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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Complete guide to assisted living
About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Complete guide to independent living
About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

Complete guide to memory care
About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Residential Care Home in Delaware

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Residential Care Home in Delaware

Families considering senior 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.

The cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since care homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.

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Delaware Care Home Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Delaware.

In Delaware, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

Cost of Living

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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 106
  • Groceries: 113
  • Housing: 98
  • Utilities: 97
  • Transportation: 107

Demographics

About 19% of Delaware’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Delaware leaned liberal.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 53% voted Democratic
  • 42% voted Republican
  • 5% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 41
  • Over the age of 55: 33%
  • 2018 population: 967,171
  • 2020 population: 987,677
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,040,866

Miscellaneous

  • 34% regularly attend a religious service
  • 339% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • 3The state has a total of 831 congregations
  • 3There are 45 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (August)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 43 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 52 in June (Moderate)

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.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 56°F
  • Average summer temperature: 75°F
  • Typical summer high: 88°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 60°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 36°F
  • Typical winter high: 49°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: 24°F (January)

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