North Florida is home to thousands of Catholics, and Jacksonville specifically has a large senior Catholic population. Not only are there programs and services available to seniors through the nearby Diocese of St. Augustine as well as the local Jacksonville chapter of Catholic Charities, but there is also a robust Catholic healthcare system that offers medical, nursing home, rehabilitative, and in-home care options in the area. The combination of these programs and others offered through local churches and not for profits give seniors access to everything they need for many health care options in Jacksonville.
Catholic Charities of Jacksonville provides assistance to the community in a number of ways, and some may be of interest to seniors. Their JEA Neighbor to Neighbor Program collects donations that are used to help the elderly in the area pay for utility bills if they are in danger of having their utilities disconnected. Their Food Program and Emergency Assistance Program are also available to seniors, offering food and emergency housing to those in need or who may face homelessness without assistance. The Diocese of St. Augustine administers a housing program that includes five local properties. Eligible seniors will be ages 62 or older and meet the income requirements to apply.
Seniors also have access to a variety of programs and services through the local Jacksonville senior centers. Services include things like a daily hot lunch, homemaker assistance, transportation to and from the senior center, as well as on-site activities like exercise classes, card games, and other social opportunities.
St. Vincent’s Healthcare in north Florida is part of the nation’s largest nonprofit Catholic health system, Ascension Health System. St. Vincent’s includes three area hospital locations, as well as dozens of primary care providers, two urgent care locations, and one nursing home in Jacksonville. Through the health care system, seniors have access to primary and emergency medical care, as well as an array of specialized services including cancer, cardiopulmonary, cardiac, and rehabilitative care. Seniors searching for skilled nursing care in a Catholic nursing home setting have several options in Jacksonville.
St. Catherine’s Laboure Manor provides short-term rehabilitative care, long-term care, and hospice care to residents in one of the largest care facilities in the area. Residents have access to a variety of actives and services, including rehabilitation and social workers, as well as on-site pastoral care to serve their spiritual needs.
Cross Care Care Center, formerly All Saints Nursing Home operated by the Diocese of St. Augustine, is a skilled nursing facility in the city that offers a variety of unique therapy options of residents. Included in their amenities and services are spirituality services, art and music therapies, as well as award-winning staff who offer one-to-one care for residents.
Jacksonville has many highly-rated senior living options in the area. Log onto SeniorAdvisor.com to search for choices in the city to find one that matches what you’re searching for.
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