Eldercare Overview

Meeting individuals' 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.

Living Well with Serious Illness
The Catholic Health Association developed this updated and refreshed guide to learn about the range of support that is available to patients and families to help them live as well as possible during serious illness. It is part of a series of publications that was created in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care to help people of all ages, backgrounds, religious traditions and beliefs make important decisions about serious illness and end-of-life care.

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CHA_SupportiveCare_CatholicTeachings_lowres_cover Teachings of the Catholic Church on Caring for People at the End of Life
The Catholic Health Association has developed this guide in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. It is based on frequently asked questions to help patients, families and clinicians think about end-of-life decisions regarding medical treatments and care. Although the guide reflects the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to people from any religious tradition.

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On-Demand Webinar Recordings

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

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