Essex House Lemoyne, PA

Offers Independent Living

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20 N 12th St, Lemoyne, PA 17043
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Independent Living Reviews for Essex House

October 15, 2020

By amberhiltz

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

I moved my father in about 3 years ago to Essex House. He loves it there and so do I. Having my dad move in and having the support from their staff has given me the opportunity to have a father/daughter relationship again with my dad. I would recommend this place to everyone the staff is helpful and really cares for their residents.

October 14, 2020

By Casse

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

The apartments are spacious. I like all of the activities that are taking place even in covid. The residents enjoy, bingo, singing with the piano player and exercise. It is really a pretty cool set up. I like the way the building looks and the interior furnishings. It is exactly what my mother in law wanted.

December 10, 2019


I am/was a resident of this facility

We have moved into Essex House. We have a two-bedroom apartment. There is no kitchen, but we have a microwave, so we can heat up a few things, but there is no cooking. It is very nice. It is cold outside but it is warm here. The staff has always been very nice. There's an activity room where a lot of different things are going on. They don't have a dedicated exercise room, but the machine that they have is in the library. They have a dining room but it takes a pretty long time to get fed. The food is also terrible. The place is nice enough and the structure is OK. However, there's really not a lot of activities. The most popular activity is bingo once a week. The price is reasonable.

Provider Response

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you are a resident at our community! We do have a lot of different things going on in our activity room as you mentioned, and hope that you are able to join us for one of our upcoming spotlight events! Our goal is to have happy residents and family members so your feedback is very important. Thank you

January 06, 2019


I visited this facility

I am very pleased with Essex House. There's a possibility that's what I'm going to pick when it comes down to it. The staff members are excellent. We had lunch there, and they all came and talked to us. Everything is provided in the room and all-inclusive. The only thing it doesn't have is a stove because they provide three meals a day. They have activities and an exercise room. They have a bus that transports you to doctor's appointments and to activities, restaurants in the area, or tourist attractions. The food is very good.

May 13, 2018

By Anne

I visited this facility

Essex House was very nice, and it would have been my first choice. It was a little on the small side. The staff was really good, the dining area was very nice, and it was open. It's very homey, centrally located, and the staff seems really good.

November 27, 2017

By Christine

I visited this facility

At Essex House, I really liked that if the person needs homecare, they can come in. Sometimes, they're not totally independent and need physical therapy or help with meals, they can hire someone to come and do that. They're not forced into an assisted living if they would like to remain in an independent living environment. I liked that there was a little outdoor area. Each person had a little patio and sometimes the backdoor goes out onto the grass. It felt a little homier and the rooms didn't feel like you're in a hospital. The staff was great, very informative, very friendly, and very able to listen to all the factors and all the situations in our family that would influence or affect our decisions and needs, and I liked that a lot. They had plenty to do, and the amenities were all very helpful. Another thing that's important is they offer transportation for medical appointments and anywhere else you need to go.

June 11, 2017

By Neal D

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

My parents have been residents for 9 months thus far. Convincing them to leave their home was difficult, but the residents welcomed them (they all went through the same difficult decision). There is often on-site entertainment (music, movies, card games, trips to local shops and restaurants). My parents stay has been a very positive experience, allowing them to avoid the stairs, tripping hazards, cleaning, cooking, etc. of staying in their own home. All meals have three choices. One is usually a diabetic friendly and gluten free option. As noted by another, this is not a nursing home, but there are companies that have on-site offices (including a hairdresser and visiting podiatrist). It is completely your choice who you use for care services (non-skilled, skilled nursing, or hospice). These services are independent from Essex House. The manager (Ryan, started in beginning of '17) is amazing. He knocks himself out to keep folks happy (which can be a rather difficult task) and is a super person. The maintenance folks are very attentive. I am very happy my parents are there. I visit often. Visitors are welcome to attend any meal (which in my opinion are very good). They will bring meals to your room if you (or spouse) cannot make it down to the dining area (on 1st floor).

May 25, 2017

By terry376431

I visited this facility

Essex House was really nice; they had a welcome sign for me, and actually spelled my name right, so I was impressed with that. It was a gorgeous place, and the staff was very open and informative. I had lunch there with a lady, the food was very good, and they had options for people who were watching what they eat, so that was very nice.

