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Assisted Living in Pennsylvania

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, assisted living residences provide food, shelter, personal care, and supplemental health care services to individuals requiring assistance or supervision with activities of daily living or medication administration. On average, assisted living in Pennsylvania costs $5,100 per month or $61,200 annually, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] To keep up with Pennsylvania’s increasing senior population, the state offers a range of assisted living communities to accommodate various budgets, care needs, and lifestyles.
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Assisted living state rankings report

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Overall state ranking out of 50

State scorecard

How we determine rankings

Our 2023 state ranking for assisted living uses A Place for Mom’s proprietary data collected from our community partners. First, we sorted through our metrics and grouped them into three pillars that are key in a quality assisted living experience. We weighted these pillars differently based on insights from our senior living experts. Then, we used these categories and their weighting to determine how each state ranks.

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Top ranked Pennsylvania cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Pennsylvania

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Keystone Villa at Ephrata

100 N State St, Ephrata, PA 17522
10
Review Score
43 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Doug - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The admissions staff was great, finding a place and working with them was so easy. Nursing staff were so good, my father had an apartment when he was there so he did not have "daily" nursing services....

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Palmyra Senior Living

616 W Main St, Palmyra, PA 17078
10
Review Score
59 reviews
Patricia L - I'm a current/former resident or client

I moved here a year ago from Florida and was very nervous, but everyone here was so caring and I felt at ease. It never felt like I was in a facility, it felt like home and the staff felt like family. You...

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Spring Village at Pocono

329 E. Brown St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
10
Review Score
121 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Kathleen - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I give a 5 to all categories. My experience with all the staff has been so good. My brother is happy and well taken care of. His room is always cleaned up and he is very satisfied with the food. I recommend...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Lancasterville

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The Pinnacle at Plymouth Meeting

215 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
9.3
Review Score
32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

It is a very nice facility I would say it is definitely better for independent living than assisted. Decent size apartments, mom is in what they called a flex apartment so if she leveled up to assisted she...

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The Birches at Newtown

70 Durham Road, Newtown, PA 18940
9.9
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105 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My loved one was previously a resident at The Birches at Newtown and the overall experience was great. The cleanliness and friendliness were great. The staff was excellent in my loved one's care. I would...

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Sunrise of Dresher

1650 Susquehanna Road, Dresher, PA 19025
9.8
Review Score
42 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Karen B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Everyone has been so kind and helpful as this transition has been so difficult for my mother. We needed to find a place quickly. And my mother wasn’t prepared at all to make this move. Luckily she loves the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Philadelphia

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Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

6300 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
9.3
Review Score
66 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The people are amazing & do an amazing job taking care of my uncle! Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley is really nice, Professional staff. Personable, everyone knew my uncle by name. Classy building with...

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Fountain View at Logan Square

2 Franklin Town Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9.3
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45 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
EC - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I met some of the people working there and they were very friendly. It was a very good experience for us as we search. The people living there seem happy. The ones we met had been very together and with it....

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The Lafayette

8580 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19111
9.2
Review Score
10 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Thank you. I am very pleased about the quality of service my loved one has received. I highly recommend the facility. The other facilities appeared to have dorm like or nursing room like settings or they...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Pittsburgh

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Brookdale Mt. Lebanon

1050 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
9.6
Review Score
58 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Great staff, very helpful. Facility is very clean. Happy with our decision to put our family member there. We just liked everything about the place overall.

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Juniper Village at Forest Hills

107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
9.5
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85 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
DF - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

It has been excellent! Beautiful place, extremely clean, kind and caring staff, lots of activities every day, excellent food with the ability to order off of a menu. We picked this community because of...

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Schenley Gardens

3890 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8.4
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25 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Susan - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would definitely recommend the facility. The staff is both kind and helpful. The facility has a lovely dining room with access to the outside, weather permitting. The menu has both good selection and...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in West Chester

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Merrill Gardens at West Chester

1201 Ward Ave, West Chester, PA 19380
9.8
Review Score
52 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Susan - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The place is great! We are so grateful for Merrill Gardens at West Chester. It's absolutely the best place for my father. The staff and GM are unbelievable, attuned to my Father's Day, his comings and goings...

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Sunrise of Westtown

1045 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
9.1
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45 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Kathy D - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Sunrise senior living's top notch management and care team ensures residents have their care needs, however complex, expertly met so that they can enjoy time with their families and the many amenities the...

