Located within the Pittsburgh metro area, Latrobe is a city in Westmoreland County with 8,060 residents. The senior community makes up 21.4% of the population — significantly more than the national average of 16.5%, suggesting the city holds more appeal than many for older citizens. Its very low cost of living is a factor, illustrated by affordable health care and transportation costs and a high number of Medicare-registered physicians. Other attractions include the area’s many parks, such as the 52-acre Legion Keener Park, which is equipped for barbecuing, swimming and spectating at its many sports facilities.  

Assisted living fees in Latrobe average $3,550, offering residents more affordable care than the typical Pennsylvanian, who pays $3,955 for similar services. These typically include comfortable accommodation kept clean by housekeeping staff and nutritious meals prepared by chefs. Many facilities also organize daily activities for residents who choose to participate. These services make assisted living a good choice for autonomous seniors who need a little help with some chores, such as managing their medications. 

This guide considers senior living costs in the area and the pros and cons of living in Latrobe. It also lists some helpful resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Latrobe, PA

Brookdale Latrobe

500 Brouwers Dr., Latrobe, PA, 15650

My sister is currently in Brookdale Latrobe. The care is good, it’s better than the average-looking place. We need somewhere that will eventually take Medicaid, and they don’t do that. The staff membe … (read more)
My sister is currently in Brookdale Latrobe. The care is good, it’s better than the average-looking place. We need somewhere that will eventually take Medicaid, and they don’t do that. The staff membe … (read more)

Barnes Place

2021 James Street, Latrobe, PA, 15650

My sister-in-law is at Barnes Place right now. We chose it for her because of the good care they provide, and because it was actually close to where I live. So far the staff is also good. They’ve all … (read more)
My sister-in-law is at Barnes Place right now. We chose it for her because of the good care they provide, and because it was actually close to where I live. So far the staff is also good. They’ve all … (read more)

Kelly’s II Personal Care Home

141 Unity Cemetery Road, Latrobe, PA, 15650

My mother moved into Kelly’s II Personal Care Home. It’s small, there are only 8 residents there. The staff is very good, and there are 2 of them 24/7. The room is just like how it would be your bedro … (read more)
My mother moved into Kelly’s II Personal Care Home. It’s small, there are only 8 residents there. The staff is very good, and there are 2 of them 24/7. The room is just like how it would be your bedro … (read more)

Gables Manor

501 South Alexandria Street, Latrobe, PA, 15650

At Latrobe Care Center, they give very personal attention to their more than twenty-eight residents. Every resident is watch and observe. They are given the attention all day long every day and that’s … (read more)
At Latrobe Care Center, they give very personal attention to their more than twenty-eight residents. Every resident is watch and observe. They are given the attention all day long every day and that’s … (read more)

Loyalhanna Senior Suites & Personal Care

543 McFarland Road, Latrobe, PA, 15650

I’m pleased with Loyalhanna Senior Suites and Personal Care so far. It was a new facility that was kept very clean and well decorated. My mom has a studio apartment with a bathroom. She is happy wit … (read more)
I’m pleased with Loyalhanna Senior Suites and Personal Care so far. It was a new facility that was kept very clean and well decorated. My mom has a studio apartment with a bathroom. She is happy wit … (read more)

Newhaven Court at Lindwood

100 Freedom Way, Greensburg, PA, 15601

I went to visit Newhaven Court at Lindwood, it was excellent. It’s off of any main roads, it’s rural and they have built housing that’s kind of encircling the place. It used to be a large farm and it’ … (read more)
I went to visit Newhaven Court at Lindwood, it was excellent. It’s off of any main roads, it’s rural and they have built housing that’s kind of encircling the place. It used to be a large farm and it’ … (read more)

Saint Anne Home

685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA, 15601

They give you a bed until your money runs out and then you find yourself in an ambulance and leaving ‘your home’ only to get in collections and financial trouble. But the place is dark, uninviting, a … (read more)
They give you a bed until your money runs out and then you find yourself in an ambulance and leaving ‘your home’ only to get in collections and financial trouble. But the place is dark, uninviting, a … (read more)

Nature Park Commons

132 NATURE PARK ROAD, Greensburg, PA, 15601

My husband is at Mountain View, which is an assisted living. I haven’t been able to go in because they require quarantine for 10 days. We chose it because of the price, the help that he’s getting, a … (read more)
My husband is at Mountain View, which is an assisted living. I haven’t been able to go in because they require quarantine for 10 days. We chose it because of the price, the help that he’s getting, a … (read more)

Wolak’s Crest Personal Care Facility

211 CAROL DRIVE, New Alexandria, PA, 15670


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Latrobe

The Assisted Living Licensing division of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services regulates, monitors and issues licenses to assisted living facilities throughout the state. The division operates from a series of semi-independent offices, with Latrobe’s assisted living facilities being supervised by the Southwest Regional Office located in Pittsburgh.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Latrobe

