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Ranking the Best Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA

You can use our list of the best nursing homes in Philadelphia, PA, to help you compare your care options. Learn more about Philadelphia nursing homes, as well as Medicare costs, coverage and more.

Christian Worstell

by Christian Worstell | Published October 06, 2021 | Reviewed by

Quality of care is one of the most important factors when deciding on a nursing home for yourself or a loved one. To help those researching their options in the Philadelphia area, we’ve compiled this list of the best nursing homes in Philadelphia, PA. 

The list is sorted by each nursing home’s overall star rating from the Centers or Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The overall rating is based on a nursing home's performance on 3 sources: health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care measures. Ratings are based on a 5-star scale, with 5 being the highest rating. 

Facility Address Phone Overall Medicare Star Rating
SIMPSON HOUSE INC 2101 BELMONT AVENUE (215) 878-3600 ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
WILLOWCREST ALBERT EINSTEIN MED CTR (215) 456-8632 ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
HOLY FAMILY HOME 5300 CHESTER AVENUE (215) 729-5153 ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
PHILADELPHIA PROTESTANT HOME 700 E GILHAM ST (215) 697-8000 ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
DELAWARE VALLEY VETERAN'S HOME 2701 SOUTHAMPTON RD (215) 965-0301 ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
PENNYPACK NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 8015 LAWNDALE AVENUE (215) 725-2525 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
GERMANTOWN HOME 6950 GERMANTOWN AVENUE (215) 848-3306 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
WESLEY ENHANCED LIVING PENNYPACK PARK 8401  ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD (215) 624-5800 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
PAUL'S RUN 9896 BUSTLETON AVENUE (215) 934-3000 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
PRESBYTERIAN CTR FOR CONT CARE PENN MED RITTENHOUSE CAMPUS 1800 LOMBARD ST 5TH FL (215) 893-2250 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
TCU AT NAZARETH HOSPITAL, THE 2601 HOLME AVENUE (215) 335-6367 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
THE PINES AT PHILADELPHIA REHAB AND HEALTHCARE CTR 8410 ROOSEVELT BLVD (215) 708-1200 ★★★★ (4 Stars)
OAKWOOD HEALTHCARE & REHABILITATION CENTER 2109 RED LION ROAD (215) 673-7000 ★★★ (3 Stars)
INGLIS HOUSE 2600 BELMONT AVENUE (215) 581-0713 ★★★ (3 Stars)
ST JOHN NEUMANN CTR FOR REHAB & HEALTHCARE 10400 ROOSEVELT AVENUE (215) 698-5600 ★★★ (3 Stars)
DEER MEADOWS REHABILITATION CENTER 8301 ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD (215) 624-7575 ★★★ (3 Stars)
CHAPEL MANOR 1104 WELSH ROAD (215) 676-9191 ★★★ (3 Stars)
TUCKER HOUSE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 1001-11 WALLACE STREET (215) 235-1600 ★★★ (3 Stars)
CATHEDRAL VILLAGE 600 EAST CATHEDRAL ROAD (215) 487-1300 ★★★ (3 Stars)
EMBASSY OF IVY HILL 1401 IVY HILL ROAD (215) 233-5605 ★★★ (3 Stars)
SPRINGS AT THE WATERMARK, THE 2 FRANKLIN TOWN BLVD (215) 563-1800 ★★★ (3 Stars)
LAFAYETTE-REDEEMER, THE 8580 VERREE ROAD (215) 214-2820 ★★★ (3 Stars)
RIVER'S EDGE REHABILITATION & HEALTHCARE CENTER 9501 STATE ROAD (215) 632-5700 ★★★ (3 Stars)
CENTENNIAL HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER 4400 WEST GIRARD AVENUE (215) 477-1170 ★★★ (3 Stars)
CHELTENHAM NURSING AND REHAB C 600 W CHELTENHAM AVENUE (215) 927-7300 ★★ (2 Stars)
PHILADELPHIA NURSING HOME GIRARD AND CORINTHIAN AVE (215) 685-0800 ★★ (2 Stars)
PROMEDICA SKILLED NRSG AND REHAB (PHILADELPHIA) 1526 LOMBARD STREET (215) 546-5960 ★★ (2 Stars)
LAUREL SQUARE HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER 1020 OAK LANE AVENUE (215) 224-9898 ★★ (2 Stars)
ROOSEVELT REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTER 7800 BUSTLETON AVENUE (215) 722-2300 ★★ (2 Stars)
ST MONICA CENTER FOR REHABILITATION & HEALTHCARE 2509 SOUTH FOURTH STREET (215) 271-1080 ★★ (2 Stars)
RENAISSANCE HEALTHCARE & REHABILITATION CENTER 4712 CHESTER AVENUE (215) 727-4450 ★★ (2 Stars)
WESLEY  ENHANCED LIVING AT STAPELEY 6300 GREENE STREET (215) 844-0700 ★★ (2 Stars)
LIBERTY CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND NURSING 7310 STENTON AVENUE (215) 242-2727 ★★ (2 Stars)
CARING HEART REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER 6445 GERMANTOWN AVENUE (215) 438-5268 ★★ (2 Stars)
CLIVEDEN NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 6400 GREENE STREET (215) 844-6400 ★★ (2 Stars)
KEARSLEY REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER 2100 NORTH 49TH STREET (215) 877-1565 ★★ (2 Stars)
TULIP SPECIAL CARE, LLC 3300 HENRY AVENUE, 7TH FLOOR (215) 842-3300 ★★ (2 Stars)
SOMERTON  NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 650 EDISON AVENUE (215) 673-5700 ★ (1 Star)
IMMACULATEMARYCENTER FOR REHABILITATION&HEALTHCARE 2990 HOLME AVENUE (215) 335-2100 ★ (1 Star)
ST IGNATIUS NURSING & REHAB CENTER 4401 HAVERFORD AVENUE (215) 349-8800 ★ (1 Star)
RESTORE HEALTH AT UNIVERSITY CITY 3609 CHESTNUT STREET (215) 386-2942 ★ (1 Star)
FAIRVIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 184 BETHLEHEM PIKE (215) 247-5311 ★ (1 Star)
MAPLEWOOD NURSING AND REHAB  CENTER 125 W SCHOOLHOUSE LANE (215) 844-8806 ★ (1 Star)
CARE PAVILION NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 6212 WALNUT STREET (215) 476-6264 ★ (1 Star)
BALA NURSING AND RETIREMENT CE 4001 FORD ROAD (215) 877-5400 ★ (1 Star)
FOX SUBACUTE AT SOUTH PHILADELPHIA 1930 SOUTH BROAD STREET (215) 709-4000 ★ (1 Star)
WILLOW TERRACE ONE PENN BOULEVARD (215) 951-8500 ★ (1 Star)

