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Pittsburgh, PA is a mecca for anyone who wants to live in an area that cherishes camaraderie, safety and a relatively low cost of living. It is home to more than 50 facilities in our senior living network.

Now that you’re searching for a place for an adult parent or relative to spend their golden years, you may have many questions and concerns running through your mind. How do you choose a facility? What should you look for in a senior care home? Is your loved one really ready for assisted living?
This resource provides answers to those questions and more. It also offers some valuable information for you and your loved ones to use to make it easier for you to choose a suitable assisted living home for your situation. Continue reading to learn more about A Place for Mom’s assisted living options in Pittsburgh, PA and how we can help.

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Senior housing types near Pittsburgh, PA

  • Shady Rest of Pittsburgh

    Shady Rest of Pittsburgh

    4026 Ohio River Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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  • Southwestern Assisted Care Residence

    Southwestern Assisted Care Residence

    502 N Lewis Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15122
    (4)
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    Southwestern Assisted Care Residence is a senior living community located in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh is a bustling city in Alleghany County and home to about 306,000 people. Residents will enjoy a lot of available activities including shopping, going to restaurants, going to museums, checking out...

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  • Gracious Living Personal Care Home

    3768 Willow Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
    (3)
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  • Sunrise of Upper St. Clair

    Sunrise of Upper St. Clair

    500 Village Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise Senior Living of Upper St. Clair provides seniors with a caring community to live in and call home. This community is located in the busy city of Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh is a part of Allegheny County, and it offers much to do and see. Guests of our residents will enjoy checking out the...

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  • The Haven at North Hills

    One Windsor Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    (3)
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  • The Sheridan at Bethel Park NOW OPEN

    The Sheridan at Bethel Park NOW OPEN

    2000 Cool Springs Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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  • The Pines of Mt. Lebanon

    The Pines of Mt. Lebanon

    1537 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
    (21)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At The Pines of Mount Lebanon we balance the unique small-town persona of Mt. Lebanon with the active qualities of city living. Our Senior Living and Memory Care communities enjoy the fusion of both in all aspects of the lifestyle and community experience. Our gorgeous outdoor floral gardens and...

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  • Holy Family Manor

    Holy Family Manor

    301 Nazareth Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15229
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are a state-certified personal care facility, with capacity to serve 42 Personal Care residents and 12 Memory Care residents, in addition to our 12-unit Sisters Wing. Rooted by the CHFM Mission inspired by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, our staff and volunteers welcome and lovingly...

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  • Atria McCandless (Opening Winter 2019)

    Atria McCandless (Opening Winter 2019)

    8870 Duncan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria is pleased to announce a brand-new senior living community for older adults in Allegheny County: Atria McCandless. Now pre-leasing and scheduled to open this winter, this independent and supportive living community will be thoughtfully designed to help older adults enjoy greater well-being....

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  • Brookdale Mt. Lebanon

    Brookdale Mt. Lebanon

    1050 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Maybe it’s time to let someone else do the dishes. If you’re looking for fun and freedom in senior living, come see if our senior living community, with both independent living and personal care home, is the right fit for you. Located in Southern Hills just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, here you...

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  • Sunrise of McCandless

    Sunrise of McCandless

    900 Lincoln Club Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    (22)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise of McCandless is located in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are close to hospitals, shopping Malls and all needed amenities. Our services include personal care, focusing on the individual needs of our residents. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you in a...

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  • Overlook Green Senior Living

    Overlook Green Senior Living

    5250 Meadowgreen Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We welcome you to find out more about our community, which centers on a commitment to individual needs. Our goal is to celebrate your independence and, at the same time, provide the amount of daily assistance that you require. All this happens in an atmosphere that is specially designed for your...

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  • Stonecrest of McCandless

    8651 Carey Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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  • Atria South Hills

    Atria South Hills

    5300 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
    (15)
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    Nestled within the South Hills suburb of Baldwin Borough, Atria South Hills is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being. This inviting residence offers a selection of studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with a...

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  • Harbour Senior Living of South Hills

    Harbour Senior Living of South Hills

    1320 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care in a beautiful home-like environment. Guided by our mission statement, Harbour of South Hills offers families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living services. From assistance...

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  • Paramount Senior Living at South Hills

    100 Knoedler Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Merryheart is a 90 unit apartment building dedicated to serving our senior population. We provide 3 home cooked meals each day, weekly housekeeping and linen service. Three scheduled activities per day and a 24/7 emergency system. In house communion service every Sunday. We are located near several...

