Tucson is a community with a significant population of Catholics, making it an excellent place for Catholic seniors to retire. Home to the Diocese of Tucson, as well as the home office for the Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona branch, Tucson offers residents dozens of programs and services to enhance their spiritual well-being. Combined with prominent Catholic health care organizations, seniors can find resources and programs for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in the city. Whether you’re searching for socialization opportunities, a hot meal, housing options, or medical care, you’ll find what faith-based options in Tucson.
Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona provides ministry to the community in many different ways, including several different programs that serve seniors. The non-profit provides a hot meal Monday through Friday to seniors ages 60 and older at a congregate meal site in the city. Seniors need to register to participate, and transportation may be available for qualified individuals.
Seniors who are unable to leave the home can request to have five weekly meals delivered two times per week at no charge. The in-home delivery service is available to seniors ages 60 and older and who meet the economic requirements. Seniors who are unable to travel for ministry, such as those in nursing homes or who are homebound, can participate in the St. Jeanne Jugan Ministry With Elders program. Through the ministry, volunteers from the church will visit those unable to travel to administer Holy Communion, prayer and continue to foster a sense of connection with the Church.
Tucson seniors looking for Catholic health care in the area are in luck, there are several providers who can meet all your needs. Carondelet Health Network is the area’s largest Catholic healthcare system, and they have hospital locations on both the east and west end of the city. Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital serves those in eastern Tucson and surrounding communities, and Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital provides services to seniors out west. Seniors have access to many health services, including emergency and primary care with doctors trained in geriatric specialities, as well as specialized services like cardiac, diabetic, orthopedic, and rehabilitative care.
Seniors searching for housing options have a wide variety to choose from in Tucson. Catholic Community Services operates two separate senior housing complexes for low-income seniors in the city, Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing and Casitas on East Broadway. In order to apply, residents need to be age 62 or older and meet federal guidelines for housing assistance. Seniors in need of more in-depth care can look for a facility with spiritual amenities like the Life Care Center of Tucson. Here, you’ll have access to a continuum of care including assisted living and skilled nursing care, as well as a variety of amenities and services. Residents have access to an on-site chapel, a resident chaplain, and can take advantage of the Catholic Community Services programs to have mass delivered to them on site.
There are dozens of housing options in Tucson. To find your perfect fit log onto SeniorAdvisor.com and search for properties that match your needs in the area.
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