It’s worth noting that the list above includes only nursing homes that have a Philadelphia address. There may be additional nursing homes just outside the city in the greater metro area that could be worth considering in your search as well. 

Considering the Cost of Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA

Quality of care and of the facility itself is often first and foremost for many when choosing a nursing home. But nursing homes can be expensive, so cost may be an important factor for most people.

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania are among the most expensive in the U.S. The average cost of a nursing home in Pennsylvania in 2021 is more than $11,000 per month for a semi-private room.

Nearly all the nursing homes on the above list accept both Medicare and Medicaid as payment. Three of the homes accept Medicare but not Medicaid, and one home accepts Medicaid but not Medicare. Some private insurance plans may include nursing home coverage, but nursing home benefits are most often found in standalone long-term care insurance plans.

Some private Medicare plans known as Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans can provide additional benefits related to long-term care and aging in place. 

When choosing a nursing home, it’s important to know how the care might be covered by your loved one’s insurance. Below is a look at how nursing homes in Philadelphia are covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Does Medicare Cover Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA?

Medicare covers skilled nursing care administered at a nursing home or temporary stays at skilled nursing facilities, but Medicare does not cover long-term custodial care at a nursing home.

Skilled nursing care refers to things like changing bandages, administering IVs, physical therapy and other types of medical care. Custodial care refers to things like dressing, bathing, eating and other activities of daily living. 

Custodial care is not covered by Medicare when it’s the only type of care needed. People who move into a nursing home because they are no longer able to live independently will typically rely mostly on custodial care. Medicare coverage will only kick in should that person need any skilled nursing care while at the facility. 

Skilled nursing facility stays are more typical for people who have recently suffered a fall or undergone an operation and need some living assistance for a few weeks or months before being able to return home.

  • Medicare Part A covers the first 20 days of a stay at a skilled nursing facility, with no daily copayment required. It must be considered medically necessary for beneficiaries to receive skilled nursing care for Medicare to cover it. 
  • For days 21 to 100 of a stay in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare requires a copayment of $185.50 per day (in 2021).
  • Beyond 100 days, beneficiaries are responsible for all costs. 

Medicare beneficiaries can use a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plan to cover the full cost of those daily copayments along with receiving Medicare coverage beyond the 100-day limit. 

Does Medicaid Cover Nursing Homes in Philadelphia, PA?

Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program will cover nursing home care if it’s determined by a doctor to be medically necessary, or if it meets the “nursing home level of care.” That means that a Medicare beneficiary must need skilled nursing, rehabilitation services or some other type of health-related care on a regular basis that cannot be administered at home.

Pennsylvania requires a Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) before granting acceptance into a nursing home. This screening provides an assessment on whether the person meets the standards required for Medicaid coverage. 

 If you qualify for Medicaid and are need a nursing home level of care, Medicaid will provide coverage of your room and board along with your care. 

Additional Resources for Long-Term Care in Philadelphia, PA

Below are some additional resources that may be helpful to anyone seeking nursing home care in Philadelphia, PA.

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