Many people look for retirement communities with assisted living. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there is a difference between Assisted Living and Personal Care services. Each has its own licensure requirements: Assisted Living Residences are licensed by the Office of Long-Term Living while Personal Care Homes by the Department of Public Welfare. Essentially they differ in three ways: concept, construction and level of care. An assisted living community can care for a resident longer as he or she ages in place ("concept") before skilled nursing care is necessary. But in order to do so, the community must build out its construction accordingly and have additional staff assistance to provide that higher level of care.
In reality, many larger personal care home companies (like Country Meadows) with existing communities meet most of the assisted living residence requirements but haven't made the switch.
At Country Meadows, we offer Assisted Living at our new Forks of Easton community and Personal Care at our other Pennsylvania communities:.
For more information, please visit any of our Pennsylvania communities: Allentown, Bethlehem, Hershey, Forks of Easton, Lancaster, the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Wyomissing, York-South, and York-West.