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Pennsylvania Nursing Homes

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Pennsylvania is located on the prime real estate of the upper east coast and near the prestigious healthcare facilities of New England, yet Pennsylvania nursing homes cost a fraction of what you would pay in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Pennsylvania retirement homes offer a nice combination of big cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) and small town or rural communities. The Appalachian Mountains run directly through the middle of Pennsylvania and make for scenic landscapes out the windows of many of the best nursing homes throughout Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Costs

Even though private rooms in Pennsylvania nursing homes can reach nearly $300 per day and semi-private rooms are just behind at about $275 per day, these rates are still far more affordable than Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania nursing home prices have skyrocketed in the last ten years as more elderly residents are turning to long term care in Pennsylvania, since the state is far more affordable yet offers the same kind of excellent healthcare and service as other New England states. From several years ago, semi-private and private rooms in the state have increased nearly $30 per day for long term care.

Elderly care facilities in Pennsylvania do have prices dependent on the location. For example, Pittsburgh is far more expensive (average cost for private room = $328 per day) compared to nearby Scranton ($255 per day). Philadelphia also has cheaper long-term care rates than Pittsburgh at $272 per day for a semi-private room and $300 per day for a private room at a retirement home. The rest of the state boasts averages of $266 per day (semi-private room) and $280 per day (private room).

Pennsylvania Nursing Home / Skilled Nursing - Amenities

The best Pennsylvania nursing homes have an obligation to treat residents with the utmost respect and privacy. Staff is encouraged to act friendly, caring, helpful and supportive in all matters. Residents should always respond to residents by their first name or “Sir” or “Ma’am”. It’s a big red flag if during your tours or personal visits with family members you don’t find staff acting accordingly.

The reality is there are a few nightmare accounts you hear on the news about nursing home staff that treats residents badly, but those are rare instances. Most long-term care facilities provide only the best treatment and service.

In addition to standard amenities like food serving, scheduled activities, help with bathing and using the restroom and meds management - expect to find other great amenities from individual skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania. Inquire at each facility for more details.

Who are Pennsylvania Nursing Homes for?

Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities deliver some of the finest healthcare in the nation, as well as excellent service. Many people are deciding to invest in long term care or short-term care in Pennsylvania thanks to the cheaper rates compared to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Pennsylvania nursing homes stand by the five principles of quality elderly care including making each resident priority number one, not preventing or prohibiting residents from making their own healthcare decisions, and providing meaningful activities and well-balanced meals. Staff should always treat residents like it’s their home, because it is!

Nursing and Retirement Homes in Pennsylvania

There are a total of 695 nursing homes in Pennsylvania that Pennsylvania senior citizen residents can take advantage of. Pennsylvania nursing facilities can be part of larger nursing care communities, including continuing care, dementia or Alzheimer's care communities. Most skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania will provide older adults with both long term care as well as short term rehabilitative nursing care. Most Pennsylvania nursing homes accept Medicaid and all will accept private pay. All nursing facilities throughout Pennsylvania state that you can locate through Senior Guidance are officially licensed by Medicare. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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