Blue Bell is a small, census-designated place located about 22 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Montgomery County. Approximately 6,500 people live in Blue Bell, and about one in five residents is aged 65 or older. The overall cost of living in Blue Bell is notably high compared to many other places in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. 

Assisted living facilities provide seniors with room and board along with some assistance with activities of daily living, recreational programming and local transportation. This level of care is geared toward seniors who no longer wish to live independently in the community, but who don’t need the intensive, around-the-clock medical care offered in a skilled nursing facility. In Blue Bell, seniors pay an average of $5,500 per month for assisted living care, which is significantly higher than the statewide average cost. 

This guide provides an overview of assisted living in Blue Bell. It includes information on assisted living rates in Blue Bell and other areas in Pennsylvania, a summary of the pros and cons of retiring to Blue Bell, and a list of local resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Blue Bell, PA

2015, 2016

Sunrise of Blue Bell

795 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422

The tour at Sunrise was excellent. They took us on a grand tour of both the assisted living and the memory care unit (because I was also interested in that). The layout was beautiful there. It was lov … (read more)
The tour at Sunrise was excellent. They took us on a grand tour of both the assisted living and the memory care unit (because I was also interested in that). The layout was beautiful there. It was lov … (read more)

2014

Blue Bell Place

777 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422

I worked in the health care industry for over forty years with the geriatric population. If you want to know if a facility is good, look at the residents hair & scalp, facial hair and nails. Hea … (read more)
I worked in the health care industry for over forty years with the geriatric population. If you want to know if a facility is good, look at the residents hair & scalp, facial hair and nails. Hea … (read more)

Normandy Farms Estates

9000 Twin Silo Drive, Blue Bell, PA, 19422

My husband and I visited places in PA, FL and decided on the best place for us would be Normandy Farms Estates. It is very well run and the staff and the residents here are so very friendly. We love … (read more)
My husband and I visited places in PA, FL and decided on the best place for us would be Normandy Farms Estates. It is very well run and the staff and the residents here are so very friendly. We love … (read more)

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

6300 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

My daughter and I went to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapely. We thought it was satisfactory. I thought Wesley Enhanced was beautiful. The room they showed me was wonderful. It was really big. It had a … (read more)
My daughter and I went to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapely. We thought it was satisfactory. I thought Wesley Enhanced was beautiful. The room they showed me was wonderful. It was really big. It had a … (read more)

Sunrise of Abington

1801 Susquehanna Road, Abington, PA, 19001

1)Make sure room is 100% ready before you move in 2)Get names of the proper staff needed to contact for issues as they arise. Maintenance, Comcast, Executive Director,Billing department, Dining Room … (read more)
1)Make sure room is 100% ready before you move in 2)Get names of the proper staff needed to contact for issues as they arise. Maintenance, Comcast, Executive Director,Billing department, Dining Room … (read more)

Traditions of Lansdale

1800 Walnut Street, Lansdale, PA, 19446

I visited the facility for my mother who means the world to us and I would not put her in just any old place . Traditions of Lansdale checks off many boxes for us . Kim and the staff are very attentiv … (read more)
I visited the facility for my mother who means the world to us and I would not put her in just any old place . Traditions of Lansdale checks off many boxes for us . Kim and the staff are very attentiv … (read more)

Pinnacle at Plymouth Meeting

215 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA, 19362

Pinnacle at Plymouth was brand-new, and it was beautiful. It was like being at a hotel in Atlantic City. It was very busy. It’s a place for socially active people. They had a cooking class going on wh … (read more)
Pinnacle at Plymouth was brand-new, and it was beautiful. It was like being at a hotel in Atlantic City. It was very busy. It’s a place for socially active people. They had a cooking class going on wh … (read more)

Park Creek Place Assisted Living

1091 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA, 19454

Park Creek Place Assisted Living was very nice. The tour experience was good. The people seemed to be happy, friendly, and very informative. The rooms and activity rooms were nice. The nurse had stopp … (read more)
Park Creek Place Assisted Living was very nice. The tour experience was good. The people seemed to be happy, friendly, and very informative. The rooms and activity rooms were nice. The nurse had stopp … (read more)

