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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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As Pennsylvania’s second largest city, Pittsburgh is an affordable place to retire. Its overall cost of living is about 12% lower than the national average and 5% below the state average. Although groceries, utilities and transportation expenses cost slightly above the national average, Pittsburgh’s housing and health care costs are remarkably inexpensive. Seniors can expect to pay an average of $3,250 per month for assisted living, which is significantly lower than both Pennsylvania and United States averages.

In addition to Pittsburgh’s cost saving benefits for retirees, Pennsylvania is generally a tax-friendly state. Social Security benefits and retirement account withdrawals are not taxed, while public and private pensions are tax-exempt for seniors 60 and older.

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Pittsburgh, PA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Pittsburgh, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh’s average assisted living cost of $3,250 per month is lower by $850 compared to the Pennsylvania average, based on Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. The City of Bridges is also cheaper by $1,250 compared to the national median. The Keystone State’s most affordable area is Johnstown at $2,725. Altoona and Erie cost over $4,000. Philadelphia is at the top end at a cost of $5,685.

  • Pittsburgh: $3,250
  • Pennsylvania: $4,100
  • United States: $4,500
  • Johnstown: $2,725
  • Erie: $4,585
  • Altoona: $4,030
  • Philadelphia: $5,685

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Pittsburgh, PA

At $3,250 per month, assisted living is the most affordable care option that already covers room and board, 24-hour supervision and social/recreational programs. Seniors who prefer to stay in their homes may opt for in-home care or home health care, both with average monthly costs of $5,339. Adult day health care provides nonresidential support and is the most affordable option at $1,495. For those who need 24-hour skilled care, nursing homes cost the most at $9,733 a month for semi-private and $10,798 for private accommodations.

  • Assisted Living Facility: $3,250
  • In-Home Care: $5,339
  • Home Health care: $5,339
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,495
  • Nursing Home Facility (semi-private room): $9,733
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $10,798

Brookdale Mt. Lebanon

Brookdale Mt. Lebanon is located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, in a family-friendly neighborhood dotted with schools and parks. The spacious apartments have full kitchens and walk-in closets, and some floor plans come with balconies. In the courtyard garden, seniors can tend to flowers or just soak up the sunshine. The facility lets seniors reserve the private dining room for family events, and overnight guests can stay in the guest suites.

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Atria South Hills

Located on one of Pittsburgh’s main thoroughfares, Atria South Hills provides easy access to Century Square Shopping Center, Allegheny County Airport and Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The facility’s cozy apartments offer walk-in showers, individual thermostat control and other comforts of home. Seniors enjoy access to a number of on-site amenities, including a sundries shop and library. The event calendar helps seniors stay busy with activities as varied as aerobics and art therapy. We included Atria South Hills because it ranks highly for cleanliness and meal quality.

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Harbour Senior Living of South Hills

Harbour Senior Living of South Hills is located beside the 18-acre Green Tree Nature Center, where residents can explore the trails with their loved ones. For more outdoor fun, seniors can relax on the patio or stroll the walking paths. The cinema, card room, library and beauty salon are just a few of the convenient on-site amenities. Professional staff and nurses are available 24 hours a day to ensure seniors receive the assistance they need.

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  • Worship services throughout the week
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping services

The Pines of Mount Lebanon

The Pines of Mount Lebanon is an assisted living facility in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, just down the street from the many shops at the South Hills Village mall. Residents can enjoy three meals a day in the restaurant-style dining room, and guest meals are available when loved ones come to visit. Seniors can decorate their spacious private apartments with their favorite furniture from home. The movie theater, ice cream parlor, patios and other common areas encourage residents to mingle with their neighbors.

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  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping services
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy services

Sunrise of McCandless

Sunrise of McCandless is located in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs, just down the road from Passavant Hospital. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, and an on-staff nurse performs monthly wellness visits to help residents stay healthy. Daily opportunities for learning, socializing and fitness help keep seniors engaged, and there are also scheduled group trips to look forward to. We featured Sunrise of McCandless because it was recently awarded a Silver National Quality Award by the American Health Care Association, in recognition of the high-quality care it provides seniors.

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  • Variety of floor plans available
  • Menu incorporates fresh and local ingredients

The Sheridan at Bethel Park

Located beside Cool Springs Sports Complex in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs, The Sheridan at Bethel Park offers an assortment of amenities, including an art studio, business center and beauty salon. In the restaurant-style dining room, residents can choose between several menu options at each meal, and the culinary team is willing to accommodate seniors’ dietary restrictions. Between meals, seniors can stop by the bistro for a snack or drink. The Be Fit fitness studio offers varied programming to help residents stay active, including chair yoga, water aerobics and tai chi. 

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The Residence at Whitehall

This assisted living community is located in an upscale neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s Whitehall neighborhood, close to South Hills Country Club. Seniors live in studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments with emergency call systems, and housekeeping and maintenance are provided.  Residents can enjoy three chef-prepared meals each day in the dining room, and with anytime dining, they’re in control of their own schedule. Other dining options include the bistro and the 24-hour snack bar.

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  • Amenities include a day spa, wellness center and movie theater
  • Small pets are welcome

The Haven at North Hills

The Haven at North Hills is nestled in a wooded area in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs. The secured walking path and comfortable patio encourage seniors to enjoy the scenic views. With 24/7 dining, seniors can choose to enjoy gourmet meals at any time or day or night. Residents are encouraged to live as independently as possible, but the professional staff can offer support with dressing, personal hygiene and other needs. Licensed nursing staff members are also available.

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  • Activities include bingo, singing and exercise
  • Private or shared suites with individual temperature controls

Sunrise of Upper St. Clair

Sunrise of Upper St. Clair is located across the street from Gilfillan Park, a great place to get some exercise or watch wildlife. In this award-winning assisted living community, trained staff is available to help residents 24 hours a day. Residents have access to many comfortable common areas, including the activity room, living room and sitting room. We included Sunrise of Upper St. Clair because it's well-reviewed for its clean facilities and friendly staff.

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  • Daily trash removal and weekly housekeeping and personal laundry services
  • Activities include at least three off-site trips per week

Paramount Senior Living at South Hills

Paramount Senior Living at South Hills is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, just minutes away from the Whitehall Public Library. The facility’s comfortable common areas include a living room and large porch. There’s also a full-service beauty salon and a well-equipped fitness center. The elegant dining room serves three meals daily, and seniors can enjoy snacks throughout the day. Residents live in private or shared suites with kitchens, wall-to-wall carpeting and emergency call systems. 

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