Proximity to grandchildren and family, access to healthcare services and a welcoming atmosphere are just a few of the reasons for selecting one senior living community over another. Yet, not to be overlooked is whether spiritual needs will be met by the community. A number of senior living providers recognize the importance of fulfilling their residents' spirituality needs. This can take the form of offering on-site chapel services, serving Kosher meals or hosting visiting pastors. Some communities were even founded and operated by religious organizations to address the unmet needs of seniors who require care as they age.
What this means for seniors is they can now include their faith as one of their selection criteria when comparing senior living communities. In her article, "Finding Faith at a Senior Living Community," Joan London describes how one senior made her decision to move. Margery Friedstein also discovered the holiday traditions were alive and well in her community, and highlights this in her post, "Christmas is in the Air."
Seniors interested in locating faith-based communities will find the following lists that SeniorHomes has compiled helpful in their search for the right home.