Frequently Asked Questions

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What if someone has dementia? Can they live in assisted living?

Yes. Dementia is short term memory loss. It is not uncommon for seniors to have some degree of dementia. If the dementia progresses, extra care may be required and can be provided by the facility. Most residents with dementia can lead an active, fulfilling life in an assisted living community.

What's the difference between assisted living / personal care and a nursing home?

• Assisted living / personal care communities are designed to feel like home. They can provide a feeling of independence and if desired, offer an active lifestyle. Nursing homes have a more clinical, hospital like setting and can feel restricting.

• Assisted living / personal care residents need help with activities of everyday life (dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring.) Nursing home residents require more hands-on medical attention administered by a licensed nurse on duty 24 hours a day.

• Assisted living / personal care facilities are "private pay." (see Payment Methods) A nursing home stay can be paid for by: medicare, medicaid, health insurance, long term care policy.


How much do nursing homes cost?

According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association the median cost for a private room in a Pennsylvania nursing home is $9,733 per month. Median cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $9,070 per month.

What is the average cost of assisted living / personal care home in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas?

Rates vary greatly depending upon location, amenities, and the level of personal care required. The median cost of a personal care home and assisted living facility in Pennsylvania is $3,600 per month. Shared or semi-private rooms are less expensive than a private room or private apartment. Please click here to view Payment Methods.