Personal Care Services in Lancaster, PA

Personal Care is intended for individuals finding that life alone in their home or apartment is becoming difficult. The 24/7 supportive care services from United Zion provide help with daily living activities and ensure safe, consistent medication management. Services are tailored to the unique or changing needs of the individual resident.

These personal care services can include:

  • ✓ Medication management
  • ✓ Bathing
  • ✓ Dressing
  • ✓ Assistance with other personal needs
  • ✓ Three daily meals
  • ✓ Housekeeping
  • ✓ Linen service

Staff are available 24/7 for assistance.

Personal Care accommodations are private rooms or private two-room suites conveniently located near the social hub of activity at United Zion. It’s a few steps to a dining room, beautiful “country kitchen” for gathering, or cozy seating areas for warm conversation. Meals in the dining room bring welcomed social opportunities, as do an abundance of recreational, educational, wellness, and spiritual programs.

On-campus medical services may include:

  • Primary care physician
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Blood work
  • X-rays
  • …and more.

These opportunities can maximize independence and promote successful aging.

In a recent satisfaction survey, residents ranked quality of care, staff responsiveness, and cleanliness of personal care with high satisfaction.

United Zion is here to support your everyday life so you can focus on what brings you joy.

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Frequent Asked Questions

What Services Are Included?

Personal care services include three meals daily; housekeeping; linen service; staff available 24/7 to address unexpected needs; and a variety of recreational, educational, wellness and spiritual programs. Depending on the needs of the resident, additional  assistance with activities of daily living may be provided including medication management, bathing, dressing, and assistance with other personal needs.

Licensed nurses provide oversight of care. Living at United Zion is convenient. Outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy are available on campus, as well as additional medical services include bloodwork, x-rays, and appointments with a primary care physician. Learn more about available personal care services and rates by downloading our Personal Care brochure (click here) or calling us at (717) 627-8421.

What Accommodations Are Available?

Private rooms of varying size and two-room suites are available, each with their own spacious bath. Common areas include recreational spaces, dining room, library, chapel, laundry room, and lounge with a kitchenette. There are also sidewalks for walking, a wellness center and a hair salon. Learn more about Personal Care accommodations by downloading our Personal Care brochure or calling us at (717) 627-8421.

What Help is Available to Cover the Cost?

In addition to an individual’s own personal resources, long-term care insurance coverage is welcomed. Pennsylvania does not allow Medicare and Medicaid funding for Personal Care.  However, some veteran’s benefits may apply.  Certain financial requirements apply to enable United Zion to ensure ongoing care needs are met. To see if you qualify, fill out a free application today.

How Does the Admission Process Start?

The first step in receiving personal care services from United Zion Retirement Community is completing an application. Request a Personal Care application and our brochure to start the process.

Why United Zion Retirement Community?

United Zion offers a lifestyle approach to personal care, enabling individuals to maintain their own unique lifestyle preferences within an atmosphere of warmth and caring. As a Life Plan retirement community, we offer several levels of living options should a spouse or close family member desire accommodations on the campus. With over 110 years of service to Lancaster County, PA, generations have been coming to us for quality services and the family atmosphere of a small, friendly community. Learn more.

What qualifications are necessary to become a resident in Personal Care at United Zion?

Each resident should be 62 years of age or older. Completion of an application will assist us in determining financial eligibility as well as the accommodations most suitable and services needed. Evaluations by United Zion staff to determine the needs and required services will be conducted to ensure Personal Care services are a fit for prospective residents. Verification of financial resources as well as a doctor’s physical evaluation will be required prior to reserving a specific residence for occupancy.

How is Personal Care different than Skilled Nursing Care?

Personal Care assists with activities of daily living such as medication management, incontinence care, meals, social activities, housekeeping and daily reminders. Personal Care is about keeping the resident’s maximum independence with non-medical supportive services. Care is overseen by licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with support of medication technicians, certified nurse aides and resident aides. In our Healthcare Center for skilled nursing care which includes short-term rehabilitation, residents are provided with medically-necessary services as well as assistance with daily living activities and mobility support.

