Situated in the southwest corner of the state, the strikingly attractive city of Pittsburgh is embraced by the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which flow together to form the impressive Ohio River. One of the most literate and highly cultured of cities, “The Burgh” (one of Pittsburgh’s nicknames) has a lot to offer anyone who would enjoy a stimulating atmosphere.
Following the collapse of its steel industry in the 1980s, Pittsburgh chose to reinvent itself. Frequently cited as one of the most desirable places to live in the US, in 2015 it was included in a list of the eleven most livable cities in the world. Their Assisted Living options have been expanding rapidly of late, resulting in varied and appealing facilities. For those who prefer a lower-key, less urban lifestyle, there are numerous suburbs and nearby towns worth exploring.
Whether you follow professional sports, savor cultural events (theater, music, art, dance) or want to pursue further education, Pittsburgh can meet your needs and for less money than many other places in the country. Perhaps a further sign of what makes this town special is that it is the home of the tv show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, a show that has influenced so many viewers and that Pittsburghers continue to commemorate.
While Pittsburgh is rapidly developing facilities to accommodate retirees, only so many have been rated yet, so – as is often the case – the Senior List is taking advantage of the fact that there are well-rated facilities within just a few miles of “The City of Bridges” (Pittsburgh contains 446 bridges). Even so, one would still be close enough to have easy access to all that makes Pittsburgh so attractive.
What people like about Pittsburgh:
- Because the urban population is only about 300,000, Pittsburgh could be the ideal place for those who want big city amenities with small town charm.
- Those who require four distinct seasons annually will be pleased. The annual low, in January, is 21 degrees F while the summer high in July is about 84 degrees.
- There is some humidity, but not nearly as bad as, say, Washington, DC.
- This is an unusually safe area when it comes to natural events like hurricanes (extremely rare). Thunderstorms do occur, but the only real threat would be from flooding, which naturally occurs in the areas bordering the rivers.
- Income from military benefits, as well as most of the standard retirement benefits earned by those old enough to retire. are not taxed. Other forms of income, e.g. 401k plans, could be taxed. Social Security is not taxed. The sales tax is 6%.
- The collective crime rate for the city (which does vary by neighborhood) is somewhat higher than the national average, both for crimes against persons as well as property-related crime. Reportedly, the last two years have seen a decrease in both.
- This is one ethnically diverse town as evidenced by neighborhoods that are chiefly African American, Latino, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Jewish, Irish, among many other nationalities.
- Whether you crave an exciting urban buzz or a more laid-back atmosphere, there’s a neighborhood to suit you.
- The downtown area is relatively small, very walkable, and packed with shops, restaurants, galleries, historic sites, museums, libraries and all manner of entertainment opportunities.
- To get in and out of town, there’s the Pittsburgh International Airport, Greyhound, and Amtrak.
- Pittsburgh has five city parks as well as several overseen by the Nature Conservancy, including the 664-acre Frick Park.
- This one of the safest cities in the US when it comes to natural disasters. The only significant threat is for those living in low-lying areas near a river, where they could be subject to flooding.
- There are five Pittsburgh-based pro teams covering baseball, football, hockey, soccer, and basketball.
- If you enjoy craft beers, you’ll love The Burgh.
- Healthcare is world-class, thanks to the innovative University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Allegheny Health Network.
- The University of Pittsburgh is worth a visit whether or not one goes as a student. The simply magnificent and utterly unique Cathedral of Learning, the centerpiece of the handsome campus, is a must-see: this 42-story, Gothic-style structure contains 2,000 rooms including classrooms, administration offices, 27 “Nationality Rooms,” art galleries, and a wealth of rooms devoted to other purposes. They also have a food court and lounge area to help visitors sustain themselves.
Other considerations for Pittsburgh:
- Though the city has a public transportation network (bus system, subway, light rail vehicles, and two inclines/cable cars), many consider it less than adequate. If you don’t have your own car or your facility does not provide enough transportation, there are several businesses and organizations devoted to filling this gap for seniors and the disabled.
- Winters, though not especially cold, can get – and remain – snowy, which could be at the least unpleasant.
- Snow, combined with something of a maze of streets and bridges, can create a dangerous driving situation. Local drivers also have a bad reputation.
- Air and water quality fall below the national average. It could be wise to confer with your physician before making this move.
Best Assisted Living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Who makes the list?
Atria South Hills | Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Atria South Hills offers Independent Living and Supportive Living.
