Pennsylvania has become a popular retirement destination not only for its beautiful fall foliage and diverse historical and cultural sites, but also for its recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Many seniors also choose to retire to Pennsylvania for financial reasons: Pennsylvania does not tax social security income or federal, state, or local pensions, it has effective real estate tax rates, and it has a low cost of living in several of its cities. Finally, seniors and their families have better peace of mind about the healthcare retirees receive in Pennsylvania, as studies show older Pennsylvanians receive quality healthcare.
But, Pennsylvania is a very large state with hundreds of communities and retirement options for seniors. If finding the best assisted living facility in the Keystone State is proving to be a challenge, consider one of the following. To choose our top 10 assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania, we considered services and amenities, awards and accreditations, and state inspection data when available. We also reviewed ratings of sites by residents and their family members because they have insight into the care and activities the facilities have to offer. Please note, we have listed our top 10 assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania here, in no particular order.
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1. Above & Beyond Senior Living at Mountain View
2232 29th Street SW
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103
Above & Beyond Senior Living provides compassionate, personal care for seniors who need assistance with daily living tasks. The staff provides assistance with personal hygiene, bathing and showering, dressing, and more while ensuring residents enjoy life as independently as possible. With three home-style meals daily, an enclosed courtyard, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, and indoor and outdoor activities, Above & Beyond Senior Living at Mountain View serves the needs of residents and enables them to enjoy retirement. The facility offers several room options from large private apartments to smaller semiprivate accommodations, two large dining rooms serving meals prepared on site, a Bistro that overlooks the courtyard, and fun social activities.
Centrally located between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Residences at Chestnut Ridge offers independent living, assistance with daily living, and personal care. The care partners at Chestnut Ridge dedicate themselves to meeting the unique needs of each resident and providing exceptional care. For seniors who need assistance, the Chestnut Ridge staff provide support services and health care as needed in addition to transportation and medication management. Residents may opt for a private room or a shared space in an apartment and enjoy a variety of amenities including an on-site library, a chapel, laundry rooms, pet-friendly facilities, comfortable lounges and common areas, and an on-site beauty salon and barbershop.
A secure senior living community, Mount Vernon of Elizabeth sits atop the second highest point in Allegheny County and offers some of the most breathtaking views Pennsylvania has to offer. Warm and welcoming, this assisted living facility offers personal care in addition to the award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery program for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Residents enjoy restaurant-style dining, 24-hour nursing staff, a host of daily activities, community events, wellness programs, a full-service salon and barber shop, laundry, housekeeping, and many other services and amenities.
Sunrise of Presque Isle Bay delivers many tiers of care including personal, memory, hospice, and respite, in addition to the road home program. With gorgeous views of Lake Erie, this assisted living facility is an ideal personal care choice because its staff, doctors, and families have unparalleled communication to preserve a resident’s dignity and independence while ensuring the support and assistance she needs. On-site amenities focus on residents and may include a kitchenette, handicap bathroom, walk-in shower, double windows, individualized temperature controls, cable, Wi-Fi, and more. Sunrise of Presque Isle Bay also offers outpatient therapy, 24-hour care, and pet therapy with many visiting doctors including a psychologist, optometrist, audiologist, primary care physician, and three podiatrists.
Formerly Emeritus at Harrisburg, Brookdale Harrisburg is an exclusive senior living community offering assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Located near medical centers, physician’s offices, restaurants, shopping, and banking, Brookdale Harrisburg is an ideal retirement community for residents who want to enjoy outings with friends and family members; many residents also enjoy spending time in historic Harrisburg, visiting the state capital, and walking through Hersheypark with their family members. Brookdale Harrisburg features several amenities including a library, beauty and barber shop, courtyard and garden, walking paths, and wellness center. A pet-friendly facility, Brookdale Harrisburg assists seniors with medication management, daily activities, and coordination with outside healthcare providers while helping them maintain their autonomy.
6. Evergreen Estate Retirement Community
1300 East King Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
Evergreen Estates Retirement Community helps residents enjoy retirement by staying active and involved in social activities, physical skills, and mental stimulation games. Seniors are able to express their opinions, desires, and feelings to create a living community at Evergreen Estates. Residents also enjoy home-cooked meals, transportation to medical appointments, weekly shopping trips, social outings, and an on-site beauty shop in addition to housekeeping and maintenance provided by friendly, attentive staff. Evergreen Estates balances independence and assistance with activities of daily living for residents and creates an individualized care plan for each resident to meet her needs.
7. Simpson House
2101 Belmont Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
A not-for-profit retirement community located in historic Philadelphia, Simpson House is known for being inviting, offering unbeatable amenities, and making life enjoyable for its residents. Offering independent living, personal care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services, Simpson House is located in a natural setting of stately oaks and evergreens yet is in proximity to Fairmount Park and its rolling hills, gentle trails, and riverfront area. The staff is dedicated to helping residents remain active and independent so they can enjoy a healthy lifestyle while developing friendships and participating in social activities.
8. Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
6300 Greene Street
Offering independent living, personal care, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley serves the northwest Philadelphia area. Known for its affordable living options and tradition of outstanding care and services for older adults, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley is surrounded by the natural beauty of a small hardwood forest inhabited by birds and wildlife even though it is located fewer than 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia. Pet-friendly and offering top-quality assisted living services and amenities, WEL at Stapeley has been voted an outstanding senior living and home care provider by residents and their families.
9. McCallum Assisted Life
7141 McCallum Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119
A personal care facility that assists residents with physical, mental, and emotional needs, McCallum Assisted Life offers elegant residences at an affordable price. The skilled, caring staff provides personal care such as medication management, housekeeping, laundry and linen service, beauty and barber care, delicious meals, and more for seniors. The quiet residential neighborhood, spacious dining room, comfortable lounges, and library make residents feel right at home at McCallum Assisted Life.
Offering care at all levels while meeting the highest clinical standards for seniors, Bellingham Retirement Community has created an unmatched service culture. The rustic charm of this assisted living facility comes from the common areas that once were an 18th-century farmhouse and barn, which have been renovated to include a dining room, living room, library, and craft room. Situated on 14 acres, Bellingham is just a short trip from historic downtown West Chester and boutiques, galleries, restaurants, hospitals, and West Chester University. Bellingham’s executive chef, programming director, and staff provide the Fresh For You dining program, life enrichment programs, transportation services, and more for residents.
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