How is Personal Care different than Assisted Living in Lancaster, PA?

Although often used interchangeably, Personal Care is not the same as Assisted Living in Pennsylvania.  Personal Care is non-medical support for daily living activities. Assisted Living provides a higher level of care than Personal Care as it includes some supplemental medical support. There are rate and staffing differences between Personal Care and Assisted Living as well.

Is United Zion a ‘Personal Care Home’ according to the State of PA?

United Zion Retirement Community is licensed as a Personal Care Home. However, this is only part of United Zion as United Zion is a Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community). As a Life Plan Community, United Zion offers Residential Living (apartments and cottages), Personal Care and Healthcare Center for long-term care and short-term rehab.

Do I need to have already been living at United Zion in order to be eligible for this?

Current residents do have priority when a unit becomes available in Personal Care. It is a benefit of the continuum of care offered to residents. However, we do take those outside of those currently living at United Zion. Submit an application today in order to hear when a unit becomes available.

Does Personal Care include medical care?

Personal Care is supportive services for activities of daily living. It is non-medical in nature. If medical care is needed, the Healthcare Center may be the better fit. Give us a call at 717-627-8421 today to discuss the needs of the prospective resident and we can help you determine the right level of care.

What does Personal Care include?

Personal Care assists with activities of daily living such as medication management, incontinence care, meals, social activities, housekeeping and memory support. Personal Care is about keeping the resident’s maximum independence with non-medical supportive services. Residents have full access to all the amenities at United Zion including the library, wellness center, chapel, game rooms, gardens and more.

Does Personal Care services deal with both Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)?

Yes, Personal Care offers assistance with medication management, incontinence care, meals, social activities, housekeeping, bathing, dressing, linen service and more. Plus, social opportunities and an abundance of recreational, educational, wellness and spiritual programs.

How close are you to an airport or train station?

There are four nearby airports – Lancaster Airport (10 minutes), Harrisburg International Airport (under 1 hour), Philadelphia International Airport (1.5 hours), BWI (1.5-2 hours)

Are there nearby hotels for visitors to stay at?

There are several hotels in the area including Hotel Rock Lititz. Please let us know as resident’s families may receive discounted rates.

Can children and/or grandchildren visit me and spend the night?

Visitors are always welcome. However, in Personal Care overnight guests are not allowed. There are a number of nearby hotels for family. Overnight guests are allowed in Residential Living.

How much does Personal Care cost?

Please request an informational brochure or give us a call at 717-627-8421.

Does Medicare and/or Medicaid pay for Personal Care?

In Pennsylvania, Personal Care is not eligible for Medicaid. Medicare is health insurance which helps cover medical expenses. Personal Care is not medical care such as a hospital, doctor or rehabilitation.

How do you pay for Personal Care?

At United Zion, you will be billed monthly for Personal Care.

Is Personal Care tax deductible?

Please discuss this with your tax professional.

What are the age requirements for Personal Care?

At United Zion, one must be 62 or older to become a resident.

What are the benefits of Personal Care?

Personal Care provides supportive services to help with the activities of daily living such as meals, bathing, incontinence care, medication management, dressing and more. There also numerous social, entertainment, spiritual, recreational and education activities. Also, residents of United Zion have access to all the campus amenities including chapel, craft room, game rooms, library, and wellness center.

Is there a waiting list for Personal Care?

Give us a call today at 717-627-8421 to find out if any units are available or get information on how to apply.

What kind of activities and amenities are available for Personal Care residents?

Activities include choir, Bible study, book club, crafts, art, games, cards, bingo, trivia, chapel services, wellness classes, education classes, and cooking. Amenities include a wellness center, chapel, hair salon, restaurant, game rooms, billiards room, library, gardens, walking path, and more.

What are the meals like at United Zion?

Meals are served in our recently renovated restaurant. The menu consists of two daily specials and an extensive always on menu. Our hospitality attendants take the order and deliver it to the table. Our restaurant is open to outside visitors as well.

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