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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wilmington, DE

Rich in history, Wilmington, Delaware, offers seniors of diverse interests countless opportunities to enjoy a vibrant, fulfilling retirement. Wilmington has a low overall cost of living, and the state of Delaware is very tax-friendly toward retirees, making it an economical choice.

Not only is its proximity to some of the Northeast’s most exciting metropolitan areas enticing, but the city itself has a vibrant arts culture and dynamic culinary scene. Seniors can enjoy an exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum or a performance at the Grand Opera House, then head to Market Street or Trolley square for local eats. Outdoor lovers have access to the city’s beautiful Riverfront area, miles of beaches, numerous nature reserves and 552 acres of parkland.

Note: Information for Wilmington was not available, so data from the nearest city, Philadelphia, was used.

Here’s a list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Wilmington. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Wilmington and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Lorelton

Owned and operated by a local nonprofit organization, The Lorelton is nestled in a quiet, suburban neighborhood of Wilmington. Set in a historic building, resident apartments feature high ceilings and large windows that let in an abundance of sunlight. We've included it in this list because of its customized personal care, friendly staff and homelike atmosphere. Activities such as tai chi classes, art lessons and cooking demonstrations encourage lifelong learning and creative exploration. Three home-cooked meals are served each day, with a special brunch buffet prepared every Sunday. An in-house lab and x-rays are available so residents can take care of their health needs without having to leave home.

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Features
  • On-site physical therapy
  • Gated outdoor courtyard with a year-round greenhouse and vegetable garden

Methodist Country House

Nature lovers will feel right at home at Methodist Country House. The campus features acres of manicured grounds, views of rolling hills and access to woodland trails. Residents can also enjoy gardening outdoors, honing their skills on the putting green or relaxing under the gazebo. It's included in this list for its resort-style living experience. On-campus banking allows seniors to take care of errands right at home. The facility offers in-house massage therapy, a professional beauty salon and a full-time, nondenominational chaplain. Life engagement activities, including exercise classes, art lessons, music appreciation and volunteer opportunities, are planned so seniors stay active, healthy and engaged.

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Features
  • Upscale amenities include a fitness room, performing arts center and craft studio
  • Formal and casual dining options

Sunrise of Wilmington

Set in a beautiful Victorian-style mansion, Sunrise of Wilmington offers picturesque views of Shellpot Park and easy access to shops, restaurants and St. Francis Hospital. The community has received numerous awards for its attention to residents' individual needs and preferences. Seniors can make the most of every day with household chores taken care of and delicious meals prepared by the experienced culinary team. The facility offers an extensive array of activities and programs for residents to enjoy, including exercise classes, games and socials, or residents can opt for some quiet time with a book in one of the cozy common areas.

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Features
  • Monthly wellness visits by licensed nurses
  • Amenities include a beauty salon, library and garden patio

Luther Towers

Just off Route 202, Luther Towers offers residents access to everything they need, from restaurants to parks to local attractions. It's considered a top facility for its affordable rates, convenient location and on-site amenities. Residents enjoy delicious daily meals from a menu designed by a registered dietitian and can spend an afternoon getting pampered at the on-site beauty salon. To promote a healthy, active lifestyle, the facility offers a calendar of activities as well as off-site outings to local retailers and health fairs. Transportation can also be arranged to take residents for errands at local banks and grocery stores, though a mini-mart is available in the building for everyday items.

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Ivy Gables

Ivy Gables is regarded as one of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Wilmington for its efforts to create the ultimate resident experience. Staff members work together as a team to deliver personalized care services and make every day fun. Residents have the opportunity to participate in daily activities, including walking club, brain games, educational seminars and art projects, as well as weekly cooking classes, Bible study and local outings. The facility features beautiful grounds, a fitness center, arts and crafts studio and media room. Nutritious meals are freshly prepared and served in a dining room setting, with snacks and beverages available throughout the day.

