1058 communities in Pennsylvania
The Residence At Glen Riddle
Concordia Of Fox Chapel
Juniper Village At Forest Hills
Juniper Village At Lebanon
Marian Hall Home
Brookdale Mt Lebanon
Arden Courts Of Monroeville
The Solana Doylestown
Senior Care Plaza
New Hope Gracious Personal Care
Concordia At Ridgewood Place
The Arbors At St Barnabas Iii
Pennsylvania is the Keystone State, and true to its name, it has traditionally been the key link in the chain of settlements that ran from the original 13 colonies to the Ohio River Valley. This large state started in a welter of religious protests against the Crown (its other nickname is the Quaker State) and eventually developed into one of the more prosperous Northern states during the pre-Civil War era. Pennsylvania has a nice mix of built-up areas, such as the old steel town of Pittsburgh and the historic seat of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania's more rural areas are popular among woodsmen and hunters, many of whom go out every season to hunt the state bird, the ruffed grouse, which can be either the hardest game bird to bag or comically easy to catch, depending on whether it's in an area where it's habitually hunted. The mountain laurel is the state flower, which is fitting since an almost vertical series of mountain ridges runs across the middle of the state. These rise starkly from the surrounding farmland, connect with the world-famous Appalachian Trail and are popular climbing spots for people of all skill levels, from local kids on a hike to technical climbers with ropes and pitons.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a level of care just above having a caregiver come to visit in the private house you occupy, but below skilled nursing in the hierarchy of senior care. Aging citizens who need help with the normal activities of daily living (ADLs), such as getting dressed and bathing, sometimes require more assistance than a visiting caregiver can offer.
When this happens, it may be time to move into a residential community where staff is on-call 24 hours a day and can help with the onerous ADLs, so that seniors can live fuller and freer lives. Residents in assisted living communities may have a room to themselves, or they might share a space with a roommate, depending on the property and the amenities that fit the budget.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Pennsylvania?
The State of Pennsylvania has so many regions, all of which are unique, that it's difficult to generalize about the cost of assisted living. The 2015 Genworth Financial Cost of Care survey found that the state average cost came in at $3,555 a month, which is just a little under the national median of $3,750 a month. Some regions of Pennsylvania, however, show a wide deviation from the mean. Philadelphia and Allentown, for example, can run significantly higher than the statewide median, while Pittsburgh and Harrisburg run somewhat lower.
Pennsylvania, like most U.S. states, has a rising senior population. Of its 12.8 million residents, 2.9 million are over the age of 60. This fraction is expected to increase by 25 percent by 2020, with another 20,000 aging citizens over 80 added to the population in the same time frame.
How is Assisted Living in Pennsylvania Regulated?
Assisted living in Pennsylvania is mostly a private sector business, but communities are tightly regulated by the state government. Among other areas overseen by the state and local governments are:
• Food preparation
• Hygiene among staff
• Hygiene of food prep and common areas of the property
• Presence of emergency alarms to summon help to a resident's room
• Prevalence and training of staff
• Posted numbers for abuse and neglect hotlines
• Basic building, fire and safety codes
How is Assisted Living in Pennsylvania Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Assisted living communities in Pennsylvania are governed by a lengthy code of state laws that starts with fairly dry reading about licensing requirements and skill training levels, but then proceeds to outline a surprisingly relaxed set of rules about firearm possession on the property (residents are not permitted to carry guns into common areas; otherwise, you're good). These rules are regulated and enforced by the state government and backed up with periodic inspections to ensure compliance. Incidentally, the same code also describes the conditions under which a resident is entitled to a refund for services, which may be an important set of rules to know offhand. Communities are allowed to designate a separate room in each facility for smoking, though residents are strictly forbidden to smoke while being transported in a wheelchair or on a gurney.
Aging citizens in Pennsylvania are relatively well-favored by the tax code. In addition to the standard deductions and credits other taxpayers get each year, seniors over age 65 are entitled to the senior tax credit, which is worth up to $5,000 per individual or $7,500 per married couple. Another hidden benefit can be found in the tax code, where seniors who spend more than 10 percent of their annual gross adjusted income on medication and/or medical supplies may be eligible to count these expenses as health-related deductions.
Politics in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a presidential swing state, which means that every four years, both candidates for office are likely to stop by to campaign. The state has voted in a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor, as well as one Republican and one Democratic senator. Like neighboring Ohio, Pennsylvania's population is so diverse, pollsters and advertisers alike use it to test new products and ideas before predicting how they would do in general circulation. An inside joke in Pennsylvania politics is that the only unbeatable candidate in the state would be a "gun-supporting, pro-life, dynastic Democrat with the ability to self-fund a campaign."
Facts About Pennsylvania
• Pennsylvania was the first state in the Union to list its state government website's URL on a license plate.
• The nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, began publication in Philadelphia in 1784.
• Stewartstown, Pa., located close to the Maryland state line, hired its first police officer in 1876. Not having a convenient police academy to train recruits, the city fathers hired the town lamp lighter for the job and gave him no training. He remained the lamp lighter until his death, years later.