Assisted Living in Pennsylvania

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Families looking for assisted living in Pennsylvania (PA) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 931 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 17.8 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Pennsylvania will pay $3,750 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Pennsylvania

$5,106.00 Maryland
$4,674.00 Ohio
$4,097.00 Pennsylvania
$4,000.00 US
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Pennsylvania as $4,097. This places Pennsylvania on the higher end of the scale at about $100 over the national average, and about $300 lower than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Pennsylvania

$5,811.00 Pa/De/Md/Nj Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington
$5,013.00 Erie
$4,971.00 Chambersburg, Waynesboro
$4,827.00 Harrisburg, Carlisle
$4,762.00 Lebanon
$4,753.00 Lancaster
$4,529.00 York Hanover
$4,172.00 State College
$4,114.00 Altoona
$4,097.00 Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton
$3,933.00 Bloomsburg, Berwick
$3,784.00 East Stroudsburg
$3,715.00 Reading
$3,524.00 Williamsport
$3,442.00 Pittsburgh
$3,387.00 Gettysburg
$3,317.00 Johnstown
$3,305.00 Rest Of State
$2,622.00 Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Pennsylvania. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Erie are at least $900 more than the state average of $4,097, but in areas like Johnstown, you're saving on average $800. The most affordable region in Pennsylvania for assisted living is Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton at $2,622.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Pennsylvania

Assisted living communities are as diverse as the state, ranging from small residences to large complexes that offer several service levels including independent living and memory care.

Pennsylvania law distinguishes between assisted living residences (ALR) and personal care homes (PCHs). PCHs are usually smaller and don't have the same legal requirements of an ALR.

Residents in PCHs may share a bathroom, and their rooms don't need to be equipped with a sink or refrigerator. Staffing rules are less stringent, and many services typical of an ALR are not available in a PCH, including physical and occupational therapy or hospice. Public spaces may be smaller and there is no need for a room emergency notification system. It's important to note, however, that some PCHs exceed their legal requirements and may, in fact, have just as many amenities as an ALR.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Pennsylvania

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Pennsylvania

Both the elderly and their families can benefit from the free resources provided by many nonprofit and governmental organizations found across Pennsylvania. These organizations can provide an excellent starting point in understanding your rights and options.

Pennsylvania Area Agencies on Aging

There are 64 local Agencies on Aging aimed at increasing seniors' independence and dignity. This non-profit organization focuses on individuals, aged 60 and older, and provides services that include counseling, tax assistance, and legal advice.

Although they don't provide financial assistance with ALRs, they have expert knowledge on Medicaid billing, low-income subsidies and senior care. They also act as an ombudsman during any disputes between the ALR and the resident or their families. The agencies are divided by counties; find the chapter nearest to you listed below.

Adams Co. Office of Aging Inc.

318 W. Middle St., Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-9296

Allegheny County AAA

2100 Wharton St, 2nd Floor, Pittsburg, PA 15203
(412) 350-4234

Armstrong County AAA

326 S. Water St, Ste 1, Kitanning, PA 16201
(724) 548-3290

Beaver County Office on Aging

1020 8th Ave, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 847-2262

Bedford County AAA

240 Wood St, Bedford, PA 15522
(814) 623-8148

Berks County Office of Aging

633 Court St, 8th Floor, Reading, PA 19601
(610) 478-6500

Blair Senior Services, Inc.

1320 12th Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 946-1235

Bradford County AAA

220 Main St, Unit 2, Towanda, PA 18848
(570) 265-6121

Bucks County AAA

30 E. Oakland Ave, Doylestown, PA 18901
(267) 880-5700

Butler County AAA

111 Sunnyview Circle, Ste 101, Butler, PA 16001
(724) 282-3008

Cambria Co. AAA Central

110 Franklin St, Ste 400, Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 539-5595

Cameron Co. AAA

118 Center St, Ridgeway, PA 15853
(814) 776-2191

Carbon Co. AAA

401 Delaware Ave., 3rd Fl., Palmerton, PA 18071
(800) 441-1315

Centre Co. Office of Aging

420 Holmes St, Rm 245, Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-6716

Chester Dept. of Aging Services

601 Westtown Rd. Ste. 320, West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6350

Clarion AAA, Inc.

