Wilmington, Delaware, is perched at the edge of the Delaware River, on the border of Philadelphia, in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro. It’s a relatively small city with a population of 70,166, of whom 12.9% are aged 65 or above. The city is renowned for its cultural heritage and preservation of historical sites, including the Augustine paper mill and The Grand Opera House. Seniors benefit from the numerous hospitals and health care centers in the city, such as St. Francis Hospital and the Wilmington Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  

Nursing homes are the top-tier of senior living care, with 24-hour supervision from skilled medical professionals. Skilled nursing facilities are ideal for individuals who don’t require immediate hospital treatment but need access to care that they wouldn’t be able to get at home. Due to the comprehensive nature of the care offered at this type of facility, nursing homes can be expensive compared to other senior care options. The average monthly cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing care facility in Wilmington is $11,285, significantly higher than the national average of $7,756. Older adults who don’t require skilled care around the clock might consider home health care or assisted living.  

This article will explore the cost of different types of senior care and provide some resources that might be useful to Wilmington seniors.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Wilmington, DE

2014, 2015

Foulk Living

1212 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE, 19803

The staff at Foulk Manor North is spectacular. When both of my parents got to the point that they required 24 hour care, Foulk Manor North walked me through this very difficult process with caring and … (read more)
The staff at Foulk Manor North is spectacular. When both of my parents got to the point that they required 24 hour care, Foulk Manor North walked me through this very difficult process with caring and … (read more)

2014, 2016

Forwood Manor

1912 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE, 19810

Forwood Manor is located in the northern Wilmington suburb of Talleys Corner, approximately six miles north of Wilmington. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the multitude of independent living … (read more)
Forwood Manor is located in the northern Wilmington suburb of Talleys Corner, approximately six miles north of Wilmington. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the multitude of independent living … (read more)

Shipley Manor

2723 Shipley Road, Wilmington, DE, 19803

Shipley Manor is a full service rental retirement community located in North Wilmington. Shipley Manor serves seniors in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care. We are convenien … (read more)
Shipley Manor is a full service rental retirement community located in North Wilmington. Shipley Manor serves seniors in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care. We are convenien … (read more)

Milton & Hattie Kutz Home

704 RIVER ROAD, Wilmington, DE, 19809

My mom moved to Delaware to be closer to my sister, this Nursing Home was the best, they loved and cared for my Mom as much as she needed. The people that work there were also very loving, caring and … (read more)
My mom moved to Delaware to be closer to my sister, this Nursing Home was the best, they loved and cared for my Mom as much as she needed. The people that work there were also very loving, caring and … (read more)

Mary Campbell Center

4641 WELDIN ROAD, Wilmington, DE, 19803

The staff at the facility are extremely friendly people. The number of activities available to the residents of the center is innumerable from lounging in the rec-room to swimming in their indoor pool … (read more)
The staff at the facility are extremely friendly people. The number of activities available to the residents of the center is innumerable from lounging in the rec-room to swimming in their indoor pool … (read more)

Country House

4830 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807


Complete Care at Hillside

810 South Broom Street, Wilmington, DE, 19805

30 day residential Rehabilitation following a hospital stay. The lobby area looks nice, but as soon as you get to the ‘floor’ it’s a whole different feeling. Trash on the floor in the hallways. Room … (read more)
30 day residential Rehabilitation following a hospital stay. The lobby area looks nice, but as soon as you get to the ‘floor’ it’s a whole different feeling. Trash on the floor in the hallways. Room … (read more)

Manorcare Health Services – Wilmington

700 FOULK ROAD, Wilmington, DE, 19803

I visited someone at Manorcare at one time, and I thought her room was very small. The fact that she was with somebody who never put the lights out was quite distracting for somebody who is trying to … (read more)
I visited someone at Manorcare at one time, and I thought her room was very small. The fact that she was with somebody who never put the lights out was quite distracting for somebody who is trying to … (read more)

Parkview Nursing

2801 W 6th Street, Wilmington, DE, 19805

We selected Parkview Nursing. My friend is there for long-term care. It is wonderful. The place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. They meet all my friend’s needs. I have been very impresse … (read more)
We selected Parkview Nursing. My friend is there for long-term care. It is wonderful. The place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. They meet all my friend’s needs. I have been very impresse … (read more)

ProMedica Skilled Nursing And Rehabilitation

5651 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE, 19808

My mom was admitted to this facility from the hospital for rehab. She was weak and needed OT, PT, and nursing care. Their care team was a joke. One meeting right after she got there and then no more c … (read more)
My mom was admitted to this facility from the hospital for rehab. She was weak and needed OT, PT, and nursing care. Their care team was a joke. One meeting right after she got there and then no more c … (read more)

