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

Located in a relatively isolated area of north-central Pennsylvania, the small borough of Montoursville is home to just 4,295 people, about 21% of whom are seniors. This tight-knit community sees exceptionally low crime rates and lower-than-average prices for health care, transportation and housing, making it an appealing retirement destination.

Older adults who feel ready to move into a community support environment but don’t require significant medical support may elect to move into an assisted living home. This level of care puts an emphasis on providing needed support with daily activities while still allowing seniors to live as independently as they comfortably can. According to data collected annually by Genworth Financial’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the monthly cost of assisted living care in Montoursville is $3,366, which is significantly lower than the U.S. average and one of the lowest averages in Pennsylvania.

This guide helps seniors compare the costs of assisted living in Montoursville to those of other Pennsylvania cities. It also includes a look at drawbacks and benefits of life in the city and a list of low-cost resources and programs that help the area’s older adults get the most out of their lives in Montoursville.

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What To Consider About Assisted Living in Montoursville

Pennsylvania’s ​Bureau of Human Services Licensing, which is part of its Department of Human Services, is the entity responsible for ensuring proper management and oversight of the approximately 1,100 residential care facilities in which roughly 67,000 Pennsylvania residents live. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Montoursville

  • Montoursville’s economy is kind to tight budgets. The overall cost of living in Montoursville is 15% below the national average. Residents of the city also get to see some day-to-day savings from the city’s sales tax rate of 6%, which is slightly lower than the U.S. average of 7.3%. Additionally, the income tax rate of 4.7% is only a tenth of a percentage point higher than the national average.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation makes two cost-saving programs available to the state’s seniors. Its free transit program lets people over 65 years of age ride fixed-route buses for no cost. Seniors with destinations off the fixed routes can also take advantage of the state’s shared-ride program for senior citizens, which allows them to reserve curb-to-curb rideshares for just 15% of the regular fee.
  • The city’s climate is somewhat wetter and grayer than that of most U.S. regions, with an average of only 174 sunny days per year against a national average of 205. Winters can get quite cold, with average highs just above the freezing mark from December to February. On the other hand, Montoursville summers are quite nice; high temperatures range from the low 70s to the mid-80s from May to September.
  • Health-conscious seniors will likely appreciate the quality of Montoursville’s environment. According to BestPlaces’ ratings, the air quality here is 60/100, slightly better than the national average of 58/100. Water quality is far above national averages, with Montoursville enjoying a rating of 94/100 against a U.S. average of 55/100.
  • Property crime rates in the area are nearly identical to those nationwide, but Montoursville sees exceptionally low rates of violent crime. The violent crime rate here is 10.5 on a 100-point scale, much lower than the national average of 22.7. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Montoursville

Montoursville seniors pay $3,366 per month for assisted living care. That price is $734 lower than the Pennsylvania average of $4,100 a month and $1,134 lower than the U.S. average of $4,500 a month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The state’s highest price for assisted living care is in Reading at $5,720 a month, with Philadelphia second at $5,685 a month. Erie, in the northwest corner of the state, costs $4,585 a month. Pittsburgh, at $3,250 a month, is slightly cheaper than Montoursville. Pennsylvania’s lowest assisted living costs are in Johnstown, where residents pay $2,725 a month.

Montoursville

$3,366

Pennsylvania

$4,100

The United States

$4,500

Erie

$4,585

Philadelphia

$5,685

Pittsburgh

$3,250

Johnstown

$2,725

Reading

$5,720

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Choosing to stay in a nursing home can push the price of care significantly; a semiprivate room averages $9,520. In-home care and home health care, which cater to seniors who prefer to age in place, both cost an average of $5,196 per month. While adult day health care is usually the most affordable option, no price data for the category exists in Genworth’s 2021 survey.

In-Home Care

$5,196

Home Health Care

$5,196

Assisted Living Facility

$3,366

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,520

Note: Care cost data for Montoursville was not available, so data for the closest city, Williamsport, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Montoursville

Pennsylvania doesn’t have any state programs to help with assisted living costs at this time. However, Supplemental Security Income may be able to provide some financial assistance for non-nursing residential care.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Montoursville

These resources help older adults in the Montoursville area with free or low-cost medical equipment that can improve their quality of life, legal representation that can help them resolve complaints about care and transportation options for getting around Lycoming County.

ResourceContactService
STEP Office of Aging(570) 326-0587STEP is a private nonprofit that works to ensure Lycoming County seniors can find, access and benefit from the area's various services for older adults. STEP runs eight senior community centers over a two-county area and partners with other community groups and initiatives to offer local curb-to-curb transportation.
Williamsport Vet Center(570) 327-5281This nonmedical VA center, located less than 10 minutes from Montoursville in nearby Williamsport, provides free mental health counseling for military veterans. Appointments are preferred, but same-day services are also available. The center can offer some help with transportation to and from the office.
Changing Hands Equipment Reuse Program(717) 737-3477This equipment-lending program, run under the auspices of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, helps state residents access assistive technology that can help them more easily navigate their surroundings. Available equipment includes basic mobility tools such as walkers, canes and wheelchairs, as well as safety equipment such as shower chairs. Items are provided free of charge and are not required to be returned.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project(215) 625-3990This nonprofit defends the rights of seniors in long-term care situations and provides representation to Montoursville residents who have difficulty accessing care or benefits. It also maintains an extensive resource library that can help seniors better understand their options in health plans.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Montoursville

Montoursville 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.

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