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  • Norbert Personal Care

    Norbert Personal Care

    2413 St. Norbert Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Providing Personal Care Service for over 30 Years At Norbert Personal Care, we provide personal care and elderly care services to elderly individuals. Our experienced team of professionals provide personal care and elderly care services to elderly individuals.? We understand that one of life's most...

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  • Asbury Heights

    Asbury Heights

    700 Bower Hill Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15243
    (3)
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    For more than a century, Asbury Heights has been a leading continuing care retirement community with a focus on improving the lives of older adults in southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its Living Well at Asbury initiative, older adults receive the benefits of evidence-based practices combined with...

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  • Perry South Personal Care Home

    1129 Tweed Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15204
    (3)
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    We have both private and semi-private rooms and are fully licensed by the state and D.P.W. We have handrails throughout the home for comfort and we do support walkers. All bedrooms are up stairs. There is also laundry at no cost. Outside activities done by family are supported by Access. Meals and...

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  • Juniper Village at Forest Hills

    107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
    (37)
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    Juniper Village at Forest Hills is a beautiful personal care community conveniently located off the Parkway East at the Forest Hills exit, just 10 minutes east of Pittsburgh. This elegant community features many varied suite sizes and types and a specialized dementia unit. Our community boasts a...

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  • Rosewood of the Ohio Valley

    Rosewood of the Ohio Valley

    814 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Rosewood of the Ohio Valley prides itself on providing exceptional care at an affordable rate. Rosewood of the Ohio Valley provides personal care services as well as memory care services. Our memory care floor is over 12,000 square feet and is created to enhance sensory needs with colorful paintings...

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  • Tapestry Senior Living Moon (Opening Spring 2019)

    Tapestry Senior Living Moon (Opening Spring 2019)

    550 Cherrington Parkway, Coraopolis, PA 15108
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  • Elmcroft of Saxonburg

    Elmcroft of Saxonburg

    100 Bella Court, Saxonburg, PA 16056
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lease by July 31 and your community fee is only $500.* That’s a savings of up to $1,500! See our Sales Director for details. Elmcroft of Saxonburg is an intimate, senior living community designed to provide optimal comfort, care and privacy. Some features include: Private and shared personal and...

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  • Dunlevy Manor

    Dunlevy Manor

    2218 Route 88, Dunlevy, PA 15432
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Dunlevy Gardens is a medium size homelike community with all the charm and friendliness that is desired by the Residents and their families. Dunlevy Gardens is laid out all on one floor seeking to ensure the independence of all residents while enhancing the quality of life. We strive to create a...

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  • Brookdale Penn Hills

    Brookdale Penn Hills

    7151 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Here you get to define your day every day with new hobbies, new friendships and a worry-free lifestyle. With our personal care home services, you’ll have help with managing medications, dressing and bathing, as well as services like housekeeping and meals. That means you can spend time on the things...

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  • Mount Vernon of South Park

    Mount Vernon of South Park

    1400 Riggs Road, South Park, PA 15129
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Mt Vernon of South Park, offering personal care, dementia-dedicated unit long and short-term stays. Our community is ranch-style or one-level living and our philosophy promotes compassion and dedication as we strive to provide a secure, home-like atmosphere for our residents. We have...

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  • Applewood Personal Care Homes

    903 Morgan St, Brackenridge, PA 15014
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Applewood our aim is to make a positive difference in the lives of the seniors we care for by providing high-quality , professional services and sincere friendships to each of our residents. Local family owned and operated for 20 years. Affordable rates No tier pricing - Monthly rent includes,...

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  • Woodcliffe Manor

    5347 Brightwood Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Seated in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Woodcliffe Manor Senior Living provides your loved one with a high quality, affordable, comfortable alternative to nursing home care. Our belief, caring people do make a difference, is manifested in everything we do. Our facility and staff is specifically...

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  • Walden's View Senior Living

    7990 Route 30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Walden's View Senior Living is a senior community located in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, which is a city in Westmoreland County. This beautiful city is home to several historic sites, such as the Fullerton Inn, as well as easy access to shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. Whether...

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  • Grace Manor at North Park

    9565 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101
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  • Day's Personal Care Home

    18 Norman Ave, Washington, PA 15301
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Day's Personal Care Home is a senior care home that is located in the metropolitan city of Washington, PA and in Washington county. Washington is a part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and is home to the large Washington City Park. The group home setting itself is situated on one of the major...

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  • North Strabane Retirement Village

    North Strabane Retirement Village

    200 Tandem Village Rd, Canonsburg, PA 15317
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Retirement Village of North Strabane Retirement Village of North Strabane is located in the lovely and scenic town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in Washington County. Our senior living community is nestled into this lovely town which sits just west of the recreational Canonsburg Lake. There is much to...

