Shippensburg is a borough in central Pennsylvania and may be a good retirement option for seniors seeking an affordable community in the Harrisburg metro. It has about 5,500 residents and a large senior community that makes up a quarter of the population. Residents have access to nearly two dozen hospitals within a 40-mile radius, as well as a thriving senior center, cultural attractions and several shopping venues.  

The Shippensburg area also has assisted living facilities that meet the needs of older adults who need help with daily activities. Residents have access to on-site amenities such as libraries, fitness centers and indoor and outdoor common spaces and receive convenient services such as housekeeping and daily meals. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey indicates that Shippensburg assisted living facilities charge $4,823 per month for care. This is considerably higher than the state and national medians but consistent with rates in other cities within the Harrisburg metro.  

This guide provides more information on how assisted living rates in Shippensburg compare to other cities, an overview of financial assistance options and ways to fund care. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Shippensburg, PA

Celebration Villa of Shippensburg

129 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, PA, 17257

I visited Celebration Villa of Shippensburg, and I will be going there for respite. They showed us all of the facility. I appreciate the tour, and I thought it was very thorough. I liked the Celebrati … (read more)
I visited Celebration Villa of Shippensburg, and I will be going there for respite. They showed us all of the facility. I appreciate the tour, and I thought it was very thorough. I liked the Celebrati … (read more)

The Episcopal Home

206 EAST BURD STREET, Shippensburg, PA, 17257


Magnolias of Chambersburg

745 Norland Avenue, Chambersburg, PA, 17201

This is a small facility with private rooms. Most have bathrooms but at least one does not, which means going directly across the hall. Renovations (new paint, furniture) were done in 2016, along … (read more)
This is a small facility with private rooms. Most have bathrooms but at least one does not, which means going directly across the hall. Renovations (new paint, furniture) were done in 2016, along … (read more)

Paramount Senior Living at Chambersburg

6375 Chambersburg Road, Fayetteville, PA, 17222

Paramount Senior Living at Chambersburg was small and quaint and they had a great staff resident ratio. I love that they had big wide halls and it seemed roomy, but some of the rooms were incredibly s … (read more)
Paramount Senior Living at Chambersburg was small and quaint and they had a great staff resident ratio. I love that they had big wide halls and it seemed roomy, but some of the rooms were incredibly s … (read more)

Penn Hall at Menno-Haven

1425 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA, 17201

This is the nicest nursing home in Chambersburg. It’s like walking into a fine hotel. They have activities going on all day. The meals are wonderful. Always cleans and smells wonderful. I would r … (read more)
This is the nicest nursing home in Chambersburg. It’s like walking into a fine hotel. They have activities going on all day. The meals are wonderful. Always cleans and smells wonderful. I would r … (read more)

Green Ridge Village

210 Big Spring Road, Newville, PA, 17241

Green Ridge Village was a nice facility, but the staff was pretty annoying. They had a pretty extensive library, and that was cool, and they had game nights. They showed me a couple rooms that were pr … (read more)
Green Ridge Village was a nice facility, but the staff was pretty annoying. They had a pretty extensive library, and that was cool, and they had game nights. They showed me a couple rooms that were pr … (read more)

Aprontree Personal Care Home

18015 PATH VALLEY ROAD, Spring Run, PA, 17262

My Mother is a resident at the Aprontree. On a scale of 1-10, this Personal Care Home is easily deserving of a 10 PLUS. being a smaller home, the residents get more personal attention and care. The ow … (read more)
My Mother is a resident at the Aprontree. On a scale of 1-10, this Personal Care Home is easily deserving of a 10 PLUS. being a smaller home, the residents get more personal attention and care. The ow … (read more)

Michaux Manor Living Center

11302 SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD, Fayetteville, PA, 17222

Michaux Manor is set up beautifully and everyone is very nice. My mother has been difficult, but they have been trying to deal with her the best way possible. I would definitely recommend them. She’s … (read more)
Michaux Manor is set up beautifully and everyone is very nice. My mother has been difficult, but they have been trying to deal with her the best way possible. I would definitely recommend them. She’s … (read more)

SpiriTrust Lutheran The Village at Luther Ridge Personal Care

2735 LUTHER DRIVE, Chambersburg, PA, 17201

We visited a friend at Luther Ridge — it was more of a HUD type — and she loves it there. They have little apartments in the building. She has a kitchenette, bedroom, and a sitting area. In another … (read more)
We visited a friend at Luther Ridge — it was more of a HUD type — and she loves it there. They have little apartments in the building. She has a kitchenette, bedroom, and a sitting area. In another … (read more)

Providence Place Senior Living of Chambersburg

2085 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, PA, 17202

I’m very pleased with Providence Place Senior Living of Chambersburg. They have a very high staff tenant ratio and a lot of activities. They do well-checks often. The food is wonderful. My father is v … (read more)
I’m very pleased with Providence Place Senior Living of Chambersburg. They have a very high staff tenant ratio and a lot of activities. They do well-checks often. The food is wonderful. My father is v … (read more)

The Shook Home & Quarters at the Shook

55 SOUTH SECOND STREET, Chambersburg, PA, 17201

I visited this facility as a caseworker with the county. The facility was always neat and clean. Residents were sitting outside enjoying conversation at times but did not seem bored. The activity b … (read more)
I visited this facility as a caseworker with the county. The facility was always neat and clean. Residents were sitting outside enjoying conversation at times but did not seem bored. The activity b … (read more)

