11 Assisted Living Facilities in Erie, PA
The average cost of assisted living in Erie is $3,955 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,420. Cheaper nearby regions include North East with an average starting cost of $3,785.
To help you with your search, browse the 25 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Erie. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Erie 4.5 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include North East with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 7 families in Erie find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about assisted living options and costs in Erie, call (855) 863-8283.
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Erie
Erie is the county seat of Erie County and is located on the southern shores of the Great Lake it’s named for. Recently, AARP named Erie as one of the best low-cost cities to retire to. There are 11 assisted living facilities, referred to as personal care homes, in the city. These facilities are licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Seniors considering residing at one of Erie's assisted living facilities can expect help with basic activities of daily living. Some facilities also offer specialized care for conditions such as disabilities and dementia.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Erie
- Seniors living on a fixed income may be pleased to note the city of Erie is associated with an affordable cost of living index at 86. This is below the national average index which is 100.
- Erie’s Lakeside Senior Center features arts and crafts classes, discussion groups, health and wellness activities, community outings, and special events.
- Erie is home to world-class medical facilities, including Saint Vincent Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Pennsylvania does not tax social security checks. This leaves more money in seniors’ assisted living budgets. In addition, the state does not generally tax withdrawals taken from work retirement and 401k accounts.
- Public transportation in Erie is reliable. Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority offers bus service throughout the city. Seniors with Medicare cards ride at a reduced rate.
- Summers in Scranton tend to be comfortable with July summer highs of 80. Winters, however, can involve January lows that average 21 degrees and inclement weather like ice and heavy falls that can make it difficult for seniors to traverse.
Paying for Assisted Living in Erie
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Erie start around $3,955 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Erie and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Erie
Erie seniors who meet the eligibility requirements can qualify for financial assistance to pay for care at an assisted living facility. Pennsylvania's medical assistance program, the Medically Needy Program, offers financial assistance for qualifying seniors or individuals with disabilities to help pay for care in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Medicaid Waiver can also help eligible seniors pay for care. Moreover, seniors who receive SSI benefits and need to live in an assisted living facility may qualify for a supplement that can be used to pay for assisted living care.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.
More Ways to Pay for 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. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Erie
Erie and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Erie, please visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Erie
Erie-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Pennsylvania are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for more information about these laws.
Other Options in Erie, PA
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Erie
Review of Independence Court of Erie
I don't mind the rooms much but wish they were more consistent. The last room she was is she had two chairs, this one no coach, no comfort chair just a dining room chair. Need something more comfor... Read more
Review of Independence Court of Erie
The people who showed us around at Independence Court of Erie were very good, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We didn't like it as well as some of the places we visited. The buildings are older. We sa... Read more
Review of Bickford of Presque Isle Bay
Bickford of Presque Isle Bay was very nice. All the amenities were lovely. The rooms themselves were small though, but they had a beautiful view of the lake. It was probably the most expensive of a... Read more