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10 Best Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA

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The term “nursing home” is often used to describe various types of senior care facilities. But a nursing home is really a facility, much like a hospital, that provides around-the-clock medical care and skilled nursing services. In some instances, a nursing home may be used to describe assisted living and memory care facilities that have skilled nursing units on site.

While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, it’s important to distinguish between the different senior care options available in Philadelphia. A Place for Mom alone partners with 39 senior living communities within a 10-mile radius of Center City. Of those communities, 31.6% have access to on-site skilled nursing services for seniors with serious medical needs. The remaining communities are more suitable for seniors who need help with activities of daily living, but don’t require 24-hour medical care. We can help you navigate the ins and outs of senior care in Philadelphia, including tips on how to cover costs, facility regulations, and the different senior living dynamics in the area.

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The chef was excellent. The food was specially made and they could accommodate dietary needs. The care was wonderful. a great staff team. and always at least one nurse on site. They had a...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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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.
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.
Life is beautiful at Brandywine Senior Living.  We have luxurious individual suites with a private bath and kitchen area.  Meanwhile, on the other side of your door are services to meet your needs, and entertainment to enliven your spirit.  With on-site–not–on–call licensed nurses...
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My parents have been there for a year. The staff is wonderful and very caring. They consistently go above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy and well cared for. I walk in and I am reminded of a...
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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.
Haddonfield Home Assisted Living offers residents individualized assistance with the activities of daily living, as well as three restaurant-style meals daily, a full complement of wellness programs, weekly housekeeping and linen service, on-site activities and social events, and more. The...
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My husband has been in this facility for a little over two years now. At first it was a little rough because when a loved one has to be in a facility it is a big adjustment for all the family members. We...
Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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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.
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.
Cherry Hill Rehab & Nursing is a 120 bed luxury nursing facility offering spacious newly renovated semi-private rooms. All of our sub acute rooms come with huge 32 inch T.V.'s and brand new furniture. Refrigerators and wi-fi are included. Long term Our top of the line therapy department and super...
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This community is wonderful I can't say enough wonderful things about them. The community itself is very lovely exceptionally clean and well maintained. As soon as you walk in the sense of being at home and...
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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.
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.
Nestled in the heart of historic Jenkintown borough, The Chelsea at Jenkintown offers the finest in Assisted Living. Our residents enjoy chatting over tea or coffee in our cozy Bistro, relax on our wraparound porch or explore the surrounding community. Conveniently located on Route 611 and close...
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As my mother-in-law entered into her advanced stages of dementia, we struggled to find a home that would provide a satisfactory level of care. Moving her from this care facility to that one, we became...
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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.
Riverview Estates is a faith-based community serving a diverse aging population and their families by providing a continuum of care with respect, acceptance, dignity and joy.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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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.
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.
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.
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Mom has been there 8 months now. The place is very clean, with a friendly staff of aides, Housekeeping, and Nurses. Mom says she loves the food, and loves living there, which makes my live a lot easier,...
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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.
At Cooper River West, a Genesis HealthCare facility, we offer our patients and residents outstanding care, delivered by highly skilled practitioners in a warm and comfortable setting. Our Quality Healthcare Units provide skilled nursing, medical and rehabilitative care for patients and...
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10 stars if I could. [Name removed], [name removed], [name removed], and [name removed] are the greatest. They help me get up and stand with my walker. They get me to do exercises with my legs to get my legs...
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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.
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St. Francis was OK with my mother. No problems with them. They seemed to be fine as far as the rehab went and getting her back on her feet.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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My Mom was a resident at LFM for the last two years of her life. Throughout that time, she received top notch care and attention from the nurses, doctors, aides and housekeeping staff, all of whom treated...
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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.
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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.
Northeast Residence is a senior living community located in Philadelphia, PA, home to over 1.5 million people. Philadelphia is a very large city known for great shops, stores, sporting events and shows. Residents who are active will be able to enjoy going for scenic walks, doing their shopping,...
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Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
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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.
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.
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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.
Whitemarsh House, a personal care residence, belongs to a quiet neighborhood in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. We specialize in caring for individuals with brain injury and other mental needs. High ceilings and large windows accompany the three-story residence and an open, wooded park is visible from...
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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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.
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.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
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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.
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Provides: Home Care, Nursing Homes
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Home Care: Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
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.
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Provides: Nursing Homes
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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.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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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.
Spears Personal Care is a family owned Personal Care Boarding Home in Philadelphia. We have provided care for seniors, mental health, Alzheimer's and disabled residents for over 10 years. We feel that the greatest asset we can offer our residents is to care for them as we would our own family....
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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.

