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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Kittanning, PA for 2024

Kittanning is a small community in the Pittsburgh metro with a little less than 4,000 residents, about a fifth of whom are aged 65 and over. It offers a low cost of living and age-friendly tax laws, making it an affordable option for many, and it has a local hospital that promotes access to medical care.

The city also has several assisted living facilities that provide housing and daily assistance for seniors. These facilities serve three daily meals and offer social and recreational activities and housekeeping, trash removal and laundry services. Many facilities have amenities such as arts and crafts studios and fitness centers, and some accommodate pets. Rates may vary depending on how many residents a facility has and the amenities it provides; in general seniors in Kittanning can expect to pay $3,250 per month for care. This is competitive compared to respective state and national norms of $4,100 and $4,500. 

Through this guide, readers can learn about some of the benefits of moving to Kittanning for retirement, along with some drawbacks to consider before relocating. It also highlights some of the top financial resources that may help seniors pay for local long-term care.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Kittanning

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services licenses assisted living facilities in Kittanning and the rest of the state, promoting a high standard of care for residents by enforcing rules related to move-in and move-out procedures, care planning, staffing and nutrition services. It monitors local facilities through its Northwest Regional Office, which individuals can reach by calling (888) 464-6378.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Kittanning

  • Kittanning is home to ACMH Kittanning, a community hospital that provides a broad range of primary and specialty care services. There are only 85 doctors per capita in this community compared to 210 nationally, which may make it challenging to schedule services. Fortunately, many assisted living facilities support telemedicine services and have on-call physicians to promote access to prompt medical care.
  • Kittanning scores 9.1 on a 10-point comfort index compared to the national score of 7.8, indicating that the city’s year-round weather is generally pleasant. Summers in this city are comfortable with average high temperatures in the low-80s, although humidity levels may be high late in the season. Winters are chilly, with nighttime lows in the teens, and the city gets about 34 inches of snow and 41 inches of rain annually. To help residents stay busy year-round, assisted living facilities typically have indoor and outdoor amenities and activities.
  • Seniors in Pennsylvania don’t pay state income taxes on Social Security benefits, withdrawals from retirement accounts or public or private pension income, offering significant savings and letting many seniors put more money toward assisted living expenses in Kittanning.  
  • Crime rates are slightly lower in Kittanning than in the typical U.S. city, which may make the community a favorable option for seniors who prioritize safety. On a 100-point index, the city scores 19 for violent crime and 33.3 for property crime. By comparison, respective national scores come in at 22.7 and 35.4. Assisted living facilities often have surveillance cameras and high-security locks to promote residents’ peace of mind, making residential care a good option for those with safety concerns.
  • Kittanning rates 81.5 on a cost of living index set to a national norm of 100, indicating that living costs are about 18% lower here than in a typical U.S. city. Housing costs are relatively affordable, which may result in competitively priced assisted living services.

Paying for Assisted Living in Kittanning

In Kittanning, assisted living facilities charge monthly median rates of $3,250 for housing and care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Kittanning is a budget-friendly option for those seeking residential care, with assisted living facilities charging average monthly rates of $3,250. By comparison, the state norm is hundreds of dollars higher at $4,100, and nationally, monthly care costs come in at $4,500. While rates may be more affordable in Johnstown, where facilities charge approximately $2,725 for care, other cities generally have costlier rates. For example, in Altoona, monthly fees are a few hundred dollars higher than in Kittanning at $4,030. Similarly, in Erie, seniors pay $4,585 for services, and in Chambersburg, monthly fees are nearly $1,600 per month higher than in Kittanning.

Kittanning

$3,250

Pennsylvania

$4,100

United States

$4,500

Erie

$4,585

Johnstown

$2,725

Altoona

$4,030

Chambersburg

$4,823

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

With monthly fees coming in at $3,250, assisted living is one of the most cost-effective senior care options in Kittanning. Seniors may save money by opting for adult day health care, which costs $1,495 per month, but other long-term care alternatives are more expensive. Seniors who obtain full-time in-home care or home health care pay $5,339 for services, and nursing home residents pay substantially higher monthly rates of $9,733 for semiprivate accommodations.

In-Home Care

$5,339

Home Health Care

$5,339

Adult Day Health Care

$1,495

Assisted Living Facility

$3,250

Nursing Home Facility (semi private room)

$9,733

Note: Data for Kittanning was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Pittsburgh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kittanning

Seniors in Pennsylvania may eligible for state supplement to Supplemental Security Income. There are no Medicaid supplements at this time for assisted living costs in the state. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.

Financial Assistance in Pennsylvania

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 Kittanning

Kittanning 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 Kittanning, please visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Kittanning

Kittanning Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Pennsylvania

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