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What is Catholic Assisted Living?

It's important to find senior living communities that match your family's values and beliefs. And when faith is the backbone of your life, finding a Catholic retirement community that refects your beliefs is a priority. Today's senior living centers strive to provide services that meet seniors' medical needs and personal preferences, including spiritual well-being.

Catholic Assisted Living Services

Catholic assisted living communities offer long-term care for seniors who require assistance with everyday activities, such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some assisted living facilities resemble apartment buildings, while others might be built on multi-acre campuses or even be refurbished mansions. Residents can expect 24-hour supervision and security, basic housekeeping, social programs and activities, and access to medical services.

In Catholic assisted living facilities, residents can expect medical care that centers on the health needs of the patient and keeps with Catholic traditions.   

Religious Programs Often Include

  • Daily Holy Mass
  • Confessionals
  • Holy Communion (distributed to residents unable to attend Mass)
  • 24-hour chapels
  • Access to a local Catholic church
  • Events, classes and workshops (typically on spirituality, life transitions and scripture)

Cost of Catholic Assisted Living

  • A Place for Mom Catholic senior living communities: 4,500 (approx)
  • Average cost: $3,022 a month for assisted living; $230 a day for nursing homes (national median)

Finding Catholic Senior Living

If you're looking for a senior living facility that adheres to Catholic beliefs, you'll find one in most communities and every state. In fact, according to the  Catholic Health Association of the United States, assisted living and skilled nursing are core components in the continuum of Catholic health care. And Catholic facilities welcome people of all religious beliefs and backgrounds.

In addition to your loved one's health and spiritual priorities, your search for a Catholic assisted living community or Catholic nursing home should consider your overall sense of the facility. It should feel warm and welcoming, with a compassionate staff. Residents should be gracious and have good things to say about their home. Those feelings and that experience are what you'll want for your loved one.

Deciding on Catholic Senior Living

Finding a Catholic assisted living facility or Catholic nursing home takes careful consideration and research. Spend time touring your top assisted living choices. Meet with staff, ask questions and talk to residents if you can. The right assisted living facility will offer the care, amenities and comforts your loved one needs, and it will feel like home.

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