80 assisted living communities near Pittsburgh
Brookdale Mt Lebanon
Oakleaf Personal Care Home
Marian Hall Home
New Hope Gracious Personal Care
Juniper Village At Forest Hills
Fair Oaks Of Pittsburgh
Harbour Senior Living Of South Hills
Heritage Manor Senior Living
The Haven At North Hills
Paramount Senior Living At South Hills
Sunrise Of Upper St. Clair
Arden Courts Of North Hills
Defining Assisted Living
Assisted living is the term used to describe a residential living arrangement many seniors choose when the demands of living on their own are too much to manage by themselves. The type of community aging citizens choose to live in at this level typically has staff on call 24/7 to help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as grooming, dressing and cleaning up. Staff may also help their residents take their medication and meals, as well as go with them to doctor visits and other outings.
Services Available in Assisted Living Communities in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has numerous registered assisted living communities in and around the city limits, so seniors and the families who care for them have plenty of options to choose from when it's time to look for a place. These communities typically include full-service facilities that provide daily meal service and laundry. Some operate as standalone properties, though the majority provide several tiers of care, including memory care and sometimes post-acute rehab services in secondary buildings onsite.
Getting Ready to Move to Assisted Living in Pittsburgh
When you or the family member you care for start to feel it's time to look into assisted living, there are several steps to take prior to the move. In fact, the sooner you and your family begin planning for the transition to assisted living, the easier it typically is when it happens.
For most families, the first step is a medical examination from the senior's own doctor. The point of this exam is to confirm you're in good health and that you don't need a higher level of care, such as skilled nursing. The doctor is likely to perform a neurological exam to make sure there are no signs of Alzheimer's or dementia, both of which may call for advanced levels of care beyond what assisted living can offer.
With a green light from the doctor, it's usually a good idea to start researching communities in the area you're thinking about moving to. There's no such thing as too much information here, so really give yourselves time to go in-depth on the places that catch your eye. You might also want to schedule a visit to the most promising sites to get a firsthand feeling for what they're like.
If you or your senior loved one lives alone, the month or two before the move is a good time to start packing up and storing bulky items like furniture. Many assisted living communities have space for their residents' chairs and couches, but those can be moved in later. The final stage involves arranging your loved one’s monthly finances so that they can pay for an assisted living community.
Costs Associated with Assisted Living in Pittsburgh
There are over 30,000 assisted living communities in the United States, and they vary a lot in the services they offer and the cost of the care they provide. The national median cost, however, is around $3,750. Understanding the cost of assisted living requires knowing the services you're paying for, as well as the area you're paying to live in. By the standards of Pittsburgh, PA, this is not an extraordinary price for 24/7 care, especially when you add in the cost of assistance with ADLs and three meals a day that can meet restaurant-level standards.
Comparing Assisted Living to Other Care Facilities
Assisted living is not to be confused with other levels of care you can find in Pittsburgh. Though some properties offer more than one type, assisted living is a unique arrangement that includes live-in care of a generally nonmedical type. Assisted living residents may get help with taking their medication, but physical therapy and other medical care are outside the community's scope.
Skilled nursing is generally the next level of care. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), provide health monitoring and post-acute rehab services, such as physical therapy and health monitoring. Memory care is another level, where people with dementia and Alzheimer's are watched over by specially trained staff who can keep them safe and active. Finally, some people choose residential hospice care when they're very ill and need comfort care to manage the symptoms of end-stage illnesses.
Helpful Apps and Websites for Assisted Living in Pittsburgh
The modern world connects us all, and for every action, there is an app — or at least a website. These resources are a few of many that provide tools for active seniors who want to get the most out of life and everything that Pittsburgh assisted living has to offer:
- Transit Tracker Pittsburgh: Have you ever gotten to a bus stop and wondered if you just missed your ride? This app tracks local buses and lets you know in real time when the next one's due.
- Seat Geek: If you enjoy going to shows, concerts and other public events, this app saves you the trouble of leaving home until it's time for the show to start. Buy, sell and trade tickets through this app, or reserve your seats at an open-air event.
- Park and Forget: This iPhone app is a godsend for anyone who routinely forgets where they parked their car. It lets you set a location and forget about it — until you need to find it again.
Resources for Caregivers in Pittsburgh
Caregivers need help sometimes too, and luckily there's plenty in the Pittsburgh area to give. These resources focus on the families and professional caregivers who do so much for the aging citizens who count on them every day:
- Community Life offers respite care at its day health centers, medical care, in-home care and transportation to seniors and their caregivers in Allegheny County, PA.
- The Jewish Community Center offers online and real-world community involvement for caregivers who are looking for a support group, local connections and sometimes just the moral support to keep going when you need it.
- Allegheny County operates an extensive list of caregiver support programs that are open to local caregivers and the family members who look after disabled seniors. These programs include workshops, training resources and advice on spotting the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Resources from External Partners
No matter how well things are going in your new assisted living community in Pittsburgh, they can always get better with some friends and local services aimed at seniors' needs. These resources can inform, educate and connect you with the senior community all around you.
The Allegheny County Department of Aging offers multiple programs for aging citizens, their caregivers and even for the caregivers of disabled children or other dependents. From their website, you can look up local senior centers, medical resources and support groups for issues related to age.
The State of Pennsylvania has an extensive list of community and government resources for aging citizens and their families. From their website, members of the public can get information and assistance connecting with a huge range of services, including:
- Caregiver support
- Health and wellness
- Help at home
- Protective services
Demographics in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has evolved over the years from a grimy steel town to a modern metropolis. Seniors make up 15 percent of the population here, and that fraction is expected to rise as the baby boomers continue to reach retirement age at a rate of 8,000 people a day nationwide.
Pittsburgh is far enough inland to avoid the worst of the North Atlantic winters but not so far inland that it suffers from dusty, hot summers. Daily highs here average 61.4 degrees Fahrenheit, while lows dip to 42.6 degrees.
Transportation In and Around Pittsburgh
It's pretty easy to get around Pittsburgh, with or without a car of your own. Public transportation here is offered by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which also operates an on-demand dial-a-ride service that's perfect for seniors with active schedules.
Interesting Facts About the Pittsburgh Metro Area
Pittsburgh is the site of the original Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Fred Rogers came up with his show idea while living in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh and working for local public TV station WQED.
Pittsburgh was in a silent bureaucratic war with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for 20 years, starting in 1891. The Board officially dropped the "h" from the end of the city's name in federal documents, and it took two decades of protest from locals to put it back.
Hugh J. Ward conducted the world's first game of bingo in Pittsburgh. After several years as a strictly local carnival game, Ward secured a copyright and wrote a book of rules for the game that caught on across the nation.