Chicago offers a wide variety of senior care services, including Catholic care services to those who need them. Basic help, such as providing meals, and more comprehensive care options, like rehabilitation, are available. The local Catholic Charities and several other organizations are available to meet an abundance of senior needs.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago have a special Senior Services section with a mission to provide compassion and care to seniors. The main goal is to help seniors live independent lives in their own homes, with regular help from a service member who is trained to assist. They may handle housekeeping, provide adult day services for those with Alzheimer’s, deliver meals, and offer case management plans. There is also both a hospital transition program and senior employment program available for those who require the extra assistance.
The Illinois Catholic Health Association is comprised of volunteers willing to help in any way they can within the Catholic community. This includes providing senior care services and resources to elderly members of the church. Over 95 percent of the Catholic agencies and hospitals in the area are part of the ICHA. In order to discuss services, seniors may call the organization at (312) 368-0011.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States provides elder care services to members. This is done in a variety of ways, depending on what each person requires at the time of care. Some need minimal assistance, while others need more comprehensive care. Several of the services include:
• finding senior housing
• home health care
• acute care
• primary care
• day care
The Franciscan Ministries are sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. An abundance of community services are provided by members, including assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation. They have several nursing homes and facilities located throughout Illinois, with one focused in Chicago. St. Joseph Village offers one and two bedroom apartment homes, a full-service dining area, on-site beauty shop, and much more. Residents staying at St. Joseph receive optimal care and the services they need. Hospice care, on-staff nurses, transportation, and a variety of activities are included at the facility.
The City of Chicago is an important resource for senior citizens. Their website provides full details of satellite senior centers in the area. Each center is designed to assist those living within the specific community surrounding it. Each one can be contacted Monday through Friday during regular daytime business hours to discuss services and options. The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, Garfield Ridge Senior Satellite, and Portage Park Satellite Senior Center are just a few options available.
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