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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Dover, DE for 2024

The average cost of assisted living in Dover is $5,075 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,735. Cheaper rated regions include Millville with an average starting cost of 4,490.

To help you with your search, browse the 66 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Dover. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Dover 4.39 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Denton with an average rating of 4.57 out of 5 stars.

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Assisted Living Facilities in Dover, Delaware

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Dover

Dover is just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and is Delaware's capital city. It's home to a little less than 40,000 residents, 14% of whom are senior citizens aged 65 and older. Those seniors who require 24-hour assisted living care can choose from five assisted living facilities that are located in the city. In Dover and throughout Delaware, these facilities are closely monitored and must operate within parameters set forth by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Long-Term Care Residents Protection.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Dover

  • There are plenty of art and cultural attractions for seniors living in Dover to enjoy, including a variety of museums such as the Biggs Museum of American Art and the Air Mobility Command Museum.
  • Although Dover's air quality has been assigned a passing grade by the American Lung Association, it's not flawless, so some seniors may find that they experience respiratory symptoms on days when pollution is high. 
  • There's an array of community resources available to seniors in the Dover area, including the Delaware Senior Resource Network, which helps to connect seniors with local services and advocacy programs, as well as two senior centers. 
  • Dover's violent and property crime rates are nearly double the national and state averages. Seniors who choose assisted living in the city should make sure that any facility they consider has taken measures to keep residents safe.
  • Seniors can commute to appointments safely via DART transit, which offers reduced fares for seniors and paratransit options to those who need additional assistance getting around.
  • The Dover area is home to world-class healthcare facilities, including Bayhealth Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.

Paying for Assisted Living in Dover

Assisted Living costs in Dover start around $4,800 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Dover and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Cities in Delaware

Milford

$4,833

Dover

$4,800

Vineland

$4,540

Millville

$4,475

Denton

$4,225

US

$4,000

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dover

Dover seniors who are unable to afford the cost of assisted living can apply for assistance from the Delaware Diamond State Health Plan Plus, which is a managed long-term care program operated by the state's Medicaid system.

The state also offers an optional state supplement, which is provided to senior citizens who are beneficiaries of the federal Supplemental Security Income payment and can be used to pay for room-and-board costs.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Delaware page.

Financial Assistance in Delaware

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Delaware page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Dover

Dover and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Dover, please visit our Assisted Living in Delaware page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Dover

Dover-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Delaware are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Delaware page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Delaware

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Allen

I visited this facility

Review of Dover Place

Dover Place was very nice. It was laid out well and very functional as far as the amenities they have. My mother seems to like the environment there. All the residents were friendly. Everything...

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Susan

I visited this facility

Review of Westminster Village in Dover

Westminster Village in Dover was very, very nice. I liked everything about it. I looked at the assisted living for my husband, and we drove through their independent community. I liked the assisted...

Provider response

Thank you, Susan, for sharing your positive experience at Westminster Village Dover. We're delighted to hear that you found our assisted living and team to be wonderful. We hope to have the...

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Assisted Living

Linda

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Dover Place

My father has been in Dover Place for six weeks now. It's a very nice place. People are very friendly. He seems to have adjusted very well. He has a very nice room. It's a nice-sized room. It's...

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