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  • Hillside Manor A Personal Care Home Community

    Hillside Manor A Personal Care Home Community

    123 Hamilton Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145
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    The goal of Hillside Manor is to provide high quality, cost effective assisted living for older adults. The employees of Hillside Manor are dedicated to this goal, as a reflection of that commitment, have developed the following: to seek and maintain a leadership role in providing an assisted living...

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  • Harbour Assisted Living/Monroeville

    Harbour Assisted Living/Monroeville

    2589 Mosside Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized nationally for both quality and innovation. Harbour Assisted Living and Memory Care/Monroeville affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living and...

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  • Stone Brook Manor

    507 Rowe Rd PO Box 606, Manor, PA 15665
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Stone Brook Manor is a senior living community in the quiet and quaint town of Manor, Pennsylvania. This sleepy little borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania is the perfect town to unwind and relax while enjoying the beautiful Pennsylvania scenery. Our senior living community combines the...

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  • Paulin Personal Care Home

    119 W Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057
    (1)
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    Paulin Personal Care Home Paulin Personal Care Home is a senior care home located in the quiet southwestern Pennsylvania community of McDonald on the edge of Allegheny and Washington counties. Nestled about half an hour away from the major cities of Pittsburgh and Steubenville, Paulin Personal Care...

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  • Elmcroft of Allison Park

    Elmcroft of Allison Park

    2224 Walters Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
    (32)
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    Lease by July 31 and your community fee is only $500.* That’s a savings of up to $1,500! See our Sales Director for details. Elmcroft of Allison Park, located in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, offers exceptional assisted living care options for seniors in the Pittsburgh area. Conveniently located about...

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  • Independence Court of Monroeville

    279 Center Road, Monroeville, PA 15146
    (21)
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    Independence Court of Monroeville is a senior living community located in Monroeville, PA. Monroeville is home to just over 28,000 people, and is a quiet borough in Alleghany County about 15-miles east of Pittsburgh. Residents will find a lot of great shops, stores and restaurants and areas where...

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  • The Palms at O'Neil

    The Palms at O'Neil

    1 Glenshire Lane, White Oak, PA 15132
    (18)
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    The Palms at O'Neil is owned and operated by the Anlauf Family. It is designed to meet the changing needs of seniors who want to remain independent, but need a little extra assistance in their daily routines. Our three-story residence promotes a resort-like,comfortable, relaxing, and supportive...

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  • Locust Grove

    Locust Grove

    4043 Irene St, West Mifflin, PA 15122
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Locust Grove Senior Living was beautifully renovated in 2014 to offer state of the art personal care and memory care. Our outstanding and professional 24/7 care offers a full range of amenities ranging from medication management to delicious meals and everything in between. Residents at Locust Grove...

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  • Ark Manor

    105 Sandra Dr, Delmont, PA 15626
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Ark Manor, providing care for senior adults comes from the heart. Each of our residents is a unique individual and our policies and programs respect their dignity, spiritual well-being and independence. We have maintained the harmony and warmth of a loving home that is spacious, clean, safe and...

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  • Elmcroft of Bridgeville

    Elmcroft of Bridgeville

    3275 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lease by July 31 and your community fee is only $500.* That’s a savings of up to $1,500! See our Sales Director for details. Located in charming Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, our senior living community offers residents a warm, relaxing environment, engaged and friendly staff, and personalized care. At...

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  • Amity Serenity Pines Personal Care Home

    Amity Serenity Pines Personal Care Home

    223 Jones Drive, Bridgeville, PA 15017
    (10)
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    Located on a beautiful lot and tucked into a residential community, Amity Serenity Pines Personal Care Home is a senior living community located in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. You'll find that our location truly is serene in all that it offers to each of our residents including spacious outdoor areas...

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  • Allegheny Place

    Allegheny Place

    10960 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills, PA 15235
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Allegheny Place is located less than three miles from the Allegheny River in Penn Hills Pennsylvania. We enjoy country living but are close enough to Pittsburgh for an afternoon trip into the city for restaurants, shopping and entertainment. We have four hospitals within six miles of our community...

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  • Senior Care Plaza

    Senior Care Plaza

    624 Lysle Blvd, Mckeesport, PA 15132
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Senior Care Plaza is a 75 bed personal care home at the "front door" of McKeesport.  Where " CARE " is our middle name, we believe in caring for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.  We pride ourselves in providing quality care for an affordable rate.  We welcome you to tour our facility.  All...

