Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Pittsburgh’s senior population continues to grow (5.5% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Pittsburgh, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 21.4% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only increased by 4.6%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.89% in Pittsburgh vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Pittsburgh. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Pittsburgh, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Anthology of McCandless, in the heart of Allegheny County, blends old-world ambiance with high-tech amenities for assisted living and memory care. Large windows throughout the facility allow natural light to brighten the spacious and thoughtfully designed indoor living spaces. A 24-hour team stands ready to deliver compassionate, discreet and personalized care. Memory care staff regularly undergo specialized training to provide the most up-to-date comprehensive services to residents with various forms of dementia. Team members interact with residents and families every day to cultivate a safe, nurturing environment of joy and dignity. In-house chefs prepare delicious gourmet food and serve it in a formal dining room, and residents are welcome to help plan meals. Snacks are available any time at the bistro and coffee bars. Daily, the community plans a host of opportunities for engagement, physical and mental fitness and recreation while providing transportation for appointments and outings. Located just outside urban Pittsburgh, Anthology of McCandless is close to partnering local medical centers and specialized wellness services.
Located only 3 miles from UPMC Passavant-McCandless Hospital, Arden Courts of North Hills provides memory care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This community contains four separate houses, each having its own living quarters. Residents have access to a shared beauty salon, craft studio and wellness center as well as a secure outdoor area with a porch and paved walking paths. The Engagement Therapy Treatment program integrates residents’ current interests with their previous life experiences in a therapeutic environment to encourage socialization. Namaste Care is another program offered at this facility that uses aromatherapy, picturesque scenes from nature and soft music to stimulate residents' senses. Seniors can also spend time partaking in individual pursuits, such as gardening and woodworking.
Arden Courts of North Hills receives compliments for being well-kept and having upbeat staff members. “We toured the whole facility, the rooms looked new and most importantly clean. The staff was great and very positive in their attitudes, and when we left we knew this was the right place for our Mother,” expresses one online reviewer.
Located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, Artis Senior Living of South Hills provides memory care in a homelike environment. To create a close-knit community and encourage socializing, the facility is divided into four memory care neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own common areas, including a kitchen and dining room. Residents’ suites come with personal display cases where they can show off their favorite photographs and other special items. They’re encouraged to bring decor and furnishings that help them feel more comfortable in their suites. The facility’s meals are inspired by the Mediterranean diet, and through the Time to Dish program, residents can share their opinions about the menu and suggest new recipes.
Reviewers appreciate the facility’s cleanliness and homelike atmosphere. Other reviewers mention the facility’s activity offerings, which they say include bingo, noodle ball and movies. Visitors also speak highly of the community’s staff. “They treat my dad like family. They call him by name. They genuinely care about him,” a reviewer writes.
Asbury Heights is located in the southwestern section of Pittsburgh, near Mount Lebanon. It provides several on-site doctors while giving residents the choice to be seen by their own physicians, and the facility offers transportation to all medical appointments. Residents can choose to bring their own furnishings from home, and small pets are permitted on the property. The facility includes several amenities for seniors to enjoy, including a whirlpool, beauty salon, resident garden and a gazebo. Several activities are available to residents, including musical performances, group luncheons and fitness classes, which are offered as part of Asbury Heights' specially designed Senior FITness program. Meals are prepared on-site, and a dietitian is available to help residents follow their special diets.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the atmosphere of the property and say, "Asbury Heights is very clean and feels more like a home than a nursing facility." Staff members also win praise for their positive demeanor and attention to detail and are described as "attentive and patient, with full focus on the full care patients at all times."
Atria McCandless is an impressive senior living community set on eight beautiful acres in Allegheny county. This facility offers a variety of spacious apartment floor plans for independent and assisted living as well as memory care. Residents have access to an array of amenities including a salon and spa, indoor heated pool, movie theater, putting green and art studio for active residents. With full table service and locally sourced ingredients, Atria McCandless treats residents to culinary adventures, such as cooking displays, master cooking classes and international cuisine. Through Engage Life, Atria’s signature activities program, residents stay connected, creative and fit with enriching opportunities tailored to their interests. The community’s innovative program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, Life Guidance, offers personalized care, secure and thoughtfully designed spaces and social engagement opportunities that help residents maintain a sense of dignity and independence within their capabilities. Atria McCandless is only minutes away from major roads, shopping and attractions in Pittsburgh.