May 09, 2017

By J.E.384244

I visited this facility

Essex House only had independent living. The staff was very friendly. The only thing that my husband did not like in the rooms was that wasn't a kitchenette or stove. It only had a counter and some cupboards. If our mother-in-law wanted to cook, she could not prepare a meal in the room. The rooms were very nice. The facility location was perfect and close to where we live. The grounds were well maintained. We discussed the prices, and it was outside of her budget.

March 31, 2017

By Anonymous515617

I visited this facility

Essex House is probably the one I will be going to. It had larger rooms, and the one I looked at had a vaulted ceiling. It was a nice, newer, clean room with a nice balcony. They have an exercise room, exercise classes, and bingo twice a week. I have a lot of doctors and for my doctors’ appointments, I will use their free transportation. They accept pets, and I have two dogs I am bringing with me. The person who took us around was very friendly.

March 28, 2017

By Suzanne 374640

I visited this facility

As soon as I walked into the lobby, I immediately felt at home. Everyone I met was pleasant and seemed content. So far, Essex House is first on my list!!!

March 06, 2017

By Patrick272632

I visited this facility

The rooms at Essex House were very nice and clean. They had an exercise area and a couple of little parlors where people could sit and talk and watch television. They had one area that they use for parties. Downstairs, they had a very nice lobby area that looked like a hotel lobby area. The people were very pleasant. The food was excellent.

December 03, 2016

By Sherry M.

I visited this facility

The tour at Essex House was pleasant. The husband and wife who managed the place were very pleasant, answered all my questions, and showed me several room options. The dining area seemed very nice. It was a very pleasant facility. However, it was very independent for my mom, and she needed more assistance, which was not offered.

October 10, 2016

By Nancy083040

I visited this facility

We went to Essex House. Everything that you would need was right there -- e.g., like being able to get 3 meals a day. They have all kinds of things. They play cards, they have movie nights, and some of the patrons do puzzles. They really encourage the intermingling between all of their patrons. Food was very good. There were a lot of choices, which was nice.

January 31, 2016

By Luann4

I visited this facility

Essex House was spacious, friendly, and everyone was really nice. It was clean, looked new, and I was really impressed with it. The rooms were nice.

December 30, 2015

By Disappointed11

I am/was a resident of this facility

I've been a resident of Essex House. Don't believe what they tell you to sell it to you. It's not true. I came here almost a little late from the dental appointment and I asked them if I could get something to eat and they stopped serving and I can't have anything to eat. Your meals do not come with what you pay. They give you a half an hour to eat and that's it. If you're not seated on time, you don't get breakfast. They don't pay attention too much to the people unless you have a lot of money. You have to pay for your meals if you want them delivered to your room. You have to pay for your own stove to bring it in, but the room I'm living in has no stove. You just eat cold food. The staff is nice. The staff can only do what management tells them to do. I have a nice clean room, but it's older. There were some things I asked to be done over and over again which have not been done. They have a lot of things for people to do, but it's not for people that are active here. It's for people that need help. The studio has no bedroom, but there is a bathroom. You can't use the washer and the dryer during the day during the week until after 4:00, which is inconvenient. There are only two washers and dryers in this area and two at the other end. The upper class rooms have their washer and dryer in them and they have bedrooms, which were really nice, but I don't have that kind of money.

Provider Response

Hi, I'm Katie, I work at Holiday Home Office. First, I'm incredibly sorry to hear that you're having a negative experience at Essex House. I'm particularly concerned about your frustrations with the food services program. We're making strides to improve multiple aspects of our dining services here at Home Office and I think this is a prime example of an area for improvement. Have you called our Resident Relations line to lodge a formal complaint? If not, I strongly encourage you to do so. I've already shared your feedback with them for their review. Thanks, Katie

October 29, 2015

By Ronald23

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My father is at Essex House. The visit was fantastic. The manager of the facility was very knowledgeable and very polite. She discussed what they offer and everything and anything that the community does for the elderly. They bring entertainment in, have all kinds of arts and crafts, have a billiard table for gentlemen who play billiards, a game room, and exercise equipment. They provide them with three meals a day, laundry service and bus service that will take residents to doctors or to the mall. They have a nursing staff in there if you need them, too. Fortunately, my sister came and visited that weekend, and she fell in love with the place, too.

October 20, 2015

By Margaret114058850

I visited this facility

I went to Essex House with my brothers and sisters. We got a tour of the whole place and we had lunch. It was nice. If they had not been located where they were they might have been my choice. The only difference I could see is they had an elaborate reception area. Their dining room had white table cloths and there was a lot of furniture around. They have apartments of different sizes. They have somebody there 24/7. I thought they were pretty equitable.

