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Best Assisted Living Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Senior List® set out to find the best assisted living facilities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  We compiled reviews from top senior housing review websites to pull together our “Best of” list.  Click here to read about our methods, and interpreting the List.  All ratings are based on 5 stars.

Best Assisted Living Philadelphia Pennsylvania | Who makes the list?

Philadelphia: Is there a US city more historic than Pennsylvania’s capital? The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the lesser known Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest residential street in America, complete with tiny cobblestones) are just three of the dozens of historic attractions that draw tourists.

What you might like about living in Philadelphia

For retirees who crave an urban setting, Philly fills the bill. Here are some of the other features that might prove appealing:

  • Don’t have a car? The city’s five-tier public transportation system is one of only two such systems in the US, comprised of:
    – Commuter trains,
    – Subway/elevated trains,
    – Light rail vehicles (trolleys),
    – Electric trolleybuses, and
    – Motor buses (Now augmented by Hybrid buses)
    -People aged 65 and over ride for free.
  • Additionally, Philadelphia, according to Walkscore[dot]com, is the fifth most walkable city in the country.
  • Financially, Pennsylvania is one of only two states that exempt all retirement income from taxation. (The other is Mississippi.)
  • There’s a diverse restaurant, bar, and nightlife scene.
  • Those seeking the stimulation of a college town can access Penn State, Villanova, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and a surprising number of other colleges. Many of the city’s ALFs invite professors and students to come share their knowledge with the residents. Check out the possibility of free or highly discounted tuition.
  • Philly’s climate is relatively mild. Annually, the average high is in the upper 80s, and the lowest temperature stays well above zero, falling into the mid-twenties. Though it is relatively rainy, you could expect about 207 sunny days a year, with the possibility of moderate snowfall from December through April.
  • Sports teams abound. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey – even lacrosse and soccer – this town has it all.
  • If you love golf, there are several highly ranked public courses to choose from.
  • Tours are plentiful, whether you’d like to check out Independence Hall or the site where Ben Franklin lived, or perhaps something a little less high-brow. Say, Grim Philly Twilight Tours’ “The Ghost Tour”? Whatever you’re into, there are plenty of choices.
  • Speaking of tours, don’t overlook the Independence Historical National Park, a huge tourist attraction. This 55-acre section of the city encompasses much of the most-viewed landmarks.
  • Those who love museums will appreciate the variety on offer: the African-American Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, the Rodin Museum, the Philadelphia History Museum – and that’s just the beginning.
  • There are several fine medical facilities in the city, including Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the VA Medical Center.
Best Assisted Living Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Skyline (c) Can Stock Photo / savone

Philadelphia's disadvantages

Living in this city does have its downsides. Here are a couple of things to consider before moving here:

  • Financially: The bad news is that Pennsylvania is one of seven states that implements an estate tax.
  • In common with other major cities, Philadelphia has substantially higher than average crime statistics.
  • Traffic congestion can get pretty bad.

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List of the Top Assisted Living Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Atria Center City | Philadelphia, PA 19103

Atria Center City offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring – 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 30 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – No reviews
GoldenReviews – 1 Review, Average Rating 5

What they liked: Beautiful, light, airy, well laid out, warm welcome, awesome place, clean, remodeling spring/summer 2017, state-of-the-art, very spacious, very classy, stunning dining room, dining is high spot, food good, like a restaurant, smaller cafe, fountain, management to maintenance very friendly/eager to help, good communication, wait staff knows everyone, staff knows food preferences, very nice/professional, near heart of Philly, staff very good/very friendly, laundry facility, physical therapy area, exercise area, crafting activities, current events, walking, movies, bingo, exercise classes, happy hour every Friday, rooms very nice, kitchen/ bedroom/nice bathroom/living room, common areas, small bar areas, bus for trips

What they didn’t like: Don’t take Medicare, remodeling making a mess/don’t have basics down, maybe could use more staff, a little expensive, rooms small for the price, hot water inconsistent, management does not have a handle on what aides do, aides often slow in response, pricing information deceptive, brochure [with house] rules would be helpful to residents, problem with toilet/sink in bathroom, apartment not ready on move-in day, would not allow resident to return after hospitalization, no bathtubs, no swimming pool

Deer Meadows Retirement Community | Philadelphia, PA 19152

Deer Meadows Retirement Community provides Independent Living, Personal Care/Assisted Living, Short-term Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Specialty Programs, and their new Secure Dementia Unit.

