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Assisted Living and Personal Care

Assisted Living and Personal Care
Get to know the similarities and differences.

For many years people in Pennsylvania used the terms Assisted Living and Personal Care interchangeably. There didn’t seem to be any differences between the two. Things started to change and become clearer with the passing of Senate Bill 704. It established Assisted Living as a separate form of long-term care in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Pennsylvania’s Office of Long-Term Living began to license Assisted Living Residences separately from Personal Care Homes. Specific differences for Assisted Living can be found in the 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 2800.

According to the new regulations, Assisted Living is defined as “a significant long-term care alternative to allow individuals to age in place.” Assisted Living residents “receive the assistance they need to age in place and develop and maintain maximum independence, exercise decision-making and personal choice.”  

Though it does provide similar care to Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living residences have the capability to care for chronic or acute conditions. Staff can provide a higher level of nursing care for a longer period of time. This reduces the need for residents to leave the community if or when health care needs change. Because of the required higher staffing ratios, specialized training, and supplemental health and medical services, residents can get the specialized care they need to stay put.

Simpson Meadows in Chester County provides a range of living options for seniors including Assisted Living and a specially designed Memory Support neighborhood for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders. For a limited time, when your loved one stays for two months in the Assisted Living or Memory Care neighborhood at Simpson Meadows, the third month is free. If you have questions about the range of services, please call 484-364-3462.

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