Washington D.C. is a very diverse city, and among the residents, there is a large population of Catholics. Seniors in DC are fortunate to have access to a number of programs and services specific to Catholics, thanks in part to the efforts of the Archdiocese of Washington and the local Washington D.C. chapter of Catholic Charities. These organizations and other nonprofits in the area provide seniors with services in and outside the home including nursing homes, in-home care, meal delivery, and medical care options. Seniors also have access to programs like hospice care, transportation services, and assistance from social workers.
Catholic Charities Washington D.C. offers several programs that could provide assistance to seniors in the area. Their outreach in the community includes free medical care and access to clinics that offer English and Spanish speaking staff to provide care and diagnose illnesses as well as food assistance and housing programs for low-income individuals who need help.
Seniors looking to socialize with like-minded peers can look for programs at local faith-based organizations, like the YMCA. The Christian organization offers programs specifically for seniors at their area locations, including their “Fit and Well” program that serves over 5,000 area seniors and provides land and water based exercise classes, health and lifestyle assessments, and social clubs free of charge.
Many churches in the area also offer services specific to seniors. For example, St. Augustine Catholic Church offers a Health and Homebound ministry where volunteers in the Parish visit homebound seniors and can help to arrange transportation to and from mass, or offer communion in the home. Nativity Catholic Church is another example, offering a Senior Advisory Committee that meets to plan activities and improve the spiritual well being of senior members of the Parish.
Providence Hospital in Northeast Washington D.C. and their other primary care and specialized service locations throughout the community are part of Ascension Health System, the largest nonprofit Catholic health system in the nation. In addition to emergency hospital services, the health group offers primary medical care, senior wellness care, nursing and rehabilitative care, as well as a variety of specialized care for medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular, and cancer care.
Seniors who need additional care and who are looking for nursing home options have several Catholic-friendly choices in Washington D.C..
Caroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is part of the Ascension Health System and an award-winning nursing home property in the area. In addition to providing a very high level of skilled nursing care, residents also enjoy a daily mass at 11 a.m. each morning at the on-site chapel as well as access to Pastoral Care to support their spiritual well being.
Sacred Heart Nursing Home is located just outside of Washington D.C. in Hyattsville Maryland delivers Roman Catholic services daily and has an on-site chaplain who is available to visit seniors who aren’t able to leave their rooms. The five-star rated facility offers health care, social worker services, and care planning services to residents.
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