Baby boomers, and baby boomers’ babies alike, often find themselves searching for the next best step in senior care. Whether the decision is based on medical needs or social interactions, the process can be a lot to take in. The Pittsburgh area is home to dozens of senior care centers that offer top-notch services and high-quality living situations. The main areas to consider are: what types of residents stay there, what sort of housing options are available, and what activities or services are offered. Here, we explore three local communities that offer different, yet exceptional, types of senior care.

By Rachel Jones
Photographs from Marilyn Walsh, Providence Point, St. Barnabas Communities, Vincentian Collaborative System

Providence Point

Owned by Baptist Homes Society, a not-for-profit senior living and care organization that was established in 1910, Providence Point is home to more than 330 seniors who dubbed the community “Pittsburgh’s premiere retirement community.”

Providence Point, Pittsburgh senior care facilities

MISSION
To provide the highest quality of living for all those they serve, while uplifting one person at a time.

RESIDENTS
Residents of the Continuing Care Retirement Community who have entered a LifeCare contract are provided with healthcare services when they are needed. Healthcare residences are also available on a fee-for-service basis to those who need nursing care, rehabilitation, and personal care.

HOUSING
The 32-acre community features 222 apartments, with one- and two-bedroom options. Thirty-five patio homes are also available and include full basements, two-car garages, and many other upgrade options. Healthcare residents live in 64 private apartments with kitchenettes in the Personal Care residences, 20 private rooms with baths in the Memory Support residences, and 63 private rooms with private baths in the Skilled Nursing residences.

SERVICES
The full-time, in-house therapy department has physical, occupational, respiratory, and other therapists available, and a medical clinic with a full-time RNAC and social workers is also available.

ACTIVITIES
Residents can work out in the Wellness Center, which offers a swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, fitness center, and full-time wellness staff. Tai Chi, yoga, chair aerobics, and other classes are available, as is a beauty salon and spa, an indoor golf simulator, and a bocce court. After a relaxing session or vigorous workout, residences can dine in one of four offered venues. In-house activities, including movies, art, and bridge clubs, keep everyone entertained, while outings to Pittsburgh and other nearby towns make for a pleasant change of scenery.

Providence Point, 500 Providence Point Blvd., Scott Township. 412.489.3550. providencepoint.org.

St. Barnabas Communities

St. Barnabas Health System is one of the largest health care systems of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, with four campuses in Allegheny and Butler Counties. The senior communities at St. Barnabas offers maintenance-free living and peace of mind.

St. Barnabas Communities - Pittsburgh senior care facilities

MISSION
To help seniors live a happy and active lifestyle with peace of mind, knowing that they will be taken care of through the continuum care services and Free Care Fund.

RESIDENTS
Hundreds of seniors, ranging from independent retirees to those seeking daily assistance, reside in St. Barnabas Communities.

HOUSING
Four campuses of homes are available, based on residents’ needs:

  • The Village at St. Barnabas: one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with flexible meal plans and housekeeping
  • The Woodlands: one-story carriage homes with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans and private, scenic surroundings
  • The Washington Place: studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with two meals served daily at the Mount Vernon Restaurant
  • White Tail Ridge: homes ranging from two-bedroom, one-and-half baths to five-bedroom, five baths

SERVICES
Available to residents and nonresidents alike are rehabilitation, home care, living assistance, memory care, nursing care, and hospice programs. The St. Barnabas Medical Center is also available for compassionate and professional care.

ACTIVITIES
Residents can enjoy an indoor mall, restaurants, a library, a credit union, a beauty salon, and much more. The gorgeous landscape includes walking trails, putting greens, and a koi pond. The Kean Theatre provides plenty of entertainment, as does the always-full social calendar. The Crystal Conservatories’ glass-enclosed swimming pool is a gorgeous spot to take guests or improve aquatic fitness, and its venue can even be rented out for private receptions.

St. Barnabas Communities, 724.443.0700. StBarnabasCommunities.com.

Vincentian Collaborative System

The Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare and human services organization is responsible for two child care centers, four senior care communities, a rehabilitation company, and a charitable foundation. The senior communities work to provide a family-like setting that promotes the physical, spiritual, psychological, and social well-beings of each member.

Vincentian Collaborative System - Pittsburgh senior care facilities

MISSION
Compelled by a love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.

RESIDENTS
More than 540 seniors reside in the VCS senior communities. Their levels of care include: independent living, assisted living/personal care, nursing home/skilled nursing facility, and rehabilitation.

HOUSING
Four senior communities are available for residents:

  • Vincentian Villa, for independent living
  • Marian Manor, for assisted living/personal care, nursing home/skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation
  • Vincentian de Marillac, for nursing home/skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation
  • Vincentian Personal Care at Vincentian Home, for assisted living/personal care, nursing home/skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation

SERVICES
VCS senior communities provide skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal care, and independent living, based on the residents’ needs.

ACTIVITIES
The recreational programs are designed to meet the physical, social, and cultural needs of every resident, many of which are customized for optimal self-expression. Chapel services, exercise classes, dining options, beauty/hair care services, shopping, and much more.

Vincentian Collaborative System, 412.630.9980. vcs.org.
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