Eldercare Overview

Meeting individual's needs through all the seasons of life is part of the mission of Catholic health care. Serving the elderly and those who are chronically ill is an essential part of our ministry. Catholic-sponsored health organizations provide a broad spectrum of professional services, including acute and primary care, nursing home, medical and social day care, home health, senior housing and assisted living, counseling and case management.

CHA is committed to helping its members:

  • Provide holistic, person-centered, high-quality care
  • Respond compassionately to the needs of aged and chronically ill persons
  • Work collaboratively with others holding similar values to offer a continuum of services
  • Integrate and coordinate care across settings for continuity of care
  • Provide a workplace where the value of each staff member is respected
  • Advocate for just public policies

Upcoming Events

Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for a full listing of upcoming events.

Avila Institute of Gerontology Virtual Conference
Oct. 11-13, 2021
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AHA Age-Friendly Action Community 2021-2022 Recruitment
Age-Friendly health care is an urgent need. There are more than 46 million Americans age 65 and over, and that number is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. To continue to work towards AHA's commitment to improving the health of people at every life stage and in communities across the country, AHA  is currently recruiting teams from hospital-based, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings to join the next Age-Friendly Action Community, convening this September. This seven-month virtual learning collaborative supports teams to reliably implement the 4M's evidence-based framework for the care of older adults (Mobility, Mentation, Medication, and What Matters). The benefits of joining the Action Community can be found in our invitation guide.

Hospitals and health systems can enroll by completing this registration form.

For more on Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of the John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the AHA and Catholic Health Association of the United States, please visit our webpage or email ahaactioncommunity@aha.org with inquiries.



Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative and Hospice Care:
Caring Even When We Cannot Cure

This new palliative care guide from CHA assists patients, families, physicians, nurses and caregivers with decisions about serious illness and end-of-life care. CHA developed the guide in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care and with the Supportive Care Coalition, a national coalition of Catholic health ministries that advances excellence in palliative care. Although the guide reflects the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information can be helpful to people from any religious tradition. 

Download the PDF (English | Spanish)
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End-of-Life Ethics Guides

End-of-Life Ethics Guides These ethics publications, available in English and Spanish, are designed to help patients, families and caregivers think about end-of-life decisions and prepare an advance health care directive. CHA has developed these in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. Although a reflection of the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to persons from any religious tradition.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes
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Teachings of the Catholic Church: Caring for People at the End of Life
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On-Demand Webinar Recordings

New Video! Hear about how Catholic Charities USA of St Louis is reaching out to seniors through programs and services.
Part of a joint response to Old Age — Our Future

New Video! Hear from seniors about their pandemic experiences and growing older.
Part of Old Age — Our Future

St. Paul Elder Services Documentary on Life in Their LTC Facility During the Pandemic


Reflection for National Skilled Care Nursing Week


Prayer for National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Aging Services COVID-19 Resources


Advocating Greater Partnerships to Care for Elderly

Improving the Lives of Older Adults through Faith Community Partnerships: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit
This 25-page booklet makes the case for greater partnership between health care organizations and faith communities in service to the elder populations they serve. It provides examples of current partnerships, suggestions for how to get started and shares relevant websites and resources. The document’s use is recommended for community benefit professionals, population health leaders, mission leaders, Faith Community Nurse coordinators at health systems and Faith Community Nurses.
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Other CHA Eldercare Resources

 

Elders and Faith Community Partnerships webinar (May 5, 2017)

View the recording online
Download the PowerPoint Presentation