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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

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About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

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About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Residential Care Home in Pennsylvania

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Residential Care Home in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is nicknamed “The Keystone State” because of the state’s integral role in the founding of the United States of America. Pennsylvania today is a perfect combination of quaint, rural farmland, rolling hills, and major urban centers like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The median monthly cost of a care home in Pennsylvania is about $2,000. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.

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Pennsylvania Care Home Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

Cost of Living

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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 99
  • Groceries: 107
  • Housing: 101
  • Utilities: 106
  • Transportation: 110

Demographics

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.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 48%
  • Voted Republican: 48%
  • Voted third party: 4%

Population

  • Median age: 41
  • Over the age of 55: 32%
  • 2018 population: 12,807,060
  • 2020 population: 12,840,351
  • Estimated 2025 population: 12,923,957

Miscellaneous

  • 34% regularly attend a religious service
  • 39% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • Across the state there are a total of 15,359 congregations
  • There are 535 Masonic lodges in Pennsylvania

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 40 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 49 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 50°F
  • Average summer temperature: 70°F
  • Typical summer high: 89°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 47°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 29°F
  • Typical winter high: 45°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: 11°F (January)

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