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. In Pennsylvania, personal care homes (PCHs) and assisted living residences (ALRs) are both licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; however, they vary in the depth of care provided. A PCH provides housing, meals and assistance with medications and personal care tasks. An ALR can offer several skilled care services (such as IV care under RN supervision) to supplement the non-medical services available in a PCH. Residents may be able to age in place for a longer time, making care in a skilled nursing facility unnecessary. In order to be licensed in Pennsylvania as an ALR, several higher level requirements for the structure and staff must be met. Maryland, on the other hand, offers the option of multiple levels of care within a licensed ALR.
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, Forks of Easton, Hershey, Lancaster, the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Wyomissing, York-South (Leader Heights) and York-West.