Within the state of Pennsylvania, the population of residents aged 65 and older is approximately 16.6%. When populations start to age, they will begin to consider their options for retirement. Independent living and retirement communities in the state offer retirees and seniors the possibility to live an independent life and enjoy an active lifestyle. Most independent living is for older adults who are still active and do not require assistance with activities of daily living. When choosing a place to live to spend your senior years, it is important to select the right one. Independent living may be provided through apartment living, townhomes, condos, or retirement communities. Most retirees live on a fixed income and welcome independent living, but want to ensure financial stability. The cost of independent living in Pennsylvania is approximately $3,500 per month. However, these prices do change depending on the type of facility and the amenities provided.
Some of the cities in the state offering independent living include Philadelphia, Newark, Cherry Hill, Pittsburg, and Erie, among many others. Within Pennsylvania are also assisted living facilities. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Bureau of Human Services, is responsible for the oversight of the personal care homes and assisted living residences within the state. Both types of residences provide various levels of care; for example, personal care homes offer 24-hour nursing care. Assisted living residences offer independent living, but provide help with some of the activities of daily life. The cost of assisted living in the state is approximately $3,100 per month, but this does vary. The cost will depend on the level of care needed and the type of assisted living.