Over the past few months, I have shared with you some basic information about Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities. I have discussed certain differences between these facilities, such as the level of care and the amenities that are provided for the elderly and the ill. I have also mentioned that when it comes to singling out the proper place of residence for our loved ones, we can never be too cautious and it is totally acceptable to get fussy and even a bit nitpicky! After all, it is the senior’s comfort and well-being that is at stake. When selecting a Nursing Home or an Assisted Living Community for our elderly relative, we tend to make the decision based on the variety of amenities and services that the facility offers. Whereas the utmost importance is the quality of medical services, standards for foodservice, the excellence of accommodation and friendliness of the staff. Of course, all of these aspects are absolutely crucial, and I do not mean to belittle their significance, but have you ever wondered what would make your relative truly happy?
For many people, especially seniors, faith may be the focal point of life. It is what gives meaning and brings them true happiness. Attending daily masses and worship services could be often an important inherent part of the seniors’ lives, and I believe it is key that they should not resign from it when moving into assisted living. That is why it is worth considering placing the elderly relative in a Catholic Senior Home. Note, while this discussion stresses the Catholic point of view, please understand that non–Catholics are certainly welcome.
Catholic nursing homes allow residents to incorporate faith into their daily lives. The centers provide a spiritual environment that enables the seniors to interact with other residents who may or may not share their faith. The easy access to a Catholic Church and the opportunity to participate in group prayers and daily mass services could be crucial for a Catholic when selecting the proper living facility.
Moreover, our facility is adapted to accommodate seniors with different needs and levels of care. Whether the person is suffering from a chronic disease that requires constant medical supervision or basic assistance in completing daily activities, the Catholic Senior Home is the right place to be!
There are numerous Catholic Assisted Living Centers across the United States which offer their services to those seeking to spend the autumn years of their lives in a religious community. We are very happy to present to you ST. JOSEPH’S SENIOR HOME which has been operated by the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbridge, New Jersey since 1981. Our Home has two beautiful chapels where daily Holy Masses are celebrated. In addition, it offers a variety of religious services, such as Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross and Crowning of Mary, etc.
The chapels are always open to residents for prayers and reflection and the Chaplain is available to serve with Sacraments at any time. The sacraments include the Holy Communion, Confession, and Anointing of the Sick. The staff, the sisters and the residents share a special bond that resembles one of a close family. The Sisters always remember the families, staff, and residents in their prayers and Holy Masses.
The decision to place an elderly relative in a living facility is a very difficult one. The daily life of the senior changes drastically, and it may cause a lot of stress and worries. It is crucial that we make this transition process as smooth as possible. Catholic Community Centers will enable seniors to retain their dignity.