Caring– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: [Facility is] beautiful, very clean, very upbeat, Ratio [of] residents…[to] staff was incredibly good, [staff] would feed [loved one’s] cat, a sense of community and friendship, residents there seem to be very friendly and happy, staff…very kind and attentive, very nice and helpful staff, Residents seemed happy and looked well cared for, The staff always checked on [loved one] and made sure she was doing well, the cleaning staff, the [front] desk people, the management is…caring [&] family oriented [&] people-based, the staff cares and it shows, [residents] offered help in shower [& with] medication, [staff] keep her room immaculate, [staff] make bed, [staff do] laundry, [Staff] deliver her medications and arrange her doctors' appointments, transportation to the doctors, restaurant-type dining room with 4 people to a table, dining area is beautiful, food [is] delicious, the food was great, food was good, the waitresses, rooms were adequate, Private apartments, single and double rooms, large efficiency apartments are adequate, upper floor rooms bright and large, mass and communions, volunteer activities [for residents], chair yoga, Wii bowling, Bingo, a pool, cocktail parties, entertainment, games, a pool room, cards
What they didn’t like: too small, too crowded, not a lot of diversity among the residents, dark lobby
Broadmore Senior Living at Lakemont Farms | Bridgeville, PA 15017
Broadmore Senior Living at Lakemont Farms offers Personal Care, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care, and Respite Care.
Caring– 50 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 13 Reviews, Average Rating 2.5
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 3
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: the upkeep of the place, very clean, building is very good, nice and airy, wide open, nicely decorated, very clean and smells clean, it's kept fairly clean, the place is very welcoming, a front and back patio, garden area, The grounds were very pretty, sanitation was good, [building] all was on one floor, seemed brighter because there were more windows in the place, a walking trail that goes around in a circle, big social rooms, facility is well maintained, above all the caring and attentive nature of staff, they take residents to appointments, residents are engaged, staff was always very friendly and willing to help with anything, [staff] is knowledgeable, residents seemed very happy and well taken care of, seemed to be ample staff, 24 hour nursing care, aides are always polite and caring, [Loved one] feels very secure, feels like a family at Broadmore, staff helped find resources that our family was unaware of, a sense of peace, a loving [&] nurturing place, several of the staff members came to the funeral home, in-house therapy, Every single staff member treated [loved one] with dignity and respect and always spoke to her by her first name, [Staff] made her and our family feel at home, great physical therapy, staff is dedicated to the resident's every need, lines of communication are opened with management and they are willing to work with you, [staff] treats each resident with courtesy and respect, staff…very accommodating …and have demonstrated nothing but compassion, nursing experience is pretty good, [Loved one] was able to cook in [facility] kitchen, [Staff] converted a space on the patio so that [resident] could have a vegetable garden, Broadmore Memory Care personnel are outstanding, random loving acts of kindness and concern from the staff to the residents, nurses on the night/evening shift especially were wonderful and conscientious and thoughtful, staff and management team…are caring [&] compassionate and kind, have found every staff member to be quite accessible, memory care unit is very good, Staff members reassured us and [loved one] [&] allowed us time to stroll around [&] ask questions and stop and enjoy a snack in order to feel more at home, entire staff knows [loved one] and…[they make] her feel very special, wellness staff has been responsive to [loved one’s] needs and [family’s] requests, [Loved one’s] needs are always met, common dining area looked very clean and very inviting, dining area was very nice, the food is very good, food is good, the food is pretty decent, food was delicious, they do offer snacks, food was wonderful, served breakfast [&] lunch and dinner “restaurant” style in the dining room with cloth on the tables and for napkins, rooms were clean, rooms are decent, activities staff is welcoming and creative, regular van trips for residents to various locations of interest, shuttle availability for offsite doctor's appointments, Housekeeping maintains a clean and attractive facility, rooms were nice and spacious, Their rooms were large, very clean one-bedroom apartment…[with] own bathroom, rooms average but nice, [Loved one’s] room is bright…and very nice, excellent programs and activities for the residents as well as family members, church, bingo, crafts, ice cream socials, off-site trips, happy hour…[w/] a 2 drink limit, family night on Friday nights where they serve wine and beer, a hairdresser available for the residents, crafts, trips out, cards, Wii bowling, games, a beauty shop [for] both men and women, outings and entertainment at least once a week, puzzles, exercises, church activities
What they didn’t like: staff is rude, the atmosphere is sub-par, only one aide per floor, food wasn't that pleasant, the hallways were long, memory unit not well staffed, memory unit…[has] an alarm…however it takes several MINUTES for the staff to catch up with the individual, always a challenge to get feedback [on loved one], understaffed, facility owes my Father a refund of $1800 and I can't seem to get it, most of the food…is served raw or undercooked, Administration and patient caregivers were poor, All they care about is cutting costs, institutional, odor, could improve on paying staff members more so they could keep them longer, Not enough staff, doors unlocked at 4:30 am, two floors, no courtyard, They should improve on their attention to detail, too confusing with all the hallways and elevators, feels very understaffed in the evening, the food service is terrible, memory care…is about a 3 in cleanliness, found out they were assisting my mother with bathing and this was clearly not a service we ask for or needed, furnishings dated, Undercooked food, the place is very dark
Brookdale Mount Lebanon | Pittsburgh, PA 15266
Brookdale Mount Lebanon offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Hospice, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Health Care Services.
