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The Haven at North Hills Personal Care and Memory Care Facility – Pittsburgh, PA

Evidence-based techniques that go above and beyond…

Here at The Haven at North Hills, we are more than a memory care facility, we are a memory care community. Located near University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, it offers a warm and welcoming senior community for those in need of assisted living, transitional assisted living, or memory care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Haven at North Hills combines Person-Centered Care with a robust Life Enrichment Program that embraces Sunshine’s six Pillars of Wellness: physical engagement, sensory stimulation, spiritual support, social connection, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. Deeply rooted in Montessori methodology, Sunshine’s Wellness Programs and collaborative, Person-Centered Care assessments come together to provide residents with care that goes above and beyond that of traditional nursing homes. In our secured environment, we strive to empower residents, improve quality of life, enhance dignity, honor choice, support independence, and promote positive well-being. We do this by offering customizable levels of care, so whether your loved one is just starting to experience memory challenges, or if they have been living with Alzheimer’s and dementia for quite some time, you can rest assured knowing that our experienced and professional staff is providing the care they need, day and night.

Choose Your Own Rent! Senior Living Options Price Range from $3,800 to $4,300

"The Haven at North Hills proved to be the ideally suitable accommodations for my personal living needs. I would highly endorse their total caring and professional approach to senior life demands."

- Karl Pfeffer

"Many places say they care but I can see it exemplified each and every time I visit The Haven at North Hills."

- Kathy M, RN

"The very definition of a Haven is why we love The Haven at North Hills.
'A place of safety and refuge' is exactly how we felt with my mother in law living there. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a home for their loved one!"

- Jeannie Wattras

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Multiple floor plans, including private or shared suites are available to choose from. To support the independence of our residents, our staff provides personalized attention to meet your loved one’s needs--Person-Centered Care options from dressing assistance and personal hygiene, to medication and continence management and more. Our goal is to reduce dependence in an attentive, private and personalized setting. The Haven offers world-class services and amenities:

Our building is outfitted with ionized air filtering to remove viruses, bacteria, and other particulates from the air so that your loved one can breathe easy. New residents are admitted after screening though Vikor Scientific Respira-ID and a negative COVID-19 test result. Our virus mitigation protocols include full personal protective gear, sanitizer stations at all traffic areas, and cleaning throughout the community multiple times per day.

Our Memory Care Life Enrichment Program is designed to honor the memories and experiences of our residents by providing physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation, social connections, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. The program includes:

  • Sensory & VR Therapy: Stimulating the senses can produce a calming effect and in some cases help bring back memories
  • Music Therapy: Era-specific music to bring back fond memories and decrease anxiety
  • Aroma Therapy: Smells reminiscent from childhood such as home-baked cookies and fresh baked bread
  • Validation Techniques: Words are powerful and our residents are encouraged to give and receive positive feedback
  • Socialization: Residents and staff all enjoy time together each day in both large and small groups in safe settings to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Health & Wellness: Providing activities that promote residents’ physicality help to curb agitation, wandering and sleeplessness, while intellectual activities encourage learning and participating in both new and familiar hobbies
  • Spiritual Support: Music, discussion, prayer, affirmations, nature and other diverse means of spiritual support provides comfort and familiar purpose
  • Life Skills Stations: Miniature kitchens, faux engines, and mailboxes are among the many real-life scenarios and work the residents did in their youth
  • And much more!

Our Person-Centered Care approach focuses on our residents’ needs, while our Active Living Programs allow them to live life to their fullest capability. Our residents feel at home in The Haven because our approach is based on the residents’ lifetime routine, not ours. Additionally, we provide options for health monitoring, medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care.

Our community’s leadership team includes our Executive Director, Health Services Director, and Life Enrichment Director. Our team includes a highly-trained Executive Director and Health Services Director, licensed nursing staff, and certified Life Enrichment Director. Our passionate and dedicated team of skilled professionals offer exceptional support for our residents’ needs, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs, through engaging daily activities.