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  • Bayberry Place

    Bayberry Place

    101 Little Rd, Lower Burrell, PA 15068
    (4)
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    Bayberry Place offers compassionate care in a small neighborhood setting. We are located in Lower Burrell Pennsylvania a little over one mile south of the Allegheny River. We have two shopping centers within two miles of our community and our residents enjoy going there for an afternoon of shopping....

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  • Mount Vernon of Elizabeth

    Mount Vernon of Elizabeth

    145 Broadlawn Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037
    (7)
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    Mount Vernon of Elizabeth is located in scenic Elizabeth Township, approximately 20 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh. Boasting a breathtaking view atop the second highest point in Allegheny County, we provide nurturing personal care, respite services, and secured dementia care. In fully-furnished...

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  • Logan Place

    Logan Place

    139 Craigdell Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068
    (12)
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    Logan Place is located in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, just half a mile south of the Allegheny River. We are about twenty miles northeast of Pittsburgh which is a popular day trip for our residents. If you have someone in your family who enjoys shopping we have two shopping centers very close by. ...

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  • Paramount Senior Living at Bethel Park

    5785 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102
    (12)
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    Paramount Senior Living has been serving the older adult population for over 20 years. Paramount provides quality healthcare in an upscale environment. Paramount has a commitment to provide its residents excellence in service and to enrich their quality of life. Bethel Park is licensed for 125...

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Assisted Living in Pittsburgh, PA

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a form of long-term care that some seniors may require as they age to maintain their standard of living. Though there are several types of care options to choose from, it really all depends on the level of care and services needed. The most basic of assisted living facilities provide older individuals with services to help them meet their daily care needs without impacting their independence.

Among the many personal care, security and activities services that these communities offer, residents also enjoy the following benefits.

  • Living in a residential and home-like setting.
  • Continued family, friend and community involvement.
  • Individualized attention to facilitate happiness, growth and dignity.

Each senior has different care needs. Supportive living environments have staff onsite to help with daily activities that include meal and medication management, transportation, housekeeping, laundry, socialization and fitness. Upon moving in, residents undergo an assessment to determine areas where they may require help and a care plan is developed to help them improve their lives with proper assisted living management in a suitable living environment.

Why Choose Senior Living in Pittsburgh, PA?

A Place for Mom has information for more than 50 assisted living communities in the Pittsburgh area. As one of the most established areas in the country, there’s no shortage of things to see and do here, especially for retirees and older individuals living in senior care communities. Many older Americans live on fixed incomes and have varying degrees of medical needs. Pittsburgh has several VA hospitals and highly ranked healthcare and medical facilities that offer state-of-the-art care, such as UPMC and Hershey Medical Center.

Anyone who wants to enjoy a varied climate should keep in mind that Pittsburgh gets all four seasons. In terms of sporting events and outdoor attractions, the state hosts the Little League World Series each year. Popular local attractions include wineries, breweries, The Liberty Bell, many world-class museums, art exhibits and cultural sites. Seniors who love the great outdoors can enjoy the scenic mountain views and access to lifelong learning opportunities from some of the areas leading colleges and universities.

Living in a senior living facility is a unique experience. No two environments are alike. Though there are similarities in the breadth of standard services that are available, many residents find that they can customize their experience to their liking. To determine which residence is suitable for your loved one’s needs, it’s imperative for you to tour each place, ask questions and consider the vibe you feel within each environment.

What Services Are Available?

When choosing an assisted living center, take into consideration the services and amenities that are available. These offerings vary by region. Pittsburgh area senior living residents enjoy a bevy of activities that help them to meet their care needs while keeping them socially and physically fit, active and healthy. These activities are provided in a structured environment. Residents do have the option of participating in private activities and wellness programs as well. Each facility has its own offering of amenities and activities. The following are standard offerings in senior living centers in the area.

  • Devotional services
  • Onsite beautician and grooming
  • Common indoor and outdoor areas
  • Visiting specialists
  • Offsite Activities
  • Laundry and housekeeping services

Some facilities provide additional amenities and activities to promote independence and provide a better standard of living. These luxury services are often available for an additional cost. Be sure to inquire about them. Many residents enjoy them because they help to add more variation and excitement to their daily lives.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Pittsburgh, PA

When searching for an assisted living community in Pittsburgh, research information about the different facilities, their services and safety records. Many individuals use the state’s oversight administration to access public records that contain this information. Pennsylvania is one of several states that maintains an easily accessible and transparent database on assisted living communities.