Caring– 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4.8
SeniorAdvisor– 35 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: Brookdale Mt. Lebanon was beautiful, very clean and welcoming, about 15 to 20 years old, allows a pet, has about 150 residents, spotless, bright, open, smells good, not too big, gorgeous [&] big and comfortable, a lot larger than most facilities and the apartments are larger, it's safe and in a safe neighborhood, a concierge, very professional, home-like feeling, whole place looks pretty cheery, mix of independent and assisted residents, attention to detail provided by the builders to the specific needs of the elderly, modern, tastefully decorated, plenty of very convenient parking, more like a nice upscale hotel, two sets of free washers/dryers on each floor, building and the surrounding grounds are beautiful, nice view of the city, self-contained community, utilities all included except for phone, med reminders, personal care assistance, the amount of privacy the residents have, staff really cares, Saw some very positive interactions between staff and residents, staff recognize us when we come to visit [loved one], pleasant staff members as well as residents and…all very friendly, a van that takes them to doctor's appointment, Medicare, not strict with visiting hours, management is good, the maintenance folks respond to work orders pretty good, [facility] up on a hill and set back from any residential area, a large lobby and the people socialize there, They take you to church on Sunday, Tour guide was kind and informative, staff was attentive and caring, Everybody seems to be entertained, doesn't feel like an institution, [staff] very easy to talk to [&] easy to work with, [Staff] anticipate client needs, very polite, [Staff] were so great about offering solutions for our budget, staff…had relationships with the people who lived there, They help [loved one] with her medications, [Loved one] seems happy and she's always clean, [staff] gave me all the details and got back to me, physical and occupational therapist on-site, nursing staff, staff…very friendly [&] very accommodating and did not pressure us, staff was…very…informative, responsive, staff here does a great job of not interfering with the residents lives but helping when they need it, [staff] made sure that she was comfortable and well taken care of without being too intrusive, many attentive staff members [who]…let the residents do their own thing, dining area was very pretty [&] very elegant, a private dining room for when friends and family are visiting, dining service is very good, food is definitely above average, food…is wonderful, food is excellent, food was good, food is very good, two dining areas, they provide breakfast and dinner, Yummy food, [can] have a drink in the evening, a little deli area for lunch, On holidays you can invite your family and they do a really nice buffet, variety of meals, a lot of choices for the apartments, a room in…independent living that was fully furnished, enough room for the residents to have a separate area for sleeping or to sit and watch television, [Private] rooms…had a very nice little kitchen area and nice bathroom, nice-sized apartments and studios, many different sizes and layouts of rooms, emergency call buttons, separate living quarters [w/] bedroom [&] full kitchen and nice baths, [Rooms] were gorgeous [&] clean and accommodating, rooms very spacious, closet space, walk-in closets, a lot of activities, a swimming pool, indoor heated pool, the pool has a chair to help people in and out, whirlpool, fitness center, a piano [anyone can play], gardening, the chapel, the community room, bingo, outings, entertainment on certain days, a beautiful library, different events throughout the day, exercise, everybody is engaged, movie nights, parties, barbecues, billiards, game room, arts and crafts room, a card room, bridge, If [a resident] wanted to go downtown that was easy to do, church services and rosary, movies every night, guest speakers, trips to see shows downtown or whatever, billiards, backgammon, chess, trips…to symphonies and to local farms
What they didn’t like: only offer two meals a day, only…clean every other week, cost was the big factor, that it was a high rise, dining room got backed up quite a bit at particular times, Most apartments have tubs and it can increasingly…become a challenge for seniors, Only a few of the rooms have walk-in showers, felt like community designed for independent living and personal care was added as an afterthought, need to pay attention to special needs diets, sixty day notice is a little long…better…if it was a thirty day notice, they charge you for every single little thing, Only one bank of elevators that could be far from apartment, if my loved one needed more care she would have to move to another room
Country Meadows of South Hills | Bridgeville, PA 15101
Country Meadows of South Hills offers Independent Living, Personal Care, Memory Support Services, and Restorative Services.
