Assisted Living Facilities in Delaware
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A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities in Delaware
What they're called
Official name: Assisted Living Facilities
Common name: Assisted living facilities
To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.
What they offer
- Individual living units (single rooms to multiroom apartments; some facilities have shared living units)
- Kitchen either in living unit or readily accessible to living unit
- All meals, usually in a common dining area
- Medication management
- 24-hour on-call assistance
- Personal care services: assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, and bathing
- Social and exercise activities
- Special care programs (such as memory classes and special monitoring) for residents with memory loss
Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.
What they cost
Median monthly fees: $4,625.50 (higher for residents requiring memory care)
State of Delaware requirements
- Outside home healthcare or hospice permitted to provide additional services, with approval of facility administrator.
- A resident who requires intermittent nursing care for a limited time may remain in an assisted living facility.
- Every facility must have a Director of Nursing (DON) who is a registered nurse; the amount of time the DON must spend in the facility varies with the number of residents.
State of Delaware oversight
Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection (302-577-6661) inspects and licenses facilities; registers and may investigate resident complaints.
How to resolve problems or offer feedback
- Contact the Delaware Long Term Care ombudsman (800-223-9074); no charge for these services.
- Contact the Complaint and Incident Reporting section (877-453-0012) of the state's Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection.
- Rate and review assisted living facilities and other services.
How to pay for assisted living in Delaware
- Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
- For certain low-income Delaware residents with few assets, a Medicaid home and community-based services "waiver" program pays for some of the cost of services from an assisted living facility.
- Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help pay for assisted living.
- Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees.
Help finding and choosing a facility
- Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see Caring.com's Senior Living Directory.
- For details about assisted living facilities in each of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, see A Caregiver's Guide to Assisted Living Facilities.
- Bethany Beach, DE
- Bridgeville, DE
- Camden, DE
- Cheswold, DE
- Clayton, DE
- Dagsboro, DE
- Delaware City, DE
- Delmar, DE
- Dover, DE
- Ellendale, DE
- Felton, DE
- Fenwick Island, DE
- Frankford, DE
- Frederica, DE
- Georgetown, DE
- Greenwood, DE
- Harrington, DE
- Houston, DE
- Kenton, DE
- Laurel, DE
- Lewes, DE
- Magnolia, DE
- Middletown, DE
- Milford, DE
- Millsboro, DE
- Millville, DE