Nursing Homes 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.

There are more than 25 nursing homes in PA. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of skilled nursing homes in PA to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.

According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Pennsylvania is about $10,400. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room is around $9,700.

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Pennsylvania Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.

Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.

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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