Pittsburgh boasts a low cost of living, 10% lower than the national average, and a high safety rating, and it’s home to one of the best hospitals in the country — the prestigious UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. Along with its growing senior population and abundance of senior resources and programs, these attributes make it no surprise that the city is named the number one spot to retire in the U.S.
With a picturesque skyline surrounded by the natural beauty of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, the city of steel and bridges has something for everyone. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Panthers and Steelers make Pittsburgh a perfect choice for professional sports aficionados, while four Carnegie Museums offer world-class exhibits for fans of Andy Warhol, history buffs and art enthusiasts. Additionally, assisted living costs are $500 less per month on average than those throughout the rest of the state. Seniors seeking a caring, supportive and amenity-rich community in the city can find a wealth of options. To make the search easier, we’ve curated a list of our top nine Pittsburgh assisted living facilities.
St. Mary’s Courtyard – Angels 211
211 Garnier St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
At St. Mary’s Courtyard – Angels 211, residents enjoy a serene assisted living environment with a caring staff and a choice of private or semiprivate suites. The historic building features beautiful stained glass windows, elevators for easy navigation and lobby and courtyard spaces for gatherings. Along with receiving necessary assistance with activities of daily living, residents receive three healthy meals per day, a selection of delicious snacks and personalized dietary accommodations. With the facility’s convenient location in the Sharpsburg borough, residents can walk to Main Street shops and eateries or enjoy river views from James Sharp Landing.
Holy Family Manor
301 Bellevue Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Holy Family Manor is a personal care facility within a larger organization that also houses a child learning center and home counseling services. Located in Ross Township on the Mount Nazareth Center campus, this pet-friendly community includes a memory care unit with stimulating life skill stations to help residents reminisce while pursuing personal interests. Unique amenities and activities include an on-site chapel, pet therapy sessions, intergenerational activities and balconies to enjoy the fresh air. The highly skilled staff receive ongoing training beyond the state minimum requirements and welcome seniors of all faiths and backgrounds.
Sunrise of Upper St. Clair
500 Village Dr.
Upper St Clair, PA 15241
We selected Sunrise of Upper St. Clair for our list of Pittsburgh’s top assisted living facilities for its stately mansion-like exterior and manicured grounds with walking paths, a gazebo and park benches. The lobby is a spacious and tranquil meeting place from which residents can explore the multiple common areas with fireplaces and cozy, cushioned furnishings, which are perfect for relaxing and conversing. Additionally, residents can listen to music playing from the casual bistro’s jukebox or enjoy meals in the elegant dining hall. The facility’s excellent location is close to Jefferson and St. Clair hospitals and across from the South Hills Village Mall. The “T” light rail is also within easy walking distance.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills
107 Fall Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Located in the Forest Hills neighborhood, Juniper Village at Forest Hills features a refined aesthetic with patterned wallpaper and floors. Along with a restaurant-style dining hall that serves healthy, chef-prepared meals, the bistro serves delicious ice cream, coffee and snacks. Residents can exercise in the community fitness center, have their hair done in the beauty salon or use the scheduled transportation service to take a ride into town. We chose this facility for our list of Pittsburgh’s top facilities for its emphasis on residents health through on-site physician visits and therapies administered through its Connect4Life program.
Harbour Senior Living of South Hills
1320 Greentree Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Since 1985, Harbour Senior Living of South Hills, a pet-friendly facility, has served Pittsburgh seniors through assisted living and memory care. With a certified nurse and long-term staff always on-site, residents enjoy a safe, caring environment. Seniors are encouraged to remain active and start clubs of their own while also having access to various amenities, including the movie theater, library and game room. Outside, the facility boasts walking paths, a porch with rocking chairs and a secure courtyard with shady seating under colorful red umbrellas.
Sunrise of McCandless
900 Lincoln Club Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Sunrise of McCandless is a recipient of an AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award and made our list of Pittsburgh’s top assisted living facilities for its excellent care. The building’s refined decor and high ceilings create a peaceful and upscale hotel-like ambiance. Residents can relax and mingle in the cozy living areas, cook in the community kitchen or work on a project in one of the reminiscence life skill stations. In the shared dining hall, chefs cook healthy meals made from scratch and offer many options for prescription diets, such as fortified foods and purees.
3768 Willow Ave.
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Located in the Castle Shannon borough, walking distance from Mt. Lebanon Golf Course and “T” light rail stops, Gracious Living offers seniors a clean, homelike atmosphere with stress-minimizing laundry and housekeeping services. A nursing team, including staff members, home health aides and hospice workers, are on-call around-the-clock to attend to each residents’ changing needs. Seniors can enjoy fresh air from one of the facility’s three outdoor spaces or participate in various group activities.
Brookdale Mt. Lebanon
1050 McNeilly Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
The pet-friendly Brookdale Mt. Lebanon provides personal care and independent living with a wealth of luxurious amenities that help residents stay healthy and active. The indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool can be used year-round, and residents can exercise solo or take group exercise classes in the on-site fitness center. The game room includes a billiards table, a concierge service — available to help plan excursions, and the indoor parking garage, which makes it easy for loved ones to stay out of the rain. We included Brookdale Mt. Lebanon in our list of Pittsburgh’s top facilities for its beneficial Brain Fit program that teaches residents how to improve their brain health through stimulating brain exercises, projects and classes.
3890 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Schenley Gardens is a nonprofit personal care community founded on Christian values of compassion and celebrating individual dignity. Residents can choose from multiple spacious floor plans and receive assistance with activities of daily living, such as grooming, bathing and dressing. Shared club rooms are available for celebrations and socializing, and residents can freely enjoy the indoor swimming pool, library and beauty salon. As pets are welcome, the outdoor terrace and patio serve as excellent spots for residents to spend time with their furry friends.
Is Pittsburgh the Right Choice for You?
As one of the most livable cities in the U.S., Pittsburgh is an affordable, vibrant city filled with hip neighborhoods, innovative tech companies and an abundance of cultural offerings. 14.2% of the population who’ve already reached age 65 enjoy ample opportunities to socialize and make friends at Allegheny County’s senior centers and college classes.