Caring– 32 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews No Reviews
What they liked: beautiful and well maintained, very clean, beautiful grounds, beautiful scenery, place is well thought out and very well run, They even had a couple of dogs downstairs on leashes, grounds are beautiful, community is beautiful, the right ratio of staff to patients, sanitation was OK, no odors, residents were up and about, a very lovely area of Pittsburgh, nicely decorated, a full dementia locked unit, big spacious hallways, homey atmosphere, building very clean and always smells great, residents seemed happy and content, They treat people like family, rooms very light and bright, magnificent skilled care nursing area, very positive staff, [Staff] encouraged the residents to get involved in the activities, Everything from…therapy to the food to the cleanliness of the rooms and common areas was excellent, how engaging the staff was, everybody was very friendly, residents looked happy, staff was very friendly and helpful and they seemed to genuinely care about the residents, Everyone has been very easy to approach if I have questions or concerns, this is a facility whose bottom line is NOT monetary profit but the provision of care and a wonderful life-style, staff is very attentive [&] caring and friendly, long term insurance was taken there as well which was a plus, They made sure everybody came down to the dining room and they took such good care of them, The seniors were allowed as much freedom as they could safely manage [&] At the same time were all well taken care of, a fitness specialist who does restorative program, They keep [loved one’s] sugar level in the right area…because she is a diabetic, You push your call button if you need assistance and they're there, Calls are usually answered within 3-5 minutes if not sooner, They do laundry [&] cleaning for them, three meals provided each day, their presentation and the food were good, they would accommodate special diets, In the dining room, all beverages [&] fruit and ice cream are always available, dining room is very pretty, food was also very good, excellent ice-cream cones, a wonderful Bistro that is open daily, apartments were clean, The rooms are a nice size, every time [loved one] needs something [staff] take care of it right away, a shared room with two beds that are separated by a large bath, You can bring your own furniture, a lot of activities, people would come in and play the piano, games, crafts, bingo, church services, sing-alongs, horse races, touch therapy, book clubs, bus trips to visit different places like the conservatory, parties
What they didn’t like: expensive, they tried to institute a “diaper policy” of $20.00 A DAY, they seem very short-staffed at times and faces of the caregivers are constantly changing, think they're short-staffed, Follow-up from admin not the best, things cant improve if patients are not giv[en] a chance to voice there point of view, four floors…and you have to take elevators to go up and down and everywhere, had a very institutional feeling, [Staff] brought food that was not supposed to be given [to resident], their ability to handle dialysis patients or patients with kidney disease was lacking, hallways were narrow, nurses are very good [but] overextended, [Loved one] has had to wait as long as 45 minutes to be helped to the bathroom
Harbour Senior Living of South Hills | Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Harbour Senior Living of South Hills offers Personal Care and Memory Care.
Caring– 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor– 16 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: beautiful facility, very clean, stairs or elevators, a converted mansion, everybody seems happy and well taken care of, landscaping and everything…is very nice, well run, Lots of activities and interaction, active residents, atmosphere is friendly [&] cheery and positive, like a resort, Friendly staff in both main and memory unit, a more intimate relationship between the staff and the people because there are less people, very pleasant community, comfortable, safe, peaceful, they also have support programs for family as well, occupational therapy, Staff was wonderful from the first phone call, [Staff] were very frank and honest when asked about their limitations, They have transportation [for residents], sales manager…was very up front, [staff] are very attentive and very caring, a very good chef, staff is outstanding and helpful, staff was very accommodating, very informative, Since I moved [loved one] to Harbour I have seen a 100% turn around in her life…Her mind is working like it use to, They have somebody who would take residents to the dining room if needed, dining room was gorgeous, food is very appealing a good variety, food looks real good and they have plenty of it, rooms were beautiful and clean, a small apartment…room for a bed [&] night stand [&] dresser [&] comfortable chair [&] TV stand and a table [&]…a little kitchenette with a refrigerator and a microwave and her own bathroom, The food situation and entertainment are excellent, cards, a pool table, bowling, bingo, music
What they didn’t like: the rooms are really small, Administration doesn’t call you back, they might try to give [loved one] more options on his special diets needs, The aids were on the cell phones when I tried to help loved one I had to ask them and bring it to their attention, Room rug stained, doorway has tripping hazard
Juniper Village at Forest Hills | Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Juniper Village at Forest Hills offers Independent Living, Assisted Living/Personal Care, Memory Care, Short Term Rehabilitation, Long Term Skilled Care, and Respite and Fellowship Services.