Coral Springs Rehab and Health Center

505 Greenbank Rd, Wilmington, DE, 19808

The facility has a very strong odor. Red Flag. The older rooms on section F are horrendous, depressing. Please visit before you commit. Patients that seemed affected with dementia sat in hallways i … (read more)
The facility has a very strong odor. Red Flag. The older rooms on section F are horrendous, depressing. Please visit before you commit. Patients that seemed affected with dementia sat in hallways i … (read more)

Madeline Care Center

4800 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807

Madeline Care Center was terrible. I was shocked when I walked in there. It was old. They need to put some serious money into rehabbing it. It was just a hallway with a bunch of rooms. It was sort of … (read more)
Madeline Care Center was terrible. I was shocked when I walked in there. It was old. They need to put some serious money into rehabbing it. It was just a hallway with a bunch of rooms. It was sort of … (read more)

Regency Healthcare & Rehab Center

801 N. BROOM STREET, Wilmington, DE, 19806

My wife is in Regency Healthcare & Rehab Center right now. It’s not very good. The food is not that good. It’s a good location because it’s close to my house. It’s somewhat clean.
My wife is in Regency Healthcare & Rehab Center right now. It’s not very good. The food is not that good. It’s a good location because it’s close to my house. It’s somewhat clean.

Emily P. Bissell Hospital

3000 NEWPORT GAP PIKE, Wilmington, DE, 19808


Kentmere

1900 LOVERING AVENUE, Wilmington, DE, 19806


Cadia Rehabilitation Pike Creek

3540 Three Little Bakers Blvd, Wilmington, DE, 19808


Cadia Rehabilitation Silverside

3322 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE, 19810


Gilpin Hall

1101 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE, 19806


2015

Maris Grove

200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA, 19342

My mom is in Maris Grove. It is exceptionally very clean, modern, and nicely decorated. It is upscale in its feel, so it’s a very nice place. We have been pleased with the staff so far. They did an ex … (read more)
My mom is in Maris Grove. It is exceptionally very clean, modern, and nicely decorated. It is upscale in its feel, so it’s a very nice place. We have been pleased with the staff so far. They did an ex … (read more)

Southgate Health Care Center

449 S Pennsville- Auburn Road , Carneys Point, NJ, 08069

I have been so impressed with the staff at Southgate Healthcare Center. Everyone seems truly committed to the residents and their care. The staff is responsive and attentive. My mother is there now an … (read more)
I have been so impressed with the staff at Southgate Healthcare Center. Everyone seems truly committed to the residents and their care. The staff is responsive and attentive. My mother is there now an … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Wilmington, DE

In Wilmington, the average cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing facility is $11,285 per month, while the average monthly cost of a private room is $12,498.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

While the cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home care facility in Wilmington is $3,529 more per month than the national average, it’s $1,064 cheaper than the overall Delaware monthly average of $12,349.

The only available area for comparison in Delaware is the Dover area, where the cost of a semiprivate room is over $1,000 more expensive than Wilmington at $12,882. Looking at the closest cities in Pennsylvania, Lancaster is priced similarly to Wilmington at $11,224. York is more affordable, but still significantly higher than the U.S. average, at $10,291. 

$11285

Wilmington

$12349

Delaware

$7756

United States

$12882

Dover

$11224

Lancaster

$10291

York

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care might not be the most suitable style of senior care if 24-hour access to skilled nursing professionals isn’t yet a priority. There are less expensive senior care options to suit more independent older adults who don’t require around-the-clock care. The cheapest option for seniors in Wilmington is adult day health care, which is $1,842 on average per month. Home care and home health care are priced the same at $4,767, and assisted living costs $5,550 per month. Nursing homes are the costliest option at $11,285 for a semiprivate room and $12,498 for a private room.

$4767

Home care

$4767

Home health care

$1842

Adult day health care

$5550

Assisted living

$11285

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$12498

Nursing home (private room)

Data for Wilmington was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Philadelphia, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Wilmington, DE

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Wilmington, DE

The resources below help older adults in Wilmington gain access to benefits and concessions they’re entitled to. Some organizations can provide further information about choosing the right senior care facility, while others might help seniors save money so they can comfortably access nursing care when required.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(302) 577-5002


Seniors over the age of 62 in Wilmington are entitled to a maximum grant of $3,000 to help cover property tax, sewer and water bills. Other eligibility criteria include having a monthly income of under $93,265 per year and being the property owner listed on tax documentation. 

(302) 421-3734


Saint Anthony's Community Center in Wilmington oversees the area's Meals on Wheels service. Adults over 60 can use this service to get free, nourishing hot meals and interact with friendly volunteers.

(800) 223-9074


The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities helps seniors in Delaware gain access to benefits and support. Services include assistive technology and accessibility, adult protective services, crime prevention and victim assistance and financial assistance. 

(800) 223-9074


The Delaware ADRC can help older adults in Wilmington by providing information and assistance, options counseling and service enrollment support. It helps seniors understand the options available to them and access services that match their preferences and personal requirements.