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We have tried to list the services based on the degree of help needed, starting with those requiring a lesser degree of help. If you can't find help with these links, please try searching the web using your favorite search engine.
Category Resource Description
Daily Activities Support Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers - Various Services
  • Assistance with grocery shopping
  • Friendly visiting in the home
  • Information & referral
  • Running errands
  • Telephone reassurance
  • Assistance with correspondence
  • Snow shoveling
  Lots A Helping Hands This website allows you to setup a network of volunteers for a person. You add in the tasks / appointments, etc that need to be performed. The volunteers can sign-in and sign up to perform tasks that meet their schedule.
  Home Instead Senior Care

This company supplies many support services. They are located at:
393 Vanadium Rd
Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Phone: 412-276-2400

  Senior Companion Program - Combat Loneliness

Seniors visiting seniors to dispel loneliness.

  Carrier Alert - Monitor Those Who Live Alone Carrier Alert is a lifeline to help, as close as your mailbox. If living alone worries you, the Carrier Alert program can offer you the comfort of knowing that someone who visits your home regularly can call for help if you need it.
  Money Management Program - Help with Bill Paying The Bill Payer Program assists older persons with disabilities and low incomes who have trouble maintaining control over their finances and/or writing checks.
  Home Delivered Meals The Home Delivered Meals program, often referred to as "Meals on Wheels", is for the home bound consumer who cannot attend the senior center for health reasons.
  Lifespan - Home Delivered Meals Once a senior adult can no longer shop or prepare a meal does not mean that they need to be placed in a care facility. Home bound, frail elderly consumers in the LifeSpan service area are eligible for Home Delivered Meals. 
  Lifespan - Equipment Lending Equipment lending library loans donated equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and bath chairs, etc. to older adults in need of temporary equipment. for details on how you can borrow a much needed item, telephone 412-464-1300. This is a partnership of Lifespan, Southminister Presbyterian Church and the Mt. Lebanon/Dormont Rotary.
Adult Day Centers Listing of Adult Day Centers Listing of Adult Day Centers in Allegheny County.
Nursing Home Alternatives Agency on Aging - Nursing Home Alternatives

Nursing Homes are not the only option for individuals when their health declines. There are several alternatives for individuals who are eligible for placement in a nursing home, but wish to remain in their own home.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Waiver is one option available to income-eligible individuals who require more extensive care. The services are typical of those provided in nursing homes.

Another option available to persons needing nursing home care but who wish to continue living in their own home is the LTCCAP (Long Term Care Capitated Assistance Program).

  Community Life (Living Independently for Elders)

Frequently families become overwhelmed with the responsibilities of providing around-the-clock supervision and care to a loved one. The emphasis often tends to be more on what the elderly can no longer do rather than on what they can do. Community LIFE emphasizes and encourages what the person can accomplish, enhancing their autonomy, dignity, and quality of life.

  LIFE - Pittsburgh, Inc. LIFE Pittsburgh (Living Independence For the Elderly) is a health care and supportive service program designed as an alternative to nursing home care for seniors in the Pittsburgh area. Program members receive a customized plan that includes services especially designed to postpone or avoid nursing home placement and allow people the opportunity to live independently in their own community. Many older persons have chronic medical problems that require care from numerous specialists and professionals. Our goal is to coordinate the care and provide the opportunity to stay well and independent
Caregiver Support - Respite Care Agency on Aging - Caregiver Support

Assistance for the care receiver and services to support the caregiver are specially designed to allow the care receiver to continue living at home.

  UPMC Shadyside Respite Care 412-623-1234
Provides families a short break by providing a short stay nursing home cared which includes a semi-private room and 24 hours nursing care.
  Catholic Charities Respite Care Program

Provides caregivers with up to four hours of in-home respite per week.

Caregiver Support - online help ElderWeb An award winning online eldercare source book.
  Family Caregiver Alliance Addresses the needs of families and friends providing long term care at home.
  National Family Caregivers Association NFCA is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.
  Today's Caregiver An online newsletter for caregivers.
  Caregiving.com Online information and forums.
  ALZwell Caregiver Support Dedicated to helping dementia caregivers.
  ElderCare Online Online community where supportive peers and professionals help you improve the quality of life for yourself and your elder.
  Children of Aging Parents Supplies reliable information, referrals and support to caregivers.
  Caregiver Support Programs

Caregiver Support Programs are designed to reduce caregiver stress and burden by providing financial and services supports to those who qualify.

Hospice Family Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Hospice, Palliative Care
  Heartland Hospice Hospice