Caring– 20 Reviews, Average Rating 4.6
SeniorAdvisor– 36 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: really beautiful facility, small and personable, place is very clean, elegant, very bright and open area, easy access while in a beautiful wooded area, facility always seems fresh [&] clean and tidy, very friendly family-focused care facility, facility is extremely welcoming and comforting, staff [is always] personable and engaging, a very warm feeling, facility…had a more intimate [&] hands-on feel than most of the other places we looked at, nice outdoor area, lovely facility, caring and professional staff, mind and body nurturing environment, residents looked very comfortable, regular social interaction, a caring [&] active and warm home, Juniper Village is the one reason my family can sleep at night, good communication with the staff, warm [&] welcoming [&] clean and compassionate, management…is exceptional, skilled and compassionate group of professionals, peace of mind, had no problem with getting my deposit back, they do lock the doors every night at 8:00 and there is somebody at the reception desk, staff was attentive [&] professional and really caring, thoughtful, efficient, staff seemed well educated, the memory center…was a big round area with a gazebo outside and they have a person watching the people 24/7, They're very good about giving my dad his medications, Juniper Village…seemed like a family, [Staff] work very hard to ensure each resident is cared for in a way that is individualized, Everyone [on staff] seems to be interested in [loved one’s] well-being, staff reaches out to [family] with updates and concerns, staff was friendly and seemed to know everybody, aids are friendly [&] helpful [&] respectful and courteous, kind, staff are always pleasant and go out of their way to bring joy and quality care to their residents, The Administrator's responsiveness and involvement are above and beyond, The staff didn't just “go through the motions” they really and truly cared about my Uncle, staff…were able to identify my parents' needs and tailored their care to meet those needs, Staff was always available for any questions or concerns [family] had, [staff] treated my parents [&] myself and my siblings with dignity and respect, maintenance seems good, physical therapy, dining area was really nice, food is all made in-house [&] is very good, food is good, an alternative menu in case they didn’t like the things…on the regular menu, They do have a main course every day but you can order a sandwich or something, ice cream, greatly impressed with the size of the rooms compared to other places, rooms/apartments are very nice, a grand suite…is spacious [&] has a lot of windows [& is] very bright and cheery, rooms were fairly good-sized, the bathroom was larger [than elsewhere], private room with their own bathroom, nice shared rooms, a lot of variety of activities, people come in to entertain, bingo, games, Wii, bingo, exercise time where the staff work with the clients, movie nights, trips out to places, card games, a lot of baking, a crafts room, singing groups, They would have people come in and give talks, They had church services, They had a beauty parlor and podiatrists that would come in
What they didn’t like: more expensive and the rooms were smaller, appalled at the food and the service in the dining room, some aides are quite rude and don’t care to listen to resident, bit of an odor as we walked in the door, facility a bit run down, common area not very inviting, feel like the food could use a bit of work
Masonic Village at Sewickley | Sewickley, PA 15143
Masonic Village at Sewickley offers Adult Day Services, Home Care & Home Health, Hospice, Memory Support, Outreach Program, Personal Care & Nursing, Pharmacy Services, and Rehabilitation Services.
Caring– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4.8
SeniorAdvisor– 27 Reviews, Average Rating 5
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: a very large community, vibrant, really clean and it smelled good, grounds were lovely and you…can walk around, accommodating staff, friendly nature of all the residents, cleanliness, security, peace of mind, wellness center, near the village of Sewickley and close to Pittsburgh & the Pittsburgh airport, grounds were very well kept, lush woodland setting among many walking paths, like a five star hotel, lounge, library, Every building is connected for convenience, If you have a dog you can have a 1 or 2 or 3 bedroom villa, you buy into it and they keep you until you die, It felt safe, life care option provides an umbrella of security and certainty, therapy care, people were very professional, a wonderful support system, administration is supportive and responsive, [onsite] medical center, have the doctors in the facility, staff is amazing (efficient + pleasant), health and wellness are given a high priority, dining rooms were very nice, table cloths, delicious food, waiters and waitresses dressed in uniforms, [residents] can't wear jeans at dinnertime [but]…must dress up, service employees are friendly and helpful especially those in the dining room, the food is excellent, the food…was very good, [residents] can eat their meals…whenever they choose, service was great and the people were courteous, rooms were beautiful, really liked the way…the rooms were set up, apartments, individual houses, apartments are beautifully designed, saw a double room but the way it’s shaped it looked like a single room since you never see the other person that’s in the double room with you, lovely apartment, everything from apartments to townhouses, Apartments and villas are well appointed, professional maintenance and housekeeping staff, Their village is so large that they actually have their own private bus service to take you from your villa to the main dining room, They had classes, a concert in the outside area, a beautiful swimming pool, trips to go grocery shopping [&] they make an effort to accommodate the places you are interested in going, a fitness specialist, a workout room, a therapeutic pool, exercises that you can do in the water, a prom night, exercise classes, movies, many programs, trips, parties, church, wonderful opportunities for entertainment and travel
What they didn’t like: expensive, unappealing rug throughout the clubhouse
Overlook Green | Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Overlook Green offers Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Personal Care Services, Respite Care/Short Term Stays, and Lifestyle 360.
