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Cost of Assisted Living in Pennsylvania
According to the 2012 A Place for Mom Senior Living Costs Survey, the median monthly cost to live in an assisted living one bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania is $3,158.

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Assisted Living Rules and Regulations in Pennsylvania

Assisted Living Terms and Licensing in Pennsylvania

A law that went into effect in in 2011 means that there are two assisted living license types in Pennsylvania.

  • Assisted Living Residence (ALR) Any facility in Pennsylvania with “Assisted Living” in its name must meet these requirements:
    • Residents may not share rooms
    • All living units have kitchens
    • All living units have bathrooms
    • Facility can offer care at the level of a nursing home
  • Personal Care Home (PCH)
    • Do not have the privacy requirements of an ALR
    • Cannot offer care at the level of a nursing home
For more detail on the difference between an PCH and an ALR, see this explanation of license types from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.



Required Staff Training

  • Prior to employment, every direct care employee must receive an orientation to fire safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Direct care staff must receive at least 12 hour of continuing education annually.

 

Eviction Laws and Resident Protections

  • ALR facilities must provide 30 days notice to the resident before discharge. Rent must be prorated.
  • PCH facilities may evict a resident if the facility determines that the resident’s needs cannot be met in the facility or if meeting the residents needs would require a fundamental alteration in the facility’s program.
  • At both ALR and PCH facilities esident has the right to use both the home’s procedures and external procedures to appeal any involuntary discharge.

 

Service Charges

For both PCH and ALR licensed facilities, there must be a written contract signed by each party up.

Inspection Laws

Both PCH and ALR licensed homes are inspected by the public welfare department on an annual basis by the Department of Public Welfare, and may also be subject to unannounced inspections at any time.

Private Payment and Medicaid

In some circumstances medicaid can be used to pay for care at a PCH or ALR. For more information, see this page regarding Pennyslvania’s Aging Waiver.

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