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Features
  • Studio apartments equipped with kitchenettes
  • Robust offering of social, spiritual, educational and recreational programs

Shipley Manor

Life at Shipley Manor is designed to help residents feel like they're part of a family. A number of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues are within walking distance, and it's just a short drive from the waterfront and Delaware Art Museum. We included it in our top 10 list for its robust offering of amenities and unique programming. Residents have access to an on-site beauty salon, computer room, fitness center and library, as well as a covered outdoor patio and walking paths. The facility hosts a variety of programs that encourage learning and help foster connections within the community, including intergenerational activities, pet therapy and volunteer opportunities.

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Forwood Manor

Located right in the heart of Wilmington, Forwood Manor lets residents make the most of all the city has to offer. Seniors can wander through Wilmington Waterfront River Walk, visit Dupont Estate or grab a bite at a local hot spot. The facility is highly regarded for its numerous social and recreational events and its efforts to create a true sense of community. To help residents feel a sense of fulfillment each day, the facility hosts a full range of enriching activities, including art projects, movie nights, exercise classes and happy hours. Residents enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience with three delicious meals prepared daily by trained chefs.

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HarborChase of Wilmington

HarborChase of Wilmington offers a relaxing environment that's close to local parks, medical facilities and a swim club. It's listed as one of the top facilities in the area for its award-winning cuisine, upscale amenities and focus on hospitality. Upon arrival, each senior receives a Silhouette of My Life profile that outlines their individual needs and wants. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with courtyards, elegant water features and a bocce court. Residents can relax at the salon and spa, catch up with friends in one of the cozy common spaces or take part in a life enrichment program. Some of the offerings include yoga, fitness classes, trivia, movie nights and pet therapy.

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Features
  • Full spectrum of care services available
  • On-site dermatology, podiatry care and auditory clinic

Ingleside Assisted Living

Ingleside Assisted Living offers the perfect blend of independence and care. It's set in a quiet, residential neighborhood just up the street from Cool Springs Park. Daily meals are served in the full-service dining room, and residents are welcome to invite family and friends to join them. Rooms feature cozy carpeting, bathroom grab bars for safety and individually controlled heating. The facility offers a range of wellness programs to benefit seniors' physical and mental health and a calendar of engaging social activities, including speakers, live entertainment and day trips. In their spare time, residents can relax with a book from the library or visit the on-site beauty salon to refresh their look.

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Features
  • Pets are welcome
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments and local shops

Foulk Manor North

Foulk Manor North's central location allows seniors to stay active with restaurants, shops and attractions within walking distance. We've included it on this list for its homelike atmosphere and commitment to delivering a high level of care. The facility offers a full spectrum of care services so seniors can gracefully transition from one level of care to the next as their needs change. Amenities such as an on-site beauty salon, fitness center, library and computer lounge give seniors access to everything they need from the comfort of home. Residents have a full calendar of activities and recreational opportunities to choose from each day, including group exercises, games, movie nights and shopping trips.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Wilmington

In Wilmington, the cost of each type of senior care is fairly close to state averages, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey from 2018. While assisted living is $68 above average, the cost of home care is just below the state average by $48. The differences between costs in Wilmington and state averages are more substantial when looking at the cost of adult day care and nursing home care: nursing home care is $274 above average, and the cost of adult day care is $497 below average. 

Note: Specific senior care cost data isn’t available for Wilmington. Data for the nearest major city in Delaware, Dover, has been used instead.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Wilmington?

When compared with other major cities in the surrounding area, the cost of assisted living in Wilmington is mid-range. Considerably less expensive living can be found outside the state in cities such as Harrisburg Pennsylvania, where the average cost is $4,418 per month and Baltimore, Maryland, where the average cost is $4,250 per month. On the other hand, in Vineland, New Jersey the average cost of assisted living is much higher at $6,855 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Wilmington?