Caring– 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor– 33 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 1
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: Overlook Green is beautiful and large, well kept, pet friendly, smaller environment makes for a friendly family feel amongst the staff and residents, a therapy dog comes in every Sunday at 3:00, very clean, well-staffed, homey, cheerful, safe [&] beautiful home for [loved one], The layout, all on one floor, Lots of skylights – very bright, outdoor patio, exterior is like country club setting and the interior is very clean and spacious, a converted elementary school, They're really a good bargain, have a transportation van, close to South Hills, common areas and dining room in the center [of facility], very light [&] bright and without a smell, common rooms very big [with] a lot of couches and chairs, Overlook Green is very professional, the overall place is bright and inviting, friendliness, kindness of staff to residents, Experienced staff and a facility that cares, [Loved one] always looks nice and clean, onsite physical and occupational therapy dept., staff at this location is what sets it above and beyond, Staff is so accommodating, staff very kind and professional, the fact that the patients are all out every day in the living room or the dining room, Overlook Green was OK, staff encourage [resident] to participate in daily activities, staff has been very cooperative in correcting problems, staff…very responsive, dietary staff…very engaged and caring for [resident] needs, staff is knowledgeable [&] attentive and experienced, wonderful nurses and aides, [staff] is kind and compassionate and always treat [loved one] with dignity and respect, helping us with getting my mother Veterans Administration and if her money runs out they will help us with Medicaid, Memory unit staff at Overlook Green are my heroes, everyone was very friendly, full staff of nurses working on every shift, The staff was very courteous, very caring and accommodating people, everything was prompt [&] on time and on schedule, [staff] were very helpful, The staff…treated my father with such compassion and respect [&] the staff and 365 Hospice could not have been more compassionate towards me and my siblings, administrative and management staff know my father and other residents, on-site physical therapy and a visiting counselor, The majority of workers at Overlook Green were truly concerned with the welfare of my mother, They have doctors that roam, a mobile x-ray unit that comes to the site and does x-rays, food is very good, menu is appealing, very good food with lots of choices, Great food, the dining area looks like a restaurant…and is very spacious, cloth knapkins, Mom's room is adequate in size….With her queen size bed in it there's still plenty of space, [private] room large enough to use her walker and has a private bathroom, room is spacious and comfortable, rooms were small but cozy and nice, full-time activity coordinators, a library, an activity room, a lot of religious opportunities with rosary [&] Bible study and worship service on-site, entertainment every Thursday, exercises every morning at 10:00, ice cream socials, bingo, Wii games
What they didn’t like: rooms were very tiny, place was kind of cold looking, their rooms were really small, too many gravel roads and less paved walkways, they seem to be short-handed, little concerned about the staffing ratio at night, find the RN’s to be jaded and lacking compassion, outside needs to be cleaned up, They seem to have a high rate of turnover in the aide staff, had a smell when you walked in, very cold and depressing
Paramount Senior Living at Bethel Park | Bethel Park, PA 15102
Paramount Senior Living at Bethel Park offers Independent Living, Personal Care/Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Dementia Care, Home Health Care, and Hospice Care.