Brookdale Murrysville is located in the suburb of Export, across the street from Turtle Creek. The facility is decorated in the style of a private home, intended to create a familiar, homelike setting for memory care patients and help ease their transition. Its Clare Bridge program aims to help residents retain their memories by having them complete beloved routines, such as gardening or handyman work, in a safe, controlled setting. The community is pet-friendly, and residents engage in a wide range of activities, including fitness classes, bingo and arts and crafts. Meals are prepared on-site, and residents can choose from multiple options if they don't wish to partake in the dining area's featured meal of the evening. Staff are on-site 24 hours a day.
Residents and loved ones appreciate the small ratio of staff to residents, the staff's helpfulness and comfort of the facility. One visitor said, "Brookdale was very clean, very bright, and updated ...The staff was very informative, very enlightening, and very helpful. They answered my questions very promptly."
Elmcroft of Saxonburg is located in the heart of the city, close to Saxonburg's VFW location. This pet-friendly community has an atmosphere that encourages residents to be active and independent, and everyday activities are plentiful and include movie nights, trivia and community outings. Seniors enjoy a low staff-to-resident ratio that ensures they get the attention they deserve. The facility's memory care areas are designed for easy navigation as well as around-the-clock monitoring. Residents can engage in the Second Wind Dreams program that offers them the chance to fulfill sought after experiences, such as reaching coveted goals, going on desired adventures and reuniting with loved ones. Meals are served restaurant-style and include a mix of international cuisines and residents' favorites, and they're encouraged to discuss meal planning with the chefs.
Residents and loved ones are pleased with the helpful demeanor of staff members, with one reviewer saying, "Whenever I wanted to ask questions, they tried to accommodate everything I asked." Loved ones also appreciate that staff members let residents do what they can for themselves, saying, "[that most things] she does on her own, unless she needs it, then they're there to help."
Nestled in a quiet, residential area in the south side of Pittsburgh, Harbour Senior Living of South Hills provides assisted living and memory care in a peaceful environment. From the outdoor patio and walking paths, residents can enjoy views of the adjacent Green Tree Nature Center. Residents can relax in the spacious, well-decorated community rooms, which include a library, theater and card room. For safety, the memory care unit has its own secure courtyard. Memory care activities are offered throughout the day to keep residents engaged. Residents may get the opportunity to listen to live music, create art projects or bake cookies. Bible readings, Bible study, prayer services and Catholic Mass are also available.
Online reviewers speak highly of the facility’s clean suites and elegant common areas. The community also receives many positive comments about its staff. “My mom is now in the memory care unit … They are very attentive and very caring,” a reviewer says. Other reviewers say their loved ones enjoy the facility’s meals.
At Holy Family Manor in northern Pittsburgh, seniors receive compassionate assisted living and memory care. To ensure the memory care unit’s 12 residents receive the attention they deserve, the staff to resident ratio is 1:6. The unit has a replica diner from the 1950s, which brings back nostalgic memories for residents. In the Gentleman’s Room, a handyman work area is available with a workbench and various tools, and in the Ladies’ Room, residents can get glamorous with an assortment of clothing and costume jewelry in front of the old-fashioned vanity. The unit’s sensory room uses colors, music and lighting to help residents relax. Thanks to the on-site preschool, residents can take part in intergenerational activities. As a mission of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the community offers daily Eucharist and Mass in the on-site chapel. Residents of all faiths can visit the chapel for private prayer or meditation.
