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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in Scranton, PA for 2024

Scranton is perhaps best known as the location of The Office, and it has over 76,300 residents. Around 16.9% are seniors aged 65 and older. The region has a continental climate that brings warm, humid summers and cold winters with substantial snowfall. The Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and the Geisinger-Community Medical Center are high-performing in procedures and conditions related to cardiology and nephrology, as well as pulmonology.

In Scranton, the cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home is over $2,100 higher than the national average of $7,756 per month, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey. For seniors who don’t need 24-hour medical supervision, there are more alternatives, such as home health care and assisted living. With home care, seniors can age in place at home, instead of a long-term care community while still receiving the same level of personal and skilled nursing care needs. Assisted living communities provide a secure residence and engaging group activities for residents to enjoy.

This guide includes a comparison of nursing home costs in Scranton, along with a shortlist of resources for seniors as they research their long-term care options. 

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Nursing Home Costs in Scranton, PA

In Scranton, a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $9,885 per month and a private room costs $10,342 per month.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

The cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home is $153 lower than the state average. On the other hand, it’s $2,129 higher than the national average.

Compared to the rest of the state, Scranton falls somewhere in the middle for pricing. Allentown is one of the most expensive areas in the state at $12,471, while Harrisburg is a more reasonable $10,311 — that’s still over $400 more than Scranton. Erie is around $700 lower, and Bloomsburg is one of the cheapest in the state at $8,578, which is $1,307 less per month.

Scranton

$9,885

Pennsylvania

$10,038

The United States

$7,756

Allentown

$12,471

Harrisburg

$10,311

Erie

$9,186

Bloomsburg

$8,578

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When considering types of long-term care, the cost of care can be an important factor. In Scranton, the cost of in-home care, for both homemaking and home health aide services, is $4,385 per month, which is $5,500 less than a semiprivate room. Adult day care is the least expensive at only $1,343 per month. With an average of $2,450, assisted living costs about 25% of what nursing home care costs. A private room in a nursing home costs $457 more than a semiprivate room.  

Home care

$4,385

Home health care

$4,385

Adult day health care

$1,343

Assisted living

$2,450

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9,885

Nursing home (private room)

$10,342

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Scranton, PA

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Scranton, PA

This section has a few resources that may benefit homebound seniors in Scranton. The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging is a good place to start for seniors who still need to apply for Medicare and are still exploring their long-term care options. Low-income seniors can find financial assistance for long-term care through Medicaid’s home- and community-based waiver programs.

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Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)(570) 963-6740The Lackawanna AAA provides a wide range of programs for seniors and their caregivers. Serving county residents aged 60 and older, the care management team can assess an individual’s needs and help them plan for the future. Qualifying caregivers can receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for supplies and respite care, in addition to having access to training and other educational opportunities.
Pennsylvania State Medicaid Waivers for Home- and Community-Based Services(570) 963-6740Medicaid can cover the cost of home-and community-based services for residents in Pennsylvania, including in-home nursing care. Qualifying seniors can contact the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging to find the right Medicaid waiver that fits their needs. The LIFE waiver program is designed for seniors 55 and older who need skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapies.
The Pennsylvania State Long-Term Ombudsman Program(717) 783-8975Ombudsmen are certified by the state to assist residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, with ensuring their needs are met and their concerns addressed. Seniors and loved ones can reach out to an ombudsman regarding lack of quality personal care or lack of healthy meal options, along with cases of elder abuse. To find a local ombudsman, call the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging or the phone number provided.
PA MEDI — Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight(800) 783-7067PA MEDI is the Pennsylvania state health insurance counseling program, offering free and unbiased counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. From helping seniors apply for coverage to reporting fraudulent charges, counselors are certified by the state to assist seniors with a wide variety of medicare needs. Seniors can also find financial assistance for out-of-pocket expenses related to prescription medications and medical supplies. A local medicare counselor can be reached through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging or by calling the phone number provided.

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