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.
Renowned for its historical sites, large cities and Amish farming regions, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to get a taste of what America is all about. But, Pennsylvania is a very large state with hundreds of communities and retirement options for seniors. The state is home to a range of top-notch assisted living facilities which now fall under the umbrella of “personal care” homes. This re-categorization has caused some confusion with many seniors, which only compounds the fear and frustration that goes along with searching for the optimal care setting for your loved one.
To help shine a spotlight on the best senior housing options that Pennsylvania has to offer and make finding the perfect assisted living facility easier, we’ve compiled a list of elegant assisted living communities in PA that are worthy of the being recognized as the state’s Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities. To choose our top assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania, we considered services and amenities, awards and accreditation, 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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The Birches at Arbour Square
691 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438
With month-to-month leases residents at The Birches at Arbour Square can rest assured that they are no hidden costs or entrance fees, living life to the fullest at this active retirement community. The community works to create a comfortable environment by offering a variety of amenities and services, including a secure environment for those suffering from memory impairing diseases. Personal care assistance is available 24-hours a day with a professional nurse on-call for acute care needs. Residents at The Birches can participate in a variety of social activities like card club, quilting cub and various exercise programs designed to maximize independence.
Pine Run Lakeview
777 Ferry Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Dubbed “the most recommended Personal Care Community by area physicians” Pine Run Lakeview works to promote wellness while maintaining comfort, security and independence. Residents can take part in a variety of activities which include daily special events and they can dine in the club-style dining room, enjoying meals prepared by trained culinary chefs. Personal care services are available to assist with the unique needs of each resident including special programs designed for those with nutrition needs, needing oxygen and diabetes.
Twin Cedars Senior Living
364 Little Walker Road
Shohola, PA 18458
This small facility strives to provide its residents with around the clock care while maintaining their independence and dignity. Twin Cedars offers personalized care with medication administration and hourly safety checks as needed. Home visits by a geriatric physician ensure that the unique medical needs of the elderly are addressed and wellness visits from licensed nurses help with preventative care. In addition, residents can choose from a variety of apartment styles, enjoy time in the cozy library or computer room and relax while taking in the beautiful ground and paved walking paths.
Juniper Village at Meadville
455 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
The Connections Activities program at Juniper Village at Meadville allows residents to take part in a variety of leisure activities hosted by professional entertainers or join in the weekly exercise programs. With personalized care services provided 24-hours per day, residents of Juniper Village can rest assured knowing they will receive assistance with activities of dialing living like bathing and grooming and medication management programs ensure proper compliance of medication regimens.
Overlook Green Assisted Living
5250 Meadowgreen Drive
Whitehall, PA 15236
Centering on a commitment to individual needs, Overlook Green Assisted Living tailors care programs to each of its residents in order to fulfill care needs while maximizing independence and dignity. Residents can enjoy a plethora of activities throughout each month or can savor in the tasting of the facilities signature desert, baklava. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, Overlook also provides respite care for short-term stays.
The Watermark at Logan Square East
2 Franklin Town Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Centrally located in Philadelphia, The Watermark at Logan Square provides luxurious accommodations coupled with optimal care. Residents needing assisted care can rest easily at The Inn, where customized care is standard care. The Inn strives to help residents forget they are living in a retirement community and works to create an atmosphere reminiscent of home. Additionally, residents can take advantage of city living through a variety of excursions and events or can further their education through Watermark University.
Arbor Terrace at Chestnut Hill
495 East Abington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Providing top notch assisted living and memory care, Arbor Terrace and Chestnut Hill strives to provide residents with optimal care with levels of care designed for varying needs. This pet friendly facility offers rehabilitative and recovery services provided by licenses physical, occupational and speech therapist in order to help residents age gracefully in place. The Engagement Program also helps residents balance their physical and cognitive needs through activities.
Spring Mill Senior Living and Cold Stream Crossing
3000 Balfour Circle
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Balancing support, security, independence and choice, Spring Mill Senior Living and Cold Stream Crossing offers residents a choice of five floor-plans ranging from a compact efficiency apartment to a spacious standard room spanning 400 square feet. Residents can take part in a variety of activities and special events and can stay connected with wireless internet services. The facility is staffed with a blend of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and certified nursing assistants to provide custom care based upon individual needs.
Brandywine Senior Living at Senior Suites
2101 New Hope Street
East Norriton, PA 19401
With home-like accommodations and comprehensive amenities, Brandywine Senior Living at Senior Suites strives to provide its residents with peace of mind, good friends and good living through a premier caregiving. The staff at Senior Suites works hard to provide residents with reasons to get out of bed each morning and encourages participation in its Engagement Program which provides stimulating activities for everyone including cooking classes, WII tournaments and theatrical presentations.