Caring – 8 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorAdvisor – 18 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 3
GoldenReviews – No Review

What they liked: Near Nazareth Hospital, large community, various levels of care, felt comfortable, very clean and bright, very safe, people very friendly, pet-friendly, staff interacted with residents, staff very caring and kind, residents seem happy/well-adjusted/always happy, the people and therapist were all wonderful and personable, management very helpful on move-in, care being given to residents looks superb, dementia staff understanding, nursing staff attentive/rehab department excellent, transportation to places, rooms nice, beautiful, price is right, efficiency 1-bedroom/bath/little tiny sitting room, liked kitchen option, great activities program, ceramics, bingo, parking if you have a car, dining rooms lit and beautiful, allows mingling, three delicious meals a day, bring breakfast to resident’s room, good meals, can put two rooms together into one long apartment, washer/dryer in unit, other rooms range from comfortably small to maybe too small, onsite gift shop, good value [no huge entrance fee], do not have to attend activities, BEAUTIFUL chapel

What they didn’t like: Fine but looked institutionalized, have to be on top of staff all the time/short staffed, kind of restrictive, did not sense it was an entirely happy community, no communication, thought there’d be more activities, facility unkempt/meal inappropriate/room’s TV broken, didn’t seem as clean as some, rather large community/aunt might not get needed attention, too big/resident might get lost, rooms seemed small, understaffed/overworked/unhappy/all gone downhill since new takeover, wish there was a little personal outside space, complaints about new management/bad food

Paul’s Run | Philadelphia, PA 19115

Paul’s Run offers Independent Living, Personal Care/Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, Respite Care, and Hospice Care.

Caring – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 19 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Rehab excellent, loves the food, nice clean environment, very clean and well-maintained, open and inviting, Paul’s Run excels, stable staff/consistent in their attention, staff responsible and also jovial and kind, staff very friendly and helpful, staff nice and accommodating, ratio of staff to patient admirable, from cleaning staff to doctors all great, good with meds, wonderful décor and tireless upkeep, entire staff showed immense respect, highly communicative, taking time to listen to family, great word of mouth, three meals a day, Lutheran-affiliated, if resident’s funds run out there’s a benevolent fund, bingo, live entertainment, exercise program, game called Finish the Phrase, a community circle, music appreciation, community courses, reminiscing time, physical/occupational therapy staff extremely dedicated, patient, respectful, take their jobs very seriously, nice assisted living apartment, nursing staff checks in day and night

What they didn’t like: Assisted Living not so good, staff not attending to resident’s needs, improve on transitioning into apartments, miscommunications and disappointed expectations, understaffed, understaffed/resident ignored by PTs

Simpson House | Philadelphia, PA 19131

Simpson House offers Assisted Living, Retirement Communities, and Alzheimer’s Memory Care.

Caring – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 11 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Beautiful setting, historic and beautiful, park, cannot recommend them highly enough, setting charming, pretty landscaping, clean and quiet, many wonderful people live and work here, admissions staff very accommodating, [staff] has really bent over backwards for us, everyone knows everyone by name, each vacant apartment renovated before next move-in, staff excellent/very nice, Bible study, facility lovely in so many ways, residents kind and exude vibrancy, overall nursing staff was friendly, many staffers pleasant/thoughtful even in midst of own life challenges, staff helpful and friendly, porches for sitting, food good/plenty of it, activities onsite, excursions offsite, taxi service to doctor appointments, grocery shopping trips, onsite barber and hairdresser, apartments spacious and homey enough, move-in smooth, nice dining room, library beautiful, apartments upgraded with new kitchens

What they didn’t like: Improve communication, improve response time/ correspondence, out of service elevators, mail delivery/pick-up need upgrading, 21st century security system and procedures would be helpful, safety and privacy need improvement, not good for moderate to severe dementia/aggressive behavior, ‘hospital smell’ unappealing, entry cost unacceptable, long hallways/dreary/old/very small rooms/very small showers

The Terrace at Chestnut Hill [Formerly Arbor Terrace] | Philadelphia, PA 19118

The Terrace at Chestnut Hill provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Services.

Caring – 18 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor – 35 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: beautiful facility, [facility] on the smaller side, homey, décor is really lovely, allowed to visit my Dad at any time, seems well run, seemed modern, nicest outdoor facility, very beautiful terrace and garden, old mansion redone, classic club décor, grounds really nice, [facility] very clean and pleasant, dining area well-appointed and bright, clean and bright, meals well-prepared and a variety of cuisines, food very good, three meals a day, several choices on daily menu, dining room was well lit and wide open space, food tasted really good, dining area furnished nicely, [kitchen staff] very personable, three meals a day and snacks, coffee shop, staff engaged and energetic, staff was great, many had worked there a long time, geriatric counselor meets with residents one-on-one, staff provide excellent care, personal care for assisted living, staff know the residents by name, attention to details, very helpful, layout good for someone with memory issues, laid out very nicely, staff people excellent, strong sense of community, communication with staff excellent, residents looked happy, reasonable price and payment options, value is excellent, large common areas, very bright, residents seemed really friendly and happy, everyone is kept clean, people are kind, staff seemed personable, apartments were clean/well-kept/bright, unique diversity of educated people, had the most ethnic diversity, rooms very spacious, window sills were deep, activities throughout the day, outings, doctor comes a couple times a week, a large bedroom and kitchenette, games, people do concerts within the facility, residents go shopping, place very secured and safe, laundry, housekeeping, room was nice, good-sized room, kitchenette & large bathroom, an enrichment program/students of Arcadia University come in and have classes, a very educational environment, word games, themed events and celebrations, games, activity board, exercises, physical therapy, crafts, field trips, rooms were a little bit smaller which was totally fine, concert every Monday, barbeques, very much family-oriented