12 Grant St., Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 226-4640

Clearfield Co. AAA

103 N. Front St., Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 765-2696

Clinton STEP Office of Aging

2138 Lincokn St, Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 326-0587

Columbia Aging Office

702 Sawmill Rd. Ste. 201, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 784-9272

Crawford Active Aging, Inc

1034 Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 336-1792

Cumberland Co. Aging and Community Services

1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 240-6110

Dauphin Co. AAA

Two South 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 780-6130

Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging

206 Eddystone Ave, Eddystone, PA 19022
(610) 490-1300

Elk County AAA

118 Center St, Ridgway, PA 15853
(814) 776-2191

Greater Erie Community Action Committee

18 W. 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501
(814) 459-4581

Fayette County AAA

137 North Beeson Avenue, Suite 107, Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 430-4603

Forest County AAA

905 4th Ave., Warren, PA 16365
(814) 723-3763

Franklin County AAA

600 Norland Ave., Suite 11, Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 263-2153

Fulton County AAA

182 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg, PA 17233
(717) 485-5151

Greene County AAA

93 East Hight Street, B-Level, Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 852-1510

Huntingdon County AAA

307 10th Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-5115

Indiana County AAA

1055 Oak Street, Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 349-4500

Jefferson County AAA

186 Main Street, Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-3096

Mifflin/Juniata AAA, Inc.

249 West 3rd Street, Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 242-0315

Lackawanna County AAA

200 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6707

Lancaster County Office of Aging

150 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-7979

Lawrence County AAA Shenley Square

2706 Mercer Road, New Castle, PA 16105
(724) 658-3729

Lebanon County AAA

710 Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Lebanon, PA 17046
(717) 273-9262

Lehigh County Office of Aging

17 S. 7th Street, Room 230, Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 782-3034

Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging

111 N. Pennsylvania Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 822-1158

Lycoming/Clinton STEP Office of Aging

2138 Lincoln Street, PO Box 3156, Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 326-0587

McKean County AAA

118 Center Street, PO Box A, Ridgway, PA 15853
(814) 776-2191

Mercer County AAA, Inc.

133 N. Pitt Street, Mercer, PA 16137
(724) 662-6222

Monroe County AAA

724 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 420-3735

Montgomery Co. Aging and Adult Services Human Services Center

1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19404
(610) 278-3601

Montour County AAA

702 Sawmill Rd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 784-9272

Northampton County AAA

2801 Emrick Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18020
(610) 829-4540

Northumberland County AAA

322 N. Second Street, Sunbury, PA 17801
(570) 495-2395

Perry County AAA

315 Keystone Way, New Bloomfield, PA 17068
(717) 582-5128

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

642 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-9000

Pike County AAA

150 Pike County Blvd., Lords Valley, PA 18428
(570) 775-5550

Potter County Human Services AAA

62 North Street, Roulette, PA 16746
(814) 544-7315

Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services

110 E. Laurel Blvd., Pottsville, PA 17901
(570) 622-3103

Snyder/Union County AAA

116 N. 2nd Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-2100

Somerset County AAA

1338 S. Edgewood Ave., Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 443-2681

Sullivan County AAA

245 Muncy Street, Suite 205, Laporte, PA 18626
(570) 946-4316

Susquehanna County AAA

157 Spruce Street, Suite 1, Montrose, PA 18801
(570) 278-3751

Tioga County AAA

48 Plaza Lane, Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 723-0935

Venango County AAA

One Dale Ave., Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-9711

Warren County AAA

905 4th Ave., Warren, PA 16365
(814) 723-3763

Washington County AAA

150 West Beau Street, 216 Plaza Building, Washington, PA 15301
(724) 228-7080

Wayne County AAA

323 Tenth Street, Honesdale, PA 18431
(570) 253-4262

Westmoreland County AAA

200 S. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 830-4444

York County AAA

100 W. Market Street, Suite 102, York, PA 17401
(717) 771-9610

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Pennsylvania

Assisted living communities are highly regulated by Pennsylvania’s state government with on-site inspections occurring annually. A complete list of the state regulations is available at, but below are some key state laws.

