Allentown, Pennsylvania is a large city of more than 120,000 located in the Lehigh Valley. This sprawling valley includes the cities of Bethlehem and Easton, just an hour northwest of Philadelphia. There are approximately 25,000 residents in the Lehigh Valley diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but the death rate from the disease in Allentown between 2014-2018 showed an increase of only 4.2%, just half of the rate increase of all deaths in the area. 

Memory care services can help keep the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s from increasing in Lehigh County and the surrounding valley. Through memory care services, seniors have access to occupational and physical therapy to improve manual dexterity, coordination tasks, and cognitive programming that can help seniors maintain or improve their memory and other cognitive functions. 

In this guide to Memory Care in Allentown, we provide a comprehensive overview of the financial costs of memory care in the region and how families can pay for these services through government funding or private pay programs. We also provide a list of free or low-cost resources in Allentown for seniors and their families who are impacted by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. 

Memory Care Facilities in Allentown, PA

2021

Heather Glen Senior Living

415 Blue Barn Road , Allentown, PA, 18104

Heather Glen Senior Living is very nice and the people are attentive. The room is very spacious and clean and the staff assisting my mother there are very pleasant. There’s a calendar of activities ev … (read more)
Heather Glen Senior Living is very nice and the people are attentive. The room is very spacious and clean and the staff assisting my mother there are very pleasant. There’s a calendar of activities ev … (read more)

Parkland Manor

4636 Crackersport, Allentown, PA, 18104


Abode Care of Allentown

2232 29th Street, Allentown, PA, 18103


Atrium of Allentown

5767 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA, 18106


2015

Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley

1263 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA, 18103

There is no “care” in the “Memory Care” unit. This place is where you put your loved one to rot away. The sales staff tell you about how they engage your loved one, but the reality is that t … (read more)
There is no “care” in the “Memory Care” unit. This place is where you put your loved one to rot away. The sales staff tell you about how they engage your loved one, but the reality is that t … (read more)

Above & Beyond at the Knights

1545 W Greenleaf Street, Allentown, PA, 18102

Located close to a sprawling green area with attractive views, Above & Beyond at the Knights is an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Resident … (read more)
Located close to a sprawling green area with attractive views, Above & Beyond at the Knights is an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Resident … (read more)


Arden Courts of Allentown

5151 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA, 18106

My Father-in-Law was deteriorating from ALZ. We needed a safe place for him to live with dignity. He used to be afraid all them time. At Arden Courts he was always cared for. He looked presentable, he … (read more)
My Father-in-Law was deteriorating from ALZ. We needed a safe place for him to live with dignity. He used to be afraid all them time. At Arden Courts he was always cared for. He looked presentable, he … (read more)

2022

Legend of Allentown

6043 Lower Macungie Road, Macungie, PA, 18062

I toured Legend of Allentown for my mom. It was beautiful because it’s relatively new. They have a lot of amenities like a movie theater. I’m not exactly sure what it would be called, but there was li … (read more)
I toured Legend of Allentown for my mom. It was beautiful because it’s relatively new. They have a lot of amenities like a movie theater. I’m not exactly sure what it would be called, but there was li … (read more)

South Mountain Memory Care

201 S. 7th Street, Emmaus, PA, 18049

South Mountain Memory Care was gorgeous and reasonably priced. Had my mom not gone the route she went, I would have picked this place for the facility and the fact that they’re very welcoming and very … (read more)
South Mountain Memory Care was gorgeous and reasonably priced. Had my mom not gone the route she went, I would have picked this place for the facility and the fact that they’re very welcoming and very … (read more)

Cornerstone Living

4605 Werleys Corner Road, New Tripoli, PA, 18066

Cornerstone Living was clean but it looked older. The rooms were smaller and it wasn’t overly updated for the price that they were charging. The staff seemed kind and caring. The activities lady seeme … (read more)
Cornerstone Living was clean but it looked older. The rooms were smaller and it wasn’t overly updated for the price that they were charging. The staff seemed kind and caring. The activities lady seeme … (read more)

