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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $5,418 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 15 assisted living facilities in New Castle County and 30 in surrounding areas.
Foulk Manor North is a full-service continuing care retirement community nestled on 10 wooded acres in the northern suburbs of Wilmington, close to shopping and scenic attractions.
In walking distance to the Newark Senior Center and the University of Delaware campus, Brookdale White Chapel offers a range of senior lifestyles and care options.
Located less than 10 miles from downtown Wilmington, Brookdale Hockessin offers Delaware seniors in need of assisted living a peaceful refuge from the bustle big-city life.
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Lutheran Senior Services - Lutheran Towers 1, located in Wilmington, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
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Lutheran Senior Services - Lutheran Towers II, located in Wilmington, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
Somerford House & Place of Newark offers compassionate senior care in Newark, DE, and we strive to create a home-like atmosphere where your loved ones can feel secure.
Foulk Manor South provides a charming and affordable place to call home, assuring continuity of services from active assisted living though compassionate memory care.
It's easy to imagine country estate living at Country House. This Wilmington retirement community features classic architecture, acres of manicured grounds, rolling hills and habitat-rich woodlands echo its heritage as part of the original Winterthur esta
I visited Foulk Manor North, but I didn't like it very much. The rooms were very nice and the place itself was clean and tidy, but not particularly exciting. The manager was not there when we showed up because they didn't really believe that we were coming.Read more Foulk Manor North reviews
I liked what I saw at Foulk Manor North. Everybody seemed to be doing what they wanted to do. Everything was running smoothly. My brother thought the one-bedrooms were a nice size. The whole place seemed to be run pretty well. They did a good job of explaining everything and gave us a good tour. They had activities lis...Read more Foulk Manor North reviews
I don’t recommend this place for your loved one. Inconsistency, poor staffing, and slow with treatment if needed. Staff is not suitable for the needs of the residents and very disrespectful of the residents and family’s concerns Inappropriate handling. Dirty rooms, residents are not clean and left unattended. Think twi...Read more Foulk Manor North reviews
Foulk Manor North has healthcare, assisted living, physical therapy, and they also have Medicaid. It's a beautiful facility. The rooms are spacious. The staff was very nice. It has a lot of activities, a library, and a small gym. The assisted living and healthcare are separate, and they have independent living as well....Read more Foulk Manor North reviews
My mother seems very content at Foulk Manor South. She is doing good there. It's very clean. They're very attentive to their needs. She seems to like it considering what's been going on with her. She gets along with the staff. They're very nice, even to the family. The aides go above and beyond. The food is always fres...Read more Foulk Manor South reviews
Our Mom was admitted into Millcroft Rehab in the morning around 10am, the family didn't get a chance to get in and visit her until after work at around 6. Mom was very upset, she wanted to leave and go back to the hospital. She didn't get her afternoon or before her dinner medication. She didn't get lunch and someon...Read more Millcroft reviews
The average cost of assisted living in New Castle County, as stated in Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, is $5,418 per month. This is just slightly over the state ($5,350) and significantly higher than the national ($4,000) averages. Compared to surrounding areas, New Castle County’s assisted living costs are over $1,000 per month higher than those in Baltimore, MD, nearly even with Salisbury, MD, and over $1,000 per month lower than Vineland Area, NJ.
Note: Genworth’s study does not provide senior care cost data for New Castle County, so the writers used data for the closest city, Dover.
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
In New Castle County, the cost of senior care varies widely depending on the type of care provided. At $1,300 per month on average, the costs of adult day health care is significantly lower than in-home health services. The 24 hour intensive care provided in a nursing home is approximately twice as expensive ($10,768 for a semiprivate room) as the more intermediate level of care provided in an assisted living facility ($5,418). The cost of home health care averages over $1,000 per month less than assisted living, but unlike assisted living, in-home health services don’t include room, board and other related living expenses.
Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
Delaware’s Medicaid is a health insurance program that provides health care coverage and services to eligible low-income individuals across the state. The overall program is named the Diamond State Health Plan (DSHP), and an amended plan called the Diamond State Health Plan Plus (DSHP Plus) is specifically focused on long-term care for seniors living at home, an assisted living facility, an adult foster care home or a nursing home.