Holy Family Manor’s hard working staff earns them positive comments from online reviewers. “I feel comfortable knowing that my dad is being taken care of. The staff are helpful and attentive,” a reviewer writes. Other reviewers mention the community’s full activity calendar and appreciate being able to join residents for meals.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills is located near Interstate 376 in eastern Pittsburgh. This assisted living and memory care community offers a number of signature programs to enhance residents’ health. The Connect4Life program provides on-site access to a variety of medical services, including primary care and occupational therapy. It also provides a medical concierge who coordinates residents’ off-site and on-site care. The memory care Wellspring program utilizes the small house model that creates an environment to bring about a sense of connectedness and home, fostering independence and happiness in those with Alzheimer's and dementia. Memory care residents have the freedom to wander the secure paths and gardens safely; they can also enjoy quick meals in the bistro or browse the selection in the library. Seniors get the opportunity to express themselves through music, art and other creative pursuits.
Reviewers mention the many activities available at this facility. “When you walk into Juniper Village, there is always something interesting or fun going on,” said a visitor. Reviewers are also pleased with the spacious, well-lit apartments. “[My mother’s suite] is very bright and cheery,” a reviewer says.
Locust Grove is nestled in a quiet, residential neighborhood in West Mifflin, a suburb of Pittsburgh. With a full calendar of engaging activities, this assisted living and memory care community encourages residents to get involved and socialize. Activities include food tasting sessions, sing-a-longs, coupon clipping and off-site excursions. Several clubs, including a poetry club, meet regularly. Residents can improve their flexibility with yoga classes or get some fresh air on one of the community’s scheduled walks. Each apartment is outfitted with an emergency call system, safety rails and a walk-in shower. The community serves traditional holiday meals for residents and their family members, and staff celebrate residents' birthdays with cake and ice cream.
Reviewers mention the community’s well-decorated common areas and spacious, well-maintained apartments. They speak highly of the food and the friendly, professional staff. “Locust Grove is a family-oriented place, and the staff really takes good care of the residents,” said an online reviewer.
Overlook Green is located in southern Pittsburgh, near South Hills Country Club. Its residents receive memory care that focuses on rediscovering past skills and abilities through the property's Bridge to Rediscovery program, which encourages residents to do as much for themselves as possible and emphasizes encouragement and multiple solutions to daily challenges. The facility is pet-friendly, and residents have access to several amenities, including an on-site beauty salon, a library and covered patios. Residents engage in a wide range of activities, such as happy hours, exercise classes and social outings in the community. Meals are prepared on-site and served restaurant-style throughout the day, incorporating as many fresh and local ingredients as possible.
Residents and loved ones are impressed with the facility's size and atmosphere, with one reviewer saying they "fell in love with this place." Residents and loved ones describe the facility as bright and clean, and loved ones give the staff special credit for "working very hard and consistently to provide a "home" away from home."
Paramount Senior Living at South Hills is a comprehensive senior living community that caters to every level of care. The facility’s memory care services are designed to address residents’ social, psychological, physical and spiritual needs. These services include around-the-clock care and supervision from licensed staff, scheduled resident and family meetings, an emergency call response system and monthly Alzheimer’s support groups. Residents have access to a large porch with comfortable sitting areas, entertainment and living rooms, an elegant community dining room and a private dining room for visiting families and friends. Beautifully landscaped outdoor areas provide secure spaces for residents to walk around and relax, and a full-service beauty and barber shop offers personal pampering. On-site licensed nurses and visiting physicians look after the health care needs of residents.
Online reviews provide positive feedback on almost all categories, mentioning the good food, clean facility, convenient location, lots of activities, caring and responsive staff and comfortable, well-designed rooms. One reviewer sums it up by saying, “Paramount Baldwin is a very well-managed senior living facility. From top to bottom, this place is top rate."
At Rosewood of the Ohio Valley, residents enjoy an elegant lifestyle that's complemented by loving caregivers who make daily tasks as easy as possible. This community features spacious, clean and safe accommodations and warm common areas that include a sunroom and peace garden. In addition to a calendar filled with special events, residents have access to a wide range of activities, including bingo, music, gardening, religious services and arts and crafts. These activities are designed to stimulate cognitive functioning and encourage socialization. The meals served at Rosewood are well-balanced and created to meet each person's unique dietary requirements. Family members and friends are welcome to enjoy residents for a meal out on the deck or in the luxurious dining room whenever they like.
