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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Philadelphia

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in PA. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Philadelphia

At $5,685 per month, the cost of assisted living in Philadelphia is $1,185 more than the national average and $1,585 higher than the state average.

Assisted Living in Philadelphia vs. Nearby Cities

The cost of assisted living in Philadelphia compares favorably with nearby Reading where seniors pay $5,720. A less expensive option is Allentown where prices average $4,784. Just to the east, Lancaster residents pay $135 less for assisted living, at $5,550.

  • Philadelphia: $5,685
  • Pennsylvania: $4,100
  • National: $4,500
  • Allentown: $4,784
  • Reading: $5,720
  • Lancaster: $5,550

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Philadelphia, PA

Seniors with various needs or care levels have other options besides assisted living in Philadelphia. At $5,329 and $5,339, homemaker and home health aide services both help older adults in their homes with personal care and household chores, such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. However, home health aides also provide some medical assistance. In exchange for $1,777, seniors can receive therapeutic and health services and enjoy social activities at a community-based center for adults on weekdays while caregivers take a break. Seniors seeking a higher level of care may consider a nursing facility where a semiprivate room costs $11,437.

  • Assisted Living: $5,685
  • Homemaker Services: $5,329
  • Home Health Aide: $5,339
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,777
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $11,437

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Philadelphia

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Philadelphia

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Philadelphia.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Philadelphia

Seniors in Philadelphia can obtain information and assistance from a variety of statewide and local agencies. Here, they can source financial assistance to help pay for prescriptions, find suitable accommodation, gain a better understanding of their rights and learn to manage chronic health conditions.

Resource Contact Description
Philadelphia Corporation For Aging 215-765-9000 Philadelphias’ Corporation For Aging (PCA) is the fourth largest Area Agency on Aging in the United States. It offers a variety of programs and services to the senior community in Philadelphia with the support and guidance of executives, directors and the advisory council. The evidence-based programs run by volunteers dealing with similar issues aim to empower older adults to enhance their health and reduce dependency and illness. Among the topics covered in relation to health and wellness programs are management of chronic conditions, exercise, nutrition and fall prevention.
Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 717-783-8975 Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program works on behalf of Philadelphia seniors living in senior living communities such as assisted living facilities. The ombudsman’s job is to help clients become more aware of their rights under federal and state laws and ensure that they receive the best possible care. It’s also responsible for investigating complaints of abuse, neglect, exploitation and billing disputes and negotiating a resolution between the facility and the client.
Office for Veterans Affairs 215-381-3040 It is the mission of the Office for Veterans Affairs to support Pennsylvania’s senior veterans and their families and provide them with quality care. They operate six veterans’ homes throughout the state, including one in Philadelphia. Staff at the assisted living facilities for senior veterans, their spouses or survivors assist with activities of daily living and other personal needs and household tasks. This enables senior veterans to feel part of a broader community.
Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly 800-225-7223 The PACE program assists seniors with the cost of prescription drugs. Patients who meet financial eligibility requirements pay only a $6 or $9 co-pay for prescriptions without having to pay a monthly premium. Those who do not meet the eligibility requirements may still be able to get help through the cost-sharing option of the program.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Philadelphia

Assisted Living Communities in Philadelphia are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Pennsylvania

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Philadelphia Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Philadelphia area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 37 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 39 hours researching assisted living communities in Philadelphia
  • Read more than 296 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 $5,685, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,100 and also considerably higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed 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 37 communities in the Philadelphia area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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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 (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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