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Page Reviewed / Updated – May 1, 2023
Hockessin is a residential community wedged against Delaware’s northern border where it curves in an arc against the rolling farmland of eastern Pennsylvania. Home to 13,500 people, more than 22% are seniors aged 65 and over. It boasts a senior center, several golf courses and moderate hiking trails.
The area has a high cost of living, but the low local crime rate and mild, sunny weather help make it worth the expense. Shopping and entertainment venues are located in Wilmington and Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, is a charter bus ride away. Several local hospitals offer focused care for older adults, such as ChristianaCare Wilmington Hospital and Chester County Hospital, both of which accept Medicare and Medicaid.
The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey puts the average cost of assisted living in Hockessin at $5,685 per month. This is $1,185 higher than the national average of $4,500, though it’s competitive with nearby cities such as Trenton, NJ, where costs average $8,145, or Ocean City, which costs $7,490 for similar care.
Note: Data for Hockessin was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Philadelphia, was used instead.
This guide lists our picks for the top 10 assisted living communities in and around Hockessin, DE. It’s intended to help seniors and their loved ones find the right place to settle down.
Brookdale Hockessin is on our list for the high number of positive reviews the community has on several customer review sites, as well as for its handsome Colonial-style architecture, which includes whitewashed columns and a steeply gabled roof. It's an all-studio community with space for 66 residents aged 65 and over. Every unit at Brookdale has a kitchenette, though shared dining is available in the spacious dining room on the main floor. Amenities include a covered garden and patio area, beauty and barber shop, free resident parking and a fun party space for community celebrations.
Cokesbury Village is an all-inclusive community with plenty of space for residents to spread out and make this home their own. Seniors here share a restaurant-style dining room, party space, TV room and lots of fresh air on the nearby hiking trails. There's a general store for stocking up on must-haves, plus a beauty and barber shop for tending to personal grooming. A well-equipped fitness room lets residents get a great workout or attend their physical therapy sessions without traveling off the property. Religious services, arts and crafts and gardening classes are all provided for residents who take an interest in them, and optional three-bedroom apartments allow companions to live with them or stay overnight.
Staff at The Lorelton have extra time to spend helping residents, thanks to the low 11:1 resident-to-caregiver ratio. The studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, along with the optional companion suites, all have their own kitchens or kitchenettes. Room service is also available for evenings when you just want to stay in and watch something on your room's free basic cable TV. Downstairs, residents can gather for a chat in the coffee shop, head outside for a round of golf or relax in the covered patio area next to the garden.
Residents at Foulk Living have access to 10 wooded acres featuring beautiful streams and parklands in a residential area. Those who would like a bit more space than the one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments provide have the option of moving into one of the detached homes adjacent to the stately main residence. All rooms, including the studios in the main building, have their own kitchen or kitchenette areas, individual climate controls and private bathrooms. Shared amenities include a TV room, garden and patio area, party space near the dining hall and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Paramount Senior Living at Newark
We added Paramount Senior Living at Newark to this guide for its extensive list of amenities and the cheery resort-style environment it creates for the 112 seniors who live here. The community offers raised garden beds for residents who'd like to try out their green thumb growing herbs and/or flowers, a private dining room for intimate meals together, outdoor walking paths and casual dining in the bistro and café. Personal services are comprehensive and include physician and social worker visits, bereavement care and medication management.
Sunrise Senior Living of Wilmington
Sunrise Senior Living of Wilmington takes a holistic approach to senior care through individualized plans. It has guest and resident parking generous enough to accommodate its 90 residents and their visiting loved ones, who are welcome overnight and at meals. Special occasions are celebrated in the shared party space, and a well-equipped computer room is always open for residents who need to conduct personal business. The large and well-stocked library has plenty of books, games and extra chairs to host the book club and discussion groups which meet there. Regular movie nights happen in the TV room, and summer evenings are often spent outdoors on the covered patio next to the manicured garden.
Millcroft Living provides an all-inclusive living experience for seniors. This includes complimentary off-site transportation for personal and medical appointments, housekeeping and laundry service once a week and a unique senior engagement program called Paws For Pets Therapy. In fact, all pets are welcome at Millcroft Living, as are overnight and mealtime guests. Financial advice and VA benefits counseling are available at no extra cost to residents or their families. We included Millcroft because it has won #1 Best in Senior Living from J.D. Power & Associates four years in a row, from 2019-2023.
Shipley Living is located near the heart of town and laid out to resemble a private family home as much as possible. It's still a decently large community which houses up to 78 seniors, but the close personal care and high quality of the staff has helped Shipley earn multiple J.D. Power awards for senior living, as well as a spot on this list. Amenities at Shipley include a pet run, perimeter fence around the courtyard, garden areas and an on-site fitness room for daily exercise and physical therapy. This all-inclusive community provides housekeeping, laundry and linen service, plus off-site transportation for residents' personal trips.
Friends Home in Kennett
Friends Home in Kennett has been an intricate part of the historic Kennett Square community for over 100 years. It has a few couples' suites available for married couples who choose to move in with their spouse. Residents at this community can take part in the arts and crafts classes held in the activity room or chill out for a movie in the TV lounge. They can also share some free time together in the coffee shop or head on over to the computer room to get the latest news and check their email. Friends Home is located close to several local attractions, and a covered wraparound porch lets residents relax in a peaceful setting.
HarborChase of Wilmington
HarborChase of Wilmington gets a spot on our list in part because it's a short stroll from the green belt along the Delaware River. It's also set against a beautifully landscaped set of gardens and trails. The community goes out of its way to create a luxurious senior experience with all kinds of unexpected amenities such as a putting green, a bocce court, an outdoor fire pit and water features and outdoor fitness stations. Dog walkers are available by request, as is community transportation. Residents can practice yoga in the fitness studio, play a round of bocce ball or practice their short golf game on the green outside.