed apartments and teamwork of the staff. One reviewer stated, “I can personally say that the staff at Ivystone is excellent. The surroundings are beautiful and the apartments are very nice. The most amazing thing here is the team. The staff always takes time to speak with everyone and make us feel at ease. I am so happy we moved my brother here.”
From rehabilitation to assisted living, customers appreciate Paul’s Run. One reviewer says, “From caseworkers to kitchen staff, everybody is helpful, positive and quick to respond! It's not the first time my Mom has been here. Once she was here for a short stay and now she lives here. I never had a problem so far. I am very grateful to this community.”
Customers rest at ease knowing that their loved ones reside at Penn Home. One reviewer says, “Everything is going very well for my father here at this community. They are caring for him very well and I'm pleased. It is a good looking community, they do a good job of keeping everything nice and clean. They have a great staff. They do offer nice activities for the residents. I know he is safe and in good hands. This is a community I would recommend."
Phoebe of Wyncote
Phoebe of Wyncote is an assisted living community located in the Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This faith-based, non-profit community is well suited for seniors who seek a meaningful retirement while receiving help for personal care. Phoebe of Wyncote offers spiritual support for residents and their families along the continuum of care.
Accommodations include private and semi-private rooms with full private baths. An on-campus health center provides health and rehabilitative care. In addition to spiritual support, residents enjoy a wide variety of activities that benefit the mind and exercises that help the body. Other amenities include:
- Professional social services
- Emergency response system
- Beauty/barber services
- Transportation to/from medical appointments
Residents appreciate the well-appointed amenities and care services at Phoebe Wyncote. One reviewer stated, “Personal Care is on the first floor, so it is accessible for wheelchairs and those who can't walk long distances. The facility is spacious and not too crowded. The calendar of activities is awesome, there is always something to do; there are religious services too. There are a nurse and doctor on-site and so it seems like they think of everything."
Premier Cadbury at Cherry Hill
Premier Cadbury at Cherry Hill is an assisted living community located in New Jersey, just minutes away from downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1973, this community has a long-standing history of developing a continuing care program of services for seniors. Today, Premier Cadbury provides personalized healthcare and personal care assistance for all residents of the community.
Five levels of care are offered, from assisted living to palliative care services along the continuum of aging, with regular assessments that help monitor any changes. Accommodations provide residents with large windows and closets, carpeting, and housekeeping services. Other services and amenities include:
- Social, recreational, and spiritual programs
- Around-the-clock staff
- All utilities, except phone and cable
- Maintenance of grounds and common areas
- Priority admission to Skilled Nursing Care
- Three delicious meals served daily by courteous staff in elegant dining room
- Wireless internet
Much appreciated are the amenities and friendly staff at Cadbury. One reviewer stated, “Cadbury is at the top of my list. It had more open space and more and better facilities than other centers. It had equipment for working out and it had a pool. The people were friendly and not as busy with a lot of people around. The menu looked fine, only dinner time was fixed. You can make your meals at your apartment and it had more flexibility.”
Residents and family members alike appreciate the care professionals at Riverview. One family member says, "They have a doctor who comes in every Wednesday. My parents go and see the doctor if they need to. The doctor found that my father had atrial fibrillation on top of dementia, which was causing him dizziness. The problem was solved with medication. Dad is getting better medical care there than he was before he went in."
Springfield Residences is an assisted living community located in the beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia, in Montgomery County. This community is a great fit for seniors who enjoy their independence but also need assistance with personal care needs. The fully-furnished accommodations are available in studio and one bedroom, with a two bedroom option available upon request.
Each senior apartment has large windows that add cheer and brightness. Residents can also enjoy the perks of having small pets reside with them. The many amenities provided by Springfield Residences are all-inclusive, so residents can relax and live life to the fullest. Daily housekeeping and laundry service helps residents live a maintenance-free life. Other amenities include:
- Small pets
- Emergency call system
- Wall-to-wall carpeting
- Intercom system
- Individually controlled heat and air conditioning
- Ample closet space
- Smoke detectors and fire sprinklers
- Small kitchenettes
- Private bathrooms
- All utilities (excluding personal telephone)
Residents and family members alike talk about the quality of services and amenities at Springfield Residences. One family member says, "My Mom has been at Springfield for 2 years. She is happy here and so am I. Mom has many activities to keep her occupied and has made new friends. The staff and administrators are top rate. I have complete confidence in Springfield.”
Sunrise of Haverford
Sunrise of Haverford is an assisted living community serving the greater Philadelphia area. This senior living community offers beautiful surroundings in a quiet neighborhood. The facility has a 20-year tradition of a resident-centered approach to quality care.
On-site care managers work to enrich the lives of seniors and provide education and activities for community engagement. Residents also enjoy culture, shopping, and dining excursions in the Philadelphia area. On-campus, three well-balanced meals are provided daily in an open-concept dining room that provides spacious, beautiful surroundings. Other services include:
- Daily spiritual activities
- Monthly wellness visits
- Weekly housekeeping
- Weekly personal laundry
- Maintenance of building and grounds
Residents talk about the quality of care at Sunrise. One reviewer says, "This is literally the nicest staff I have ever met, and each and every one of them have become dear friends with my mother! The concierge and the sales department are very warm, inviting, helpful and professional.”
