For many senior citizens of the Catholic faith, living in Catholic retirement communities provides them with the care and services necessary to fulfill their physical and spiritual needs.
Retirement Communities of the Catholic Faith
Catholic faith-based retirement communities include a number of different housing options ranging from low-income, managed apartments to continuing-care retirement communities. The Catholic group, agency or organization that runs each individual retirement community depends on its location and the type of community. Several examples of groups and organizations that run or sponsor Catholic retirement communities include:
- Individual Catholic Archdioceses and Dioceses
- The Sisters of Mercy
- The Alexian Brothers - an apostolic Catholic order
- Catholic Charities
- Catholic Community Services - Catholic Housing Services
- Catholic health systems such as Catholic Health East, which includes Mercy Medical, with five unique retirement communities
- Not-for-profit corporations such as Catholic Continuing Care Retirement Communities Inc., owner of St. George Village, managed by Westly Woods Senior Living
The Spiritual Aspect
Retirement communities for Catholics provide the spiritual support that many seniors want in their later years. Many continuing care retirement communities have a church, chapel or both on their grounds, providing a place for prayer, meditation and for holding Mass. Other retirement communities are located next to, or in close proximity to, a Catholic church.
Most Catholic faith retirement communities welcome people of various faiths as residents. The communities often provide additional services for other religions.
Catholic Retirement Communities
The following Catholic retirement communities are a sampling of the many located throughout the United States.
The Alexian Brothers Catholic Retirement Village of Tennessee
Located near Signal Mountain and Chattanooga, the Alexian Village is a vast community providing for their residents every need throughout the aging process. For seniors wanting to live an independent and active lifestyle, the community offers many different housing options and floor plans, including studio apartments and apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. In addition to the beautiful scenic grounds, fitness programs and indoor and outdoor pools, Alexian Village offers residents a wide range of social and recreational activities and opportunities to travel.
For community residents that are no longer able to live independently, the Alexian Village provides:
- Assisted living at the Alexian Inn
- Memory care at the Alexian Brothers Valley Residence
- Skilled health and nursing care at the Health Care Center
Alexian Court - Low Income Apartments
The Alexian Court apartments located in the historic and renovated St. Elmo Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, provide affordable housing for senior citizens aged 62 or older with low to moderate income. In most cases, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidizes the apartments. The residents do not have access to any amenities at the Alexian Village or the Alexian Brothers Senior Neighbors Community Center.
Milwaukee Catholic Home
The Milwaukee Catholic Home is a continuing retirement community dedicated to the care of the seniors living there. The community includes:
- Independent living apartments
- Assisted living facilities
- A Special Care Unit for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia
The facility includes many amenities including:
- Dining room
- Meeting room
- Solarium with an aviary
- Fitness center
- Computer center
- Guest room for overnight guests
- Convenience store
- Beauty shop
- Dental office
- Wellness clinic
- Chauffeur service
- Recreational activities
Living in a Catholic retirement community provides residents with the opportunity to practice their faith without having to worry about traveling to a church. In addition, faith-based retirement communities offer all of the additional care that seniors need, whether in the form of centralized services, assisted living facilities, or full-fledged nursing home care.