Assisted Living / Personal Care Services

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Assisted LivingAssisted living communities and personal care homes provide a valuable and necessary service to individuals. They provide a safe place to live with 24 hour care and supervision. They provide residents with:

  • Three meals a day
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medication management
    The facility is responsible for ordering, managing and administering all medication. (The cost/co pay of medication remains the responsibility of the resident and is not included in the monthly fee.)
  • Assistance with "activities of daily living" (ADLs)
    Assisted living communities assist residents with the activities of daily living or ADLs. This refers to the basic tasks of everyday life, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, ambulation, and transferring. When seniors are unable to perform these activities on their own, they can receive assistance in licensed assisted living communities and personal care homes.

Assisted living and personal care rates vary greatly and are dependent on many factors including location, level of personal care required, and amenities provided. Private apartments are available, with or without kitchenettes, as well as private and companion rooms.

Payment Methods

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Assisted living and personal care are not covered under health insurance. Also, medical assistance does not pay for this type of housing in Pennsylvania. Typically, individuals pay for their housing and care using:

  • Monthly social security checks
  • Savings
  • CDs, stocks, bonds
  • Pension
  • VA monies
  • Disability
  • Long term care policy
  • Proceeds from the sale of a home

Family and friends are permitted to financially assist a resident in paying for their care.

Please use the Search Box above to search for Assisted Living / Personal Care communities in your area.

Funding for Assisted Living in PA

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There are only two funding programs available to seniors residing in assisted living in Pennsylvania.

  • VA funding (called Aid & Attendance)
  • The Personal Care Home Supplement program (for low income individuals)

The VA program is for veterans and widows of veterans who require personal care. The resident must qualify medically and financially for this program. Through an intake call with one of our advisors, we can review the three eligibility requirements for the VA program. If you think your loved one may be eligible, we can send you a booklet with all the details of the program including the monthly funding currently available to the veteran. The actual application for “Aid and Attendance” and the specific list of required documents necessary to apply for this benefit, may be obtained through the American Legion office in Pittsburgh at (412) 395-6230. (All facilities accept VA funding.)

The Personal Care Home Supplement program is for low income individuals with no financial resources. The program allows the resident to retain $85 from their check each month as personal money, and the remainder of the resident’s monthly check is paid to the facility for room and board, meals and utilities. (Not all personal care homes accept this program.)