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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Willow Grove, PA for 2024

 

Willow Grove is a northern suburb of Philadelphia with a senior community that accounts for 15% of its 14,000 residents. In this region, seniors choose from 102 assisted living facilities, including 2 within the city, and they pay a ...

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Willow Grove

All assisted living communities in Willow Grove comply with rules set by the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Human Services Licensing. These include minimum requirements for housing, staffing, care planning and recreation, promoting a consistent standard of care across all facilities, regardless of their size and amenities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Willow Grove

 

  • Residents of Willow Grove spend 11% more on health care and 26% more on housing than residents of a typical U.S. city, and overall, the cost of living in Willow Grove runs 14.3% higher than the national average. Fortunately, the state funds the Aging Waiver to keep medical and long-term care expenses manageable for seniors who meet functional and financial criteria.

 

  • Willow Grove scores 58 on the AARP Livability Index, making it one of the most favorable surveyed cities for seniors in the nation. Across the index’s seven metrics, the city gets high marks of 67 in Neighborhood and 69 for Engagement, which indicates a wide range of amenities for seniors. Its age-friendly amenities include 2.5 cultural institutions per 10,000 people compared to 1.9 nationally, and within a half-mile radius of any point of the city, residents find 0.4 grocery stores and farmers markets and 3.4 parks.

 

  • Willow Grove doesn’t have a hospital within its city limits, but residents have access to Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, which sits less than 2 miles away. This 665-bed regional facility serves as a teaching hospital and offers several clinical specialties, including orthopedics, cancer care and treatment for advanced heart failure. The hospital also hosts weekly support groups centered on various issues such as cancer diagnoses and brain tumors.

 

  • Willow Grove’s safest neighborhoods include Willow Grove East, Woodmont and Town Center, giving prospective assisted living residents a wide area to consider for long-term care. In the city as a whole, crime occurs at a rate of 17.33 incidents per 1,000 people, which is safer than 27% of U.S. communities and 19% of Pennsylvania communities. Similarly, Willow Grove’s crime rate tracks above norms for communities of its size, but assisted living facilities promote residents’ safety through measures such as security gates and surveillance systems.

 

  • In Pennsylvania, seniors don’t pay state income taxes on money they draw from retirement accounts, such as 401(k) accounts, public or private pensions or their Social Security benefits. This makes assisted living in Willow Grove financially feasible for many seniors.

Paying for Assisted Living in Willow Grove

 

Seniors in Willow Grove pay a baseline monthly assisted living rate of $8,145.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared to the state and nation, Willow Grove ranks among the costliest places to obtain assisted living, with facilities charging $8,145 per month for services. This is thousands of dollars higher than the Pennsylvania median of $4,100, and it surpasses the national norm by $3,645. Seniors find more affordably priced care in nearby Reading, where rates come in $2,425 less than in Willow Grove, and Philadelphia, where the monthly median comes in at $5,685. Additionally, Lancaster offers comparatively economically priced care, with facilities charging $5,550.

Willow Grove

$8,145

Pennsylvania

$4,100

United States

$4,500

Reading

$5,720

Philadelphia

$5,685

Lancaster

$5,550

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $8,145 monthly, assisted living rates surpass those of most local alternatives. For example, seniors who obtain nonmedical personal care and companionship services in their home pay $5,148 for in-home care, and those who obtain private skilled nursing services, such as diabetes care and medication administration, pay $5,243 for home health care. In addition to this, seniors save $6,279 each month by choosing nonresidential adult day health care, which features skilled nursing, personal care and recreation in a community environment. On the other hand, assisted living costs $3,505 less than nursing home care, which is for seniors who need 24-hour intensive personal and medical care.

In-Home Care

$5,148

Home Health Care

$5,243

Adult Day Health Care

$1,866

Assisted Living Facility

$8,145

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11,650

Note: Data for Willow Grove was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Trenton, NJ, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Willow Grove

While neither Pennsylvania's Medicaid program nor its waiver programs cover assisted living services, low-income seniors who draw Supplemental Security Income may use this benefit toward their room and board expenses in an assisted living facility in Willow Grove.

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

Financial Assistance 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 Willow Grove

Willow Grove 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 Willow Grove, please visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Willow Grove

 

Willow Grove Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations in Pennsylvania

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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R.W.F.

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

Review of Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove

My father has been in Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove for a week. It needs some updating. The staff is very pleasant. They are very attentive. But with the amount of money that they...

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Sherry

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

Review of Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove

Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove seemed to be very clean. I liked it very much. The people on the desk were very friendly and open, and the representative who took us on the tour was very...

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Assisted Living

ReviewerFC030324A

I visited this facility

Review of Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove

Commonwealth Senior Living at Willow Grove had the homiest atmosphere of any of the places I visited. It also is the least expensive of any of them. It has no outdoor facilities or campus, but it...

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