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What families are saying about nursing homes in Philadelphia

Recent reviews for nursing homes in Philadelphia

Brandywine at Senior Suites in East Norriton, PA

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First, you need to see this facility. They did a major renovation and it looks so different. It has been modernized and looks amazing. My Mom has been at Brandywine for a few years. It is a tough decision to make when your loved one needs more care than what you can give. The apartments are ...
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Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, PA

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Dave the activity man is such a asset to Artman ,he is really trying to help my Mom and all the residents .He takes a real interest and will find family members and update them on how their loved one is doing .My Mom really likes him ! So glad he is there !

Asbury Ivy Gables in Wilmington, DE

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The place is great, the community is very clean and the staff members have continued to be so helpful and friendly. There are activities during all different times of the day, they are keeping our loved one constantly active and engaged. There are exercise glasses and mind games. She is really ...
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Philadelphia nursing home costs

Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, typically cost more than other types of senior living, given the expenses like medical staff and around-the-clock supervision. The average cost for a nursing home in Philadelphia is $12,897 per month, according to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.[02]

If a senior doesn’t need the extensive medical care provided in a skilled nursing facility, there are other types of senior care available at a significantly lower cost. Assisted living communities can provide personal care services and assistance with activities of daily living, and the cost of an assisted living facility in Philadelphia averages around $4,875 per month. The rate of a Philadelphia Assisted living facility with memory care is slightly more expensive, with an average monthly cost of $5,371.[01]

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA vs. nearby cities

Philadelphia, PA
$5,669/mo
$5,733/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA vs. the state and national average

Philadelphia, PA
$5,669/mo
U.S. national average
$4,924/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia vs. other types of senior living

$6,033/mo
Nursing Homes
$5,669/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA by room type

Semi-Private
$4,839/mo
Studio
$5,481/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,526/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,821/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia over time

Philadelphia, PAPA stateNational

How to pay for nursing homes in Philadelphia

When it comes to paying for nursing homes or skilled nursing services in Philadelphia, there are several different options available. An estimated 1.2 million Pennsylvanians will need long-term care services within the next 20 to 30 years, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA).[03] So, planning ahead now and knowing what private and public options are available can help you anticipate the unexpected.

Private pay methods

Some families may choose to source their available private funds to pay for senior care before looking into public resources. Private funds can go a long way for seniors living in Philadelphia, as Pennsylvania doesn’t tax retirement income for residents after age 59 ½.[04] This includes savings from IRAs or a 401k, pensions, and Social Security benefits.

In some instances, long-term care insurance can be used to help with the cost of senior care. But, this depends on the policy. You’ll want to contact your policy agent or representative to make sure you have a complete understanding of what’s covered. Long-term care insurance in Pennsylvania will usually cover care services in both home and medical settings if someone experiences cognitive decline or isn’t able to perform everyday tasks by themselves. You can find more information about insurance coverage for seniors on the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance website.

The Pennsylvania Property Tax or Rent Rebate Program may also benefit seniors and individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Income-eligible seniors could receive reimbursement on rent paid to stay in a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living or memory care residence. This program only covers the monthly rental amount. Costs related to medicine, medical care, and personal care aren’t covered. This is a helpful program since most long-term care insurance policies will only cover the cost of care services and do not cover rent.

Read on for some other ways to privately pay for long-term senior care like skilled nursing:

VA benefits for nursing homes in Philadelphia

Senior Philadelphian veterans may be eligible for federal benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to help offset the cost of nursing home or skilled nursing care.

