According to a December 2012 Forbes magazine article, Pittsburgh is the oldest city in America with 23.6 percent of the population over the age of 60, in comparison to the national average of 18.5 percent over 60. As such, Pittsburgh is poised to be an example for the nation as a pioneer in aging well. One of those areas of interest to seniors is where to live in their golden years. The Pittsburgh region is home to panoply of senior living options. Some communities are for seniors who need no assistance, others are communities known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities, which usually offer several options in senior living from independent and assisted living, to nursing home care. Some offer specialized options such as Alzheimer’s or Hospice Care as well. Below is a list of some of the Pittsburgh area’s finest retirement communities.
Located in Mt. Lebanon, Asbury Heights has been caring for seniors for more than 100 years. What started as an 18-person residence in Dravosburg, is now a 27-acre campus offering a continuum of care from nursing home and rehabilitation care, to independent living in apartments and carriage homes. For more information on Asbury Heights, visit: www.asburyheights.org.
Atria South Hills
Located in Baldwin Borough, Atria South Hills is part of Atria Senior Living, which has numerous facilities in 27 states. Atria South Hills offers supportive and assisted living options at its facility on Route 51. For more information on Atria South Hills, visit: www.atriaseniorliving.com.
Bethel Park Retirement Community
Bethel Park Retirement Community is part of the Holiday Retirement family of communities located throughout the United States and Canada. Bethel Park features independent living in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. One of its most noted activities is Seniors Serving Society, which provides residents the opportunity to work for causes they feel passionate about such as helping children to read, working with the homeless, or supporting our troops. For more information, visit: www.holidaytouch.com.
Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
Brookdale Senior Living Solutions operates three senior communities in Western Pennsylvania: The Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Sterling House of Penn Hills in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, and Clare Bridge of Murrysville also east of Pittsburgh. The Devonshire provides independent and assistive senior living, Sterling House offers assistive senior living, and Clare Bridge specializes in Alzheimer’s care. For more information, visit the website at: www.brookdaleliving.com.
For more than 130 years, Concordia Lutheran Ministries has been caring for seniors, and currently, operates 11 facilities in the Pittsburgh area including Good Samaritan Hospice. Concordia provides on-site and at-home care such as Adult Day Care and Tele-Caregivers. To learn more about all that Concordia offers, visit: www.concordialm.org.
Congregate Management Services
Congregate Management Services provides seniors affordable and comfortable apartment retirement residences in the Western Pennsylvania region. With more than 1,000 apartments in their care, Congregate Management Services has designed their residences with seniors in mind. To find a location near you, visit the website at: www.cmshousing.com.
Country Meadows is located on 23 acres just off Interstate 79 in Bridgeville. A Continuing Care Retirement Community, Country Meadows offers a continuum of care from independent living to skilled nursing in its 200-bed Skilled Nursing Center. Learn more about Country Meadows at: www.countrymeadows.com/south-hills.
With more than 500 care facilities, HCR ManorCare is one of the leaders in providing care for seniors. In the Pittsburgh region, there are more than a dozen facilities offering a wide variety of care from out-patient rehabilitation to IV care, memory care, and independent living. For more information about the HCR ManorCare facilities and services offered in your area, visit: www.hcr-manorcare.com.
IntegraCare operates five state-of-the art senior residences in the Western Pennsylvania area, offering care from assisted living to memory care. To learn more about the residences and what type of care each offers, visit their website at: www.integracare.com.
Longwood at Oakmont
Longwood at Oakmont is accredited by the CARF-CCAC, a non-profit organization which evaluates continuing care retirement communities for financial stability and quality of care. Only 11 percent of all LifeCare communities in the nation have received their seal of approval, and Longwood at Oakmont is one of those proud communities. Located in Verona, Longwood offers numerous senior living options, which are all pet-friendly. For more information on Longwood at Oakmont, visit: www.longwoodatoakmont.com.
With 11 facilities or senior programs throughout the Western Pennsylvania region, there is a bound to be a way that Lutheran SeniorLife can enhance your retirement years. From retirement communities to the innovative LIFE programs (Living Independently for Elderly), where services are offered to those seniors living in their own homes, Lutheran SeniorLife provides the care needed to enjoy an abundant life. To learn more about Lutheran SeniorLife, explore their website at:www.lutheranseniorlife.org.
Masonic Village, located in Sewickley, offers nursing, personal care, and retirement living options at its 60-acre campus. As a LifeCare community, it provides access to health care services without requiring a change in the monthly fee structure. Learn more about Masonic Village at: www.masonicvillages.org.
Paramount Senior Living
There are four Paramount Senior Living communities in Western Pennsylvania: Bethel Park, Cranberry, Peters Township, and South Hills. Locally owned and operated, Paramount Senior Living communities offer several levels of care from independent living to hospice care at their lovely facilities. For more information about Paramount Senior Living, explore their website at:www.paramountseniorliving.com.
Opened in 2009, Providence Point in Mt. Lebanon takes a different approach to retirement living placing an emphasis on wellness. In addition to lovely residences ranging from apartments to patio homes and various levels of care, Providence Point offers numerous activities and amenities such as an on-site day spa. Visit the website at: www.providencepoint.org.
St. Barnabas Health System
St. Barnabas Health System was founded more than 100 years ago to provide compassionate care by Brother Gouverneur Hance. St. Barnabas has four campuses north of Pittsburgh, offering a variety of residential options and various levels of medical care, as well as operating the St. Barnabas Medical Center. To learn more about St. Barnabas, visit: www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com.
Schenley Gardens is located on Bigelow Boulevard in the City of Pittsburgh. It is a facility of Blue Harbor Senior Living, which has 16 facilities in eight states. Schenley Gardens provides person, memory, and respite day care at its beautiful community. For more information, visit the Schenley Gardens website at: www.schenleygardensseniorliving.com.
Sunrise Senior Living
Located in McCandless Township, near McCandless Crossing, and in Upper St. Clair, these Sunrise facilities are two of the 300 Sunrise Senior Living facilities throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Sunrise provides four levels of care from short-term stays to Alzheimer’s and Memory Care. Its palatial Victorian facility provides and array of amenities and services. To learn more about Sunrise of McCandless, visit their website at: www.sunriseseniorliving.com.
Traditions of America
For 20 years, Traditions of America has been constructing 55+ retirement communities in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh area has two communities: Liberty Hills in Cranberry Township and Traditions of America at Sewickley Ridge. Each community offers homes and activities geared for an active retiree. Visit Traditions of America at: www.traditionsofamerica.com to learn more.
UPMC Senior Communities
Associated with one of the nation’s finest health systems, UPMC Senior Communities offers 12 locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, and a continuum of care from skilled nursing to independent living. Its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Aging provides residents with the latest information and resources needed to enjoy their senior years. For more information about UPMC Senior Communities, visit the website at: www.upmc.com/services/senior-communities/Pages/default.aspx.
Vincentian Collaborative System
Vincentian Collaborative System operates several senior residences throughout the Pittsburgh area, including Vincentian Villa retirement community and the Vincentian Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. For more information on Vincentian, visit:www.vcs.org.