May 03, 2015

By Tiffani

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mother was in Essex House. The staff was very friendly and very helpful -- particularly Helen and Bob. They were very accommodating. They had all been very easy to work with. The rooms were very nice and adequate and were just in the right size for someone in mother's condition. They were not new, but they were nicely kept. I ate there with my mother, and I think the food was fine. She had no complaint about the food. She thought the food was very good. The dining room was very nice. There were a lot of food choices for the residents, and they also encourage residents getting to know each other. It was an environment for people to make new friends. I think it was really well kept. It was easy to navigate and very convenient for seniors who needed a little bit of extra assistance. One thing that I thought that was very convenient was the fact that they had third-party partners in nursing and physical therapy who could work with the residents right there in their rooms. So -- if they were not well -- they were able to still have some assistance. I had never been in that building where there wasn't anyone in the office or in the front area, and I had gone in it various times a day, weekend, week night, and weekdays. There was always someone there to keep an eye on them, and the doors were locked.

February 26, 2015

By Fran16

I visited this facility

We did visit Essex House for a tour. We are planning to stay here for right now, but certainly Essex House is a wonderful possibility if we needed a backup. We have not looked at anything else so we are totally new to the concept of looking other than any information we have from visiting people. It told us what we wanted to find out. Nothing in particular was impressive upon entering. My first memory of walking in the door was that there was certain kind of walkers to the left. The dining room was immediately to the right, and it was more elegant than we were probably comfortable with but we can maybe adjust if we decide to move. My biggest reservation about the whole thing is that they provide three meals a day. I like to cook, and I like my cooking. My cooking was much better than the bland fish we had that day. We also have an older cat that has gotten into a state of cat Alzheimer's or Dementia. She can't hear at all, so she gets louder and louder at night. She sleeps all day and is up all night, and I'm not sure if Essex House is ready for that. They do allow pets, but I don't know about the sound proofing of the place. Of course, it is still a question of what we wanted versus what they offered. I'm not saying there isn't some merit of having them prepare three meals a day, but I enjoy cooking. They do have a community room where they do classes and other kind of stuff.

January 18, 2015

By Caring82088850

I am a friend or relative of a resident

We found Essex House to be a good facility for my brother-in-law because it is assisted living as opposed to convalescent care which he wouldn't take at all. He refused to admit to have dementia so he is in what you will call a normal facility. That's has been part of the problem because when he first moved in, he did things in that facility that were not allowed. I can't blame the facility for his inability to function. He really needs more care than they can provide for him. I have to give the facility an A for effort because they tried. I think it is a good facility. He is in a two room unit, with a dining room, kitchen and small living room. So he is in a suite and not just in one room which works.

July 21, 2014

By Caring85625050

I visited this facility

Essex House was clean and nicely decorated. The apartment was a one open room with a bedroom and a bath. That's $1,300 a month, and that includes meals, but it's still a lot of money. They have a very big dining area. The staff was nice and polite. However, they looked at me when I came in, and the guy said I wouldn't fit in. Most people there are 70 and up, and I just turned 62. It may be a compliment, but I don't think he should be saying that out loud! Also, they don't have any recreation area. They only showed me a little deck. The front was all parking lot, and when you look outside, there is a bank. They could have more outside activities for the people, especially exercise, or nice places for walks.

May 30, 2014

By Kathy84906650

I visited this facility

Essex House was nice, but it was a little more pricey than the other one. It was like the identical twin of the other one we visited. They had indoor and outdoor activities. The security seemed good.

December 13, 2013

By Melanie4

I visited this facility

Essex House is definitely worth checking out. I like the fact that it was run by a couple who was there all the time. I also like the fact that it's a little bit cheaper than some of the other places. There were full time care supervisors there so I thought that was a plus. It appeared to be very clean. The common features like the dining room was very nice and there was an atrium in the middle where it rose to the full heights of the building. There were sofas there and they put the Christmas tree there and it's a nice, welcoming face at the same time it's pretty elegant and fancy, too.

June 25, 2013

By Nancy63837450

I visited this facility

I really liked Essex House a lot. It was very nice. It had that community feeling that everybody needed. They had a nice open lobby area. The dining area had a very big fireplace where everybody got together like a family during meals. They were also full of activities. There were some staff who lived there so if anyone had a problem or a question, there were house parents they could talk to.

