Catholic Health Care in San Francisco

Catholic Health Care in San Francisco

Seniors looking for Catholic assisted living in San Francisco won’t be disappointed. The city, named for St. Francis of Assisi by Spanish settlers, has an award-winning Catholic medical center, adult day care and Alzheimer’s day care services, and an assisted living and skilled nursing center that’s been part of the community for more than a century. Whether you need a little help with daily life or regular medical care, San Francisco’s Catholic tradition of service gives you lots of choices.

Home health and independent living services in San Francisco

The Adult Day Services/Alzheimer’s Day Resource Center, run by Catholic Charities of San Francisco, gives caregivers a respite while providing safe, interesting activities for seniors with dementia and those who would otherwise be spending their days alone. Typical activities include gentle exercise, current events discussions, hot lunches, games, and weekly pet therapy visits. The center, in the Oceanview neighborhood, can help families coordinate transportation via San Francisco Paratransit Services.

Another Catholic Charities facility, the OMI Senior Center in Merced Heights, offers day care for a mixed group of seniors and other adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, arts, day trips, and fitness along with daily hot lunches. Personalized case management services are provided on-site.

Other free and discounted senior programming is available through St. Mary’s Medical Center. In addition to leading-edge health care (see below), St. Mary’s runs free weekly gentle yoga classes, blood pressure screenings, feature film screenings, and diabetic education sessions. The hospital also sponsors a weekly mall-walking group at the Stonestown Galleria for fitness and social time. Seniors can also drop by the St. Mary’s Cafeteria on weekdays for discounted breakfasts and lunches.

Bay Area Catholic senior housing

Residents of the Edith Witt Senior Community in the South of Market area get affordable rent, on-site primary health care, and comprehensive case management services provided by Catholic Charities. Edith Witt is one of about 20 affordable Bay Area senior housing communities run by Mercy Housing, a national group founded by Omaha’s Sisters of Mercy.

St. Anne’s Home is an assisted living and long-term skilled nursing community run by San Francisco’s Little Sisters of the Poor. Onsite therapy services, a beauty salon, daily religious services, and a prime location next to the Presidio make St. Anne’s an appealing option for ambulatory seniors who can no longer live at home.

Award-winning Catholic medical care in San Francisco

Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, just east of Golden Gate Park, is among the top hospitals in the nation for:

  • Stroke care
  • Heart failure treatment
  • Critical care
  • Pneumonia treatment
  • Women’s health
  • Total hip replacement surgery and other orthopedic care
  • And gastrointestinal care

St. Mary’s also operates Sister Mary Philippa Health Center next door, which provides reduced and no-cost medical, social, and pharmacy services to the community. Other St. Mary’s offerings include an acute rehabilitation center, a skilled nursing facility, outpatient therapy services, and pain-management teams that include a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and chaplain.

Keeping up with the San Francisco Catholic community

Catholic San Francisco, the newspaper of the archdiocese, helps readers stay in the loop about local, national, and global Catholic events. Paper subscriptions, digital access, and Spanish-language editions are available through local parishes and online.

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Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.


  1. David R, Jackson June 19, 2018 Reply

    Hello, I and my wife are 68 years old living in the East Bay City of El Cerrito, Ca., I am a Vietnam veteran,receiving VA health care. My lawyer is working on VA compensation,We will have a court hearing in 3 months. I had a stroke 3 years ago, I am on stroke related medication. I am a retire U.S. Postal employee.My wife are looking for a affordable senior housing in SF or the SF bay area.
    I and my wife hope Catholic Charities can work with us with our limited income,until I secure VA Monthly compensation this year.
    I hope someone there is a place in your senior community for me and my wife.Please call anytime ,we will be waiting for your call or email.
    Thank You, David Jackson

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