Assisted Living in Delaware

Caring.com can help you find the best Assisted Living in Delaware. Read reviews, compare ratings, check prices and more with our comprehensive directory of Assisted Living Facilities.

What Assisted Living Facilities in Delaware 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.

Cost for Assisted Living in Delaware

Median monthly fees: $4,625.50 (higher for residents requiring memory care)

Assisted Living in DE

State of Delaware Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities

  • 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 of Assisted Living Facilities

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.

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How to Pay for Assisted Living

  • 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 Assisted Living

  • Use the form at the top of this page to start your search for assisted living in Delaware.
  • Call (866) 824-8174 to speak to a Family Advisor to get (free) help with your search.
  • 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 Geriatric Care Manager Directory.
  • To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.
  • For details about assisted living facilities in other U.S. states, see Assisted Living Regulations.

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