What is dementia? This is basically a significant impairment in thinking and memory. There is a stereotype in nursing home and assisted living culture that most or all of the residents are "demented" - or suffering from a mental impairment. This is simply not correct. In fact, only a little more than half of nursing home or assisted residents have dementia, and most of these residents are lucid and carry on their complex lives of managing their finances, schedules, and routines as they always have.
Pittsburgh is a large city of 305,704 people - of which, an estimated 13.8% are considered seniors, or are over the age of 65. This is slightly lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 15.4 percent, but slightly higher than the national average of 13.0% (Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts for Pittsburgh). Nevertheless, the number of seniors will continue to grow, and the need for assisted living in Pittsburgh and the outlying suburbs will continue to grow as well.
Interesting questions and comments we have received about assisted living in Pittsburgh:
Q: My mother has Lewy Body Dementia. She has been in an assisted living facility for a few years. At the current rate, her money is due to run out in 7 months.
She receives some financial assistance already. Would like to understand her options and hope to find something nice in her budget. - Marie
Q: My family and I are in need of assistance for our father. He was previously diagnosed with dementia and he has been "wandering" out of his apartment, he is also exhibiting very aggressive behaviors (verbally and physically). We need assistance in obtaining a facility, preferable in the Pittsburgh, pa area, that is equipped to deal with his needs. My siblings and I work five to six days a week and are unable to supervise him 24/7 - Alan
This page is dedicated to providing a trusted information source for assisted living and senior care in Pittsburgh. Unlike many senior care websites, the facilities listed here may be contacted directly, and safely.
For Pittsburgh, the AOA would be the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging, whose mission is to 'assist Allegheny County residents, age 60 years and older, to live safe, healthy and, when possible, independent lives.' Examples of some of the important and helpful services provided by this agency are: Caregiver Support; Transportation; Protection from Abuse and Neglect; Numerous Senior Centers; In-home services; and many more.
Area Agencies on Aging play a vital role in assisting seniors, caregivers, and extended families with a wide range of senior issues and needs.
This page offers many assisted living options, as well as specific services that are geared towards helping families to navigate the many senior care options in the Pittsburgh area. Intro by D. Besnette
A lovely video and slideshow tour of this community in Pittsburgh. Our beautiful community includes a Skylight Mall, Beauty salon and barber shop, country store and cafe, post office and much more. Operated by the United Methodist Services for the Aging. Call 412-571-5111. Web
Valencia, PA (Just outside of Pittsburgh) - The Arbors at St. Barnabas
Assisted living, apart from the ordinary! The Arbors at St. Barnabas is an assisted living facility that is housed in an elegantly renovated historic property. The Arbors is a high quality solution for persons who need compassionate support in a residential environment.
Juniper Village Senior Living and Memory Care at Forest Hills is home to approximately 85 residents. Our community is beautiful, upscale and features 72 apartments ranging from spacious studios to oversized deluxe 1-bedroom suites.
Pittsburgh Senior Care & Assisted Living Certified CSA Advisor
My name is Lynne, and I live in the Pittsburgh area. I am extremely familiar with and knowledgeable with the numerous assisted living and memory care choices in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. I am available to you and your family to help you find the absolute best assisted living facility for your needs, and budget. I would be honord to be your local senior care expert for Pittsburgh! can help you with:
"Arden Courts offers all the services normally associated with an assisted living facility, however, the services have been modified to take into account the unique needs of the Alzheimer's resident in all stages of the disease"
Address: 1125 Perry Hwy Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2114 Phone: (412) 369-7887
"Ridgepointe Assisted Living is a newly-renovated community conveniently located in the heart of the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We offer a new state-of-the-art Alzheimer's Wing, respite care services, and a wide assortment of activities for our residents."
Check out the 'map' for the facilities in this section to see a current 'street view photo' as taken by google maps!
The State of Pennsylvania has a facility directory that lists personal care homes, senior care facilities and assisted living homes throughout Pennsylvania, and by county. It's a great way to research care in Pittsburgh, and Alleghany County.
Additionally, you'll be able to view facility inspections reports, whether the facility is profit, or not-for-profit, and the capacity (number of beds) that the facility has.
This database is thorough, unbiased and non-commercial.