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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in State College, PA for 2024

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in State College

Assisted living communities in Pennsylvania, officially known as assisted living residences (ASR), are licensed and regulated by the state’s Department of Human Services. Representatives from the Northeast Regional Office are responsible for overseeing ASRs in State College and the surrounding areas. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in State College

  • The overall cost of living in State College is 8% higher than the national average and 15.5% higher than the Pennsylvania median. These higher costs are largely related to housing prices, so seniors who already own their homes or choose to reside in an assisted living community may not be as affected. 
  • Older adults in State College benefit from some of the most senior-friendly tax policies in the nation. Pennsylvania doesn’t collect tax on any form of retirement income, whether it’s Social Security benefits or private pensions. This can help many seniors pay for assisted living.
  • The air quality in State College is considered very healthy. The American Lung Association gives Centre County an A for ozone pollution and a passing grade for annual particle pollution, so seniors can feel comfortable going outdoors knowing the air won’t harm their lungs or worsen respiratory issues. 
  • The climate in State College is a bit colder and wetter than the national norms. The area gets about 41 inches of rain, 45 inches of snow and 178 sunny days per year. However, summers in State College are very pleasant, with temperatures hovering around 82 degrees in July. 
  • State College is home to Mount Nittany Medical Center, a hospital that’s high-performing in procedures such as heart surgery and knee replacement. The city’s BestPlaces Health Cost Index is 94, which is six points better than the national average. 
  • Rates for both property and violent crime in State College are well below the Pennsylvania and United States averages. Families looking for additional peace of mind can find assisted living facilities in the area that have enhanced security features, including controlled access points and video surveillance. 

Paying for Assisted Living in State College

The average rate charged by assisted living facilities in State College is $5,340 per month. This is relatively high compared to both the state and national averages, which are $3,955 and $4,300, respectively.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

State College has one of the highest assisted living costs in Central Pennsylvania at $5,340 per month. Nearby Williamsport has one of the least expensive rates at $3,700, while costs in Altoona are almost as low, at a monthly average of $3,723. In the state capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, the median rate for assisted living is $4,857 per month. The average rate in Chambersburg is slightly less than in State College at $5,215. 

State College

$5,340

Pennsylvania

$3,955

The United States

$4,300

Williamsport

$3,700

Harrisburg

$4,857

Chambersburg

$5,215

Altoona

$3,723

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Compared to the $5,340 average for assisted living, costs for other types of senior care in State College are both higher and lower. Homemaker services and home health aides costs are $430 less at $4,910 per month. Local cost information isn’t available for adult day health care, but given the statewide average of $1,517, this is likely the least-expensive option in the city. Nursing homes offer the most expensive type of care available. Semiprivate rooms cost an average of $9,673 per month, while private rooms average $10,768. 

Home Care

$4,910

Home Health Care

$4,910

Assisted Living Facilities

$5,340

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$9,673

Nursing Home (private room)

$10,768

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in State College

State College seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging waiver may qualify for financial assistance in order to pay for care within one of the city’s assisted living facilities. In addition, if you receive SSI and need to live in an assisted living facility, the state can pay a supplement to the facility if you qualify.  

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 State College

The following resources can make life easier for older adults in State College who are either currently residing in an assisted living facility or considering their long-term care options. 

ResourceContactService
Centre County Office on Aging(814) 355-6716The Area Agency on Aging that serves seniors in State College administers a range of programs for local residents aged 60 and older. Examples include information and referral services, long-term care ombudsman advocacy and volunteer opportunities. Staff can provide guidance for seniors and their families about Medicare coverage and available financial assistance programs that may help pay for assisted living services.
Centre Region Active Adult Center(814) 231-3076Adults aged 55 and older in State College can visit the Centre Region Active Adult Center to participate in a variety of healthy activities, including hiking groups, line dancing, tai chi and outings to local events and attractions. The Center serves a nutritious congregate lunch each weekday and also has plenty of indoor activities available. Bingo, canasta, bridge and other games are scheduled regularly. Crafting classes provide an opportunity for seniors to learn new skills or enjoy favorite hobbies.
Centre County Veterans' Affairs(814) 355-6812Senior veterans in State College can contact Centre County Veterans' Affairs office for assistance accessing VA benefits, health care, dental insurance, compensation, grants, home loans and education opportunities. Veterans can make an appointment to get help applying for financial benefits that can be put toward the cost of assisted living, such as VA disability compensation, pensions and Aid and Attendance supplemental payments.
Centre Area Transportation Authority(814) 238-2282State College residents who are aged 65 and older may qualify for free fares and passes on CATA routes. To get free rides, seniors must apply for a Senior Citizen Transit Identification Card, which they can show to drivers on routes in the area. This program also applies to local transportation services throughout the state of Pennsylvania. CATA also offers the CATARide paratransit service, which is available to qualifying seniors. Rides provided through this service require advance reservations.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in State College

State College-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulation  in Pennsylvania

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Katie

I visited this facility

Review of Harmony At State College

Harmony at State College was great. It was very clean. The residents were doing an activity. They seemed very happy there. It was very nice. They had a gym, a movie theater, and an outdoor area for...

Provider response

Thank you for your positive review! It is a pleasure to serve you and your family. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback and willingness to share your experience.

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Katie

I visited this facility

Review of Juniper Village at Brookline

I saw both assisted and independent sides at Juniper Village at Brookline. It was very nice. I liked it better than the other place. It felt more like a community, more like living in an apartment...

Provider response

Katie, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Juniper Village at Brookline Senior Living!

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Thomas

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Juniper Village at Brookline

My friend stayed at the Juniper Village at Brookline. She was at their assisted living but they couldn't decide on where they wanted her then they said she's better off elsewhere. She spent about a...

Provider response

Thank you for sharing about your experience. We are sorry that we were not the right fit for your loved one's long-term needs.

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