September 21, 2012

By Barb 1

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Essex House was very nice, but it didn't offer the kind of support that mom needed. It's an independent living and she needs help with her medication management, she needed help with showering and things like that. It's very well-maintained, it's welcoming, it has a good reputation in the community. They have a lot of different activities in the community, but it's just not a good fit for my mom. I think they have a community room or something where different groups from the community come in.

June 04, 2012

By Caring386

I visited this facility

My Aunt is currently in Essex House an Independent Living Facility. We chose this facility because it just fits our needs and what she was looking for. We like best about this community is the activities. They treat my aunt very well. All the staff are friendly and kind. She's very much happy with this facility. But if there were something they need to improve is the decorations in the hall way, because there are lots of them. A good place to recommend to others.
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Questions about Essex House

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Essex House. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Our residents range from 55 to early 100s and everything in between! Their favorite activities are as different as their personalities! By using our Holiday 365 app each resident is able to view the daily calendar and sign up for events that interest them. If they are unable to find something that peaks their interest on the calendar they can simply message a friend to join them for a game of cards or to enjoy a walk around the community.

What transportation services does Essex House offer to independent living residents?

Our residents can take advantage of the complimentary transportation to help them get around town.

What makes the chef or dining program at Essex House exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Our community has an Executive Chef and Sous Chef who care about providing residents not only delicious but also nutritious meals, 3 times a day. Our menus are changed seasonally to ensure the freshest products and flavors and we offer over 150 different entrees with each season. Residents can select a la carte items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Entrees at each service include specials like our Holiday Fresh option or Resident’s Choice. All meals are served in our restaurant-style dining rooms with friends and neighbors, allowing everyone to enjoy good food and good conversation.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

Residents are able to socialize in our game room or activity room, sit back with a good book at our library, get physical at our fitness room or just catch up with some friends in the atrium.

What safety features or security measures does Essex House offer to independent living residents?

Our residents can feel safe 24/7 knowing that they can access help with just a push of a button. Each resident receives their own Lively Mobile Plus emergency device that goes anywhere they do. The device, which is included in monthly rent, can be activated for a variety of reasons, including emergencies, directions, health concerns, or to just speak to a friendly voice. The community is also only accessible to residents from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. so you can rest easy knowing that there will not be unwanted late-night visitors.

If Essex House accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We love our residents and we love their pets! Our community is pet friendly so you can bring your furry friend with you to your new home. There are green spaces and courtyards as well as walking paths where you can enjoy nice long walks.

Does Essex House work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

Our community provides the option to each resident to choose their own third party care provider. This allows the freedom of choice and flexibility for each resident to determine how much, or how little, support they need.

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Services and Amenities of Essex House


  • Fee Structure Extra: Included In Rent: Basic Cable, Electric, Gas, Sewer, Water
  • Independent Living Starting At: $2793/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments
  • Housing Extra: Handicap Barrier Free Units Available, Individual Climate Control, Safety Rails In Bathroom, Telephone Hookup

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Dining Extra: Private Dining Room, Resident Kitchen


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Hiking Trails
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Features Extra: Laundry Room For Use, Chapel, Library, Locked Mailboxes, Elevator, Parking: Garage

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Technology Extra: Business Center, Wi Fi In Common Areas


  • Offsite Activities
  • Fitness Room
  • Activities Extra: Billiard Lounge, Game Room, Activity Room

Financial guidance

  • Va Benefits Consultation

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime


  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: Most Pets Allowed
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About Essex House

Essex House is located in Lemoyne, PA, providing a vibrant backdrop for your new life as a valued member of our caring community.

From pleasant housekeepers, to attentive servers at mealtime and helpful maintenance technicians who are there when you need them, this community is the new extension of your family. We take pleasure in getting to know each of our residents and look out for their comfort and happiness. Our chefs prepare three delicious meals each day, served in our beautiful dining room. We provide housekeeping, linen services, fun and stimulating activities, off-site excursions, transportation to your personal appointments and a variety of classes and programs. Our warm, comfortable community and our friendly staff and residents will welcome you. We look forward to making your life easier any way we can.

So come to Essex House for a visit...and stay!

*We understand that each individual is unique and that needs may change over time. Holiday Retirement does not provide any health care services. However, residents are welcome to receive services from any outside home health care provider of their choice to help them continue enjoying life at our community.

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