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.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Pittsburgh, PA

Asbury Heights

700 BOWER HILL ROAD, Pittsburgh, PA, 15243

My mom moved into Asbury Heights. It’s very nice. The staff members are very nice. Her room is nice. They don’t have too many activities because of the virus. They only have bingo, they go outside, th … (read more)
My mom moved into Asbury Heights. It’s very nice. The staff members are very nice. Her room is nice. They don’t have too many activities because of the virus. They only have bingo, they go outside, th … (read more)

Vincentian Home

111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237

Vincentian Home is wonderful. It’s like the Taj Mahal. I took my mother’s sister there. It was just amazingly wonderful. For a while, there were a lot of nuns there, and one little nun had a multiple … (read more)
Vincentian Home is wonderful. It’s like the Taj Mahal. I took my mother’s sister there. It was just amazingly wonderful. For a while, there were a lot of nuns there, and one little nun had a multiple … (read more)

Upper Rooms Vista

2344 PERRYSVILLE AVENUE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15214


John J Kane Regional Center-sc

300 KANE BOULEVARD, Pittsburgh, PA, 15243

The rooms are adequate. The staff is exceptional, they are diverse is age, talents and gender. They are a great group of people. You will hear singing and humming as they deliver trays to those who … (read more)
The rooms are adequate. The staff is exceptional, they are diverse is age, talents and gender. They are a great group of people. You will hear singing and humming as they deliver trays to those who … (read more)

Vincentian De Marillac

5300 STANTON AVENUE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Mom is in Vincentian De Marillac. The rooms are way too small, but the care she’s getting and the people there make up for the lack of space. They have Bingo and a few other games to play, and other t … (read more)
Mom is in Vincentian De Marillac. The rooms are way too small, but the care she’s getting and the people there make up for the lack of space. They have Bingo and a few other games to play, and other t … (read more)

Concordia of the South Hills

1300 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15243

Avoid this horrible place at all costs. Severely injured my mother a week and a half after hip surgery. Surgery must now be repeated on this 89 year old. I have turned them into the state, the insuran … (read more)
Avoid this horrible place at all costs. Severely injured my mother a week and a half after hip surgery. Surgery must now be repeated on this 89 year old. I have turned them into the state, the insuran … (read more)

Canterbury Place

310 Fisk Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201

The therapists were great. The location is convenient. The building is pretty. The food is horrible. Effective but not a Pleasant place to visit. Double rooms are really unpleasant and it is a s … (read more)
The therapists were great. The location is convenient. The building is pretty. The food is horrible. Effective but not a Pleasant place to visit. Double rooms are really unpleasant and it is a s … (read more)

Manorcare Health Services-whitehall Borough

505 WEYMAN ROAD, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236

My mother was at ManorCare in Whitehall for 3 weeks until we moved her to another facility for the lack of care and poor treatment she was receiving there. Call bells went unanswered for hours, she wa … (read more)
My mother was at ManorCare in Whitehall for 3 weeks until we moved her to another facility for the lack of care and poor treatment she was receiving there. Call bells went unanswered for hours, she wa … (read more)

Manorcare Health Services-north Hills

1105 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237

A loved one is at Manorcare Health Services-North Hills. She is not getting treatment over there at all. She is pretty smart and aware of what’s happening, but they are not rehabbing her. She was capa … (read more)
A loved one is at Manorcare Health Services-North Hills. She is not getting treatment over there at all. She is pretty smart and aware of what’s happening, but they are not rehabbing her. She was capa … (read more)

The Heritage Shadyside

5701 Phillips Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

The Heritage Shadyside is very nice, and I’m very happy. My brother-in-law has adjusted well there and just the whole atmosphere is one of wanting to help. They have a chef, so the food looks wonderfu … (read more)
The Heritage Shadyside is very nice, and I’m very happy. My brother-in-law has adjusted well there and just the whole atmosphere is one of wanting to help. They have a chef, so the food looks wonderfu … (read more)

Marian Manor Corporation

2695 WINCHESTER DRIVE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220

My mother was a patient of the nursing home for 4yrs. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of this establishment. First the good, the receptionist (Joan) was wonderful! Always had a smile and kind … (read more)
My mother was a patient of the nursing home for 4yrs. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of this establishment. First the good, the receptionist (Joan) was wonderful! Always had a smile and kind … (read more)

John J Kane Regional Center-ro

110 McIntyre Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237

My mom has been at Kane Ross Nursing Home for about six weeks now. Everything’s going well. The facility is very clean, people there are like family so it’s good. I gave it a rating of four. If it … (read more)
My mom has been at Kane Ross Nursing Home for about six weeks now. Everything’s going well. The facility is very clean, people there are like family so it’s good. I gave it a rating of four. If it … (read more)

Highland Park Care Center

745 NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

About 18 months ago sadly, I had placed my mom in the care of Highland Park Care Center. There is a lot to like about Highland Park Care Center. The staff there treat you and your family member with … (read more)
About 18 months ago sadly, I had placed my mom in the care of Highland Park Care Center. There is a lot to like about Highland Park Care Center. The staff there treat you and your family member with … (read more)

Baldwin Health Center

1717 SKYLINE DRIVE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15227

If I could of given this place negative stars I would have. the staff is rude and they dont care about the patients. my aunt is a resident there and they only change her once day if that. i call and … (read more)
If I could of given this place negative stars I would have. the staff is rude and they dont care about the patients. my aunt is a resident there and they only change her once day if that. i call and … (read more)

