Over a Century of Loving Care

Our History

Trusted with the care of Erie’s Seniors for over a century, Sarah Reed has lovingly cared for generations of families.

An outgrowth of Erie’s first social service agency, Sarah Reed Senior Living was founded in 1871 by 30 Erie women. Known at the time as “The Home for the Friendless,” its purpose was to provide care and shelter to the unfortunate of all ages.

By 1890, separate buildings housed both children and adults. As more area agencies developed, the Home’s services were adjusted to meet the changing needs and demands within the community.

In 1961, the Children’s Center moved to a new location, where treatment could be provided for children with emotional, social, learning, and behavioral problems. In 1986, the two centers were incorporated as separate, private, nonprofit organizations.

The name Sarah A. Reed Home was adopted in 1936 to honor Sarah Reed, a founder who served on the volunteer Board of Directors for 61 years.

Over time and several expansions, Sarah Reed Senior Living now comprises three connecting buildings: Reed Manor, Reed Terrace, and Reed House. Reed Manor and Reed Terrace contain residential apartments in which Personal Care services are available. Reed Terrace houses the Memory Support Unit, known as Zurn Pavilion, which contains private rooms, lounge, dining area, and outdoor patio. Reed House provides Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, featuring private rooms, updated décor, and 24/7 licensed nursing professionals.

A Legacy of Caring

Jane Joslin describes her experience of living at Sarah Reed’s Children’s Home with her brothers during the Great Depression. Over 70 years later, Jane, her brother Bill, and his wife Betty all chose Sarah Reed for their Senior Living & Care needs.

Jane has since passed away, but her memories of loving care and Sarah Reed’s Legacy live on.

Our Mission

Sarah Reed Senior Living will provide quality healthcare, housing, and associated services to residents in a caring and trusted environment.

Our Vision

To continuously remain viable and competitive within the senior living marketplace by maintaining a high level of integrity and loyalty in the provision of our services.


Trusted for Generations

Founded in 1871, we’re a private, nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community in the City of Erie. Governed by a Board of Directors, we provide comprehensive housing, services, and nursing care at one location.

Residential & Personal Care Apartments

Offering a variety of spacious accommodations with dining and housekeeping services tailored to meet individual needs, Sarah Reed provides comprehensive nursing services that let you remain in your apartment as your needs change. Learn more>

Memory Support

Residents with Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and memory impairments can take advantage of Zurn Pavilion, Sarah Reed's special care unit. Licensed under Personal Care Home regulations, this cozy area is ideal for residents who require a safe, secure area with increased supervision. Learn more>

Skilled Nursing Care

We provide short- and long-term nursing and skilled care on a 24-hour basis. This is ideal for short-term rehab stays, as it offers skilled services that help residents return home quickly. A dedicated short-term wing is available within this area. Learn more>


Offering a full range of rehabilitation services, our team approach is designed to meet the needs of short-term rehab residents as well as those who can benefit from services in all levels of care. Learn more>

Respite / Short-Term Stays

Offering the opportunity to stay in any level of care for a temporary period for recovery following hospitalization, Caregiver Respite, or to sample the Sarah Reed lifestyle before committing to a longer stay.

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