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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,150 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 20 assisted living facilities in Pittsburgh and 30 in surrounding areas.
Live a carefree retirement at Brookdale Mt. Lebanon, in Pittsburgh. Our beautiful community provides big-city access blended with active and assisted senior living.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills offers delightfully home-like assisted living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With meals, activities and loving caregivers, we are there to enable independence while providing the services needed.
Located in Pittsburgh near a hospital and large county park, Sunrise of McCandless is an inviting senior community offering the best in assisted living and Alzheimer's care.
Here at Gracious Living Personal Care Home residents gets a gracious living personal touch. We are nestled in a quiet neighborhood and the environment is very relaxing and safe.
We offer a safe and secure home environment, where we promise to respect your independence and dignity. Here, you will not be another number but a member of our family. Angels 211 is a personal care residence dedicated to helping…
A retirement community where luxury meets affordability. With so many modern amenities included in your monthly rent, life just got better! Enjoy active retirement living at The Residence at Whitehall. The Residence at Whitehall is designed for seniors who want…
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Live in Comfort A worry-free and maintenance-free lifestyle while offering a supportive environment when needed. At Southwestern Assisted Care Residence, a Licensed Personal Care Home, our dedicated and caring staff is ready to provide a helping hand when needed. We…
Atria South Hills is just a short distance from Pittsburgh’s downtown shopping, theaters, restaurants and parks, which enhance retirement living.
Senior Lifestyle celebrates 30 years of inspired service and hospitality through the unveiling of a new family of communities – The Sheridan Collection. Our new, modern approach to senior living and care, The Sheridan at Bethel Park, comes to Bethel…
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Harbour Senior Living of South Hills offers personal and memory care services to fit your needs and lifestyle in a quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood.
The Residence at Weinberg Village is beautifully situated on the hillside overlooking the Monongahela River and provides personal care services and other amenities.
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Scheduled to open Spring 2020 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 next spring, this independent and supportive living community will be thoughtfully…
At Schenley Gardens, we provide seniors with the amenities and services they need to leave their worries behind and start enjoying retirement living to its fullest.
Concordia of the South Hills, located on 19 acres on Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon, offers a beautiful environment situated just a few minutes from shopping, cultural events, and downtown Pittsburgh. This continuing care retirement community consists of retirement…
Situated just off of the bustling McKnight Road and tucked away in the trees, Northland Heights offers the best of both worlds for our residents. Conveniently located close to downtown Pittsburgh and plenty of retail spaces and restaurants. Our community…
Gracious Living is a place where the caretakers really care about the residents! It is small and feels more like your home than an institution. Because they are so familiar with each resident, they are aware when there is a change in the resident's behavior or physical condition. My father-in-law has been there for alm...Read more Gracious Living reviews
We liked Juniper Village at Forest Hills the best, but there was nothing available. I liked where they were located. They're off the main street and they're in a woody area. It was decorated very nicely inside and it looked very elegant. The rooms were fine. The staff seemed well educated. I liked the memory center. It...Read more Juniper Village at Forest Hills reviews
Housekeeping not providing enough towels. Have to look for dining room seating due to porch area of dining room closed off (my assigned seating is there.) Social activities are minimal-outings have decreased since I became a resident. Have had two thefts recently. Telephones have been out for more than two weeks (alth...Read more Schenley Gardens reviews
They have so many activities on the schedule every day for my mom! There is even a choir group that she sings in. She loves the shopping outings and I love that they take her to her doctors appointments. The meals are great, and my family loves the private dining room for family dinners. I think they take good care of ...Read more Schenley Gardens reviews
Beware before signing anything here. Get everything in writing, and if possible notarize everything anyone at Schenley Gardens gives you. My mother was here for a few months. The care was sub standard at best, the food appalling and the management changed so often there was no one with whom to communicate. The floor sh...Read more Schenley Gardens reviews
My experiences with this place have been absolutely awful. The staff did not treat my family member with respect as she had to wait hours to use the restroom, we had to make multiple requests just to have her washed once a week, she couldn't reach her call button on multiple occasions to get help, and the list goes on...Read more Asbury Heights reviews
In Pittsburgh, the average monthly cost of assisted living is among the lowest in the state, according to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Study. At only $3,150 per month, assisted living in the city is considerably less expensive than the national ($4,000) and the state ($3,750) averages. In Erie, a lakeside city located along the shores of Lake Erie, the cost of assisted living is quite a bit higher at $4,588 per month. In Philadelphia, the largest city in the state, the cost is even higher at $5,318 per month. Assisted living in Harrisburg — the state capital, is more expensive too at $4,418 per month. Similarly priced assisted living can be found in several other cities in Pennsylvania including Gettysburg ($3,100) and Williamsport ($3,225).
