Oklahoma City is home to a large number of Catholic residents, and seniors especially have access to faith-based programs and services. Through the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the local chapter of Catholic Charities, as well as other churches and nonprofits in the area, seniors can find in-home services, medical care, and nursing home options for Catholics in the area. Hospice services, social workers, and even transportation services are also available in Oklahoma City.
Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City offers a number of programs and services that may be of interest to seniors in the area. Their Faith Community Health Ministry provides care to the sick and frail while trying to heal them physically, emotionally and spiritually, and can also help find health care resources for seniors in need of assistance.
They also offer the St. Joseph’s Counseling program where seniors who are referred through their Parish can receive short-term counseling for free to help sort through issues. This can be helpful for seniors and their family if they are making the decision to move into a nursing home, or if they have been diagnosed with a life-ending illness and need guidance.
Finally, Catholic Charities also runs two separate senior housing properties in the city, Villa Isenbart, and Trinity Gardens. Seniors with a low-income can apply to live in the subsidized housing communities if they are age 62 or older, and meet the HUD income requirements.
Seniors can also look to local churches for programs to support and enrich their lives. For example, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church offers a “Young at Heart” social group for adults ages 50 and up, and also coordinates a Mobile Meals program that delivers hot meals to homebound seniors every Friday as part of their ministry.
Mercy Health Care is the seventh largest Catholic healthcare system in the country. The network consists of over 45 hospitals, 700 outpatient facilities and physical practices, and provides care to patients in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City facility was named “Best Medical Facility” for six consecutive years, and the healthcare system offers inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitative, and in-home care.
Seniors looking for a place to live can begin by reaching out to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. They own and operate both the St. Ann Retirement Center and the St. Ann Nursing home, offering seniors both independent and skilled nursing living options with a strong backbone of a faith-based community.
Catholic Charities also operates two senior living communities in the city, Villa Isenbart, and Trinity Gardens. There are waiting lists and eligibility criteria for both properties, so be sure to apply for consideration.
These are just a few of the living and care options available to seniors in Oklahoma City. For a complete listing of independent living, skilled nursing, and memory care options in the city, visit SeniorAdvisor.com and search for a property that meets your needs.
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