In Pennsylvania’s largest city, history buffs make endless discoveries as they explore the multitude of famous landmarks and architectural sites. Home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia has much to show its senior residents and their visiting loved ones. Art lovers can explore the extensive Philadelphia Museum of Art, animal enthusiasts can visit the Philadelphia Zoo, and those who enjoy the outdoors can hike through the beautiful Pennypack and Fairmount parks.
With free public transportation for individuals aged 65 and older on Septa Regional Rail and the state’s zero tax policy on social security, pension and retirement income for those aged 60 and older, it’s no wonder that 12.9% of the cities residents are seniors. Kiplinger named Philadelphia one of the 12 best places to retire for good health, and the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Health hospitals rank among the best in the state. For seniors considering a move into one of the city’s assisted living facilities, we’ve included a list of nine of our top choices.
2109 Red Lion Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Oakwood Residence is nestled in Northeast Philadelphia, walking distance from shops and restaurants along Roosevelt Boulevard and Hayes Memorial Playground. Additionally, the Philadelphia Mills outlet mall and the historic Pennypack Park are only 10 minutes away. Residents at this warm, inviting and home-like facility enjoy amenities including a beauty salon, a library, lounges and shared activity rooms. With daily housekeeping, meals accommodating individual dietary needs and visiting medical specialists, Oakwood Residence lets seniors live with minimal stress and excellent access to care. We included this home in our list of Philadelphia’s top nine facilities for its convenient and affordable absence of move-in or service fees.
Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park
8401 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack Park is a full-service senior care community with beautifully landscaped grounds close to Pennypack Park and Nazareth Hospital. In the all-inclusive assisted living unit, residents enjoy private apartments and cozy fireside shared living areas. Excellent food options include three fresh, tasty meals per day served in the elegant fine-dining hall with views of the courtyard, plus sandwiches and snacks prepared in the more casual bistro.
Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
6300 Greene St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Minutes from Wissahickon Valley Park and the Walnut Lane Golf Course, this Quaker-founded facility features beautiful historic architecture and antique furnishings. The building is set on lush, park-like grounds surrounded by tall forest trees and includes a wealth of amenities such as on-site worship services, a library, a media room and parking. In the dining hall, residents enjoy selections from a nutritious salad bar and chef-prepared meals of delicious comfort foods.
The Terrace at Chestnut Hill
495 E. Abington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
At The Terrace at Chestnut Hills, seniors receive assisted living and memory care in a historic 19th-century mansion with a warm, home-like atmosphere. We chose this facility for our list of Philadelphia’s top nine for its location in the city’s beautiful garden district, walking distance to shops and restaurants along Germantown Avenue. Outside, residents can stroll along walking paths shaded by tall trees or relax and socialize on cozy porches. Inside, the comfortable shared living areas include a light-filled sunroom and a casual bistro.
Harmony Place Assisted Living at Park Ridge
8420 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Harmony Place Assisted Living at Park Ridge offers residents high-quality support services tailored to their unique requirements, with large private apartments for those not in need of medical care. Part of the Healthcare Center at Park Ridge, the facility also hosts an on-premises doctor’s office. Residents enjoy scheduled transportation for outings to sites such as the nearby Neshaminy Mall and in-house beauty salon services.
Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme
7040 Oxford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
In this elegant, upscale assisted living facility with large windows, residents can read their favorite book in the well-lit library overlooking the lush garden or enjoy fresh air from comfortable rocking chairs on the shady patio. On-site amenities at Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme include a hair salon, coffee bar and a complimentary transportation service for errands and social outings. To stay active, residents can participate in fitness classes or take walks through the landscaped grounds, which has a gazebo. The spacious apartments have carpeting and individual thermostats for heating and cooling.
Atria Center City
150 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Residents at the luxurious, upscale and hotel-like Atria Center City have access to beautiful city views from the rooftop terrace and convenient underground parking. The pet-friendly facility holds twice-daily fitness classes, hosts frequent guest lecturers and provides residents with a personal car service and transportation for group outings. We included the pet-friendly Atria Center City in our list of Philadelphia’s top nine assisted living facilities for its unique array of three on-site dining rooms: a casual bistro, bar lounge and fine dining hall.
Holy Redeemer Lafayette
8580 Verree Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Holy Redeemer Lafayette’s one-of-a-kind amenities include a casual pub, on-site bank and general store. Residents can choose from spacious apartments with nine varying floor plans, some of which include private balconies. The staff’s heartfelt emphasis on the well-being of residents and their loved ones, reflected through their pastoral care services program, is why we included in it our list of Philadelphia’s top nine. Additionally, the community is pet-friendly and provides residents with a fitness room, computer room and library.
Deer Meadows Retirement Community
8301 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
An elegant full-service senior care facility, Deer Meadows Retirement Community is located next to Nazareth Hospital and beautiful Pennypack Park. In the well-decorated building, residents enjoy phones in each room, a wellness center with fitness classes, a chapel and restaurant-style dining. To help residents retain feelings of connectedness and fun, staff members facilitate pet visits and intergenerational activities. Transportation services are also provided for social outings and personal errands.
Is Philadelphia the Right Choice for You?
Philadelphia’s diverse, historical neighborhoods offer a wide range of flavors and lifestyles for seniors ranging from the dense Center City to the stately Chestnut Hill. For those in need of support and services, the Mayor’s Commission on Aging provides seniors with comprehensive resource guides, senior centers and access to nutritional meals.