Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has more than 300,000 residents, of whom 14.7% are aged 65 and older. Fortunately, the city has several top-ranking hospitals including UPMC – Pinnacle, West Penn Hospital and St. Clair Hospital. The University of Pittsburgh is home to several distinguished geriatric centers for mental health, continence, osteoporosis, pain and cardiology. Other premier senior healthcare providers include UPMC Senior Care at Shadyside and the Allegheny Health Network.
Nursing homes offer a high level of care for people who can’t be adequately cared for at home but don’t need the acute care provided in a hospital. These facilities typically have nurses and nursing aides on-site 24/7, and offer skilled care and therapies. Consequently, they tend to be the most expensive senior care option. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, Pittsburgh’s average cost is $9,125, which exceeds the U.S. median of $7,756 by over $1,350 per month. Assisted living or home health care can be more feasible economically, and often as effective, for those who don’t need nursing home-level services.
This guide provides more detail on the costs of different types of senior care in Pittsburgh. It also lists local resources for the city’s elderly population.