The VA’s pension programs provide supplemental income on a monthly basis to low-income veterans who meet service and financial eligibility requirements. Veterans must also meet one of the following requirements in order to qualify for VA pensions:

  • Be age 65 or older
  • Reside in a nursing home and receive skilled nursing services
  • Have a total permanent disability
  • Are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can be added on top of a veteran’s monthly VA pension amount to help pay for the costs of long-term care. This benefit can be used for long-term care services that include the following:

  • Round-the-clock nursing
  • Help with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Physical therapy

These services can be provided in different care settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care communities.  VA Aid and Attendance is supplemental income that can be used for any assisted living costs. Our guide to VA benefits outlines long-term care eligibility for veterans and how to apply for VA benefits.

The VA may also help cover the cost of nursing home or skilled nursing care for eligible Pennsylvania veterans and their spouses at one of the six State Veteran Homes.

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Overall number of veterans living in Philadelphia, per data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of Philadelphia veterans ages 75+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Additional resources for veterans

Resources for Philadelphia veterans:

City of Philadelphia Office of Veterans Affairs
City Hall, Room 127
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-686-3256
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

VA Philadelphia Regional Office
5000 Wissahickon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: 800-827-1000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Veterans Administration Center Philadelphia Field Office
Phone: 215-381-3040

Philadelphia Veteran Centers: Northeast Philadelphia Vet Center
101 E. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Phone: 215-924-4670

 

Center City Philadelphia Vet Center
801 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-627-0238

Resources for New Jersey veterans

Joint Military and Family Assistance Center
1048 US Highway 206 South
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Phone: 609-496-9242

Camden/Gloucester County

Woodbury Armory
658 N. Evergreen Ave.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Phone: 856-853-4184
856-853-4185
856-853-4186
Fax: 856-384-3772

Philadelphia Medicaid for nursing homes

Medicaid benefits vary on a state-by-state basis. Medical Assistance (MA) is Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program that covers long-term care services in a skilled nursing facility, if a doctor confirms there’s a medical need for that level of care. Pennsylvania Medical Assistance doesn’t offer reimbursement for room and board in an assisted living or memory care community. However, a Community HealthChoices (CHC) waiver offers some supportive services in assisted living and memory care communities for individuals receiving both Medicare and Medicaid that meet what’s considered a nursing home level of care.

Applications for Medical Assistance programs can be done using the COMPASS website, which provides access to other sources of assistance and convenient self-service features. New Jersey residents will want to visit the state’s Medicaid website, where they’ll find an application for the NJ FamilyCare Aged, Blind, and Disabled programs. These programs can help seniors age 65+ who need medical services in a long-term care facility.

Medicaid resources

For Pennsylvania residents:

Philadelphia County Assistance Office
801 Market St., #6
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-560-7226

For New Jersey residents:

Camden Medicaid office
2 Riverside Drive, #401
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: 856-614-2870

Camden Department of Human Services
1000 N 6th St.
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 757-7285

Medicare nursing home coverage in Philadelphia

Medicare normally covers a short-term stay at a Philadelphia skilled nursing facility when that level of care is considered medically necessary by a doctor and is provided in a Medicare-certified facility. Through Medicare, the cost of approved skilled nursing services are covered in full for the first 20 days and a portion of expenses from day 21 until day 100. From day 101 and beyond, all costs in a skilled nursing facility will have to be paid out of pocket. Some of the Medicare-covered expenses include the following:

  • Medications
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Medical supplies and equipment

For the most part, Medicare doesn’t pay for the costs of long-term care. Specifically, this is in regards to the costs to live in long-term care communities and of the many personal care services provided, such as help with activities of daily living (ADLs). However, Medicare can be used for care that’s considered skilled and provided by licensed medical professionals, such as registered nurses and physical therapists.

We know, there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to Medicare and long-term care. To keep things simple, try to remember nonmedical care means it’s usually not covered by Medicare. Medical care that requires support from skilled health professionals is typically covered by Medicare.