DSHP-Plus includes the Long Term Care Community Services (LTCCS) Program, also known as Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), which provides seniors with financial assistance to help pay for personal care and medical services in their place of residence.
Benefits of DSHP Plus includes physical and occupational therapy, chore services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, home modifications, home-delivered meals and community transition services. Through services, the program aims to meet all of participants’ medical and non-medical needs, excluding financial assistance toward room and board outside of a nursing home.
To qualify for Medicaid or the LTCCS program in Delaware, residents must be age 65 or older or have a disability. Additionally, annual household income must be less than 250 percent of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is $1,927.50 for an individual or $2,892.50 for a couple per month. Countable asset limits also exist, and can total no more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple. If only one member of a married couple is applying, the asset limit for the non-applicant spouse (also known as the community spouse) is half of the couples’ joint assets up to $126,420. Certain items, such as an applicant’s place of residence, personal belongings and an automobile, are excluded when calculating countable assets.
Individuals can apply online for Delaware Medicaid, or for information or to request an application in the mail, please call (866) 843-7212. Residents can also apply in person at their local Division of Social Services (DSS) office.
Saint Francis LIFE Services
For residents of New Castle County, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), called LIFE, is under the umbrella of Saint Francis Healthcare. It’s available to seniors age 55 and older who require nursing home level care but are able to live at home or in an assisted living facility. Seniors will work with individuals from the LIFE care team to create a personalized care plan and receive services from established LIFE providers at one of the PACE centers.
LIFE services include a day program with meals and activities, primary and specialty medical care, social work services, prescribed and over-the-counter medications, home-delivered meals and personal care services.
To receive services at no charge, seniors must qualify for Medicaid, and those who do not qualify for Medicaid can still enroll by paying a monthly fee. To apply, interested seniors must schedule a meeting and in-home assessment with an enrollment specialist, and can do so by calling (800) 232-5460.
Optional State Supplementation
Delaware and the Social Security Administration provide an optional state supplement (OSS) to those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and who are seniors, blind or disabled and live in assisted living or an adult care facility. The OSS amount is $140 per month for individuals and $448 for married couples, and the combined federal and state supplementation is $814 for individuals and $1,459 for couples.
Income and asset restrictions exist for those wishing to receive SSI, and include a monthly income limit of $771 for individuals and $1,157 for married couples. Assets must be no more than $2,000 for individuals or $3,000 for married couples, not including one’s home, burial plot or vehicle. To apply for SSI, seniors can call (800) 772-1213 or complete an application online.
Delaware has a state-funded program called General Assistance that provides cash assistance to low-income residents who are not eligible for other federally funded programs. To qualify for this program, seniors must be 55 or older and have no other source of income. Interested residents should talk with a Division of Social Services (DSS) case manager to find out if they are eligible, complete an application for social services through Delaware Assist or call (800) 223-9074.
Senior Centers in New Castle County provide local seniors with a place to gather for activities, health and wellness education, fitness classes, outreach, community meals, events and more. Memberships and services are usually free, and centers are designed to provide a place of community and resources as well as enhancing seniors’ quality of life.
New Castle Senior Center
400 South St, New Castle, DE 19720
Absalom Jones Senior Center
310 Kiamensi Rd, Wilmington, DE 19804
Brandywine Senior Center
3301 Green St, Claymont, DE 19703
Veterans living in New Castle County have access to local veterans offices, a five star medical center and other resources that exist to help with benefits assistance and counseling.
Wilmington VA Medical Center
1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805
Wilmington Regional Benefit Office
1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805
Delaware Veterans Home
100 Delaware Veterans Boulevard, Milford, DE 19963
Wilmington Vet Center
2710 Centerville Road, Suite 103, Wilmington, DE 19808
New Castle County’s Area Agency on Aging provides a range of services to support individuals with disabilities, seniors and caregivers. Services or programs can include adult day services, adult protective services, respite care, and information and assistance on connecting to aging-related community resources.
The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
Main Administration Building, First Floor Annex
1901 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720
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