Located in the heart of Chester County about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, Downingtown is a charming community with a walkable downtown region and easy access to high-quality health care amenities. The community has nearly 8,000 residents, over 13% of whom are aged 65 and over. While its cost of living is high compared to most Pennsylvania cities, senior-friendly tax laws may make it financially feasible for those with budgetary considerations. Low crime rates provide peace of mind to older residents, and four distinct seasons offer changing scenery throughout the year.  

The Downingtown region is home to numerous assisted living facilities. These facilities provide meals, personal care services, housekeeping and maintenance and scheduled activities in an inviting residential setting. They’re well-suited for those unable to safely or comfortably live alone but don’t require 24-7 medical monitoring or nursing services. On average, assisted living residents in the Downingtown region pay $5,550 per month for services.   

This guide outlines some benefits and drawbacks to consider before moving to Downingtown and an overview of local senior care costs, including assisted living. It also highlights some local and state resources that help older adults navigate the process of choosing the best care solutions for their needs. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Downingtown, PA

St. Martha Villa

490 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA, 19335

This is a very nice facility; I simply could not afford to go there for assisted living. I would need 24 months of assets in payments which I do not have. Independent living going into a personal ca … (read more)
This is a very nice facility; I simply could not afford to go there for assisted living. I would need 24 months of assets in payments which I do not have. Independent living going into a personal ca … (read more)

Simpson Meadows Retirement Community

101 Plaza Drive, Downingtown, PA, 19335

A good friend of mine was a resident at Simpson Meadows for about 5 years. It was good until the director retired. Now there is a clown running a circus(literally). The new director is beyond unprofes … (read more)
A good friend of mine was a resident at Simpson Meadows for about 5 years. It was good until the director retired. Now there is a clown running a circus(literally). The new director is beyond unprofes … (read more)

Freedom Village at Brandywine

15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville, PA, 19320

We’re very happy with Freedom Village at Brandywine. The place is very nice and the staff is very good. There’s a good Bridge group and they play board games. Mom said the food is good.
We’re very happy with Freedom Village at Brandywine. The place is very nice and the staff is very good. There’s a good Bridge group and they play board games. Mom said the food is good.

Sunrise of Westtown

1045 Wilmington Pike , West Chester, PA, 19382

I toured Sunrise of Westtown. It’s a good feeling. The grounds are fine. They’re well taken care of. I was assisted by the person who runs the place, but it was fine. She was very helpful. She answere … (read more)
I toured Sunrise of Westtown. It’s a good feeling. The grounds are fine. They’re well taken care of. I was assisted by the person who runs the place, but it was fine. She was very helpful. She answere … (read more)

2016

Exton Senior Living

600 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA, 19341

We went to look at Exton Senior Living. The guide for us was the head of housekeeping. He was very nice, and he did a great job. He introduced us to some of the residents that were there. It was very … (read more)
We went to look at Exton Senior Living. The guide for us was the head of housekeeping. He was very nice, and he did a great job. He introduced us to some of the residents that were there. It was very … (read more)

2013

Spring Mill Senior Living

3000 Balfour Circle, Phoenixville, PA, 19460

My mom lived here during the pandemic. They did a great job of keeping her safe. They also got some new management in recently and the food, caregivers and activities have gotten really good. They wer … (read more)
My mom lived here during the pandemic. They did a great job of keeping her safe. They also got some new management in recently and the food, caregivers and activities have gotten really good. They wer … (read more)

Sunrise of Paoli

324 West Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA, 19355

Sunrise of Paoli was really nice, it was just rather expensive. They were spacious with a variety of different options available to the residents. They have a one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or studio. The … (read more)
Sunrise of Paoli was really nice, it was just rather expensive. They were spacious with a variety of different options available to the residents. They have a one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or studio. The … (read more)

Eagleview Landing

650 Stockton Drive, Exton, PA, 19341

Eagleview Landing is excellent. All the resources are there in one spot, like doctors, dentists, and mental health professionals. The facility is clean, up to date, and very attractive. My dad’s unit … (read more)
Eagleview Landing is excellent. All the resources are there in one spot, like doctors, dentists, and mental health professionals. The facility is clean, up to date, and very attractive. My dad’s unit … (read more)

Arbour Square at West Chester

1201 Ward Avenue, West Chester, PA, 19380

My father moved to Arbour Square in West Chester. I think they’re doing a very good job on trying to make him comfortable and ease into the community. The food is fine. They have lots of options in te … (read more)
My father moved to Arbour Square in West Chester. I think they’re doing a very good job on trying to make him comfortable and ease into the community. The food is fine. They have lots of options in te … (read more)