2016

Sunrise of Dresher

1650 Susquehanna Road, Dresher, PA, 19025

Sunrise of Dresher was very nice. It had a nice greeting room and a large piano that the residents could play. They had a nice enclosed sunroom where you could meet with family members and be outside … (read more)
Sunrise of Dresher was very nice. It had a nice greeting room and a large piano that the residents could play. They had a nice enclosed sunroom where you could meet with family members and be outside … (read more)

Sunrise of North Wales

1419 Horsham Road , North Wales, PA, 19454

My parents moved into Sunrise of North Wales. Overall, it has been a positive experience. They have a very nice one-bedroom apartment. They try to keep the residents active and engaged. Right now, the … (read more)
My parents moved into Sunrise of North Wales. Overall, it has been a positive experience. They have a very nice one-bedroom apartment. They try to keep the residents active and engaged. Right now, the … (read more)

Sunrise of Lafayette Hill

429 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA, 19444

The interior of Sunrise of Lafayette Hill was nice, it was a nice facility. The people were very helpful. The rooms were spacious. They had a variety of studios or one-bedroom, I did look at those. Up … (read more)
The interior of Sunrise of Lafayette Hill was nice, it was a nice facility. The people were very helpful. The rooms were spacious. They had a variety of studios or one-bedroom, I did look at those. Up … (read more)

Atria Lafayette Hill (Now Open)

9303 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA, 19444

Atria Lafayette Hill was fantastic. It’s a newer facility, and very scenic. Out the back, there’s a paved trail that overlooks a pasture with horses. Being still in a city location, the suburb locatio … (read more)
Atria Lafayette Hill was fantastic. It’s a newer facility, and very scenic. Out the back, there’s a paved trail that overlooks a pasture with horses. Being still in a city location, the suburb locatio … (read more)

St. Mary Center For Rehabilitation & Healthcare

701 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA, 19446

My 97 year old mother needed care in the last few months of her life and I toured the lovely facility and grounds with the Admissions Director, Bernhard. The almost 100 year old church is at the cente … (read more)
My 97 year old mother needed care in the last few months of her life and I toured the lovely facility and grounds with the Admissions Director, Bernhard. The almost 100 year old church is at the cente … (read more)

Anthology of King of Prussia

350 Guthrie Rd, King Of Prussia, PA, 19087


Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove

1120 York Road, Willow Grove, PA, 19090

I went to Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove. It was a very tranquil place to be so close to the city. There was a very nice lake with a nice view for the residents. The tour was very efficien … (read more)
I went to Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove. It was a very tranquil place to be so close to the city. There was a very nice lake with a nice view for the residents. The tour was very efficien … (read more)


The Residence at Bala Cynwyd

230 Rock Hill Road, Suite 110, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004


Shannondell at Valley Forge

10000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon, PA, 19403

I tried to join the community and they will not permit me to join and care for my mother without their meal plan. Their food is mushy and overcooked. It’s also wasteful and harmful to our planet … (read more)
I tried to join the community and they will not permit me to join and care for my mother without their meal plan. Their food is mushy and overcooked. It’s also wasteful and harmful to our planet … (read more)

2015, 2016

The Terrace at Chestnut Hill

495 East Abington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

Research and visit facilities because the Terrace at Chestnut Hill had us fooled. There are very few residents and not much liveliness and it’s a little depressing. Lots of management turnover which i … (read more)
Research and visit facilities because the Terrace at Chestnut Hill had us fooled. There are very few residents and not much liveliness and it’s a little depressing. Lots of management turnover which i … (read more)

2014, 2015

Brandywine Living at Senior Suites

2101 New Hope Street, East Norriton, PA, 19401

My loving, charismatic grandpop has always had a larger than life personality. My grandmom always had a way of grounding him and caring for him, most times better than he for himself! When we lost our … (read more)
My loving, charismatic grandpop has always had a larger than life personality. My grandmom always had a way of grounding him and caring for him, most times better than he for himself! When we lost our … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Blue Bell