You can also look into some of the programs the Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers to help seniors navigate through Medicare:

  • Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) gives free Medicare counseling services to senior Pennsylvanians on topics such as eligibility and enrollment, financial assistance programs, and Medicare benefits.
  • Pennsylvania Medicare Cost-Savings Programs are available to help older, low-income Pennsylvanians with out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions, deductibles, and Medicare premiums.
  • PACE and PACENET help Pennsylvania residents ages 65 and older qualify for prescription assistance programs. These prescription drug plans, which include VA benefits and Medicare, may help to lower the cost of medications.

New Jersey residents can also unlock Medicare savings with help from the state’s Department of Aging Services by applying for NJSave. You can find out even more about Medicare benefits and enrollment by contacting your nearest Social Security Administration office or your local Area Agency on Aging.

Medicare resources

Additional Medicare resources for Philadelphia residents

Philadelphia County Area Agency on Aging
642 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-765-9000

PA MEDI Helpline
Phone: 800-783-7067
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional Medicare resources for New Jersey residents

New Jersey Medicare Information and Referral ServicePhone: 1-877-792-8820

Camden County Senior Services Division
512 Lakeland Rd #4
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (856) 858-3220

Understand Philadelphia nursing home laws and regulations

Since nursing homes or skilled nursing units are considered medical facilities in Pennsylvania, they’re subject to a different set of rules and regulations than other types of senior living communities. Philadelphia nursing homes or skilled nursing centers serve as medical facilities and are licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Assisted living communities and personal care homes are licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

There are a number of state and federal regulations for skilled nursing facilities to make sure proper safety and health standards are in place. Pennsylvania’s state guidelines for long-term care facilities include the following:

  • All residents should have a care plan implemented within seven days of moving in to outline an individual’s needs and treatment goals.
  • There should be at least one on-duty nursing staff employee for every 20 residents.
  • Staff should be considerate and respectful of residents’ privacy when performing care duties.
  • All residents should have a release plan that confirms they have appropriate care arrangements in place after leaving.

If you or your loved one is not in need of the advanced, 24/7 medical care provided at a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, you may want to look up the regulations specific to Philadelphia assisted living or Philadelphia memory care communities. Some of these include:

  • Assisted living facilities need to have different service packages available for residents who do and don’t need help with ADLs.
  • Medications should be appropriately stored, labeled, and administered.
  • Each resident must receive a medical evaluation upon move in and have a written care plan in place.
  • Staff at memory care facilities are required to receive specialized dementia training.

Inspections

The Pennsylvania Department of Health conducts on-site, annual inspections of skilled nursing facilities in Philadelphia to oversee whether state and federal regulations are followed. All inspection reports from the past five years are available to the public, and the Department of Human Services publishes a monthly report on licensed senior communities in Pennsylvania.

If residents or their families have concerns with the safety or quality of care at a nursing home or skilled nursing center at an assisted living facility, they can reach out to the facility’s respective department or a state ombudsman, as well as ombudsman services through the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. You can also file an online complaint through the Department of Human Services.

Resources for nursing home laws

For Pennsylvania residents:

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
642 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-765-9040

Pennsylvania Department of Health
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120

For skilled nursing facility complaints: 800-254-5164

For complaints regarding personal care homes and assisted living communities: 877-724-3258

Department of Human Services
Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St., Room 631
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-783-7375

For New Jersey residents:

New Jersey Department of Health
55 North Willow St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board
Phone: 609-633-9706

Nursing home complaints
Phone: 800-792-9770

Nursing home ombudsman
Phone: 877-582-6995
Email: ombudsman@ltco.nj.gov

COVID-19 regulations for Philadelphia nursing homes

Although COVID-19 regulations have become more relaxed in some areas of life, Philadelphia nursing facilities or skilled nursing units continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN).

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Staff safety. Staff should be provided with and wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when it’s deemed necessary.