We have a certified Life Enrichment Director leading engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program.

  • Social Connections: Activities offered in both large and small group settings that encourage opportunities for socialization, relationship building and community amongst residents and team members.
  • Spiritual Support: Recognizing and embracing the needs of each residents’ spirituality through music, discussion, prayer, affirmations, nature and other diverse means of support.
  • Emotional Expression: Creating opportunities to engage in past passions like art therapy, cooking projects, volunteerism, vocational skills, reminiscing, doll therapy, music therapy and pet therapy visits.
  • Intellectual Discovery: Promoting brain cognition with educational activities that reflect the interests of our residents’ past professions, lifestyles and hobbies.

It’s easy to become spoiled with our 24/7 Dining Experience. We go beyond all-day dining so you can enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by our Executive Chef and a team of professionals any time of day or night. Since our quality of food and service must be experienced, we invite you to join us for lunch or dinner. Our chef is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar diets, and much more.

Our daily menu also incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet that fosters brain health. Our goal is that the MIND diet, in conjunction with our many Memory Care programs, will help hold off memory issues for as long as possible. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. Learn more about our Memory Care dining program and the MIND diet.

Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the five senses (taste, smell, vision, hearing, and touch) with the goal of evoking positive feelings. This innovative therapy can reduce tension, agitation, anxiety, depression, and anger which are common behavioral side

Our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Therapy enables residents to explore bucket list journeys and experiences they’ve always wanted to complete, all within the comfort of our community. With VR Therapy, your loved one can explore the Caribbean sea and virtually scuba dive with sting rays, or discover an untapped passion for music with VR first row seats to the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Whether it’s travel or new experiences your loved one seeks, our new, groundbreaking therapy can make almost any adventure dreams a virtual reality.

Our secured walking path and well-tended patio encourage a daily stroll. Residents can feel safe while enjoying the outdoor environment with a patio that features comfortable seating and beautiful views.

Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at The Haven is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the Person-Centered Care that they need. Our safe, nurturing environment and professional staff will support the wellness needs of your loved one. Take advantage of the full amenities of our community; your loved one can rest while socializing with team members and other residents. Contact us today to learn about the various levels of care available to our respite and short-term stay residents.

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Our one-time community fee helps fund expenses incurred in making your loved one’s suite move-in ready and keeping the community beautiful and comfortable for all our residents. There are no upfront buy-in fees to reserve future higher levels of care or long-term contracts. Cost of care may increase or decrease as a resident’s needs change and is subject to change due to periodic and transparent assessments completed by onsite nursing staff and partnered caregivers.

Personal Care Home and Secure Dementia Community, License # 449380

Through Sunshine Retirement Living’s partnership with eHealth, residents can research, compare and enroll in Medicare insurance plans that cover their doctors and prescription drugs. Residents can shop online or speak to one of eHealth’s licensed insurance agents over the phone by calling 844-833-5901 (TTY 711) or explore options online – click here opens a new window. There is never a cost to speak to an agent, and you are under no obligation to enroll in a health plan. eHealth’s mission is to help people find coverage that works for their personal needs.

Floor Plans

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Resident Activities at The Haven at North Hills

Weekly Physical Activities


– PM/NOC Moment
-‘Let’s Play Ball’


– Sit ‘n Be Fit
– ‘Would You Rather…?’
– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’


– Morning Workout
– ‘What Am I?
– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’


– Chair Exercise
– Patio Ponderings
– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’


– Stretch It Out
– Reminiscing
– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’


– ‘Cize It Up!’
– Patio Chit-Chats
– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’


– PM/NOC Moment
– ‘Let’s Play Ball’

Weekly Intellectual Activities


– 10:30 am ‘Artful Creations’ with Janet Huddleston
– ‘Alphabet Soup’
– Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune


– Match Game
– Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune


– Dice It Up!
– Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune


– Puzzle Me This
– Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune


– 12:00 pm Music Melodies with Wally Merriman
– Deal Me In!
– Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune


– Afternoon Matinee
– Gather ‘Round the Table


– Catholic Communion
– ‘Sunday Funnies’
– Cookies & Conversation

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learn more about our various daily activities: (412) 599-1032

Personal care – Elderly care – Pittsburgh, PA

A Haven for Those Experiencing Memory Challenges

One of the most troubling parts of aging is losing cognitive function, especially that associated with memory retention. Fortunately, there is senior care Pittsburgh that is ensuring people experiencing memory challenges due to age or conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and Lewy Body get the best in Pittsburgh retirement living. The Haven at North Hills, Pittsburgh’s leading senior 55 plus community, you and your family can rest assured that a highly-trained staff ensures the best memory care along with other types of personal care.

Challenges of Memory Care

There are several neurological disorders affecting people as they age. These disorders result in a loss of cognitive function. Perhaps the most traumatic of these neurological deficits is the loss of memories. For elderly folks struggling with the onset of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias, this is a very scary time. Many senior living Pittsburgh communities offer services helping seniors with personal care, but not memory care.

There are several reasons for this, but first among them is the science in memory care isn’t as easily applicable as that with personal care. Think of it this way – it’s fairly easy to care for a person’s anatomical needs (food, water, exercise) but even the most educated neurologists have vague theories on what causes conditions such as Alzheimer’s. This is where The Haven is different.

By offering a wide variety of intellectual activities, The Haven at North Hills understands the way to avoid intellectual regression is to constantly challenge and stimulate the mind. Similar to developing muscle and fitness in younger folks, the more something is used, the more reliable it becomes. Neurological science tells us when the brain is not stimulated, the connections used to process information, for lack of a better term, ossify. This process is part of the theory behind memory loss.

Ask yourself this – why is one person still “sharp” after all these years while another person isn’t as quick as they once were?

Focusing on the Brain

When looking into senior homes in Pittsburgh, the natural inclination is choosing places where folks can retire and have their basic needs tended to. But what about their intellectual needs? The Haven at North Hills created an intellectual stimulation program caring for the brain while the body is cared for. Please note, however, while this program may help with preserving memories and mental acuity, it is impossible to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia. These disorders get progressively worse over time. The goal is making the loss of memory less acute.

With that goal in mind at this particular all inclusive senior living Pittsburgh facility, the intellectual activities include arts and crafts along with challenging games like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. It may seem using game shows is a lazy way to accomplish mental acuity, but the opposite is true. Having the brain focused on games of recall keeps those “brain muscles” in shape. There are other programs at Alzheimer’s care Pittsburgh involving music too. Music is shown to help retain memories because as human beings, we are wired to think musically even if our singing ability isn’t the most desired at karaoke events.

Other activities include different types of games involving letters and numbers. These games are designed to keep memory sharp. The goal is making sure short term memory functions as well as long term memory. Sometimes, the focus on preserving long term memories comes at a cost of keeping the short term memory fluid. Fortunately, this Pittsburgh retirement community understands the needs of both memory types. The letter and number games ensure short term memory remains in shape with the long term memory.

Caring for Memory Decline

As stated earlier, no matter how intensive the treatment of these neurological disorders is, eventually the mind succumbs to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Having a caring, compassionate staff in Pittsburgh retirement apartments is important. There are several stages to this decline and it is important to have professionals who are patient and loving during these challenging times.

The Haven understands loss of mental acuity in many ways damages pride more profoundly than loss of physical dexterity. The staff at these senior homes in Pittsburgh views elder care as a calling and believes strongly that how to care for our elders reflects who we are as a society. To that end, The Haven at North Hills is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and caring environment for all elders in dementia care Pittsburgh.

There are many reasons why one should choose a particular retirement community. Choosing The Haven means there is a premium put on the intellectual care of an individual. The Haven at North Hills is where you go when you wish to make the most out of your time and keep your mind sharp.

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