Assisted living facilities in Blue Bell are inspected and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Representatives from this department ensure that all licensed assisted living facilities comply with state laws and regulations related to resident care, including staffing levels, facility maintenance and fire safety. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Blue Bell

  • There are a number of hospitals and healthcare centers near Blue Bell, including the Suburban Community Hospital and the Patient First Primary and Urgent Care Center in East Norriton
  • Comprehensive VA medical services are available through the VA Philadelphia Healthcare System. The System includes the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Medical Center, a VA hospital that offers a number of specialty health services including prosthetics, cancer care, audiology, speech therapy and rheumatology. 
  • The overall cost of living in Blue Bell is about 33% higher than the national average, thanks in part to its proximity to Philadelphia. Blue Bell’s housing costs are the main factor in the high cost of living in the area, which means seniors who opt to sell their homes to move into an assisted living community can expect to achieve favorable returns on their real estate holdings. 
  • Montgomery County is known for having low violent crime rates, especially in the northern portion of the county where Blue Bell is located. When compared to other counties nationwide, Montgomery ranks in the 86th percentile for safety. That means that Montgomery’s crime rates are lower than 86% of all other counties in the country. 
  • The Blue Bell area has warm, sunny summers with daytime highs averaging around 86 degrees during July, while January is the coldest month, with temperatures of around 23 degrees. This weather is ideal for seniors who enjoy experiencing all four seasons. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Blue Bell

Genworth Financial’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that assisted living in Blue Bell costs an average of $5,500 per month. The statewide average across Pennsylvania is $3,995, and nationwide, the average is $4,300. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The average monthly cost of assisted living care in Blue Bell is $5,500, which is quite high compared to rates in many other areas of Pennsylvania. In nearby Reading, assisted living costs an average of $3,950, while in Lancaster, rates run around $4,050 per month. Further west in Pittsburgh, seniors pay an average of $3,550 per month for assisted living care. 

$5500

Blue Bell

$3995

Pennsylvania

$4300

The United States

$3550

Pittsburgh

$3950

Reading

$4050

Lancaster

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is just one of the many long-term care options for seniors in Blue Bell. Adult day health services cost an average of $1,842 per month, while in-home care from either a homemaker or home health care provider costs $4,767 per month, based on 44 hours of care weekly. As is typical nationwide, nursing home care is the costliest type of long-term care. In Blue Bell, a semiprivate nursing home room costs about $11,285 per month, while a private room costs about $12,498. 

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$5550

Assisted Living Facility

$11285

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12498

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Blue Bell was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Philadelphia, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Blue Bell

Seniors who are in need of financial assistance for assisted living may apply through Medicaid’s Community HealthChoices, a program that provides home care and support services but not room and board. This program is replacing the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) Waiver

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Blue Bell

Seniors in Blue Bell have access to a number of programs and services operated by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. These programs can help seniors stay active and independent, provide information on long-term care options and financial options to help pay for care. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(610) 278-3285

Montgomery County's Office of Veterans Affairs offers assistance to veterans and their survivors and dependents. Veteran service officers provide free information on local, state and federal programs and benefits for military families, and help eligible vets and survivors apply for VA benefits such as pensions and Aid and Attendance enhanced pension benefits. 

(610) 275-1960

The Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County is a multipurpose center for seniors aged 50 and older. The center offers a wide variety of social and recreational programming, regular preventive health screening clinics, informational workshops and a low-cost lunch each weekday. Center staff includes social workers who can help seniors navigate their long-term care options such as assisted living. 

(610) 278-3601

Montgomery County Senior Services provides level of care assessments, Medicare counseling, case management and ombudsman services to seniors in Blue Bell and the surrounding communities who are aged 60 and older. Services are delivered directly through Senior Services, as well as in partnership with 82 community-based providers. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Blue Bell

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Pennsylvania