3300 Darby Road
Haverford, PA 19401
The diverse group of seniors calling The Quadrangle home makes this senior living community ideal for nearly anyone. As a continuing care retirement community, residents can rest assured knowing they will remain among friends even as their care needs escalate. With a choice of apartment styles, assisted living residents can choose the ideal setting to meet their needs. Additionally, staff at the Quadrangle are skilled and trained in providing assistance with activities of daily living while supporting and encouraging independence.
Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone
5546 East Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Tyrone, PA 16686
Encouraging residents to live active lives, the staff at Colonial Courtyard take advantage of its location to provide activities for its residents. Located between Altoona and State College, residents are often encouraged to take advantage of the local shopping and cultural activities. Additionally, the facility is located just minutes from walking trails, outdoor pavilions and pristine fishing holes.
Atria Center City
150 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
With breathtaking views from its rooftop garden, Atria City Center offers seniors needing assistance with activities of daily living the opportunity to enjoy city living while having their needs met. Part of the Atria family, this community is held accountable to the company’s high standards and must meet stringent internal standards for quality care and service which includes thorough reviews and biannual surprise inspections. With individualized care plans, residents can rest assured they are receiving the care they need coupled with stimulating activities.
Sunrise of Granite Run
247 North Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
Offering short-term stays, hospice care, Alzheimer’s and memory care and personal care, Sunrise of Granit Run has a little something for everyone. Its dedication to senior living is apparent with their customized service plans for each resident. The staff strives to foster independence, maximize dignity and encourage freedom of choice. Residents have the luxury of choosing from a variety of floor plans and activities to make their stay as comfortable and home-like as possible.
St John’s Herr Estate
600 E. Main Street
Lititz, PA 17543
With activities centered around the resident’s needs and interests, St. John’s Herr Estate works to provide its residents with an environment of supportive care. Residents have the choice of various floor plans to meet their needs and can take advantage of the spacious common areas to take part in activities, visit with family and make new friends. Families can rest easy knowing care is available around the clock and if needs escalate residents have priority access to two skilled nursing facilities for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care.
Senior Commons at Powder Mill
1775 Powder Mill Road
York, PA 17403
Offering independent living, assisted living and two levels of memory care Senior Commons at Powder Mill was ranked as the number one retirement community in the York area. Residents needed assisted care or memory care can rest comfortably knowing their needs will be met by trained and loving staff. A daily schedule of activities helps keep seniors active and involved, encouraging independence and fostering friendships.
Elmcroft of State College
150 Farmstead Lane
State College, PA 16803
State Certified deficiency free for two years in a row, Elmcroft of State College offers personal care and secured Alzheimer’s care to the Central Pennsylvania area. The staff at Elmcroft prides itself in providing optimal care while preserving the independence and dignity of its residents. There is an emphasis on activities, with residents being encouraged to take part in stimulating activities for the mind, body and spirit. A community van allows residents to take advantage of scheduled activities throughout town.
Atria South Hills
5300 Clairton Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Located in the South Hills suburb of Pittsburgh, Atria South Hills gives residents the feeling of a small community with the luxury of the big city nearby. Around the clock care is available for residents needing assistance with various care tasks, including activities of daily living. Additionally, residents have the choice to participate in a variety of activities designed to instill friendships and encourage independence.
Sterling House of Penn Hills
7151 Saltsburg Road
Penn Hills, PA 15235
With private apartment and a home-like atmosphere, Sterling House of Penn Hills partners with its residents to create personalized care plans in order to accommodate their individual needs. Trained staff are available 24/7 and provide residents with assistance with activities of daily living, mobility and transfers and dining. Residents are encouraged to partake in activities that allow them to make contributions to their own lives and their community.
Rose Tree Place
500 Sandy Bank Road
Media, PA 19063
Enjoying time in the well-stocked library or enjoying the time in the luxurious outdoor courtyard, residents Rose Tree Place can take part in a variety of activities designed to enrich their lives. Residents at Rose Tree Place can choose from several floor plan depending up their needs and can rest easy knowing care is available around the clock by trained and dedicated staffing.
Sunrise of Exton
200 Sunrise Blvd.
Exton, PA 19341
The beautifully designed Sunrise of Exton, combines elegance with compassionate care. Residents with memory impairment can take advantage of dedicated programs designed to help them cope with memory loss, slow the progression of the disease and live quality lives. Personalized care is available around the clock with the hope of providing much needed care while maximizing independence. Additionally, every resident is invited to take part in a various social activities which invigorate the mind, body and spirit.
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