What they didn’t like: The [private] rooms were inadequate and claustrophobic, property not fenced in/pet could run into street, more like a nursing home, pricey, bathrooms and the kitchenettes were a little outdated, liked a lot but too expensive, food wasn't quite good, grounds fairly nice though small, [facility] changed hands three times/understaffed/no compassion, new management needs major overhaul!, parking lot small, [apartments] are really small

Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme | Philadelphia, PA 19111

Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme provides Assisted Living.

Caring – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.8
SeniorAdvisor – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: it is not large, apartments more spacious, studio bigger than others we toured, large private bathrooms in every apartment, apartment kept immaculate by cleaning staff, maintenance staff very prompt, never time to be lonely/someone always around, [all staff] responsive, one-bedrooms very nice, residents seemed very happy, [tour guide] very caring and knew all the residents, staff very friendly and willing to help, the person that helped us was very easy to work with, whole place seemed very friendly, extremely caring, home-like, very nice, beautiful and peaceful community, staff is excellent, a lovely place to be, one-bedroom apartment with kitchen/living room/bedroom/dining area, large closets, large and wide accessible doors for wheelchairs, a walk-in shower, everyone seems very happy and bright, sales director was helpful and gave me straight answers, [sales director] clearly took pride in the Burholme residence, [sales director] knew the staff by name, [sales director] knew the residents by name, the facility itself looked well maintained, clean and fresh, grounds were attractive, the facilities seemed pleasant and well designed, they are truly caring, a traveling pet show, bingo, tai chi, dance, wheelchair tap, entertainment coming in maybe twice a month, bowling, arts and crafts, the food is good, the food is usually good, they offer [meal] choices, food is good, refrigerator in apartment/kitchen sink/bathroom/shower, closets with ample room, bring your own furnishings/feel homey, offer cable service, has telephone, beautiful patio setting with rocking chairs, nice flowers growing, patio outside [resident’s] room, garden area very nice

What they didn’t like: very expensive, didn't have that many activities, only complaint: food not served hot, small dining areas seemed isolated

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley | Philadelphia, PA 19144

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley offers Assisted Living.

Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 35 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: grounds very nice, much homier, Bed and Breakfast atmosphere, no pseudo-country club feel, warm caring environment, cozy, peace of mind, beautiful gardens and views, clean and pleasant, staff very polite and courteous, vegetarian options, some rooms had shared bath, some had your own bath and were bigger, apartment balconies, apartment is large and light, services are very good, weekly cleaning service, quick repairs, staff very nice, cheerful, transition amazingly easy/expertise and personal attention provided by the Stapeley staff, make the residents their priority, staff seemed to anticipate questions and needs, staff very engaging, well-trained, dedicated, extended family, residents and staff so gracious, new people are approached and engaged by veteran residents to answer questions and share their own experience, staff responsive, friendly Chaplain on staff, the staff are very hands on, very can-do. always professional, clearly knowledgeable and capable but also low-key – very personable and friendly, residents look out for each other, staff is diligent, safe, healthy and happy environment, staff has been very attentive, staff communicates with me whenever necessary, issues are addressed speedily, Marketing Manager has been wonderful liaison, they adjusted her medicines properly, helped her when she didn't want to take a bath, treated her well with all her eccentricities, Staples was inexpensive while still providing good care, very honest about the finances, facility very well maintained, grounds are gorgeous, classes and other activities, field trips, students from local art and music schools work with the residents and perform, dining room quite the gathering place!, detailed and comprehensive calendar of events, shopping trips, on-site movies, day trips to local attractions, live afternoon music in the parlor, manicure days, lectures on history and art and world culture, other educational/social opportunities, bingo, cooking demo, atmosphere in the halls and common rooms is positive and welcoming, big windows, big doors, moldings, wall to wall carpeting, stand-up shower, high ceilings, even the closets are big enough, spacious and sunny room in Alzheimer’s wing, cleanliness

What they didn’t like: Could improve on more affordable buy-in, failure of management to address family member’s multiple concerns, excellent tour but found the place a “dump” and residents “filthy dirty,” nursing home seemed like the people were warehoused, staff uncaring and ignorant, heavy dining room chairs could use wheels, vegetables could be cooked less, skilled nursing section is sketchy/understaffed?, place nice but very old-looking, community fee and monthly rate high.

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