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
The average monthly cost of care varies considerably depending on the type of care needed. This is particularly true in cities like Pittsburgh, where nursing home care is nearly triple that of assisted living. While adult day health costs are much less expensive than assisted living, home care costs are about $1,300 higher per month. Seniors who are considering hiring a homemaker service or a home health aide should take into account additional expenses such as rent and groceries, which are usually included in assisted living costs.
Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
Medicaid, or Medical Assistance (MA), is administered and funded by the state of Pennsylvania along with the federal government. It covers health care costs for low-income Pennsylvania residents, including elderly individuals. Some covered costs include dental services, doctor visits, prescription medications and necessary medical devices. Under the state Medicaid plan, seniors generally don’t receive assistance with the cost of assisted living. However, there are Medicaid options in Pennsylvania to help cover these costs.
The Community Health Choices program is a new waiver program implemented in the southwest region in 2018 and being phased in statewide through 2020. It provides services to seniors and disabled individuals who require a nursing level of care with the goal of reducing the number of people accessing care in the state’s nursing homes. The program is open to seniors who live at home or in assisted living facilities and covers the cost of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Other benefits of the program include transportation, nurse visits, access to medical treatment, counseling and prescription medications.
To qualify for the Community Health Choices program, applicants must be dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid or require a nursing level of care, as determined by a comprehensive care assessment. Financially, applicants must have an income of $2,250 or less and may not have countable assets of more than $2,000 after a $6,000 automatic disregard from the applicant’s total countable assets.
To apply or to ask further questions about the Community Health Choices program, seniors can call (800) 932-0939.
Pennsylvania’s Domiciliary Care program helps seniors and disabled individuals access assistance with ADLs when they’re unable to live independently. While this program doesn’t cover costs within any assisted living facility, it does provide low-income seniors with the opportunity to receive free or low cost care. This program works with individuals and families who open up their homes to seniors in need. Seniors are matched with caregivers and provided with a safe place to live and assisted living services in a family-like setting.
To be eligible for this program, applicants must be 60 years of age or older and require daily support. Applicants must be unable to find a relative who is willing or able to provide the same level of care. While there are no financial requirements of this program, most applicants are Medicaid eligible and/or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), both of which have strict financial requirements.
To apply for this benefit, seniors can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging at (717) 783-1550.
LIFE is similar to PACE programs available across the country. The program works with low-income senior citizens to provide a full network of health care services through a single organization. The no-cost services available to eligible seniors include assistance with ADLs, medical care, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, nurse visits and case management.
To be eligible for LIFE, seniors must be aged 55 or older and live in the Pittsburgh area. They must also be assessed by the Allegheny Area Agency on Aging and determined to require a nursing level of care. Financial eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Allegheny Area Agency on Aging. Those who don’t meet the requirements may access the program if they pay for their own care.
To learn more about eligibility or to apply, seniors can contact (412) 388-8050 and ask for the Enrollment Department.
Optional State Supplement
Pennsylvania’s optional state supplement is available to low-income seniors and disabled persons. It’s a cash benefit that was created to help individuals who receive long term care pay for costs that aren’t covered by Medicaid, such as room and board. The maximum benefit available to individuals under this program is $439.30 per month.
To qualify for the optional state supplement, seniors must meet the same eligibility requirements as the state Medicaid program. Seniors can apply by contacting the Social Security Administration office at (800) 772-1213.
Area agencies on aging provide a range of services to elderly individuals including health insurance administration and counseling, protective services, support groups and transportation.
Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging
Birmingham Towers – 2100 Wharton Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
Senior centers exist to give elderly individuals a place to get together with their peers. They offer a range of activities and programs tailored to the specific needs and interests of seniors. The activities offered may include crafts, senior dances, day trips and educational seminars.
LifeSpan Knoxville Senior Center
320 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210
Vintage Senior Services
401 North Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Seniors who have served in the military may be able to access benefits that include financial assistance, education and health care from Veterans Affairs offices and clinics in the Pittsburgh area.
VA Pittsburgh Regional Office
1000 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Pittsburgh Vet Center
2500 Baldwick Road #15 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
4100 Allequippa Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
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