Sunrise of Exton

200 Sunrise Boulevard, Exton, PA, 19341

So upon moving mom out the mail issues have been a nightmare. They don’t have individual mail boxes for residents so because sunrise sorts all mail in house you cant forward mail through the post offi … (read more)
So upon moving mom out the mail issues have been a nightmare. They don’t have individual mail boxes for residents so because sunrise sorts all mail in house you cant forward mail through the post offi … (read more)

The Hickman

400 North Walnut Street, West Chester, PA, 19380

We visited a friend/former neighbor here pre-Coved. She had a 2 room apt. in the older part of the building, which looks to have been a large, private home at one time. It was a corner unit with lot … (read more)
We visited a friend/former neighbor here pre-Coved. She had a 2 room apt. in the older part of the building, which looks to have been a large, private home at one time. It was a corner unit with lot … (read more)

Wellington at Hershey’s Mill

1361 Boot Road, West Chester, PA, 19380

My visit to Wellington at Hershey’s Mill was good. The facility was good; my father just decided it was too expensive. They offer meals, activities, crafts and that kind of stuff. They weren’t doing i … (read more)
My visit to Wellington at Hershey’s Mill was good. The facility was good; my father just decided it was too expensive. They offer meals, activities, crafts and that kind of stuff. They weren’t doing i … (read more)

Arbor Terrace Exton

100 Oaklands Blvd, Exton, PA, 19341

I have to admit that I was very nervous to visit an assisted living community. I am not sure I am ready to make a move from my home. Victoria and the rest of the staff helped me feel so at ease. V … (read more)
I have to admit that I was very nervous to visit an assisted living community. I am not sure I am ready to make a move from my home. Victoria and the rest of the staff helped me feel so at ease. V … (read more)

Friends Home in Kennett

147 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

I have visited Friends Home in Kennett several times, and every time I leave, I feel absolutely wonderful. The staff and residents are wonderful. It is different from some others because it is an old … (read more)
I have visited Friends Home in Kennett several times, and every time I leave, I feel absolutely wonderful. The staff and residents are wonderful. It is different from some others because it is an old … (read more)

Woodbridge Place

1191 Rapps Dam Road, Phoenixville, PA, 19442

We had an in-person tour of Woodbridge Place. It was an excellent tour. The grounds were beautiful. The rooms were very nice. They had great amenities. They were very friendly. Their dining room was l … (read more)
We had an in-person tour of Woodbridge Place. It was an excellent tour. The grounds were beautiful. The rooms were very nice. They had great amenities. They were very friendly. Their dining room was l … (read more)

The Residence at Chadd’s Ford

1778 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, PA, 19342

My mother is at The Residence at Chadd’s Ford. We chose it because it’s small and convenient, but there were a lot of complications with moving in. They weren’t very informative or helpful. Unfortunat … (read more)
My mother is at The Residence at Chadd’s Ford. We chose it because it’s small and convenient, but there were a lot of complications with moving in. They weren’t very informative or helpful. Unfortunat … (read more)

2014, 2015

The Watermark at Bellingham

1615 East Boot Road, West Chester, PA, 19380

We toured Park Lane. The staff was quite pleasant. The people there were very standoffish, and they seemed to be older than in some other places. I don’t think it was a continuing care facility. The s … (read more)
We toured Park Lane. The staff was quite pleasant. The people there were very standoffish, and they seemed to be older than in some other places. I don’t think it was a continuing care facility. The s … (read more)

2015

Maris Grove

200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA, 19342

The people who gave us the tour at Maris Grove were very nice. They were very understanding, showed us around, and were gracious and all the rest. I’m looking at the space, and it’s not the place. The … (read more)
The people who gave us the tour at Maris Grove were very nice. They were very understanding, showed us around, and were gracious and all the rest. I’m looking at the space, and it’s not the place. The … (read more)

Tel Hai

1200 Tel Hai Circle, Po Box 190, Honey Brook, PA, 19344

I was very impressed with Tel Hai Retirement Community. I have friends there who are very happy. I was very impressed with the staff. Dinner was home-style cooking with not a lot of sauces and seasoni … (read more)
I was very impressed with Tel Hai Retirement Community. I have friends there who are very happy. I was very impressed with the staff. Dinner was home-style cooking with not a lot of sauces and seasoni … (read more)

2015

Brandywine Living at Longwood

301 Victoria Gardens Drive, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

When a family member needs to make the decision to move a loved one from their home, there is no tougher decision. But Brandywine Senior Living at Kennett Square helped this difficult decision. Sinc … (read more)
When a family member needs to make the decision to move a loved one from their home, there is no tougher decision. But Brandywine Senior Living at Kennett Square helped this difficult decision. Sinc … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Downingtown

Assisted living facilities in Downingtown comply with standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. This department enforces regulations regarding fire safety, maximum capacity, scope of care, care planning and move-in and move-out procedures. It also provides comprehensive information on residents’ rights and complaints procedures. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Downingtown