Saucon Valley Manor

1050 Main St, Hellertown, PA, 18055

Located in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, Saucon Valley Manor is within walking distance of the Saucon Rail Trail and has convenient access to Interstate 78. Relatives describe this as a clean, comfortable … (read more)
Located in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, Saucon Valley Manor is within walking distance of the Saucon Rail Trail and has convenient access to Interstate 78. Relatives describe this as a clean, comfortable … (read more)

2013, 2021

Lehigh Commons

1680 Spring Creek Road, Macungie, PA, 18062

I toured Lehigh Commons for my mom, and I liked it. It was clean and nice. The staff is knowledgeable. They were doing an activity when I went through. A lot of them were involved in the activity, bu … (read more)
I toured Lehigh Commons for my mom, and I liked it. It was clean and nice. The staff is knowledgeable. They were doing an activity when I went through. A lot of them were involved in the activity, bu … (read more)

2015

Country Meadows of Bethlehem

4035 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA, 18020

My father is in the Country Meadows of Bethlehem. He’s in memory care. He’s happy with their food. They’re shorthanded, but they’re helpful. It’s not what I thought it was gonna be. I thought it would … (read more)
My father is in the Country Meadows of Bethlehem. He’s in memory care. He’s happy with their food. They’re shorthanded, but they’re helpful. It’s not what I thought it was gonna be. I thought it would … (read more)

Whitehall Manor

1177 6th Street, Whitehall, PA, 18052

Whitehall Manor in Easton, Pennsylvania, is near U.S. Route 22, Lehigh River and Fullerton Memorial Community Center. Living spaces consist of companion suites and studio apartments. Visitors are impr … (read more)
Whitehall Manor in Easton, Pennsylvania, is near U.S. Route 22, Lehigh River and Fullerton Memorial Community Center. Living spaces consist of companion suites and studio apartments. Visitors are impr … (read more)

Arden Courts of Old Orchard

4098 Freemansburg Avenue, Easton, PA, 18045

My father is in Arden Courts of Old Orchard. We chose it because of the fenced-in outdoor space. He’s in memory care. The staff is very attentive. His room is fine. It’s big enough and it was furnishe … (read more)
My father is in Arden Courts of Old Orchard. We chose it because of the fenced-in outdoor space. He’s in memory care. The staff is very attentive. His room is fine. It’s big enough and it was furnishe … (read more)

The Lutheran Home at Topton

One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA, 19562


Sacred Heart Senior Living

4851 Saucon Creek Rd., Center Valley, PA, 18034

Sacred Heart Senior Living is nestled between the historic downtown district of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Center Valley’s urban landscape, just a block away from Saucon Valley Medical Center. Famil … (read more)
Sacred Heart Senior Living is nestled between the historic downtown district of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Center Valley’s urban landscape, just a block away from Saucon Valley Medical Center. Famil … (read more)

OVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Allentown

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Allentown

In Pennsylvania, memory care communities and other senior care centers, nursing homes and home-based care programs are regulated and licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This agency is responsible for approving the design of new facilities, investigating complaints about a facility and ensuring that they meet the needs of their residents by conducting regular inspections. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Allentown