Caring– 11 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor– 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: Lovely newer facility, Professional, spacious, Easy location, [Staff] Smart and understanding, Good value for the money, very well kept, very open, new and very clean, no odor, there are a lot of windows, it's bright and cheery, atmosphere is…positive, residents appeared comfortable, seems to be very well run and organized, locally owned, process of applying was relatively simple, They offer transportation, a very active [&] inviting community, all [residents] looked clean and well cared for, nice courtyard, interaction with staff & other residents, a doctor that comes in and nurses on each floor, Their admissions person is a nurse not just a salesperson, There was [no staff] sitting around just chatting, [staff] were very friendly and caring and went out of their way to come and introduce themselves, professional, knowledgeable, 24/7 nursing available, From housekeeping to the general manager everyone went above and beyond to promptly remedy the smallest of concerns, The aides are very nice and seem to really care about the patients, dining area is quite beautiful and well kept, linens on the table, dining hall…was gorgeous, the food is good, food…was wonderful, pleased with [menu] variety, a little cafe type setting where there's coffee [&] water [&] juices and fruits available all the time, how large the [private] rooms were and the bathrooms are great, an apartment-type of setting that had a kitchen but [no] stoves [&] had a little refrigerator, The rooms were spacious and nice, they show movies, a couple nice lounge areas where people can sit and talk, ice cream socials, happy hour, They have a beauty parlor, a podiatrist, people come in and perform on the violin and piano, [Staff] take [residents] out
What they didn’t like: [loved one] complains about the meals, Everything was white…bland, very expensive, didn’t have a nice courtyard, all white and like a maze, didn’t have big rooms
Sunrise at Upper St. Clair | Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Sunrise at Upper St. Clair offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor– 18 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: beautiful facility, pet therapy, facility was lovely and seemed clean, Everything smelled clean and looked clean, open and bright, very spacious, very beautiful décor, overall facility itself looked very modern, Sunrise is beautiful and like…a five-star resort, a van that would take them to places, landscaping is just beautiful, garden of flowers and vegetables, really feels more like a home than a senior living facility, that it was newer, the layout, the location, homey feeling, Gorgeous lobby with lots of activity, seemed like a very vibrant community, wide variety of people there, Their follow up was impeccable, each resident has a care manager assigned to them for all of their needs, Most residents seemed happy, the rooms are bright, great outdoor area, short hallways…felt more homey and apartment-living-like, Sunrise is just an extension of our family now, didn't feel [sales staff] were pushy at all, staff was very welcoming, [Staff] does an exceptionally good job taking care of memory and dementia care residents, staff know all residents by first name as well as the names of their families, Everyone seemed happy and enjoying themselves, staff was friendly and very courteous, [Staff] try to get everyone involved, Very caring staff, very welcoming, very attentive, very knowledgeable, some staff are great, staff during the day provides good care and keeps the residents busy with activities, staff was very friendly and very accommodating, staff seemed reasonably dedicated, staff seemed knowledgeable and helpful, staff is very engaged and friendly, memory care was locked-down, If you wanted a personal care assistant to come in they allowed that, they offered three meals a day, dining area was very nice [&] clean and very bright. menu looked very good, food is very good, wide variety of [menu] choices, eat well 3x a day, If they wanted something else that's not on the menu they could do it for them, if my [loved one] didn't want to go down to dinner…they would take it up to her, a beautiful cafe and their dining area was great, rooms at Sunrise were very nice, [Private] room was big and the heating/ac worked well, jacuzzi bath, Her room is spacious for a studio [&] clean and nice, rooms were very spacious and homey, room cleaned 1x a week, carpeting in the bedroom, Their rooms were pretty nice and standard and had an apartment feel to them rather than a hospital feel, apartments were very spacious and pretty, lots of activity and socializing for the residents, Lots of good activities for memory impaired residents, Daily activities are designed to appeal to the residents and stimulate their minds, [onsite] salon, a barber shop, makeshift bowling, outings to the grocery stores, people playing chess and checkers in the lobby, reading, watchng TV, relaxing, exercising, listening to music in the bistro, exercise class, going to rosary and mass, cards, bridge
What they didn’t like: when I want something changed or have questions about medication I never get a call back, evening staff….are horribly understaffed and undertrained, seem to be understaffed and disorganized, units didn’t have their own laundry facilities, nothing in the kitchen other than a very small refrigerator and microwave, no pool, very little storage space [in apts.], too fancy for my [loved one], problem with that pharmacy bill which…has been plaguing us for five months, menu seems to be very non eclectic, Not enough caregivers, Old style technology, too expensive, recommend this place if you have long term insurance, They pressured me, not all inclusive fee…makes it difficult to predict final monthly cost, $3000 one time application fee, do not have services for other faiths on site [other than Christian], [do not accept] credit card payments, very upscale and elaborate…overwhelming
