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4 Assisted Living Communities in Berks County, Pennsylvania

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $3,400 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 4 Assisted Living Communities in Berks County and several in surrounding areas.

  • Assisted Living: $3,400
  • Nursing Home Care: $11,209
  • In-home Care: $4,362
  • Adult Day Health Services: $1,333

Assisted Living Facilities near Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Berks County

no one

2

June 24, 2023

I am/was a resident of this facility

the rooms are small but they work, My only issue is that smoking is allowed in the individual apartments but unfortunately for us non smokers the smoke smell comes into the non smokers apartment, Really need to make it a non smoking building. Smokers should go out side to smoke or be made to run air purifiers in their apartments. If they can afford cigarettes they can afford an air purifier, It is not fair that a non smokers has to smell it

Louie

4

December 10, 2018

I visited this facility

Walnut Woods is a nice place. We just looked at the facilities, what the cost was, and what will be included. The staff members were helpful. The apartments were adequate. The dining area was good. The place was very clean.

William

5

September 27, 2018

I visited this facility

Walnut Woods was really nice and clean. They have a dining room, and the rooms were nice. I looked at an efficiency apartment. The staff member who helped me was very nice. They gave me a program of different activities they had for the month and it looked like they were keeping people pretty well-occupied. The food looked pretty nice and the menu was varied. Everything looked nice and it was easy to get through. Everything seemed to be working fine.

JL

4

August 15, 2018

I visited this facility

Devonshire Estates was very nice. I saw an apartment there that I liked very much, with nice closets, a bedroom, a small living area, and two large windows, which is good since I need light for sewing. The staff members were very friendly, and I saw that they're really helpful to people who needed it. I saw their food plans where you can select your dinners for the next day. They had various activities and group functions that you can register to do. They said they had grounds for gardening or flowering, for people that are interested. They also take you if needed to your doctors' appointments. I saw one gentleman having trouble walking, and they were right there immediately to assist him. The only thing I was concerned about is that in the evening there's no one there. You'd have to wear an attachment in case you needed assistance. But for that amount of people, it's strange to me there's no one in the building at night. The staff was good and answered my questions. I had an OK dinner there, nothing special. The layout was good. There was a large dining area on the first floor, and two or three rooms where they had club meetings or something like that. They had a list on the board of all the activities and times.

Perry

3

July 31, 2018

I visited this facility

It is OK, but there's too many wings, and I thought my mom would get confused walking around there. The rooms were a little small. The staff member who accommodated us was informative and answered our questions.

D.I.

5

February 14, 2018

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Chestnut Knoll is a relatively small place that gives very good personalized care. They've been very good and are working with me and my sister. My mother has some severe wounds that they are treating daily. We are very happy with the care they're getting. They had the option to get an apartment but decided not to. Chestnut bent over backward to give them the time to make up their minds, but in the end they chose to stay together in one big room. They have a lot of events that go on and things to do every day for the residents there. They have lots of amenities. There's a beauty salon, during Christmas they must have about 15 Christmas trees, there's a large dining area where just yesterday they were having horse races, and there are outdoor areas as well. There's also a bus to take them to doctors' appointments, they have crafts, exercise classes, and games every day. The price is a little high though.

D.I.

5

February 6, 2018

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Chestnut Knoll is a relatively small place that gives very good personalized care. They've been very good and are working with me and my sister. My mother has some severe wounds that they are treating daily. We are very happy with the care they're getting. They had the option to get an apartment but decided not to. Chestnut bent over backward to give them the time to make up their minds, but in the end they chose to stay together in one big room. They have a lot of events that go on and things to do every day for the residents there. They have lots of amenities. There's a beauty salon, during Christmas they must have about 15 Christmas trees, there's a large dining area where just yesterday they were having horse races, and there are outdoor areas as well. There's also a bus to take them to doctors' appointments, they have crafts, exercise classes, and games every day. The price is a little high though.

Lynn

5

December 27, 2017

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My brother moved into Walnut Woods. It's clean, they're friendly, the food is good, and his room is very nice. It's very close to where I'm going to be moving. They have crafts and shows. They have housekeeping and laundry services if needed. The meals are in a restaurant setting, but they can have them in their rooms also.

Grace

5

December 13, 2017

I visited this facility

Walnut Woods felt like a comfort place. It was very clean and didn't have an odor. I was very impressed with the cleanliness. The staff was very friendly. I felt something there compared to some other places I had been to. I was very impressed. My daughter who was with me said the same thing. The doctor's office is right next door, which is great. We also like that meals are right in the building; we didn't have to go to another building for meals. They serve three meals a day, have a cleaning service, and do your sheets for you. The bulky part of your laundry that you can't handle, they can handle for you, so that is another thing that impresses me. They had an exercise room, a very nice library and very nice areas to sit, and a nice walking area outside. They had crafts and basket weaving, visiting craft people to show you how to do things, play Wii three times a week, different church groups and Bible study, and play cards at night. They had tables set up with puzzles and you can sit down at your leisure.