Family members of two residents said, "Both of our parents have been at Rosewood for eight months now ... Since at Rosewood, the necessary trips to the hospital have declined dramatically. Why? Rosewood knows how to care for the elderly. Their leadership and staff have significant experience and know how to ensure residents are cared for with a respectful, caring, well trained staff."
As a faith-based nonprofit facility, Schenley Gardens provides affordable assisted living and memory care. The facility offers all-inclusive pricing and provides easy access to several Pittsburgh medical clinics, including West Penn Hospital and UPMC Shadyside. A continuum of care is available to residents, including skilled nursing. The community has a rehabilitation facility with a pool to help seniors recover from injuries and illness. Seniors can participate in mentally stimulating activities, such as trivia, word searches and brain teasers, and through regularly scheduled fitness classes, the community helps its residents stay physically active. The community provides three meals per day, and the daily menus provide several options for seniors. Dietary accommodations are available for seniors who need heart-healthy or vegetarian meals.
Online reviewers say the facility’s secure memory care floor is kept clean. Schenley Gardens also receives positive reviews for its good food and friendly, attentive staff. “My mother has lived here for three years and they take very good care of her … the entire staff goes out of their way to help her,” a reviewer writes.
Located just south of Pittsburgh, Sunrise of Upper St. Clair provides easy access to shopping malls and several hospitals. The assisted living and memory care community’s dining program incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients, and entrée choices are available at each meal, and residents can enjoy favorite classics, such as glazed meatloaf, chicken cacciatore and beef stroganoff. Many special diets, including low-fat and low sodium, can be accommodated. With common areas right beside residents’ rooms, the memory care neighborhood is designed to be calming and easy to navigate. Memory-focused activities are matched to residents based on their interests and may include karaoke, trivia or current events. Memory care residents have the opportunity to participate in scenic drives and off-site church services. There's also a walking club that meets daily.
Visitors say the clean, well-maintained facility has a hotel-like atmosphere. “It has very beautiful decor, and the rooms are bright,” a visitor says. The community receives consistent praise for its varied activities. “[There are] many different areas set up for visiting, reading, watching TV, relaxing, exercising or listening to music … Daily activities are designed to appeal to the residents,” an online reviewer writes.
Tapestry Senior Living Moon Township is located in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and offers assisted living and memory care for seniors. The area is home to beautiful settings, such as Settlers Cabin Park and Montour Woods Conservation Area, where residents can travel with loved ones on day trips. The spacious facility also offers outdoor space, such as a furnished veranda and walking paths. Residents who are able can enjoy a glass of wine at Tapestry’s Cheers Pub. Spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments include kitchenettes and there's an on-site spa to enjoy manicures, haircuts and a bit of pampering. Caring staff develop care plans that progress with each senior's personal needs, including cognitive therapy and memory care services. There's an on-site chapel for devotion and small pets are welcome.
Tapestry Senior Living Moon Township has a reputation for attention to detail and a fresh, clean facility. One visitor noted that the facility was clean, and the staff was very nice.
Nestled in a wooded area in the north end of Pittsburgh, The Haven at North Hills helps seniors with memory loss live as independently as possible. The community’s person-centered care philosophy focuses on residents’ skills and encourages them to participate in activities. Residents can opt to solve puzzles, socialize with their neighbors or take part in a chair exercise class. The community’s memory care life enrichment program helps residents reminisce with familiar songs and smells. Life skill stations, which include miniature kitchens and faux engines, are available to help residents connect with their past passions. With 24/7 dining, seniors can enjoy meals at any time of day or night. These meals are based on the brain-healthy MIND diet and feature plenty of vegetables, beans and whole grains.
Online reviewers say the facility’s spacious rooms are clean and well-decorated. They’re also impressed with its assortment of amenities. “This facility also offers [residents] a theater, library, gardens, chapel and hair salon,” a reviewer writes. The community receives positive comments about its friendly, considerate staff. “They went out of their way just to make people comfortable,” says a reviewer.