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Wellington at Hershey's Mill

1361 Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380
8.9
Review Score
27 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Joe I - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

They have done a great job with my mom. We were supposed to move both my dad and mom in last year, but my dad had other plans. Over the past year it has been difficult, wellington really went above and...

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Cost of assisted living in Pennsylvania

The cost of assisted living can greatly vary given the range of options. However, the approximate monthly cost range of assisted living in Pennsylvania falls between $3,000 and $7,500 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s internal data. This range is an estimate based on what referred families actually paid at our partnering assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania. It accounts for all costs including room and board, care, and access to on-site amenities.

Pennsylvania assisted living costs are reflective of average nationwide costs, but prices can vary depending on location, floor plan, care needs, and amenities. Some Pennsylvania communities offer luxurious amenities — like 24-hour concierge, fully equipped fitness rooms, spacious lounge areas, and robust wellness programs — that lead to a higher cost. Fortunately, there are still many affordable options that focus on providing quality care along with a few essential amenities. Additionally, seniors can reduce some care costs with programs like Medicaid or Medicare.

Compare costs of Pennsylvania vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Pennsylvania

$4,309/mo

US National average

$4,694/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Pennsylvania

$4,309/mo

Maryland

$5,280/mo

Delaware

$5,738/mo

New Jersey

$7,054/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Pennsylvania vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Pennsylvania

$4,309/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Pennsylvania

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Pennsylvania

There are several payment methods for assisted living available to families in Pennsylvania, and families who start planning early tend to have the most options. Many families combine private and public resources to cover assisted living expenses. In this section, you’ll find a variety of potential options and resources. For a quick overview of payment options, you can also visit our guide to paying for long-term care.

The private pay options available to your senior loved one will depend on their current situation. Options may include savings accounts, retirement pensions, and any of the options listed below.

Selling a house

Pennsylvania seniors often choose to downsize by selling their homes to fund assisted living costs.

Reverse mortgage

If selling their home isn’t feasible, Pennsylvania seniors can take out a loan based on their home’s equity to pay for assisted living expenses.

Health savings accounts (HSA)

Seniors in Pennsylvania can use a health savings account, also known as an HSA, to cover medical expenses and some assisted living care costs.

Life insurance

Some life insurance policies can be borrowed from, surrendered, or sold to help Pennsylvania seniors cover assisted living expenses.

Long-term care insurance

Long-term care insurance policies greatly vary in what they cover, but they may cover some care services at a Pennsylvania assisted living facility.

Social Security benefits for assisted living

Qualifying Pennsylvania seniors can use Social Security benefits to fund monthly assisted living expenses.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania assisted living facilities must be licensed and regulated by the Office of Long-Term Living’s Bureau of Human Services Licensing operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.[02]

The department performs inspections on assisted living facilities every 24 months to check for compliance in the following areas:[02]

  • Proper medication administration and storage
  • Quality of care provided (no elderly neglect or abuse)
  • Conduction of medical evaluations and creation of care plans
  • Adequate staff-to-resident ratio

To access information on inspections of Pennsylvania assisted living facilities, also referred to as personal care homes, you can visit the health department’s annual reports page. If you’d like more information on assisted living regulations in Pennsylvania, you can visit the personal care home and assisted living residence licensing page on the Department of Human Services website.

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Licensing for assisted living in Pennsylvania

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Pennsylvania assisted living records: Exceptional

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Pennsylvania is exceptional. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • The Pennsylvania state licensing website includes compliance and inspection reports dating back more than five years.
  • Personal care home and assisted living records in Pennsylvania are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.

How to look up Pennsylvania assisted living licenses and records

  • Records and information about providers classified as “assisted living,” as well as records for homes classified as “personal care homes,” are available through the Human Services Provider Directory.
  • Providers and inspection reports can be searched by region, county, ZIP code, and facility name.
  • From the search results, select “Inspection Summary” to view the results of the most recent inspection of the community or previous inspections.

How we arrived at our Pennsylvania rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? No
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? No
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? Yes
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? No
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 24 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022-2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. (2023). Personal care home and assisted living residence licensing.

Top cities in Pennsylvania for assisted living

8.9
York, PA
19 facilities
8.4
West Chester, PA
28 facilities
8.3
Philadelphia, PA
70 facilities
7.9
Pittsburgh, PA
70 facilities
7.9
Allentown, PA
37 facilities
7.7
Lancasterville, PA
73 facilities

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