The borough of Chalfont, located within Bucks County and under an hour from Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ, has approximately 4,000 residents. Seniors benefit from the borough’s proximity to Philadelphia, where the best health care in the state can be found, including Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, ranked first in the state for its geriatrics and cancer care. Seniors can also enjoy the parks in the area, with places for picnicking, walking or enjoying the sites and sounds of nature. Although the cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, seniors save in other ways, including sales taxes, which are among the lowest in the country, and through exemptions to Social Security and other retirement income.
Assisted living costs in Chalfont averages $7,478 per month, although costs may vary according to the particular facility and its offered amenities and services.
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Chalfont’s assisted living care costs, according to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, average $7,478 per month. This is much higher, $3,500 more each month, than the Pennsylvania average of $3,955. It is also significantly higher than the national average of $4,300. Compared with other states, the cost of care in Chalfont is also significantly higher. New Jersey’s average of $6,650 is approximately $800 less, and in Maryland the difference is even greater, $2,478 less. New York’s average monthly cost of $4,800, while above the Pennsylvania average, is still $2,678 less each month than in Chalfont.
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Other cities in Pennsylvania have much lower care costs than in Chalfont. In nearby Philadelphia, the largest city in the state, costs decrease by $1,928 per month, to $5,550. In the eastern part of the state, Allentown’s prices decrease further, to $3,550 per month, while in the city of Scranton, assisted living prices are some of the lowest anywhere in the state, at $2,450, a $5,028 difference compared to Chalfont. In Harrisburg, expenses for assisted living are still significantly lower than care in Chalfont, at $4,857 per month. Prices in the southern city of York, at $4,260 are closer to costs in Harrisburg but roughly $3,200 more each month than in Chalfont.
Note: Data for Chalfont was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Trenton, was used instead.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health administers several waivers, including the Aging Waiver, which may apply to some seniors in assisted living. Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents, 60 years or older and meet specific income requirements. Applicants must also require a nursing level of care, which is determined during a screening assessment. Services may include transportation services, personal emergency response system, nursing services and therapies such as occupational or physical.
Visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page to learn more about the Assisted Living Program.
|Central Bucks Social Activity Center||(215) 348-0565||Located in nearby Doylestown, the Central Bucks Social Activity Center is one of four senior centers in Bucks County. Seniors can participate in social activities, such as casino trips and holiday parties; educational programs including book clubs; and health and fitness programs, such as seated exercise and tai chi. Hot lunches are served weekdays, with menus that rotate monthly.|
|Bucks County Area Agency on Aging||(267) 880-5700||The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging coordinates services for older adults, helping them and their families identify relevant services and supports in the Chalfont area. Trained specialists can answer questions about long-term care choices and possible assistance paying for care. Other services include care management and legal assistance. Health and wellness programs range from living well with chronic disease to injury prevention.|
|Bucks County Transport||(215) 794-5554 or (888) 795-0740 for reservations||Bucks County Transport offers several transportation options for seniors, including a shared ride program. Open to all those 65 and older, the program offers a discount on all rides, which must be scheduled two weekdays in advance, with advance registration required for all riders. Seniors who belong to a Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization can use the service to visit any provider within the plan or to access prescriptions or testing.|
|Pennsylvania’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program||(717) 783-8975||Working to address issues pertaining to long-term care, Pennsylvania’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for seniors living in assisted living. Individuals can bring complaints or concerns to an ombudsman, who works with the facility to bring about a resolution that best serves the resident. Ombudsmen also seek to improve resident care as they educate individuals about resident long-term care rights.|
|Bucks County Department of Veteran Affairs||(215) 345-3307||The Bucks County Department of Veteran Affairs helps senior veterans and their dependents apply for benefits while providing information about all pertinent services. Seniors can get assistance applying for pension benefits, insurance and disability compensation. The Bucks County Veterans Van transports seniors from specific locations in Bucks County to the Philadelphia Medical Center and other larger outpatient clinics.|
In Chalfont, as throughout the state, assisted living facilities are required to meet regulations for care standards, including health and safety guidelines, staffing requirements and medication administration. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health oversees assisted living facilities, verifying that they meet or exceed these baselines for care. Learn more by visiting our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.