Many seniors draw closer to their faith as they get older. Practicing Catholicism gives many seniors a sense of family and familiarity. Being surrounded by caregivers that share their faith and religious practices helps to improve their mood and outlook on life. When seniors have the ability to get out of their homes and attend religious services, it gives their lives a deeper meaning and offers them an outlet for socializing.
Catholic Charities has five Centers for Excellence. The organization is combining them under one roof in the capital city of Sante Fe in a new building called Casa de Corazon, to better serve the citizens of New Mexico. For decades, Catholic Charities has been a staple of the community in Albuquerque that helps immigrants, refugees, children and families. Seniors can receive adult education, food assistance, and transportation.
Social workers at Catholic Charities can help seniors make application for public housing at Hibernian House. This facility is located in downtown Albuquerque and is designated as safe, affordable housing for low-income senior citizens. Senior citizens will not be expected to pay any more than 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards rent and have the option of paying a flat rent. Hibernian House offers on-site senior case management services.
Catholic Charities works in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque to connect seniors with six senior centers, two multigenerational centers, and four sports and fitness centers.
Catholic Charities provides transportation for seniors to medical appointments and to do their grocery shopping.
University of New Mexico Hospital has two chapels right inside the hospital for patients. Chapels are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for patients, families, and staff. The chapels provide a quiet place where patients and visitors can meditate, pray, or unwind with a little quiet time. The Zimmerman Chapel is conveniently located on the first floor of the main hospital near the main elevators. The chapel holds a Catholic mass every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30am. The BBRP Meditation Room is located off the lobby of the BBRP. The chapels will hold memorial services upon request.
The hospital also has a Catholic services program where Lay Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to patients and their family members and pray with them. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are responsible to the Priest Chaplain and the Director of Pastoral Care, who also arrange for pastoral visitation.
Christus St. Vincent provides a full range of care in clinics and in hospitals. It is a Catholic-based, non-profit program. St. Vincent’s Hospital is the only Level III Trauma Center in northern New Mexico. The hospital has over 380 medical providers on staff and the program covers 34 specialties. This hospital offers advisors for seniors on low incomes or fixed incomes to help them plan to pay for expensive medical care. Counselors will assess the patient’s financial status to see if they qualify for the charity care program where they can get financial help for paying for medical bills.
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