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

A medical evaluation is required 60 days prior to admission to an assisted living community. Occasionally this evaluation may be performed after the move-in date if extenuating circumstances are involved. The evaluation looks at the current health of the individual and gathers typical medical information such as allergies, current medications, and immunizations. A mobility and daily living assessment is also performed.

After living in the community for 30 days, the new resident is again evaluated by the administrator or an appointee of the administer (usually an RN or an LPN under the guidance of an RN). This time the assessment is used to create the support plan and must include medical history, dietary needs and supplemental care requirements. In addition, the resident is tested on their ability to manage the activities of daily living including building evacuation, lock manipulation and medication self-administration. Once a final support plan is drawn up, it must be signed by the resident or their representative and implemented within 30 days.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Seniors experiencing certain conditions or diseases are prohibited from admission in Pennsylvania unless the licensing agency permits an exception. These includereportable infectious diseases that require isolation and conditions needing advanced skilled nursing care.

Certain Assisted Living communities may have an SCU (Special Care Unit) on site. Proof of a memory impairment is required for residents in these units.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

There are two types of core services that an ALR provides in Pennsylvania. The independent core package contains 24-hour supervision, laundry, social activities and cognitive support. The enhanced core package includes all items in the first package along with daily activity aids, transportation help and medication administration or self-administration assistance.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

Pennsylvania does not cover room and board services of an assisted living residence in its Medicaid program or waiver programs. If the community accepts a resident that is eligible for SSI payments, the rent must not exceed the resident’s monthly income less any personal needs expenses.

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

The interior of an ALR should be well-lit with additional markings for the visually impaired, and handrails, ramps and other accessibility devices should be in good repair.

There should be a common dining area that provides breakfast, noon and evening meals. The resident may eat in their room if ill or if the community offers room service.

Individual rooms should be equipped with the necessities for daily living including:

  • Fully equipped bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower or tub
  • Exterior locking doors unless they pose a safety risk to the resident
  • Individually controlled thermostats for heat and air conditioning
  • Electrical outlets that support small appliances such as a microwave or a mini fridge
  • Telephone jack
  • Storage space

The common area should include a space for food preparation and cleanup, which residents may use, and it must be separate from the community meal kitchen.

Medication Management Regulations

A resident who has been assessed and approved may self-administer their own medications. These medications should be kept out of reach of others in a locked box in the resident's room. Staff can perform daily or periodic medication reminders if necessary.

All other residents’ medications are administered by a licensed staff member or student nurse (who is under the authority of an RN). All prescription medications in the AL community must be labeled with the following:

  • Resident's name
  • Medication name
  • Date dispensed
  • Dosage instructions
  • Prescribing doctor

Staffing Requirements

Each AL residence must employ enough personnel to provide one hour of care to each resident per day and two hours of care to residents with mobility issues. There must be a licensed nurse on site or on call, and a registered dietician should be available to accommodate dietary restrictions. The administrator or director should be on-site a minimum of 36 working hours.

Staff Training Requirements

All staff should be trained in fire safety and emergency preparedness, and personnel may not provide direct care until they have completed 18 hours of general training with an additional 16 hours of annual training. All training records and training plans must be available for inspection.

Background Check for ALR Staff in Pennsylvania

The age requirement for all staff, except housekeeping and food service, is 18, and proof of a criminal history and background check must be kept on file.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

Each resident shall be informed of their right to lodge complaints without the threat of retaliation. A poster detailing these rights should be publicly displayed, and all residents should understand how to file a complaint.

Instances of elder abuse or neglect should be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The state hotline number is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-490-8505. The ALR staff is trained to look for instances of abuse and it is mandated by law to report any occurrences.

Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Pennsylvania’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


The Birches at Harleysville

Harleysville, PA $$

21 reviews


Heritage Hill Senior Community

Weatherly, PA $

36 reviews


Brookdale Mt. Lebanon

Pittsburgh, PA $$$

12 reviews


Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Pittsburgh, PA $$$

24 reviews

Country Meadows Retirement Communities

York, PA Cost Levels

14 reviews


Traditions of Hershey

Palmyra, PA $$$

11 reviews


Lehigh Commons

Macungie, PA $$$

14 reviews


Juniper Village at Monroeville

Monroeville, PA Cost Levels

7 reviews


Brandywine Living at Senior Suites

East Norriton, PA Cost Levels

19 reviews