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Find the Right Catholic Assisted Living Community

It's important to find an assisted living community that match your family's values and beliefs. And when faith is the backbone of your life, finding a the right asssited living 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 provide 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.

Common Features Include

  • 24-hour supervision and security
  • Basic housekeeping and trash pick-up
  • Social programs and activities
  • Access to medical care and services
  • Fitness rooms and exercise programs
  • Full-service dining rooms
  • Transportation to appointments, shopping and other errands
  • Gardens and walking trails
  • Media rooms, libraries, and pools

At Catholic nursing homes and in assisted living, residents can expect medical care that centers on the health needs of the patient and keeps with Catholic traditions. These communities emphasize care and support for the mind, body and spirit. 

Common Catholic Programs 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

Many Catholic assisted living facilities will also host recreational events and outings that encourage residents to gather together and socialize.

Cost of Catholic Assisted Living

  • Number of U.S. Catholic senior living communities: 4,500
  • Average cost: $3,022 a month for assisted living; $230 a day for nursing homes (national median)

Costs for Catholic assisted living vary based on the residence size, types of services and other factors. In general, assisted living is a more affordable option than in-home or nursing home care because it includes rent, food, utilities, health monitoring, security, housekeeping, maintenance and more. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), many communities provide financial assistance, and 41 states offer waivers for low-income residents.

Finding Catholic Senior Living

Today's senior living centers strive to provide services that focus on a senior's medical and spiritual needs. While medical care is a priority in choosing a Catholic assisted living community or nursing home, you should also consider environment. The right assisted living facility will feel warm and welcoming, and you'll find friendly residents and a compassionate staff. Be sure to pay attention to both the facility's services and your overall sense of the living experience it provides.

Before you choose a Catholic assisted living facility or Catholic nursing home, do your research. Visit your top assisted living choices, meet with staff and talk to residents. The process takes time, but it will help you make a more informed decision. Often, the best choice in an assisted living facility will meet your loved ones medical and personal preferences and feel most like home.

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