Effective January 18, 2011, Pennsylvania made effective a new set of regulations for the official "Assisted Living" designation, to be used in supportive senior living communities. Until now, all communities providing supportive living services had been classified as "Personal Care." Now, there are two designations- two types of communities. In some ways they are similar, but the differences can make a huge impact on a senior if they're searching for a new community to call home.
Below, please find some information pertaining to the new state regulations as they relate to Assisted Living and Personal Care communities.
There is a definite difference in communities that will be licensed as Assisted Living and those licensed as Personal Care. Below are just a few of the differences you'll see between the two:
1. ONLY licensed Assisted Living communities can use the designation Assisted Living. Check with the communities with which you do business to see whether they will be Assisted Living or Personal Care.
2. A community's accomodation of resident mobility and medical needs is different depending on whether it is Assisted Living or Personal Care.
3. Price structure is different.
4. Building amenties and room size requirements are different.