In Wilmington and throughout surrounding areas the cost of home care is relatively similar, ranging from $3,813 in Vineland, New Jersey to $4,290 in Washington, D.C. In Wilmington, the average cost of home care is $4,004, which is mid-range when compared with surrounding areas. 

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Wilmington?

The cost of adult day care in Wilmington ranks among the lowest in the area at $1,300 per month. While slightly less expensive adult day care is available in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the average cost is $1,235 per month, most of the major cities in states surrounding Wilmington have average costs that are far higher, ranging from about $1,800 to just below $2,100 per month.  

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Wilmington?

When compared with other major cities in the states surrounding Delaware, Wilmington’s nursing home care costs are among the highest at an average of $10,768 per month. Nursing home care is about $1,000 less expensive in both Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland where costs are an average of $9,855 and $9,733 per month, while other cities in the area are all priced above $10,000 per month.  

Financial Assistance Programs in Wilmington

Medicaid Program in Wilmington

Delaware’s Medicaid state plan is available to low-income families and individuals across the state including senior citizens. Specifically, the Diamond State Health Plan Plus (DSHP+) operates as a Medicaid managed care program that provides seniors with a range of services and benefits including primary care, hospital services, prescription medication, adult day care and access to long-term care services both in the home and in nursing care or assisted living facilities. Under a managed care program, participants receive all care from providers who operate within the network. While the DSHP+ is a managed care program, it does allow for self-direction of some personal care and home care services when the senior is capable of hiring and supervising their own caregivers. 

To qualify for the state Medicaid plan or the DSHP+ as an elderly individual, applicants must be at least 65 years of age or legally disabled. All applicants are required to meet the following financial requirements: 

  • Individual applicants are allowed a maximum income of $1,927.50 per month and up to $2,000 in countable assets
  • Married applicants are allowed a maximum income of $2,892.50 per month and up to $3,000 in countable assets

Although all sources of income are counted, some assets are exempt such as the applicant’s home, as well as a single vehicle and their personal belongings. 

To learn more about how to apply for the state Medicaid plan or the DSHP+, seniors can contact the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities at (800) 223-9074. 

More information can be found here

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Wilmington

Alzheimer’s Day Treatment Program

The Alzheimer’s Day Treatment Program provides seniors living with dementia-related disorders with day care services and personal care, medical services and recreational programs. The program is facilitated by caregivers who have specialized training in dementia care. This program is open to all residents of Delaware who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. 

To enroll in the program, seniors or their caregivers can contact the Christiana Evergreen Day Care Center at (302) 327-5200. 

More information can be found here.

Optional State Supplement

The state of Delaware provides low-income aged, blind and disabled individuals with a supplemental payment that’s included with their federal Supplemental Security Income benefit. The supplement is meant to help its beneficiaries pay for the cost of room and board, as well as any other expenses that aren’t covered by Medicaid. 

To qualify for the supplement, applicants must have little to no income and they must be aged 65 or older or legally disabled. 

To learn more about Supplemental Security Income and state supplement programs, seniors can call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213, or visit the nearest office, six miles away, at Suite 200, 920 W. Basin Road, New Castle, DE, 19720.

More Senior Living Resources in Wilmington

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Wilmington Housing Authority and Section 8 Housing
 
(302) 429-0914

The Wilmington Housing Authority provides a number of services to low-income seniors including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, which help those in need to access safe, subsidized housing, as well as senior support services like meal delivery and benefit counseling. 
Delaware Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program

(800) 223-9074

The Section 811 program works with families and individuals with substantially low incomes as well as disabled persons who are eligible for long-term care services. It helps these people to access low-cost housing in safe and sanitary housing rentals. 
Lutheran Community Services

(302) 654-8886

Lutheran Community Services provides a variety of assistance services to low-income families and elderly or disabled individuals. The organization provides grants to help pay for utilities, rental payments, mortgage payments and security deposits in times of crisis.


For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Delaware.