The state of Pennsylvania has many great options for senior living. One popular choice among seniors is assisted living communities. These communities provide personal care services to seniors who require limited assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Assisted living in PA is a great option for seniors who desire independence but also seek a sense of community. A Place for Mom has over 450 partner communities in Pennsylvania.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Pennsylvania is about $4,200.
The Bureau of Human Services Licensing of The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare regulates assisted living communities within the state. Pennsylvania is rated as exceptional in terms of public access to assisted living records and violations. All records and reports for licensed assisted living communities can be obtained through the Human Services Provider Directory.
The state defines an Assisted Living Residence as a long-term care alternative that allows individuals to age in place and receive the assistance they need to maintain maximum independence and exercise decision-making and personal choice.
The cost of living in Pennsylvania is considered to be slightly below the national average. The housing cost is rated about equal to the average. This can sometimes translate to a lower cost of care, however this depends greatly on the neighborhood in which a community is located. Pennsylvania does however have relatively high costs for groceries and transportation. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
Nearly 17% of the Pennsylvania population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Pennsylvania leaned slightly Republican. However, the election was one with the smallest margins in U.S. history, with only a 0.74% margin.
Pennsylvania’s climate is classified as humid continental, which means that the state tends to experience four distinct seasons with seasonal temperatures fluctuating widely. The average humidity level is 70%, and humidity levels are often highest during July at about 75%. Located between the Midatlantic and Northeast regions, Pennsylvania has a very diverse topography. The Appalachian mountains slice through the state, separating the high plains and Lake Erie in the northwest from the river valleys and plains of the southeast.