Housing Options

If remaining in the home is not an option, there is a variety of other housing arrangements from which to choose.

Domiciliary Care (Dom Care)
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“Domiciliary” comes from the word “domicile” or home, and is used to describe care provided in the home. Our Dom Care program matches adults who cannot live alone with individuals or families who are willing to open their homes to them. Dom Care providers offer a warm and encouraging family environment, and assist residents with their daily needs, including food, laundry, personal hygiene and medication administration.

Consumers benefit by becoming a part of a family and receiving individualized attention far more personalized than one might receive in a personal care home or long term care facility. Placements continue for as long as providers and consumers are satisfied with the living arrangement. This highly successful program is one PCA’s oldest and includes participants who have been together for more than 20 years. 

Learn more 

Nursing Home Transition (NHT)
PCA’s Nursing Home Transition Program assists nursing home residents age 60 and older to return to community living. NHT may help appropriate candidates to find housing, modify an existing home to make it accessible, access needed medical, adult day care or home-based services and provide training for independent living.

For more information call:
PCA Helpline, 215-765-9040

Younger nursing home residents, ages 18 - 59 who wish to return to community living may call:
Liberty Resources, 215-634-2000

Assisted Living
Assisted living communities are designed for older adults who cannot live independently but do not require nursing home care. These facilities may help residents to take their medications properly, offer assistance with personal care and housekeeping and serve meals in a community dining room. Many have professional nurses on-site or on call if a resident requires special care. Assisted living centers may be stand-alone; exist as part of a continuing care retirement community where other older adults live independently; or may be a part of nursing home or senior housing complex. Not all assisted living facilities provide the same services, so it is imperative to look carefully at the individual facility’s contract.
Click here for  a list of Assisted Living facilities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (also called Life Care Communities) enter into a contract through which their housing, health care and meals are provided for the remainder of the individual’s life. Other services, such as recreation facilities and transportation, may also be provided. Typically, the resident pays an initial entrance fee and also makes monthly payments. The facilities may require potential residents to meet certain age, health and financial requirements.
Click here for listings of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are residential facilities licensed by the Department of Health for people with disabilities and/or older adults who require 24-hour, skilled nursing care but who do not need the high-tech resources of a hospital. An assessment is required to be admitted to a nursing home.

A nursing home finder and comparison tool is available online through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid:
Click here to go to the CMS website for resources evaluating and choosing a nursing home

Click here for a list of Nursing Homes
  (this links to a database within pcaCares.org of local nursing homes)

Personal Care Boarding Homes 
Personal care boarding homes are generally smaller than assisted living facilities but provide similar services such as meals, housekeeping and personal care activities such as bathing and dressing. 
Click here for listings of personal care boarding homes

Subsidized & Public Housing
Older adults encounter great challenges finding affordable, decent and accessible housing. Waiting lists for subsidized housing are often several years long.
Subsidized housing programs have age and income eligibility requirements. Minimum age is typically 62 orAge 18 for disabled adults. 
How to Apply:

Public Housing: 
Philadelphia Housing Authority Office
718 N. 16th Street
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
call 215-684-4453 
Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly, Section 8):
Call: The Philadelphia Housing Authority Office 
Ask if the waiting list is currently open 
Subsidized Housing
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has a list of subsidized buildings that provide housing for older adults.

Click here for a listing of subsidized housing resources 

You may also refine your search by using this link to Search by zip code or location

General Housing Resources
Sources for utilities assistance, home repair or modification programs, loan programs for home repairs or modifications, reverse mortgage loans, fair housing commission, HUD, emergency mortgage assistance, etc.)
Click here to search by category for  more resources

Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (Granny Flats)
These are self-contained units which families or friends set up to be occupied by an older adult relative or friend on the same property, adjacent to, or attached to a single family home. Sometimes these are converted garages or other sections of a home, or removable units. The unit usually has a private entrance, kitchen and bath. Anyone considering creating this kind of housing must first contact the municipality where they live, because most towns have zoning regulations which determine how, where, and whether these living arrangements are permitted.

Housing for the Elderly in Philadelphia
A Guide to Housing Resources For the Elderly In Philadelphia...
This resource guide is intended primarily for professionals who work with older adults in the City of Philadelphia. It provides a comprehensive overview of the City's housing resources for the elderly. The guide will enable the professional to help the client identify those housing resources that best meet the consumer's housing needs.

This guide also points professionals to non-conventional solutions so that they can help the consumer plan for changes in lifestyle or finances through such programs as Domiciliary Care, subsidized housing or long-term facilities. It also provides information about groups that promote community education, allowing counselors and consumers alike to get involved with a membership organization or coalition of groups on issues of long-term or citywide concern.

Click here to download the resource guide