The Pines of Mount Lebanon in the South Hills of Pittsburgh surrounds senior residents with vibrant scenery and activity. The experience here includes an aviary, fireplace, landscaped courtyard, charming patios and floral gardens. This facility provides 24/7 personal care for all residents with reminders for medications, meals and activities. Each spacious private residence comes with an emergency communication system and all utilities. Its memory care program promotes safety and nurtures memory-impaired residents with physical, emotional and spiritual support. Respite care is available at the same high level of dedicated service given to long-term residents as well as healthy, tasty meals, life skills exercises and cognitive enhancement. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join residents in enjoying amenities, such as an ice cream parlor and movie theater.
Residents and visitors appreciate the sincere courtesy that The Pines of Mount Lebanon staff provides. They note that the facility offers a variety of opportunities for group involvement yet respects each person's individual preferences. A relative commented: "This is a great community! Small enough so that our loved one isn't lost in the shuffle, yet large enough to offer great activities and interaction."
Located in the charming neighborhood of Kennedy Township, The Residence at Willow is a nonprofit community where seniors can benefit from a wide range of services at an all-inclusive rate. The Life Enrichment program offers everything from exercise classes to bingo and card games every day at the facility, and staff provide transportation to local events and appointments whenever needed. There's a dedicated theater room for watching movies and a games room with cards and a variety of tabletop games. This community cares a great deal about the safety and security of residents, so there's an emergency communication system that alerts staff whenever there might be a problem. The Residence at Willow Lane is an affiliate of Ohio Valley Hospital, meaning residents have close access to an advanced medical facility staffed by a wide range of trained medical professionals.
A family member of one of the residents said, "The Residence at Willow Lane is a beautiful place. It's laid out very nicely and there's a lot of staff. The residents in the area that my mother-in-law is in are very friendly and she's not much older than them...It's very clean, pleasant, and friendly." Reviews also indicated that the provided transportation was very helpful.
Walden’s View Senior Living is located next to Interstate 76 and U.S. Route 30 in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. This assisted living and memory care facility provides access to many convenient amenities, allowing residents to unwind by a fireplace in one of the indoor common areas or socialize in the outdoor patio garden. The Neighborhoods at Walden’s View is the memory care program at this community, which offers specialized care in a secure environment. Residents can participate in activities chosen to boost their health and confidence, such as sing-alongs, ice cream socials and craft-making projects. They can also enjoy eating in the company of support specialists in a homelike dining area.
People appreciate that Walden’s View has caring staff and serves delicious food. One resident’s family member writes, “The staff is trained to care for the residents there, especially ones with dementia. They are very kind and understanding, and I truly appreciate that. And the food is good!”
Whitetail Springs Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is dedicated exclusively to caring for individuals with various stages of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The facility features a unique homelike layout with warm, inviting spaces that facilitate independence and social interaction with neighbors. Its trademark Meaningful Moments program creates individualized care plans focused on honoring each resident’s personal history, needs and interests. Smaller group activities encourage self-expression and delight with an ideal balance of cognitive stimulation through music, art, baking, exercise and pet visits. The community welcomes families and other health care providers to help cultivate an environment that meets the residents’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. The staff regularly communicates with family members through SMILE, a network that helps tailor programs for residents and captures special moments. Eversound, a wireless headphone system, enables residents with auditory challenges to hear more clearly at group events, making engagement and connection easier and moments more meaningful. Whitetail Springs offers the same level of excellent care to temporary residents through its respite care service.
Woodcliffe Manor, an assisted living and memory care facility, sits on a 1.5-acre property in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, not far from South Park. In this peaceful setting, approximately 11 residents live in the close-knit memory care unit. When residents move into their furnished private or semiprivate suites, they’re encouraged to bring photographs, artwork and personal furnishings. The community’s activities vary based on the current residents’ interests, and some of the options include exercise classes and gardening. Visits from scout troops and music groups help residents feel connected to the community. Three home-style, dietitian-approved meals are served each day, and residents can entertain guests at mealtime. The staff includes a physician and medical technicians; residents also have access to visiting psychiatrists, podiatrists and rehab therapy specialists.
Woodcliffe Manor receives favorable reviews for its convenient location and homelike atmosphere. Online reviewers mention the facility’s cleanliness and helpful staff. “Both parents received excellent care … [we’ve had] many positive experiences at this facility,” a reviewer writes.