John J Kane Regional Center-gl

955 RIVERMONT DRIVE, Pittsburgh, PA, 15207

My sister was in John J Kane Regional Center. As far as first impression, it was great. They got a really nice lobby and a courtyard outside. It was nice as far as the look. The rooms were kept very c … (read more)
My sister was in John J Kane Regional Center. As far as first impression, it was great. They got a really nice lobby and a courtyard outside. It was nice as far as the look. The rooms were kept very c … (read more)

ManorCare Health Services – Shadyside

5609 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15232

My Dad fell several times, I ask one staff member what will they do to prevent this from happening again. Instead of saying they will keep a closer watch on him, she said they will lower the bed and g … (read more)
My Dad fell several times, I ask one staff member what will they do to prevent this from happening again. Instead of saying they will keep a closer watch on him, she said they will lower the bed and g … (read more)

Manorcare Health Services-green Tree

1848 GREENTREE ROAD, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220

If I could give zero stars I would. My brother due to health insurance was in this facility for over 2 years. Very rarely was there a caring nurse. My brother’s medications were late, his doctors appo … (read more)
If I could give zero stars I would. My brother due to health insurance was in this facility for over 2 years. Very rarely was there a caring nurse. My brother’s medications were late, his doctors appo … (read more)

Village at Pennwood

909 WEST STREET, Pittsburgh, PA, 15221

The facility is very clean and the workers are very attentive. They are very good at keeping the family involved and aware of problems. I would recommend them.
The facility is very clean and the workers are very attentive. They are very good at keeping the family involved and aware of problems. I would recommend them.

Golden Livingcenter – Mt Lebanon

350 Old Gilkeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15228

My uncle is in Mt Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. They’ve been OK, but with the pandemic, a lot of things have changed. He’s been there for at least five years. If you’re in that area, the … (read more)
My uncle is in Mt Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. They’ve been OK, but with the pandemic, a lot of things have changed. He’s been there for at least five years. If you’re in that area, the … (read more)

Squirrel Hill Ctr For Rehabilitation And Healing

2025 Wightman Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

Please do not choose this facility especially is the "representative" comes to the hospital room with a sales pitch. That’s exactly what it is, sales for a profit organization. Lack of communication … (read more)
Please do not choose this facility especially is the "representative" comes to the hospital room with a sales pitch. That’s exactly what it is, sales for a profit organization. Lack of communication … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Semiprivate rooms in Pittsburgh nursing homes cost an average of $9,125 per month. The corresponding cost for private rooms here is $10,038.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Comparing the monthly median prices of semiprivate rooms in nursing homes, Pittsburgh’s costs exceed those of the average U.S. city by $1,369. However, Pittsburgh’s average is $913 below Pennsylvania’s statewide median of $10,038.

Pittsburgh is cheaper than nearby Pennsylvania cities for nursing home care, except for Johnstown, where the average cost is $152 lower. In State College, seniors pay about $548 more than their peers in Pittsburgh, while the average cost is $1,764 higher in Gettysburg. The difference is even greater in Chambersburg, where median cost exceeds Pittsburgh’s by $2,213 per month.

$9125

Pittsburgh

$10038

Pennsylvania

$7756

The United States

$8973

Johnstown

$11338

Chambersburg

$9673

State College

$10889

Gettysburg

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Comparing the prices of nursing home care to other types of senior care in Pittsburgh can be helpful when determining the best placement for a loved one. The least expensive option is adult day health care, with an average cost of $1,473 per month. Assisted living costs $3,550, while home care and home health care both average $4,576. Nursing home prices are significantly higher, at almost twice the cost of in-home care services. Shared rooms in Pittsburgh cost $9,125 per month on average, while private rooms cost $10,038.

$4576

Home care

$4576

Home health care

$1473

Adult day health care

$3550

Assisted living

$9125

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10038

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The following resources are available to Pittsburgh’s seniors and their families to provide information, referrals or financial assistance. Some of these programs can make it easier to remain in the community and delay entry into a skilled nursing facility. They may also help seniors and their families understand their options and be financially prepared to better afford nursing home care when it’s needed.

ResourceContactService
Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging(800) 344-4319Allegheny County’s AAA is the portal to community services and resources for residents aged 60 and older. Available services include health insurance counseling, ombudsman long-term care advocacy and support, help applying for needed assistance and advice on alternative long-term care options. The agency also provides information about caregiver support, transportation and senior centers.
AgeWell Pittsburgh(412) 422-0400AgeWell provides a wide array of senior services to help delay the transition to an institutional setting, including care coordination, counseling, meal delivery, transportation and friendly visits. The organization also offers in-home safety assessments and personal emergency response systems.
Citiparks3-1-1 or (412) 255-2621Citiparks runs 13 senior community centers that offer socialization, fitness, educational and cultural opportunities for individuals aged 60 and older. Each center also features information and referrals for ACCESS transportation services, PACE prescription assistance, energy assistance and rent rebates.
Wesley Family Services(412) 345-7420Wesley Family Services volunteers provide free nonmedical services to help seniors maintain their independence. Participants can receive friendly visits, home safety inspections, transportation to medical appointments and assistance with errands.
Lifespan(412) 464-1300Lifespan serves Allegheny County residents aged 60 and older. This nonprofit organization provides case management, home meal deliveries and support for family caregivers. It also operates several community resource centers that host social activities and offer information and assistance to seniors with aging concerns.