  • Allentown is a safe place for seniors to live, offering a lower property and violent crime rate than the national average, with a value of 164 violent crimes committed per 100,000 residents and 1,301 property crimes per 100,000 reported in 2019. While the U.S. and the state of Pennsylvania both experienced an increase in violent crimes from 2019-2020, Allentown’s violent crime rate decreased by nearly 65%.  
  • Seniors in the Allentown area have access to high quality medical treatments through three different county hospitals, including the high-performing Lehigh Valley Hospital, ranked high performing in Geriatrics and Neurology by U.S. News and World Report. They also have access to the Penn Memory Center, located just an hour away in Philadelphia, which offers support services and access to cognitive fitness programs.
  • The Lehigh Valley is a sprawling area connecting the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, and stretching far into the rural segments on the outskirts of Lehigh county. The LANta Bus Service runs throughout these areas, providing access to medical facilities and government offices. Seniors also have access to LANtaVan, a rideshare program for seniors and disabled individuals that provides next-day door-to-door service at a low price for those over the age of 65 for areas that the bus doesn’t reach.
  • Retirees in Pennsylvania find it tax-friendly. The state does not tax Social Security or retirement account payments, such as those with 401(k) and IRA accounts. The state also exempts senior pension income for those aged 60+ and has a low sales tax rate, so seniors can do more with the money they make. 
  • For those who enjoy a four season climate, Allentown represents an ideal location. Summers can often be hot and humid, but spring and fall are temperate, and with more than 200 days of sunshine per year–about the same as the nation’s average–there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the moderate temperatures. Allentown also has a UV index of less than the national average, minimizing the harmful effects of the sun. 

Paying for Memory Care in Allentown

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The cost of memory care in Allentown is approximately $6,000 per month. This is higher than both the state average and the national average for memory care, amounting to a difference of around $850 and $350, respectively.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in Allentown are also higher than the cost of memory care in the more centrally-located city of Scranton, where seniors can access memory care options for around $3,600, nearly $2,400 less per month than in Allentown. On the other hand, Allentown seniors pay less for memory care than many seniors in eastern Pennsylvania. In fact, they pay nearly $430 less per month than those in East Stroudsburg and almost $1,200 less than those in Reading. Memory care in Allentown is also much less expensive than it is in its closest eastern neighbor, Trenton, where seniors pay an average of $4,200 more per month for care. 

$5980

Allentown

$5125

Pennsylvania

$5625

The United States

$6408

East Stroudsburg

$7150

Reading

$10181

Trenton area, New Jersey

$3594

Scranton

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Memory care costs more than that of other types of senior care, including home-based care and assisted living. In Allentown, this rings true, as memory care services cost $780 more than home care and $740 more than home health care. It is also around $400 more per month than an assisted living community. However, the biggest discrepancies in cost occur between memory care and the Genworth study’s least expensive and most expensive care types. Memory care is nearly $3,600 more per month than adult day health care but more than $7,200 less expensive than the cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home.

$5980

Memory Care

$5196

Home Care

$5243

Home Health Care

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$4784

Assisted Living

$12461

Nursing Home (Semi-private)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Allentown

In Allentown, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Pennsylvania page.

More ways to pay for memory care in PA

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Pennsylvania page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Allentown

Allentown is a large community that connects with other cities in the region to create one general service area for senior care. This extensive area can make it difficult for seniors and their families to distinguish between the choices to find the resources they need for their loved ones. The table below provides a list of free memory care resources designed to cater to seniors who live throughout the Lehigh Valley, including seniors and their families in Allentown. 

Resource

Contact

Description

 (610) 782-3200

The Department of Aging and Adult Services for Lehigh County provides the seniors of the county a variety of program options to help them thrive, including access to a Long Term Care Ombudsman that can advocate for and assist seniors with claims of abuse or mistreatment. It also facilitates the PA MEDI program to help seniors understand their health insurance options.

800-753-8827

The Link program is part of the state's Aging and Disability Resource Center, providing seniors with a network of agencies they can call for assistance in a wide variety of areas, from transportation to medical appointments to information and referral services regarding long-term living resources. 

610-758-8010

This is a good source of information for seniors and their families who live in the Lehigh Valley. It is sponsored in part by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and manages the Project Lifesaver and Silver Alert programs in the region, which help locate and track seniors who wander from their communities. 

800-272-3900

Delaware Valley Chapter of Alzheimer's Association: Serving the Lehigh Valley and greater Philadelphia, this organization provides information and support to those living with Alzheimer's and their families. This includes access to community-based classes on healthy living, support groups and clinical trials through its free Trial Match service.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Allentown

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

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Pennsylvania