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Latrobe’s average cost of living index is 75.8, making the city considerably more affordable than the average city in the state and the country, which have indices of 92.5 and 100, respectively. Seniors considering assisted living may be interested to know that the health cost index is below average, at 86.4.
  • Latrobe’s crime statistics are a little disappointing when compared to the state averages (although they’re below the national averages). Data published by Neighborhood Scout show the chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Latrobe is 1 in 313 (it’s 1 in 326 in Pennsylvania). For property crime, the chances are 1 in 54, compared to the state average of 1 in 71. Seniors concerned about safety should know that many assisted living facilities include 24-hour surveillance and staff trained to handle emergencies.
  • Getting around the county is more affordable due to the Senior Free Transit Program offered by the Westmoreland County Transit Authority. It operates many free fixed-route services for adults aged 65 and over in possession of its Senior Transit ID Card. The authority also operates the Senior Shared-Ride Program, a low-cost curb-to-curb option that can be used for any purpose. Fares range from $2.40 for the first 2 miles, up to $11.25 for trips over 30 miles. Seniors who register with the Area Agency on Aging’s priority program receive those same fares for $0.80 and $3.75, respectively. 
  • Several hospitals serve Latrobe’s residents, such as Latrobe Area Hospital and Westmoreland Hospital in nearby Greensburg. Pittsburgh’s choice of hospitals are less than an hour away too. Despite Latrobe’s small population, it boasts 67 physicians registered to treat seniors with Medicare plans. 
  • Latrobe’s climate isn’t as senior-friendly in winter as it is in summer. Annual snowfall is above average, at 35 inches, and January temperatures regularly fall to 20 degrees. However, in summer, it’s a very pleasant 83 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in Latrobe

The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows Latrobe to be one of the more affordable locations in Pennsylvania for seniors choosing assisted living. Its typical fees of $3,550 are 11.8% lower than the state average and 19% lower than the national average. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Despite Latrobe’s affordable fees of $3,550, Johnstown’s seniors pay even less for assisted living, at $3,025. However, costs are typically higher in most Pennsylvanian cities, such as Altoona, where they’re $3,723, and State College, which averages $5,340.

$3550

Latrobe

$3955

Pennsylvania

$4300

The United States

$3025

Johnstown

$3723

Altoona

$5340

State College

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is a very attractive option in Latrobe, particularly when compared to receiving care at home. Home care, with or without additional medical support, costs about $4,576 per month for services that don’t include the accommodation and meals provided in assisted living communities. Adult day care is the most affordable option for reasonably active seniors, with fees averaging $1,473. Due to providing accommodation and hospital-like levels of care, nursing homes have the highest fees. A typical private room in Latrobe costs around $10,038 per month, while seniors sharing rooms are more likely to pay $9,125. 

$4576

Home Care

$4576

Home Health Care

$1473

Adult Day Health Care

$3550

Assisted Living Facilities

$9125

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$10038

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Latrobe was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Pittsburgh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Latrobe

Latrobe seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging waiver may qualify for financial assistance in order to pay for care within one of the city’s assisted living facilities. In addition, if you receive SSI and need to live in an assisted living facility, the state can pay a supplement to the facility if you qualify.  

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Latrobe

Seniors in Latrobe and Westmoreland County can benefit from many resources aimed at enhancing their lives. The following examples provide opportunities for seniors to make new friends and contribute to the community, in addition to getting medical assistance and support if the quality of their care falls below expectations.

Resource

Contact

Service

(724) 539-0237

Latrobe Senior Center is a hub for the city's older residents. It focuses on activities that stimulate the mind as well the body, in addition to providing healthy, fresh and nutritious meals at lunchtimes on weekdays. Activities include traditional games, such as bingo, billiards and cards. Seniors can also involve themselves in more active pursuits, such as line dancing, aqua aerobics and Jazzercise. 

(724) 216-0317

Westmoreland County VA Clinic provides primary care services to U.S. military veterans and their families. It also supports those with more specialty care needs, such as survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma. The facility includes a radiology department and offers podiatry and weight management services. Seniors whose conditions require additional treatment typically transfer to either the Department of Veterans of Affairs Medical Center or the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, both of which are located in Pittsburgh.

(724) 925-4213

Seniors keen to constructively use their spare time and their life skills and experience to help their communities should contact RSVP. The program connects volunteers with a multitude of nonprofit organizations and agencies within Westmoreland County who serve the community. Work examples include helping out in animal care shelters, delivering meals to homebound seniors and, after training, acting as a Medicare counselor for adults not yet enrolled in a plan.

(717) 783-8975

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a volunteer who educates seniors in assisted living facilities about their rights and advocates for them in disputes with their care providers. There is no charge for the ombudsman's services, which also include issuing inspection reports to seniors comparing assisted living facilities for their own long-term care needs. The families of senior care residents and third parties can register complaints with the ombudsman too. Very serious complaints, such as elder abuse allegations, are transferred to the appropriate authorities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Latrobe

Latrobe-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Pennsylvania are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Pennsylvania page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulation  in Pennsylvania