Assisted Living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Situated in Eastern Pennsylvania’s historic Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem is a historic community with plenty of Colonial ambiance combined with convenient modern amenities. Holiday season aficionados feel right at home in Bethlehem, whose nickname is Christmas City. A typical day in Bethlehem might start out with a round of golf at the championship course at Bethlehem Golf Course followed by lunch in the Moravian Historic District before spending the afternoon browsing bookstores and boutiques and finishing off the day with a special event or performance in the Southside Arts District.
Those aged 65 and over comprise approximately 16.6% of Bethlehem’s total population of nearly 76,000 citizens. The average cost of assisted living in Bethlehem is $3,550, although individual prices of assisted living facilities may vary depending on factors such as services, amenities and location.
Note: Data for Bethlehem was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Allentown, was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Cost of Assisted Living in Bethlehem
At a monthly average of $3,550, assisted living in Bethlehem is less than the statewide cost of Pennsylvania of $3,995 as well as the national average of $4,300. Costs rise to an average of $4,800 to New York to the north, while their counterparts in Pennsylvania’s southern neighbor, Maryland, pay an average of $5,000 per month. Costs in Ohio and New Jersey are $4,350 and $6,650, respectively.
Costs within Pennsylvania fluctuate wildly. Those in Scranton pay the least for assisted living at a monthly average of $2,450, while those in Philadelphia pay the most at $5,550. Prices fall to $3,550 in Pittsburgh, rise to $5,240 in State College and fall again to $3,025 in Johnstown. Those in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner in Erie pay an average of $4,315.
Bethlehem Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Pennsylvania residents aged 60 and over who qualify for Medicaid may be able to receive assistance paying for some of the costs of assisted living through the Pennsylvania Aging Waiver program. Applicants must require a nursing home level of care but prefer to remain in the community, including assisted living facilities. Please visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for detailed information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Bethlehem Assisted Living Resources
|Northampton County Area Agency on Aging||(610) 829-4540||Northampton County seniors, their families and caregivers can receive referrals to applicable community-based services and assistance accessing them from the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging. The agency also provides a number of direct services such as long-term care advocacy through an ombudsman, case management and legal representation through a partnership with North Penn Legal Services. |
|Bethlehem Township Community Center||(610) 332-1900||This center offers a variety of activities and programs designed for senior citizens. Fitness activities include yoga, Zumba and aquatic exercise in the community pool. At a Senior Drop-In Center every Wednesday afternoon, seniors can play cards, bingo or simply socialize over a cup of tea or coffee. The Autumn Club meets every Monday morning for arts and crafts, games and parties.|
|Bethlehem American Legion Harry F. W. Johnson Post #379||(610) 866-3835||Current and former military members with honorable discharges can access assistance with veterans’ benefits applications, opportunities to socialize with other military families and possible financial emergency assistance. The American Legion also sponsors many local community-based programs and volunteer opportunities. |
|RSVP of Lehigh, Northampton|
& Carbon Counties
|(610) 625-2290||Seniors seeking ways to volunteer in their communities can access numerous opportunities by contacting RSVP of Lehigh, Northampton & Carbon Counties. Commitments can be ongoing or short-term. |
|Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority||(888) 253-8333||Those aged 65 and over are welcome to use all LANtaBus services completely free of charge. This includes regular public transportation as well as paratransit services. Riders must have a PA Senior Travel ID. The application for the ID can be easily filled out online. |
Bethlehem Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living communities and other long term care facilities must comply with all rules and regulations concerning their operations. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is responsible for licensing and overseeing these facilities. Please see our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for detailed information.