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Get to know nursing homes in Philadelphia

328Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.8/5.0 average in-network rating
53% of communities that are pet-friendly
18% of communities with Hoyer Lifts available
69% of communities with an on-site physician
66% of referrals were female
81
The average age of residents referred to these Philadelphia senior living facilities

Philadelphia: A city for all ages

Philadelphia’s senior population has been on the rise over the years, both in size and diversity. The city offers an array of senior living options to accommodate varying care levels and budgets. Pennsylvania’s senior population over the age of 60 are expected to make up nearly one-third of the state’s population by the year 2030.{{citation: 4}}

The rapid increase in Philadelphia’s aging population puts a demand on the state government to provide accessible and inclusive care resources to all senior Pennsylvanians. Efforts have been made by city officials over the years to help make Philadelphia a senior-friendly city with the creation of affordable housing, meal delivery services, and senior community centers. Philadelphia’s Age-Friendly Action Plan outlines future plans to make community benefits and resources more available to all seniors. This includes expanding access to internet resources, increasing availability of home modifications and repairs, and providing culturally inclusive services to the city’s diverse communities.

Additionally, Pennsylvania’s 2022-2023 state budget plans to invest over $500 million into long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. Specifically, skilled nursing facilities will receive a 17.5% Medicaid rate increase. This is expected to help narrow the gap between Medicaid reimbursement and the cost of care at a skilled nursing facility by providing an additional $35 in Medicaid per resident per day. The state’s budget will also allocate leftover stimulus funds to senior care communities, including both skilled nursing and assisted living care types.

Types of nursing homes in Philadelphia

For many, a stay in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility isn’t usually a permanent living option. It’s usually just a short-term stay for recovery or treatment. Planning ahead for long-term care after a recovery can help make for a smooth and safe transition. Luckily, the city offers an array of senior living options to accommodate varying care levels and budgets. Understanding all of these options will make it easier to determine the best fit for an individual’s unique needs.

Skilled nursing facilities

Skilled nursing facilities offer the highest level of care of all senior care types. Unlike general assisted living residences, a stay in a skilled nursing facility is ordered by a doctor or physician for either hospice or for a rehabilitation following a hospitalization or illness. Staff in these units consist of medical professionals and licensed nurses who provide round-the-clock care and supervision.

Assisted living communities

With over 30 partnered assisted living communities within 10 miles of Center City district in Philadelphia, A Place for Mom can help you find the right assisted living community for you or your family. Assisted living communities are an ideal fit for seniors who need help with everyday tasks but still wish to maintain as much independence as possible. These communities vary significantly in costs depending on many factors, like the senior’s required care services and on-site amenities. Residents in Philadelphia assisted living communities often enjoy amenities such as chef-prepared meals, on- and off-site activities, and transportation services.

Memory care

Memory care communities in Philadelphia can provide specialized activities and therapies to residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Memory care communities in Philadelphia are required to provide staff with dementia-specific training and will typically feature enhanced safety features, such as enclosed courtyards and secured entryways. Some communities may offer memory care exclusively, but many assisted living communities also have memory care units, with a separate wing or neighborhood for memory care residents. These types of communities make it easy for couples with different care needs to remain living on the same campus.

Philadelphia nursing homes services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Philadelphia nursing homes communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Philadelphia, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Philadelphia nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes partners in Philadelphia that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Philadelphia, PANational
Full medication management
Full medication management
36.1%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
36.1%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
71.4%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
70.6%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
44.5%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
16.8%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
67.2%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
35.3%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
44.5%
17.3%
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*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Philadelphia nursing homes

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Philadelphia Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Philadelphia, PANational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
33.6%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
27.7%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
29.4%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
10.1%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Philadelphia nursing homes

Nursing homes communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Philadelphia partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Philadelphia, PANational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
23.5%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
31.1%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
30.3%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
26.1%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Philadelphia nursing homes

Our nursing homes communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Philadelphia communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Philadelphia, PANational
Professional chef
Professional chef
25.2%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
26.9%
0.5%
Room service
Room service
18.5%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
14.3%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Philadelphia nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in Philadelphia offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Philadelphia, PANational
Activity director
Activity director
31.9%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
21.8%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
22.7%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
32.8%
6.4%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
31.9%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
33.6%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
26.1%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
27.7%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
23.5%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
31.1%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
31.1%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
21%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
12.6%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
31.1%
0.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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Percentage of Philadelphia’s population that is made up of seniors ages 65 and older

89000

Number of Philadelphians over the age of 75

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Percentage of Philadelphians living with a disease

Health care for seniors in Philadelphia

Seniors in Philadelphia have access to some of the top medical care in the country. These medical care centers and hospitals are known for their outstanding cancer and diabetes care and for their specialties, such as neurology.