  • Downingtown’s overall cost of living is about 17% higher than the state median, marking it as one of the more expensive Pennsylvania cities to live in. This is primarily due to high housing-related costs, including mortgage and rent payments and utilities. Assisted living may provide older adults with more control over these monthly expenses.  
  • Violent crime is relatively uncommon in Downingtown, with most recent FBI crime statistics showing that this type of crime occurs at a lower rate in this region than in similarly sized communities such as East Fallowfield Township and Valley Township. Property crime is more common but still occurs at a low rate compared to the United States as a whole.  
  • Downingtown is among the more comfortable places to live in Pennsylvania. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the mid-80s. July tends to be muggy, but humidity levels are generally low throughout the rest of the year. Winters are cold with lows in the 20s, and residents see nearly 30 inches of snowfall annually, most of which comes in February. 
  • Health care costs are comparatively high in Downingtown, with expenses related to doctor’s office visits and hospital stays exceeding the national average by about 15%. However, there are more physicians per capita than in the typical U.S. city, which may benefit those managing chronic conditions. Chester County Hospital in West Chester and Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville are the closest major medical facilities. 
  • Older adults in Downingtown benefit from retiree-friendly state tax laws that may free up more money for assisted living expenses. Social Security benefits are fully exempt from taxation at the state level, as are pension payments and disbursements from retirement accounts. Property taxes are relatively high, which may make residential community living more economical for some.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Downingtown

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living residents in Downingtown pay approximately $5,550 per month for care. This is considerably higher than the state median of $3,955 and the national average cost of $4,300.    

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

At $5,550 per month, assisted living fees in Downingtown are the highest in Pennsylvania. In State College, rates are comparably high at $5,340. In Lebanon, rates are consistent with the national average at $4,420 per month, and in Altoona, fees are more economical at $3,723. The Scranton area is the cheapest surveyed region in Pennsylvania for this level of care, with local facilities charging $2,450 per month for services. 

$5550

Downingtown

$3955

Pennsylvania

$4300

The United States

$3723

Altoona

$4420

Lebanon

$5340

State College

$2450

Scranton Area

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Older adults in Downingtown have several senior care options to choose from depending on their living preferences and budgets. The most affordable option is adult day health care, which includes daytime care in a community setting for $1,842. Home-based care, including homemaker services and specialized home health aide care, costs $4,767. Assisted living is several hundred dollars higher at $5,550 per month. Nursing homes offer the highest level of care and are the most expensive, with facilities charging $11,285 for shared rooms and $12,498 for private. 

$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: Care cost data for Downingtown was not available, so data for the closest city, Philadelphia Area, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Downington

Downington seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging waiver may qualify for financial assistance in order to pay for care within one of the city’s assisted living facilities. In addition, if you receive SSI and need to live in an assisted living facility, the state can pay a supplement to the facility if you qualify.  

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 Lansdale

Older adults in Downingtown can talk to several local agencies for one-on-one help with making informed decisions regarding their long-term care. The following table features programs and organizations that help prospective and current assisted living residents utilize community-based supports, identify ways to cover care costs and connect with local social and recreational activities. 

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(610) 344-6350 

Chester County Aging Services administers a range of programs to those aged 60 and over in Downingtown and surrounding cities within the county. It offers information on assisted living facilities within the county, including tips on choosing a facility. It also has a health insurance options counseling program to help older adults with Medicare understand their health insurance coverage and compare private insurance options.

(610) 269-3939 

Brandywine Valley Active Aging is a local nonprofit organization that hosts social and recreational programs for older adults. Its Downingtown campus is located at Brandywine Grace Church and offers congregate morning and noontime meals daily, age-friendly aerobic and endurance classes, creativity programming and educational opportunities. 

(610) 344-6375 

Chester County’s Veterans’ Affairs Office is open for scheduled appointments on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It assists veterans and their eligible dependents in obtaining local, state and federal benefits, including those that may help cover assisted living expenses.

(717) 783-8975 

The statewide long-term care ombudsman office advocates on behalf of seniors in assisted living. The office resolves complaints regarding the standard of living in long-term care facilities and empowers residents by helping them understand their rights. It also hosts biweekly virtual meetings in which participants can ask questions, share concerns or gather information.

(610) 834-1040 

RSVP offers an array of in-person and online volunteer opportunities for Downingtown residents aged 55 and over. Through this program, individuals can support reading and math literacy for children, help seniors connect with community-based resources and provide free managerial assistance to local nonprofit organizations. In exchange for their service, seniors receive supplemental liability insurance, one-on-one help with finding volunteer opportunities that fit their interests and recognition at community events. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Downington

Downington-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