Assisted Living was created to bridge the gap between Independent Living and Skilled Nursing by providing higher levels of care. As individual care needs change, seniors are able to remain in their homes for longer periods of time.
Designed for maximum independence, Assisted Living residences are more like private studio apartments. They’re required to be larger with private bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Personal Care homes follow a different set of regulations and may have shared bedrooms, bathrooms and varying amenities.
The level of care provided in Assisted Living is higher than in Personal Care. Assisted Living offers a range of services including higher levels care and more specialized skilled nursing when necessary or as needs increase. Personal Care has certain limits on the care and setting that can be provided.
According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, the state ranks fourth in the nation in the percentage of people age 65 and older and age 85 and older. These groups are most in need of services for Personal Care, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing.