During the course of a lifetime, most people strive to achieve financial stability and wealth. It’s common for people to set life goals for themselves and attach milestones at certain age thresholds. Perhaps they wish to own a home by age 25, take an exotic vacation by age 30, reach a certain level of income by age 40, and enhance retirement planning by age 50.
As the senior years get closer, priorities often change. Many people are looking less toward material things and more towards intellectual and spiritual things. The later stages of life often become a time for finding true happiness in the final stages of life and leaving a legacy for those they will someday leave behind. Toronto Catholics will appreciate using health services that support their faith. See the resources that follow.
Catholic Health Association of Ontario is home to some of Canada’s largest, most prestigious and internationally acclaimed centers of medical excellence. Catholic Health Care administers hospitals and medical clinics that offer tertiary diagnosis, treatment, education, research, non-academic acute care providers, nursing homes, eldercare, rehabilitation, continuing complex care, mental health and addiction services, community programming, and palliative care. The program operates 29 Ontario Catholic health providers in all areas of Ontario.
There are four health providers in southwestern Ontario, including Hotel Die-Grace Hospital Windsor, St. Joseph’s Health Services of Chatham, Inc., St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and St. Joseph’s Hospice Resource Centre of Lambton.
Catholic Charities of Toronto provides social services for the sick, the disabled and the elderly. Catholic Charities has four member agencies that service seniors in Toronto. Here’s a breakdown of their programs:
LA Centre for Active Living is a facility that provides assistive living and independent living. The programs are highly affordable for seniors.
Les Centres d’Accueil Heritage serves French speaking Canadians with assistance with housing for the sick, the elderly, and disabled individuals. They also have adult day programs for frail seniors that have physical and cognitive impairments. Senior citizens may participate in recreational and social activities at the center.
Providence Healthcare is a healthcare center that provides rehabilitation, palliative care, long-term care, and community programs.
Society of Sharing is a social service program that helps seniors and adults with disabilities become active in their community so they don’t become isolated and vulnerable.
St. Demetrius Development Corporation is a senior apartment development for Ukrainian Catholics. Seniors age 65 and over may apply to live in this 15 story high-rise apartment building with 259 apartments. Low income seniors are encouraged to apply for subsidized rent. The building is close to medical offices, shopping, restaurants, and public transportation. Medical services such as a laboratory, physiotherapy, and x-ray services are a short ride away. There is a small grocery store on site. Seniors can eat a free daily lunch and take exercise classes. Catholic mass is offered on Wednesdays in the chapel and at the neighboring church of St. Demetrius. Services are conducted in English and Ukrainian. Seniors can also work a garden plot on the property if they wish.
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