Friendship Village of South Hills Announces Plans for $39 Million Expansion

Category: Community

Friendship Village of South Hills announces plans for a major expansion to meet the changing needs of the area population. Friendship Village of South Hills currently features 297 residential living apartment homes and carriage homes, and a variety of services and amenities. As part of its Life Care agreement, the community also provides a continuum of health care services and accommodations. The $39.5 million expansion plans to add a new building with 50 new assisted living apartments, 32 memory support suites and various amenities and wellness services.

“The continued expansion of Friendship Village of South Hills allows us to serve additional area seniors and provide an even greater level of care and hospitality,” said Bryan Welty, executive director of Friendship Village of South Hills.

“One of the greatest values of the Life Care agreement is the promise to provide residents with care when needed,” said Ann Walsh, Senior Vice President of Operations for Lifespace Communities, Friendship Village of South Hills’ parent company. “Our health center is a key component to provide skilled nursing and rehab services, and with the addition of assisted living and memory support, our team will be able to care for residents at their highest level of independence and meet growing demands.”

According to a 2016 report from the Alzheimer’s Association, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is projected to climb by nearly 19% and affect 320,000 older adults in the Keystone state by 2025. Currently, an estimated 270,000 adults age 65+ living in Pennsylvania have Alzheimer’s.

“We look forward to offering residents more choices, more customized care and health services, and greater support for families of residents,” said Welty. “And we look forward to the impact it will make on the greater Pittsburgh area with the jobs it will create when construction starts on the new building and, eventually, the additional permanent jobs at Friendship Village to provide the expanded services.”

Construction on the $39.5 million expansion project is slated to begin in summer of 2017.