Sunrise of McCandless | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Sunrise of McCandless offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 27 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: beautiful facility, so gorgeous, clean, modern, relatively new, more “residential” feel than “nursing home” style, quiet, extremely clean and extremely well-maintained, very organized place, very bright place, very cheerful, charming and cozy, the sense of community, know [loved one] is safe and in good hands, a house dog that interacts with residents, resident cat on alzheimers floor, very nicely appointed in the public areas, the layout, Everyone looked pretty well cared for, nearby woods, deer, a gazebo, lots of outdoor chairs, a pretty wrap around porch, seemed like it was a five-star hotel, excellent care, staff is…professional and generally good, very professional staff, [Staff] has really gone above and beyond, staff seemed to know everyone by name, they really seemed interested in everyone individually, Even as a visitor I felt like it was home for someone, Sunrise of McCandless was more active than the others I visited, seemed like a very engaged and active community, always…a lot going on, seemed like they get personal one-on-one care, They have the same caregivers every day so they are familiar with the patients, They paired the residents with partners when they…first come in to help them get acclimated, spoke with some of the residents and their families and they were really happy, people were outside socializing, Their personnel is what I will recommend above all, [staff] have made [loved one] feel at home during this difficult time in her life, staff…are so kind [&] giving and respectful, staff seemed to be very positive, staff has been very good in the move-in phase and the follow through, consistent and accurate feedback, staff and residents are very friendly, Security is fine, special floor for “pre-dementia” patients, a separate floor for dementia and memory care, they have a person at the front desk at all times, a nurse on staff, If someone is having a bad day or does not feel like being in a group that is OK but they are not ignored and left [entirely alone], the flexibility of day-to-day care, [Facility is] a block away from a hospital specializing in geriatric care, staff is friendly and helpful, they were very caring, dining room facilities were restaurant like [&] with choices, food is quite good, [Food] is delicious, meals are fine, food is fantastic, chef has a private garden in the community, On the Alzheimer's floor [there’s] a really nice balcony so people can still go outside and sit but can't wander off, apartments are absolutely beautiful, The private rooms were plain but doable, rooms are efficient, rooms were gorgeous and very spacious, memory care…on the third floor…has a special room for people who had [sun] down problems with all those lights on the ceiling, studio apartments and shared suites are clean and of a decent size, a studio with a little kitchenette and a bathroom, various room options available, very pleased with the [private] rooms, [Loved one’s] room is always clean, the shared rooms…each had their own bedroom and there was a door [&] They also had little kitchenettes, a shared suite…has a shared bathroom, everyone has their own privacy, a lot of activities, movie nights, field trips, book clubs, movie nights, they play games, activities on the water, karaoke, regular exercise program, a facility wide [family included] luau party, They had entertainers, a big barbeque, bowling, play with balloons, bingo, they have entertainment come in weekly, had a buffet of popcorn [&] coffee [&] doughnuts
What they didn’t like: Many of the caregivers are very good and attentive but VERY much overworked and understaffed, newer and younger caregivers are not as trained and attentive to the residents needs, missed medications, waiting long periods of time when the call alarm pulled, Huge turnover of employees, It seemed a little high class, some of the staff was neglectful
The Residence at Willow Lane | McKees Rocks, PA 15102
The Residence at Willow Lane offers Personal Care/Assisted Living.
Caring– 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: Beautiful facility and setting, surroundings were beautiful, laid out very nicely, It's very clean, clean and well laid-out, no smell whatsoever, the atmosphere, pleasant, friendly, It is an “at home” setting, There is even a resident dog, a nice building; it’s about 20 years old, outdoor space, The nurses that run the wellness facility were great, staff was very professional and very caring, staff is very nice and very efficient, the staff is very helpful and accommodating, [staff] have a lot of interaction with the patients [&] they try to involve them in games and stuff, The Willows has given [loved one] a purpose again and she has made many new friends and feels needed, there's a lot of staff, [loved one] has actually improved since moving to the Willows, the love [&] compassion and wonderful care by the entire staff, I will thank [the staff] all forever for giving my mother a reason to keep going and proof that no matter your age you can continue to make life contributions in meaningful ways, They do everything in the assisted living like take care of her medication [&] put drops in her eyes [&] make her bed [&] give her a shower [&] get her to exercise and give her three meals a day plus lots of activities, a bus takes them to Walmart or on longer bus-trips, the dining area was nice, the food is very good, The food most often was good, healthy meals, If you're not interested in what's on the menu you can just ask for something else, the rooms were pretty average, rooms were very nice, rooms were nice and clean, crafts, gardening, barbecues, bingo
What they didn’t like: the attendants who give showers and assist the residents were really poor, they had a lot of patients, just enough room for a bed and a dresser, woefully understaffed especially at night and weekends, Food was awful, didn't have nurses on hand, abuse and lack of staff to patient ratio, they do seem to be understaffed as far as the nurse assistants, OK facility but very run down and dirty looking, the bedrooms were so little
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