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian

Penn Presbyterian is ranked No. 1 in both Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia metro and No. 13 in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Honor Roll.” On top of being nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties, it’s ranked as a high-performing hospital in two adult specialties and 19 procedures and conditions.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Jefferson University Hospital follows as the No. 2 hospital in Philadelphia and No. 3 in Pennsylvania. In addition to being nationally recognized in nine adult specialties, Jefferson University Hospital has received Age-Friendly Health System designations for its exceptional care provided to older adults.

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Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center

Main Line Lankenau Medical Center is located in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and is Philadelphia’s No. 3 hospital. Main Line Health is nationally ranked in one adult specialty and is the No. 6 hospital in Pennsylvania. Main Line Health has also been ranked as high performing in specialties ranging from cardiology, lung surgery, and urology to hip and knee replacements.

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ChristianaCare Hospitals

ChristianaCare Hospital is nationally ranked in one adult specialty and is the No. 4 hospital in Philadelphia. It’s regarded as a high-performing hospital in 13 procedures and conditions, which include heart failure, uterine cancer surgery, and hip and knee replacements.

Senior-friendly transportation in Philadelphia

While Philadelphia steadily ranks as one of the country’s most walkable cities, there are plenty of transit ways to get around the city, as well. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides public transportation in and around the city via its bus, trolley, subway, and train routes.

Public transportation is free to Philadelphia residents ages 65 and older with a SEPTA Senior Fare Card. This covers transportation within the city and the surrounding areas, making it easier to plan weekend getaways to see the grandkids. SEPTA CCT Connect also offers door-to-door senior transportation services. You can find additional city transportation resources below or by dialing 2-1-1.

Additional transportation resources

For Philadelphia residents:

Mayor’s Commission on Aging
100 S. Broad St., 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Phone: 215-686-8450

SEPTA
1234 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-580-7800

For New Jersey residents:

NJ Transit
Customer Service: 1 (973) 275-5555

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Activities for seniors in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, or “Philly” as it’s lovingly known, is a city thriving in history and culture. Iconic landmarks represent symbolic moments in history, both American and cinematic nostalgia. From the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the “Rocky steps” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the city is filled with attractions to entertain all interests, ages, and abilities. Seniors can also find several senior community centers throughout Philadelphia that offer nutritious meals, social activities, and convenient services, such as transportation.

Around 97% of Philadelphia nursing homes coordinate their own on-site activities and events, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.{{citation: 1}} Many Philadelphia senior living communities also plan off-site activities and provide shuttle buses to fully enjoy the city’s local amenities, like shopping, dining, and cultural events. And, several of Philadelphia’s popular attractions are completely wheelchair accessible; for example, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Penn Museum partners with Philly Touch Tours to provide accessible tours for people with impaired vision. In a culturally and historically rich city like Philadelphia, there is always something to do or see.

Frequently Asked Questions

Brookdale Westampton, The Birches at Newtown and Traditions of Cross Keys are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Philadelphia, PA. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia is $5,669 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Genworth. (2021). Cost of care survey.

  3. Heisler, E. (2022, July 12). Long-term care receives priority in Pennsylvania’s budget with historic investments in senior care. Pennsylvania Health Care Association.

  4. SmartAsset. (2021). Pennsylvania Retirement Tax Friendliness.

  5. Wolf, T., & Torres, R. (2020). State plan on aging 2020-2024: Keystone for empowered aging. Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

  6. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  7. American Community Survey 2021: ACS 1-year estimates subject tables. U.S. Census Bureau.

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A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Genworth. (2021). Cost of care survey.

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Heisler, E. (2022, July 12). Long-term care receives priority in Pennsylvania’s budget with historic investments in senior care. Pennsylvania Health Care Association.

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Wolf, T., & Torres, R. (2020). State plan on aging 2020-2024: Keystone for empowered aging. Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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American Community Survey 2021: ACS 1-year estimates subject tables. U.S. Census Bureau.