Saucon Valley Manor (Hellertown, PA) and Whitehall Manor (Allentown, PA) recently became the only locally and state approved Assisted Living Facilities (ALRs) in Pennsylvania. Assisted Living Facilities allow a resident to “age in place” for a longer period of time and receive patient centered care, giving them control of their care. Assisted Living Facility certification recognizes that a community offers extra levels of care. Personal Care Facilities that seek certification as an ALR undergo a strict accreditation process that takes into account concept, construction, and levels of care offered.
When PA Senate Bill 704 was enacted in January 2011 by the Intra-Governmental Council on Long-Term Care, it established “assisted living” and “personal care” as separate forms of long-term care in Pennsylvania. Saucon Valley and Whitehall Manors offer Personal Care, Assisted Living, Care Plus, and 3 levels of Memory Care.
The number of Personal Care “only” Homes in Pennsylvania still outweighs the number of ALRs across the state. “We are so proud of our staff for meeting all the qualifications for Assisted Living Facility certification both at a state and local level,” states Nimita Kapoor-Atiyeh, President. “It’s a testament to our commitment to our residents.”
Assisted Living Residences are licensed under 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 2800 by the Office of Long-Term Living, while Personal Care Homes are governed by the Department of Public Welfare whose regulations maintain certain limits on the care and setting that they can provide.
Ms. Kapoor-Atiyeh asserts, “Our excellent facilities and dedicated team members make the difference. We mean it when we say: it is our honor to care for you or a loved one!”