We gave Pennsylvania an “Excellent” rating. The state maintains records on assisted living facilities that date back more than five years. This database meets all our assessment criteria and is highly transparent. You can visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website for inspection and violation records and search for results by the name and location.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Pittsburgh, PA?

The average cost of assisted living in the metro Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area is $3,843 a month, which is slightly lower than the state’s average. This figure does not take into account additional fees for luxury amenities, specialized care services and other associated costs. There are many factors that determine the price of assisted living, many of which are dependent on your loved one’s specific care needs, preferences, location and choice of assisted living facility and living arrangements, i.e., private or shared room/apartment.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

When searching for an assisted living home, take into consideration the care activities your adult relative requires assistance with. Though there are numerous options to consider, careful research on their preferences, location, future care needs and costs can help make the decision easier. We encourage you to include the entire family in this task. Making the decision alone can seem overwhelming. Including other family members can keep you from overlooking vital concerns and lead to a more pleasant experience.

What Are the Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

Many seniors experience a decline in their ability to perform certain daily activities. They may not recognize or feel ready to admit that they require professional assistance to continue their standard of living. It is important for family members to visit and monitor them for any of the following signs that indicate that it may be time for them to make the transition to assisted living.

  • Changes in cognitive function: Seniors who are struggling with their mental faculties can exhibit aggression, violently and physically. They can become a danger to themselves and their loved ones. They may also show signs of sundowner’s syndrome. This type of agitation becomes more pronounced as the day wears on and can be extremely disruptive to their normal routine.
  • Loss of ability to perform basic needs: Growing older means for some seniors a lesser capacity to handle basic physical needs (ADLs and iADLs), such as bathing, dressing oneself, remembering to take medication, eating meals and getting around their home safely.
  • Changes in overall behavior: Mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression and behaviors associated with intrusive and harmful thoughts can make the home unsafe for seniors.
  • Progression of care needs beyond family caregiver’s abilities: Many families take on the caregiving role for their elderly relatives. Though this can help minimize care expenses, it is not always the most suitable route. Seniors who have specific care needs often require additional assistance and more individualized attention as time progresses, creating more stress, worry and financial burden on their relative caregivers.

Many changes that increase a senior’s need for personal care are side effects of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions. These disorders often present symptoms well before a proper diagnosis is obtained. Treatment can help improve the outcome but may not be enough to completely restore their physical and mental functions. However, assisted living can help to bridge the gap and enable them to achieve a safe, independent and pleasant way of living.

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

Assisted living communities use a variety of factors to assess potential and current residents’ needs. One method involves ADLs and IADLs (fundamental and nonfundamental daily activities for self-care, respectively). There are six essential types of activities (ADLs) that are used to determine the kind of care and support that are necessary in assisted living.

  • Toileting – the ability to use the toilet and perform self-cleanup
  • Mobility – the ability to physically move or transport oneself from one place or apparatus (furniture) to another with or without the use of assistive mobility aids
  • Dress – the capacity to select appropriate clothing/garments and put them on, including fastening snaps, buttons, zippers and supportive accessories, such as belts or suspenders
  • Bath/Shower – the capacity to clean one’s body via bath or shower and perform dental hygiene with or without minimal assistance
  • Continence - the ability to completely or partially urinate and have bowel movements unassisted

Other criteria that caregivers and assisted living staff use in their assessments are IADLs. These functions often require the use of both physical and mental abilities and are vital for seniors to maintain their independence in their communities. They include:

  • Medication management
  • Shopping
  • Leaving the home
  • Money management
  • Transportation within the community
  • Communication via phone, computer, etc.

Seniors who have challenges with basic and instrumental daily activities may display different symptoms. Some of them feel embarrassed and confused by the changes and may not be open about them with loved ones. As unpleasant as these changes may seem, they are natural byproducts of aging. Assisted living helps to alleviate the burden and challenges that affect them and their families.

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Before selecting an assisted living facility, we encourage you to tour those that interest you. By visiting in person, you can experience what it is like to be in the environments that you may make your home. Be sure to observe each community’s cleanliness, housekeeping and maintenance services. Pay attention to how pleasant and courteous the staff and residents are. Arrange to participate in an activity or two so you can get a feel of the atmosphere and the vibe. Don’t forget to tour the entire facility, including the common outdoor areas. Inquire about services, amenities, costs, staff credentials and policies.

Ultimately, your choice of assisted living facility boils down to a place that meets your loved one's preferences, budget and care needs. Be sure to exercise due diligence and utilize every resource possible to find a community that you and your loved ones can rely on. A Place for Mom offers free resources for seniors and their families to use in their assisted living search. Contact one of our senior living advisors today to get started.