11 Assisted Living Facilities in Erie, PA

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Erie, PA

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Regency at South Shore

Provides: Assisted Living
322 Washington Place, Erie, PA 16505
"Regency at South Shore was a very nice place. The people were nice and the place itself was clean. They have activities like a movie night and different things during the week including bands." More

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Bickford of Presque Isle Bay

Provides: Assisted Living
1012 W. Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA 16507
"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..." More

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Independence Court of Erie

Provides: Assisted Living
41 West Gore Road, Erie, PA 16509
"Independence Court of Erie was doing some remodeling, updating, and painting when I visited. It was very well done and didn’t look very messy. Everything was good and I liked the place. The staff..." More

Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc

Provides: Assisted Living
226 E. 27th Street, Erie, PA 16504
"Erie Homes for Children and Adults is more like a big family opposed to being a assistant living center. The services they provide and the staff always go above and beyond for their consumers and..." More

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Manchester Commons

Provides: Assisted Living
6351 West Lake Road, Erie, PA 16505
"Manchester Commons of Erie looked clean and neat, and the residents looked well cared for. I liked the plan for the care of my mother. I also liked the fact that their aides are CNAs, which was a..." More

Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home

Provides: Assisted Living
560 East Third Street, Erie, PA 16507
"My Mom lives here and frankly we were a little nervous about sending her to a VA home. We have been pleasantly surprised. Everyone on the staff is friendly and patient, and the facility is nice,..." More

Presbyterian Homes - Erie Lodge

Provides: Assisted Living
2628 Elmwood Avenue, Erie, PA 16508

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Sarah Reed Senior Living

Provides: Assisted Living
227 WEST 22ND STREET, Erie, PA 16502
"My mother is placed at Sarah Reed. She has been there three months now. We chose it because I was familiar with it. I was impressed with it. My sister's mother-in-law was there for several years,..." More

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Provides: Assisted Living
2323 Edinboro Road, Erie, PA 16509
"Refund Plans: 100% of Entrance Fee; 90% Refund (Price: 78% of Entrance Fee). Priority access to assisted living and nursing care on Fee-For-Service basis." More


Provides: Assisted Living
810 WALNUT STREET, Erie, PA 16502

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Westlake Woods

Provides: Assisted Living
3302 WESTLAKE ROAD, Erie, PA 16505

    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

    Cities in Pennsylvania

    $5,500.00 Jamestown
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,785.00 North East
    $3,773.00 Erie
    $3,627.00 Ashtabula
    $2,885.00 Meadville

    Assisted Living costs in Erie start around $3,773 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.

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    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.

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    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Erie

    • Review of Regency at South Shore

      Regency Suites is a place that I would put my parents. It was calm and they had plenty of room to move around. The apartments were spacious. The staff that I met was friendly. They showed me what t... Read more

    • Review of Regency at South Shore

      Our experience with Regency at South Shore was fine until the COVID hit. They got locked down and my mom wasn't doing well. She had a nice room. She started going down and needed more care, but the... Read more

    • Review of Independence Court of Erie

      The Independence Court of Erie was okay, but my dad needs more skilled nursing. Nothing was going on there at the time of my tour. If I would suggest something, I wish they would update things a li... Read more

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