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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,600 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 5 assisted living facilities in Hazleton and 18 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Hazleton, PA
Settled in Hazelton, Pennsylvannia among green rolling hills, Corrigan House offers comfortable assisted living with with a focus on providing help with activities of daily living. Our community offers both private and semi-private apartments.
Seniors in Hazleton pay an average monthly cost of $3,600 for assisted living. This is according to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care survey, which shows costs in Hazleton to be less than the state average ($3,750) and national median ($4,000). Of cities in the surrounding area, assisted living costs in Scranton ($2,400) are the lowest, while those in Lebanon ($4,358) are much higher and far exceed the state average. Assisted living costs in Allentown ($3,750), East Stroudsburg ($3,463) and Reading ($3,400) are the most comparable to those in Hazleton.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Hazleton, so data for the closest area, Bloomsburg, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
In Hazleton, the average monthly cost of skilled, 24-hour nursing home care ($9,095) is more than double that of assisted living. Impressively, the upfront fees of assisted living, which often include expenses such as rent, meals and maintenance, are lower than those of home health care. Homemaker services ($4,433) and home health aides ($4,528), which do not include regular home living expenses, are significantly more costly in Hazleton than assisted living. At $1,517 per month and with more limited care hours, adult day health services are the least expensive type of senior care.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medical Assistance is Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program and benefits certain low-income residents such as families with children, seniors and people with disabilities through low-cost or free health care services.
Qualifications for these services vary depending on the specific program within MA but include criteria such as financial limits, age and level of disability.
One type of MA, known as non-money payment, may be available to certain Hazleton residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income or are aged 65 and older, blind or disabled. To be eligible, they must meet the below financial criteria:
For residents who meet the aged, blind or disabled criteria but have financial resources over the NMP limits, the Medically Needy Only MA program may be available. These individuals must incur monthly medical expenses that dip their income down to the following limits to qualify:
Those who fall into the NMP or MNO MA categories may receive health care services including:
To apply for MA services, Hazleton seniors should complete the online application or call the COMPASS helpline for assistance at (800) 692-7462.
Hazleton seniors who would like to live in an assisted living facility may be eligible to receive additional MA services through the home and community-based aging waiver.
To qualify for the aging waiver, seniors should:
Services provided through the aging waiver include:
To begin an assessment process, Hazleton seniors who would like to enroll in the aging waiver program should contact Luzerne County’s Area Agency on Aging at (570) 822-1158.
Living Independence for the Elderly
Living Independence for the Elderly is Pennsylvania’s Program of All-Inclusive Care and may be available to help Hazleton seniors who wish to live at home or in the community. LIFE provides personal needs and health services to eligible residents such as:
To qualify for LIFE, Hazleton residents must:
To apply for the LIFE program, Hazleton residents should contact the Luzerne County LIFE Geisinger Scranton organization at (570) 558-6160.
Personal Care Boarding Home Income
The state of Pennsylvania distributes monetary payments to certain residents willing to live in a qualifying Personal Care Boarding Home. The payments are made through the federal and state combined SSI program, and the monthly amounts distributed to participants equal:
These payments may be used by participants to pay for room and board and services in a PCBH. To qualify for this program, Pennsylvania residents must meet the following income and asset criteria:
Those interested in applying for SSI and PCBH income may complete an application online or call Social Security at (800) 772-1213.
Senior centers throughout Luzerne County promote healthy, active living for seniors through exercise classes, nutritional meal programs and wellness services such as blood pressure screenings for membership dues as low as $5 per year.
Hazleton Active Adult Center
24 E. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18201
Butler Township Senior Center
411 W. Butler Dr., Drums, PA 18222
Mountain Top Active Adult Center
460 S. Main Rd., Mountain Top, PA 18707
Luzerne County’s Area Agency on Aging provides seniors and their loved ones with services such as an ombudsman program, caregiver resources, home-delivered meals and assistance with nursing home transitions.
Area Agency on Aging-Luzerne and Wyoming Counties
111 N Pennsylvania Ave, #100, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Luzerne County veterans and their families have access to VFW memberships and services through the Luzerne County Veteran Affairs office. Programs include assistance with disability compensation, Veteran’s Aid & Attendance, burial benefits and property tax exemptions.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
75 Banks Ave, Conyngham, PA 18219
Annual memberships are $30, and meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.
Luzerne County Veteran Affairs
County Westside Annex
2009 Wyoming Ave, Forty Fort, PA 18704
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