I need a place like catholic eldercare, MN in California for my Mom. Any advice?

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Primary diagnosis-bypass surgery+complications. Schizoaffective-controlled by meds. Very ALIVE. Makes friends-love friends. Please only respond after you have reviewed the website- called Catholic Eldercare-skillied nursing facility. Need comparable site.

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Lisa

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Lisa, you didn't say where in CA you needed a facility, but I did find this place in Los Angeles: http://www.nazarethhouse.org/aboutus.html. Also maryhealth in Newbury Park, CA. These two are CLEARLY Catholic, unlike the dozens of others I found listed in yellow page or general listings such as APlaceForMom which, while listed under Catholic facilities, certainly are NOT in the sense that I think you mean. They probably choose to list under "Catholic" because they provide some support, such as visits by a priest, or periodic Mass, etc. but more likely simply because they admit people without regard to faith or creed. But if you insist on "Catholic traditions" IMO it's very unlikely you will find them at any facility that is not affiliated with the Catholic Church. Here's a more general resource source, with a number for you to call to get guidance on Catholic or Christian nursing homes in specific locations: guidetonursinghomes/nursing-homes/christian-nursing-homes.html. Good luck and God go with you.

However -- I truly do not mean to be unkind, Lisa, and I am very new to this site myself -- but I don't have any idea whether you would consider these facilities "comparable" to theCatholic Eldercare Minnesota. AND I don't think (m)any respondents would do the research you virtually demanded in your question. Only YOU can tell whether a particular facility is comparable to the one you obviously like in Minnesota. In addition to services available, the location of the facility and of other family members (there really needs to be a family member in the same city as the NH who will be "boots on the ground"!!! ), things like costs and length of stay and urgency of need to enter, etc. are all going to enter into what you think is suitable. Finding a place for Mom is a big responsibility and will take quite a bit of time. What folks here can and will do, I think, is to suggest factors by which you can narrow your search or give you other general suggestions. This is real work; and I hope you will ask ask others in your family (not just siblings) to help you search on line. Or perhaps some of your friends at church or some of your mother's friends who are comfortable on line can do the preliminary research for you and come up with a specific list of places for you to research further. Rather than say "look at this and find something comparable", it would be most helpful the people you find to assist you if you listed the features you thought were critical and those you thought were "nice to have" in a facility as well as how much your mother will have available to spend. Actually, you'll need to arrive at such a list even if you do this all on your own. So look as many places on line as you can see what about each one strikes you as "must haves" (private room?) or what you think Mom could do without (indoor pool?) Good luck and God go with you on your journey.
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http://www.aplaceformom.com/catholic-senior-living/california/san-diego
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Dear Lisa -- sounds as if you have a project! One word of advice from someone who has been in your place. My mother INSISTED on going to a Catholic assisted living facility. There were none at all in my state but there was one in each of the cities where my two sisters live. Mom picked one and WAS THERE LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS BEFORE IT WAS SOLD TO A FOR PROFIT FIRM, a sale that HAD to have been in the works when my mother applied. The one she lives in was previously owned by a religious order; the one she did not go to is owned by the Diocese of Kansas City. Although I THINK one might expect less volatility of ownership in facilities owned by a diocese as compared to those owned by religious orders but I have no empirical evidence for that assumption. My point is CHANGE HAPPENS! Try to convince her/be convinced yourself that the best facility for her doesn't necessarily have to be Catholic as it won't necessarily stay that way! At least INCLUDE OTHER facilities in your search/evaluation, perhaps with an emphasis on not-for-profit. Those associated with other churches will have elder care as their MISSION just as much as a Catholic facility would. And I think even most for-profit facilities provide weekly Mass (probably not on Sunday) and another communion service. The priest/parish that is local to whatever facility your Mom is in and/or that church's Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist will certainly bring your mother communion on a regular basis and may have a ministry within the church with members who would visit or take your Mom to Mass if/when she is able. With the shortage of women going in to religious life and a dearth of priests, the days are long gone when one could expect to have dear sweet nuns hovering over and providing care. I live in independent living in an Episcopal home and while I feel sure that the employees in our ALF, skilled nursing and memory care units are selected as carefully as possible for their wish to provide compassionate service, I promise you they are not all Episcopalians or even church-going. Catholic facilities draw from the same labor pool as non-Catholic ones...the issue is whether the management/ownership of the facility sees compassionate service as a "mission" not just another job. I'm saying a prayer for your Mom and family. Good luck and angels watch over you all!
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I know that there are Catholic assisted living/nursing homes in San Pedro, CA, and Duarte, CA. I believe in the Santa Monica, CA area also. BUT - they may be full, they may not take your Mom's insurance and you would need to be private pay, or there may be other complications related to her being accepted. Nursing homes, per se, are not a mission of the church where a Catholic is able to assume that in their last years they will be in a Catholic run facility.

You have quite a bit of research to do and lots of calls to make. Good Luck and prayers.
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Sorry ... but that last link has to be copies and pasted into your web browser in it's entirety.

Once again, it was based on the search words CATHOLIC NURSING HOME FACILITIES IN CA
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This is the search I came up when I searched Catholic Nursing Home Facilities in CA

google/search?q=Catholic+Nursing+Home+facilities+in+CA&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&gws_rd=ssl
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maryhealth

I got this from Googling Catholic Nursing Homes......
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Website for Catholic Answers..

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So, I looked at the site and the only thing I could recommend is Google Catholic Eldercare in California. Or call the archdiocese in your community and ask for recommendations.

I do know that in MA (obviously far away) there are Catholic Eldercare Facilities. There must be some in CA. What about the parish which she attends? Is there a Catholic Chaplain at the hospital where she had her surgery?

p.s. Why are you 'annoyed'? :)

There's a website called Catholic Answers. Perhaps someone on that site would know where there are Catholic Eldercare facilities.
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