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Page Reviewed / Updated – December 15, 2022

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Situated in idyllic South Central Pennsylvania less than half an hour’s drive from Gettysburg, Hanover’s classic small-town ambiance combines with a low cost of living and low property crime rate to make it an appealing retirement destination. Approximately 19.6% of the town’s overall population of just under 16,500 are aged 65 and over, which is more than three full percentage points higher than the national average. 

Surrounded by Amish and Mennonite farms, Hanover residents have no shortage of good, healthy food. Volunteer opportunities can be found with the Hanover Area Arts Guild, Hanover Recreation Department, Sweet Charities of Hanover and various animal rescue organizations. Emergency, primary and some types of specialty care can be found at UPMC Hanover, while those who need advanced care are only an hour away from Baltimore and a little more than two hours from Philadelphia. 

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, residents of assisted living facilities in Hanover pay an average of $4,515 per month. This is only $15 higher than the national average of $4,500 but is over $500 higher than the state median. 

Note: Data for Hanover was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Gettysburg, was used instead.

We’ve compiled a top 10 list of the best assisted living facilities in and around Hanover. Keep reading for more information and see if any are right for you. 

Homewood at Plum Creek

Floor plans at this faith-based facility include single-bedroom units with a private bath and suite-style units with kitchenettes and walk-in closets. Residents receive customized care according to their needs and preferences. We liked how the restaurant-style dining room offers plenty of à la carte options along with a good range of menu items. Residents are provided with three meals per day, assistance with daily living needs and activities such as group and individual crafting projects, puzzles, games, fitness classes, live on-site entertainment, and group outings to community events and points of interest.

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Lutheran Retirement Village at Utz Terrace

Situated in a residential neighborhood a few blocks west of Pennsylvania Route 94, this facility's location makes it easy for family and friends to visit. What we liked best about The Village at Utz Terrace was how the range of available floor plans accommodated various lifestyle needs and preferences. The two-bedroom cottages offer up to 1600 square feet of living space with attached garages, while those who prefer apartment life have one- and two-bedroom floor plans to choose from. All apartments and cottages feature single-level living spaces to promote safety and comfort as residents age in place.

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Columbia Cottage Hanover

We liked Columbia Cottage's easy proximity to Lake Marburg, which offers good fishing, picnicking and birdwatching opportunities that make great outings among groups of residents or for when family and friends come to visit. The home-like, tasteful ambiance of the common areas provides plenty of nooks and crannies for enjoying a good book, working on a crafting project or visiting with friends. The soundproof insulation between apartments further promotes a serene atmosphere in this facility.

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Cross Keys Village the Brethren Home Community

We included this facility on our top 10 list because of the quality of its on-site Life Enrichment program. Residents can access a range of lifelong learning opportunities through the Discovery Course series, develop their creativity at the on-site art education studio and even start their own special group if they have an interest or hobby they'd like to share with other residents. There is a baby grand piano in the on-site theater for live performances by local talented musicians.

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Lorien Taneytown

Floor plans at this facility include studio and one-bedroom units equipped with in-room kitchenettes and contain plenty of natural light. On-site amenities include a salon/barbershop, a restaurant-style dining room where skilled culinary staff prepares three nutritious meals per day, a pool and spacious, well-manicured garden and patio areas with lots of comfortable seating areas. Pets are not allowed at this facility, making it a good choice for seniors suffering from allergies.

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The Terraces at Westminster

This pet-friendly facility offers studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites with full kitchens or kitchenettes which are equipped with in-room cable and Wi-Fi. We felt that the resident capacity of 64 was just the right number for those who would feel overwhelmed in a more populated environment, yet would appreciate having plenty of potential friends and activity partners. Common spaces such as the on-site coffee shop provide opportunities to relax and socialize with other residents or with visiting family and friends. Guest parking is available, and guests are welcome to join their loved ones for meals in the restaurant-style dining room.

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Brightview Westminster Ridge

We were immediately impressed by Brightview's crisp, white exterior framed by trees, flowerbeds, and a velvety green lawn—it was easy to imagine how pleasant it would be to relax in one of the rocking chairs lined up on the roomy front porch with a good book and a beverage. The serene mood of the exterior continued seamlessly as we moved indoors, where the common spaces were elegant, yet comfortable. We particularly liked the on-site pub where seniors could relax with the drink of their choice while playing cards or just visiting with other residents.

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Carroll Lutheran Village

We loved the serene setting among green rolling hills and the home-like ambiance of this facility, but what really stood out about Carroll Lutheran Village was its on-site wellness program, Flourish™. This program provides services designed to enhance whole-person health and happiness such as relaxation therapy, nutritional counseling and stress management. There is a gardening area for those who like to grow their own flowers, vegetables and herbs, an indoor saltwater pool, a fitness center with personal trainers, an art studio, a library and computer lab, and a music room.

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Lookabout Manor

Lookabout Manor earned a place on our top 10 list because the facility employs an in-house physician and has a high staff-to-resident ratio. With a resident capacity of just 14, this was the smallest facility on our list. We also liked the countryside setting, individual garden spots for residents and the spacious, fenced-in patio area. Private and semiprivate rooms are available at this family-owned and -operated facility.

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Sun Valley at the Meadows

This 22-bed facility offers spacious private rooms equipped with telephone hookups, bathroom heat lamps, a monitored security system and individual controls for heating and air conditioning. There is a large outdoor deck, a sunroom, a beauty salon/barbershop and a fitness room. The facility maintains an on-site generator so that any power outages don't interfere with the comfort and safety of residents. Although Sun Valley at the Meadows is not pet-friendly, animal visits are regularly scheduled. Other activities include crafts, group outings, games and religious studies.

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