Families considering assisted living in Delaware will find themselves in a unique position. Of all its neighboring Northeastern U.S. states, Delaware is one of the smallest in area but also one of the most densely populated, and its residents are never too far from a coastline. Beyond the variety of outdoor recreation provided by the Atlantic shores or Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, Delaware’s largest metropolitan area, Wilmington, is well-connected to other major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Of course, historic sites are plentiful throughout the state, as Delaware took the lead among colonies signing the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and therefore is known as “The First State.” Retirement in Delaware may mean fewer options for senior living, but opportunities are always nearby.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 15 senior living communities in Delaware that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Delaware is about $5,400.
Delaware assisted living facilities are regulated by Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Delaware is rated as moderate. The state posts its survey reports for assisted living facilities online, so you can research the violation history of a particular community on that website.
In Delaware, an assisted living facility provides a special combination of housing, supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, and health care designed to respond to the individual needs of residents who need help with activities of daily living (ADLs) and/or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). ADLs and IADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, feeding, mobility, taking medications, housekeeping, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Delaware is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 19% of Delaware’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Delaware leaned liberal.
Delaware has a humid subtropical climate. Overall the state has four distinct seasons, including warm, humid summers and mild to cold winters, and even though the state only covers an area of about 100 miles from north to south, temperatures and precipitation amounts vary depending on location. Delaware lies almost entirely on the Delmarva Peninsula, meaning it’s surrounded by bodies of water on three sides: the Chesapeake Bay to the west, the Delaware Bay to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Because Delaware’s northernmost section is the farthest from the moderating effects of the nearby bodies of water, its temperatures are lower and it receives more snowfall than the state’s southern counties, which tend to have milder temperatures and less snow during winter.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.