The staff at Symphony Square are committed to helping seniors live their best life. One reviewer says, “My parents are very happy at Symphony Square. It is beautifully decorated, and they are starting to join in some of the many activities that are offered there. There are also field trips with shopping and special events for the residents who want to join in. My parents like the dining area and the food is fantastic. I am very comfortable with my parents being at Symphony Square.”
The Chelsea at Jenkintown
The Chelsea invites residents and their families to feel at ease with their comprehensive approach to retirement living. One reviewer says, "My Aunt has been at this facility for more than a year and absolutely loves everything about it. The staff, the food and the way she is surrounded by people who care make this an easy recommendation."
The Hearth at Drexel
The Hearth at Drexel is an assisted living community located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. This facility is a great fit for seniors who desire household living but are no longer able to live independently. Accommodations include boutique apartments for residents within a larger household atmosphere. This uniquely builds a close-knit community.
The Hearth at Drexel is an aging-in-place community that provides services as needs change. This community is also pet-friendly, allowing dogs and cats to live with residents. Amenities are unique to each household. These include:
- Shared activities in each household’s community rooms
- Bright and cheery living spaces with wonderful natural lighting
- Patios and balconies overlooking park-like grounds
- Beautiful landscaping and flower gardens
- Restaurant-style dining with healthy, freshly prepared meals
- Snacks and beverages around the clock
- Spacious apartments that meet the needs of all levels of mobility
Much appreciated are the surroundings and staff, with one family member stating, "My mom spent her final years here. I couldn't have been more impressed with the facility, her room, and the caring staff. The main gathering room and dining area are beautiful, kept extremely clean, and there was always staff there making sure everyone was looked after and safe. It was such a relief for my family knowing my mom was in such good hands."
The Philadelphia Protestant Home
The Philadelphia Protestant Home is a non-profit retirement community located in Northeast Philadelphia. Founded in 1889, this community has a long-standing tradition in creating a caring environment where residents can thrive. The facility offers a variety of floor plans at affordable rates and options for low-income seniors who need extra help with personal care and activities of daily living.
All apartments are maintenance-free, so residents can enjoy the many opportunities for enrichment provided by the community. The arts, culture, and education center is an on-site wellness and creative space for seniors to cultivate many of their talents. Amenities include:
- Art studio and epicurean glass works
- Library with computer workstations
- Expanded chapters of memory care program
- Wellness and aquatics center, with heated pool
- Fellowship meeting room
- Crafts room
Residents and their families appreciate the Philadelphia Protestant Home for its attentive staff. One reviewer says, "My brother has been at Philadelphia Protestant Home for two years and he loves it. Staff and care are wonderful. My sister and her husband are looking to go into a retirement community and they would love to move there because of our brother's experience here."
The Terrace at Chestnut Hill
Residents are comfortable at Terrace of Chestnut Hill and family members are pleased. One reviewer stated, “My brother recently became a resident at The Terrace and we love it. The staff is helpful, friendly and very accommodating. The residence is clean and lively and the food is great. Concerns are addressed and resolved in a timely manner. The nursing staff is observant and engaged; they are aware of changes in behavior that may require special attention. Awesome!”
The Watermark at Logan Square East
Residents enjoy the atmosphere and the facilities provided for their loved ones. One reviewer stated, “Our community is a wonderful place to live. My husband and I moved here about 3 years ago. We both enjoyed the food, made new friends, loved the movies and so many other activities.”
Waverly Heights Ltd
Customers note the beautiful surroundings at Waverly Heights. One reviewer says, “My uncle is staying here. This looks like a fancy hotel. All the employees greeted my uncle by his name. We also ate pizza at the cafe. It was delicious and they can even add special toppings if you want. It did not have that retirement home smell, which is amazing. Clean and homey.”
Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley is an assisted living community located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This community is a great fit for senior citizens who enjoy the bustle of city life but need a little extra help each day. Personal care residents receive a wide variety of services, from medication management to escorting, dining, and activities. Accommodations are provided for individuals and couples, with spacious floor plans.
As an added security benefit, each personal care apartment is fitted with an emergency call system with 24-hour staffing assistance. Three delicious, nutritious meals are provided each day, with a variety of options to suit the preferences and dietary needs of residents. In addition to educational programs and activities, Wesley Enhanced provides medical services that include:
- Medication supervision
- Oxygen maintenance and management
- Insulin diabetic management
- Skilled nursing
3315Customers appreciate the care provided by Wesley Enhanced Senior Living. One family member says, "My mother was relocated to the Wesley from New York State. I have been pleased with her care. We are able to dine with her in another dining room on the weekends for brunch. I find the staff supportive and caring. The activities department is outstanding. When there have been one or two concerns that are relative to a setting such as this, they are immediately addressed."
Customers appreciate Woodbury Mews, with one reviewer stating, "I have been very happy with the Woodbury Mews. My mother had been living with family members, and she has been happier at the Woodbury Mews. I believe that being with people her own age helps her a lot."
At the Assisted Living Research Institute, our goal is to tackle the challenges that come with aging by combining real-world expertise with data-driven metrics and the latest research methodologies. To accomplish this, our team of industry experts and in-house researchers joined forces to develop a methodology that uncovers the best assisted living communities in a given location. We search for facilities that use science-backed best practices and the latest therapies in caring for their residents, and those that have the most amenities and opportunities for residents to live an active, independent lifestyle.
Facility Features (40%)
Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc
Facility Amenities Graded on the available
Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.
Residential Quality (40%)
Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.
Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.
Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.
Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older adults, air quality, climate.
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