Gold N’ Gray Home

18801 Main Street PO BOX 10, Dry Run, PA, 17220

I have been in this home several times as a professional. Each time I was there I was disappointed. I visited in the middle of summer several times and found the home to be unbearably hot to the poi … (read more)
I have been in this home several times as a professional. Each time I was there I was disappointed. I visited in the middle of summer several times and found the home to be unbearably hot to the poi … (read more)

Orrstown Personal Care Home

3329 ORRSTOWN ROAD, Orrstown, PA, 17244


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Shippensburg

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Shippensburg

Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services licenses and monitors assisted living facilities in Shippensburg and the rest of the state. This department publishes information on the safety procedures and infection control measures assisted living facilities use to keep residents healthy, as well as details on specific guidelines regarding staffing, building and room requirements, nutrition services and activities planning.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Shippensburg

  • Shippensburg’s cost of living is low, which may help older adults conserve financial resources and more easily afford assisted living. Overall expenses are about 13% below the national median and 5% below the average for Pennsylvania and the Harrisburg metro area
  • Crime is unusual in Shippensburg, which may provide peace of mind to those considering relocating to this city for long-term care. On a 100-point crime index, Shippenburg’s violent crime rate is 8.5, and the property crime rate is 23.8, compared to respective national averages of 22.7 and 35.4. 
  • Shippensburg’s weather makes it one of the more comfortable places to live in Pennsylvania. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the mid-80s, and while conditions tend to be muggy in July, humidity levels are low throughout the rest of the year. Winters are relatively mild with daytime temperatures in the upper-30s, and the city gets about 31 inches of annual snowfall. Assisted living facilities provide or arrange transportation services, accommodating residents who don’t prefer to drive in snowy conditions. 
  • Health care costs in Shippensburg are about 13% higher than the typical U.S. city, which may be a consideration for those with ongoing health conditions. However, residents have access to a large health care provider network, with the number of doctors per capita exceeding the national average at 258. There are no hospitals within Shippensburg proper, but more than 20 facilities are within driving distance, including Chambersburg Hospital and UPMC Harrisburg
  • Pennsylvania is very tax-friendly toward retirees, which may enable seniors to afford local medical and long-term care expenses. Shippensburg seniors don’t pay state income taxes on any retirement income, including withdrawals from retirement accounts, public or private pensions or Social Security benefits. Local property taxes are high, which may make residential care a cost-effective alternative to living in a private home.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Shippensburg

In Shippensburg, assisted living facilities charge an estimated $4,823 per month for services. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities  

Assisted living services in Shippensburg cost $4,823 per month on average, about $300 higher than the state median and over $700 higher than the national rate. In Bloomsburg, care costs are considerably more affordable at $4,473, and in Johnstown, rates are the lowest at $2,725. Shippensburg is a budget-friendly alternative to getting care in East Stroudsburg or Reading, where respective monthly care costs are $5,126 and $5,720. 

$4823

Shippensburg

$4100

Pennsylvania

$4500

The United States

$5126

East Stroudsburg

$2725

Johnstown

$4473

Bloomsburg

$5720

Reading

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care  

Assisted living residents in Shippensburg pay $4,823 per month for services. This is about $100 less than the cost of home-based care, which averages $4,957 per month. Assisted living is also a budget-friendly alternative to nursing home care, which provides around-the-clock medical care and monitoring to residents in shared rooms for $11,133 per month and those in private rooms for $11,332. Adult day health care is the cheapest local long-term care option at $1,517 monthly. 

$4957

Homemaker Services

$4957

Home Health Aide

$1517

Adult Day Health Care

$4823

Assisted Living Facility

$11133

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11332

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Shippensburg

The Optional State Supplement (OSS) may be available to seniors in Shippensburg who receive Social Security Income.

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 Shippensburg

The Shippensburg region has several supportive resources for seniors seeking long-term care. Through the following resources, seniors can get one-on-one help with researching local assisted living facilities, determining their best options for paying for services and finding community-based services to supplement what they get through long-term care. 

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(717) 300-3563 

Branch Creek Place is the local senior center in Shippensburg. The county operates this center to provide social and recreational programming to those aged 50 and over in the region. At this location, members access daily noontime meals, health screenings, educational classes and age-friendly exercise programs. The center is open every weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

(717) 240-6110 

Cumberland County’s Aging and Community Services division supports those aged 60 and over in the Shippensburg region, helping them connect with programs and services that meet their needs. It houses the region’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, a single entry point to all local, state and federal financial assistance programs and senior services. It also investigates complaints of substandard care in Cumberland County assisted living facilities.  

(717) 263-2153 

The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization that serves Shippensburg residents aged 60 and over in Franklin County. Through this program, seniors can access low-cost transportation services and get information on community-based services such as durable medical equipment loans, congregate meals and long-term care options counseling.  

(717) 240-6178 

The Cumberland County Veterans Affairs office has trained officers who help older veterans and their surviving spouses apply for state and federal benefits and services, including VA health care, health insurance, pension benefits, temporary assistance and veterans’ home placement. Older veterans in Franklin County get these services through their local office, which they can reach by calling (717) 263-1905. 

(717) 541-9521 

RSVP is a volunteer organization that helps older adults connect with opportunities to serve their communities. Participants may volunteer up to 40 hours per week to support adult literacy, provide tax preparation services to low-income community members and give friendly phone calls to housebound individuals. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Shippensburg

Shippensburg 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