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania

Assisted Living Costs in Berks County

The average cost of assisted living in Berks County is $3,400 per month, which is low when when compared with some of the biggest cities in Pennsylvania, including Erie ($4,588) and Philadelphia ($5,318). According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey for 2018, the national average cost of assisted living is $4,000 and the state average is just above the cost in Berks County at $3,750 per month. The least expensive assisted living costs in the state can be found in Gettysburg, where the average monthly cost is just $300 below Berks County at $3,100 per month.

Note: Specific senior care cost data isn’t available for Berks County. Data for the nearest major city, Reading, has been used instead. 

Care Cost Comparison

In most cities across the United States, the cost of senior living varies significantly depending on the type of care required, and in Berks County, this is particularly true. While assisted living is $3,400 per month, the cost of nursing home care is nearly $8,000 higher at $11,209 per month. Home care services are priced much closer to assisted living at $4,362 per month; however, when factoring in additional housing costs such as rent, utilities and general upkeep, this cost grows considerably higher. In assisted living facilities, these expenses are generally included in the total price.

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Berks County

Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s state Medicaid plan is called Medical Assistance. MA is administered by the state of Pennsylvania and receives financial support from the federal government. The plan provides low-income Pennsylvanians with health insurance that covers the cost of a variety of health care services including primary care, dental care, hospital services and prescription medications. While the program covers the cost of some home care services and long-term nursing care, the state’s standard plan doesn’t cover the cost of assisted living. However, there may be other Medicaid options available to those who need help paying for care in an assisted living facility.

To be eligible for the state’s standard MA, Pennsylvania residents age 65 and older must have a maximum income of $793.10 per month and no more than $2,000 in countable assets. Asset exemptions include the applicant’s home, as well as their personal belongings and a single vehicle. 

To apply for MA or to learn more about eligibility and benefits, seniors can call The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services at (866) 550-4355 or apply online

Community HealthChoices

The Community HealthChoices program is a Medicaid managed care program that provides a variety of services to seniors and disabled persons who require a nursing level of care. The program focuses on providing care that helps its participants delay or avoid the need for nursing home admission with the intention of reducing the cost of care. While it doesn’t explicitly pay for the cost of assisted living, Community HealthChoices does cover a broad range of services that are frequently accessed by those who reside in assisted living facilities and provides its participants with case management services. Some of the other services covered by this program include personal care, primary care, prescription medications, nonmedical transportation and occupational and physical therapy.

To qualify for this program, applicants must be dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare or require a nursing level of care. To qualify based on need, applicants must undergo a comprehensive physical and cognitive care assessment. 

To apply for this program or inquire about the benefits it includes, seniors can call the Office of Long Term Living Provider Call Center at (800) 932-0939. 

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

LIFE

LIFE is a non-Medicaid, state-funded managed care program that’s available to seniors age 55 and up. The program’s participants receive all health care services from providers who operate within the LIFE network in their county. Like the Community HealthChoices program, LIFE doesn’t explicitly cover the cost of assisted living; however, the range of services it provides is broad and includes things such as personal care, socialization activities, social services and nursing care, which are typically services that are accessed by seniors who reside in assisted living facilities.

Services provided are determined by a case manager, and the cost of the program is determined by a sliding scale that’s based on income. Those with little to no income may be eligible for services at no cost, while others may have the option to pay for their services. 

To be eligible for LIFE, applicants must be 55 years of age or older and require a nursing or rehabilitation level of care. They are also required to be able to reside safely outside of a nursing care facility or hospital. 

Seniors living in Berks County can apply for LIFE by calling Senior LIFE Reading at (610) 404-3200.

Optional State Supplement

The Optional State Supplement program in Pennsylvania helps low-income seniors and disabled persons with the cost of long-term care. The OSS is a cash benefit that’s combined with Supplemental Security Income. While the amount varies depending on the recipient’s living situation, it may be as high as $439.30 for individuals or $957.40 for married couples each month.

To qualify, applicants must be receiving the federal Supplemental Security Income benefit. Seniors can contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 to apply or to learn more.

Senior Centers in Berks County

There are a variety of senior centers located throughout Berks County that provide the area’s senior citizens with services and programs designed to enrich their quality of life. While offerings vary from center to center, many provide seminars on health and technology, as well as live entertainment, group outings, meals and social activities. 

Berks Encore Senior Centers 
(Various locations)
(610) 374-3195

The Center at Spring Street
200 W Spring St, Boyertown, PA
(610) 367-2313

Mami Angie’s Casa De La Amistad Senior Center
501 Washington St 2nd Fl, Reading, PA 19601
(610) 685-1284

Area Agency on Aging<br>

The Berks County Area Agency on Aging offers seniors, their families and their caregivers a comprehensive list of services that aim to increase senior independence and protect the dignity of Pennsylvania’s aging population. Services provided include mobility assistance programs, support groups, caregiver training and benefits assistance. Berks County Area Agency on Aging
633 Court St, Reading, PA 19601
(610) 478-6500

Veterans Services

Veterans Affairs helps veterans and their spouses and dependents, including survivors, by providing a range of benefits including financial aid, housing assistance and health care services. More information can be obtained by contacting the Berks County Veterans Affairs office. 

Berks County Veterans Affairs
726 Cherry St, Reading, PA 19602
(610) 378-5601

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