As people get older, many of them begin to take a renewed interest in spiritual matters. Increased spirituality enhances relationships and overall quality of life. These are important issues for people who live in assisted living communities. Having access to worship services and support for understanding the meaning of life goes a long way towards healing the body, mind, and spirit. Many assisted living facilities have their roots in religious organizations. Others have added non-denominational worship services to minister to people of all faiths.
The First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton chartered Westminster Manor in 1954. Today, the Westminster Communities still serves seniors in independent living, assisted living, and nursing care programs in 18 communities throughout the state. Westminster Towers serves the Orlando community, where just one fee takes care of dining options, housekeeping services, and transportation. Residents can swim in the heated, outdoor swimming pool or spend time in the library or computer center. The state-of-the art fitness center keeps residents fit, and staff at the Health Resource Center assist with personal wellness. The facility’s transportation takes residents on errands and appointments and the security staff keeps them safe.
Orlando Lutheran Towers is a faith-based senior living community where they can get help with personal care and other activities of daily living. Attentive staff helps with housekeeping, laundry, and linen services. Nurses are on staff to help with medication management and wellness checks. Residents receive up to three meals daily. Scheduled transportation gets seniors out into the community or takes them to appointments. Residents have the flexibility to step down care to independent living or step up care to nursing care as their needs change, allowing them to age in place.
Good Samaritan Village is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. The program offers in-home, community based, and on-site senior living options. Good Samaritan offers programs that are flexible. Residents can purchase packaged living arrangements or purchase the amenities that they need on an a la carte basis. Staff is available all hours of the day and night to tend to the needs of residents. Licensed health care providers offer residents personal care assistance, health care assistance, and linkage to other supports.
Lutheran Haven is located just northeast of Orlando. Lutheran Haven was originally established as a retirement community for Lutheran pastors and other Lutheran church workers. Since then, the community has opened up to provide senior living services to members of all faiths. The facility includes skilled nursing home services, assisted living services, memory care, home health services, and short-term rehabilitation services. The program includes meals and transportation and offers a variety of living options.
The Jewish Pavilion is located in Altamonte Springs, just north of Orlando. This is not an on-site facility where Jewish people can live in assisted living. Rather, it’s a program where Jewish volunteers bring the Jewish connection to Jewish seniors who live in assisted living and other senior care facilities. The program sends volunteers to places where Jewish senior members of the community live, offering friendly visits, holiday celebrations, and other engaging programs.
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