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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in West Chester, PA

West Chester, a small, popular suburb of Philadelphia, has many features that make it a desirable retirement destination. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, West Chester has more than a dozen historic buildings and landmarks, including Birmingham Hill.

In addition to enjoying the region’s rich past, seniors will appreciate West Chester’s proximity to many beautiful outdoor parks and preserves, as well as the iconic Longwood Gardens. Walking is also an ideal way to get around West Chester, which has a high walk score, and some seniors walk to tuition-free courses at West Chester University or grab a cup of coffee with friends. Transportation around the borough is also convenient, given the discounted rate available for seniors using Rainbow Cab services, and transportation to and from the West Chester Area Senior Center is free. Boutique shopping, fine dining and museums such as Chester County Historical Society are in or near the downtown area.  Philadelphia is just an hour away. 

More amenities typically translates to higher costs for assisted living and this is true of West Chester. Because of its proximity to Philadelphia, its average monthly assisted living costs, at $4,875, are moderately higher than the state average of $3,913. While assisted living costs are lower in more rural communities such as Johnstown or larger cities such as Pittsburgh, West Chester has a high overall living score and access to attractive amenities and services.    

Bellingham Retirement Community

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1615 E. Boot Road

West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 602-9664

Close to nearby West Chester, Bellingham Retirement Community is a campus comprised of assisted living as well as independent and memory care living arrangements. Spacious rooms come in a choice of studio or one- or two-bedroom apartments with included Wi-Fi, cable, kitchens and walk-in closets. There is a library for reading, craft room for handicrafts and walking trails for getting fresh air and watching nature. Residents can take their pick of daily and weekly activities and never have to leave to enjoy a visit to the beauty salon or barbershop or physical and occupational therapies.

  • Pet-friendly
  • Activities include board games, singalongs, happy hour and movie nights 

Sunrise of Westtown

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1045 Wilmington Pike

West Chester, PA 19382

(484) 821-3180

Located minutes from area attractions such as Longwood Gardens as well as boutique shopping and dining are Sunrise of Westtown, a retirement community providing personal and memory care. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available and come equipped with kitchenettes and separate bathrooms. There is even a design team dedicated to creating the ideal unique yet safe personal space. Enjoy the latest in exercise equipped for seniors at the fitness room or get styled at the beauty salon and barbershop. Sunrise of Westtown welcomes animal friends into their community, so you can bring along your own furry friend.

  • Eight activities programs utilize a holistic approach to health
  • Personalized meal options given three times a day

Wellington at Hershey’s Mill

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1361 Boot Road

West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 240-4160

Seniors age 60 and over can experience all the amenities available at Wellington at Hersey’s Mill with the convenience of a full-spectrum approach to care. Wellington offers residents all the help they need settling in and continuing to live an active life. Companionship is available for anyone needing it, to help with holiday shopping and transportation to family events or learning a new computer program. At Wellington pets are also welcome, so you can bring your beloved companion with you. We included Wellington at Hersey's Mill because of their Live Now Live Well trademarked program for promoting intellectual, emotional and physical health 

  • Access to an indoor heated pool

  • Amenities include fitness room and performing arts center

Arbour Square at West Chester

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1201 Ward Ave.

West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 401-9800

Close to historic downtown West Chester and area shopping and hospitals, Arbour Square at West Chester is a home-like community with a full range of amenities and services in place. Residents can choose from variously-sized studio and apartment options that all include en suite baths. Housekeeping, linen and laundry and help with daily tasks are provided. In addition to a modern restaurant, Arbour Square has a 50’s diner, pub, state-of-the-art theatre and general store available to residents. 

  • Pet-friendly
  • On-site beauty salon, barbershop, library and fitness center

Arbor Terrace Willistown

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1713 West Chester Pike

West Chester, PA 19382

(610) 557-3795

Retain your independence while living in a safe and supportive environment at Arbor Terrace Willistown. This recently renovated multi-level care facility offers residents various housing options, including studios and companion suites. Rooms come with kitchenettes and en suite baths and daily trash removal and bed-making is offered. There is an on-site library, beauty salon and barbershop as well as a rehab center for bringing therapies to residents. Meals are served restaurant-style and are tailored to resident requests.    

  • On-site fitness center, library and beauty salon / barbershop
  • Small pets allowed 

The Hickman

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400 N. Walnut Street

West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 760-6300

Located in downtown West Chester on historic Quaker Hill, The Hickman is a nonprofit personal care community with multi-level care options. Residents are within walking distance of area shopping, fine dining and attractions like the Brandywine Museum. Care is individualized depending on specific needs and preferences, but includes three personalized meals a day, laundry and linen services and all utilities. 24-hour security, staffing and on-call nurses create a secure and safe environment, and the many classes and activities available mean there is always something to choose from. There is music, card games, yoga as well as unique intergenerational activities at The Hickman.

  • Emergency call system in all units
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies included   

Park Lane at Bellingham

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1615 E. Boot Road

West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 348-4196

Enjoy your golden years at the historic, home-like Park Lane at Bellingham. Its proximity to East Goshen Park and the iconic Longwood Gardens, as well as nearby shopping and dining offers options for when family visits or for a special outing. As a Continuous Care Retirement Community, Park Lane features all levels of care so that residents may nurture and sustain their friendships. Park Lane invites entertainment to their community including music, guest speakers and exercise classes such as Tai Chi and Ballet for Seniors. 

  • Brain Health University physical health program
  • Three floor plans, some with patios   

Foulk Manor North

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1212 Foulk Road

Wilmington, DE 19803

(302) 478-4296

Located on 10 wooded acres in the heart of Wilmington, Foulk Manor North is an ideal way to spend your retirement years. There are a variety of floor plans available, and all come standard with telephone, cable and Internet as well as a kitchenette or full size kitchen and bath. Foulk Manor North makes the health of residents their priority by providing regular wellness checks, specialized diets and a 24-hour on-call nurse. 

  • Beauty salon and barbershop, fitness center and library on-site
  • Five star dining

Freedom Village at Brandywine

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15 Freedom Blvd.

Coatesville, PA 19320

(610) 709-5121

The staff at Freedom Village at Brandywine provide cleaning, laundry and meal services so residents have time to devote to making memories and partaking in the variety of activities offered. Exercise classes, game nights, woodworking, and an Arts and Crafts studio are available, and residents can choose from different social outings and gatherings. On-site are a saltwater pool, new fitness center and a garden, with individual plots available for gardening. We included Freedom Village at Brandywine because they ranked highly for their food quality and overall quality of individual care.   

  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping services

Sunrise of Granite Run

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247 North Middletown Road

Media, PA 19063

(484) 821-3185

At Sunrise of Granite Run, residents experience a homey atmosphere and full service care package that includes housekeeping, laundry and numerous activities and events. Near to area hospitals and attractions such as the Tyler Arboretum, the Victorian-style mansion also offers spacious living and sitting areas as well as congregant meals and private dining. Residents are kept healthy, safe and active with 24-hour staffing, monthly wellness visits and daily fitness classes and clubs.   

  • Three home-cooked meals prepared daily
  • Studio, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites with en suite kitchens