Assisted Senior Living For Nuns, Priests, And Clergy: Following Your Religion Into Your Care

Posted on: 1 February 2017

Nuns, priests, pastors, preachers, and other clergy grow old and retire just like everyone else. So what happens then? Do priests and nuns all mingle in an assisted senior living facility where both men and women reside and are commonly in various states of undress? Do Protestant and Non-Denominational preachers and pastors get a chance to live with their spouses in the same facility? If you find that you are going to need to move into an assisted living facility and you are a retired servant of God, here is how you can follow your religion into your senior care regimen or facility.

Retirement Homes Just for Nuns or Priests

The Catholic church does a pretty good job of taking care of its retired servants. In many cities and states, there are assisted living facilities supported by the Catholic church which provide care specifically for nuns and priests. These homes continue the practices of the religion, placing nuns separate and apart from the priests. They can continue to worship and pray as they have always done and can be cared for until the very end. Some of these assisted living homes also allow senior members of the congregation and appropriate gender to reside with the nuns or priests, as it encourages ongoing following of their religious faith and servitude.

Pastors, Ministers, Preachers, and Their Spouses

When pastors, ministers or preachers retire, they are usually able to care for themselves for many years afterwards. However, when the time comes to move into an assisted living facility, some churches offer their former pastors and preachers a stipend to ease the costs of living in these facilities and to encourage continued union with their spouses who might otherwise be separated and housed in another facility. Usually only pastors and preachers who have served a specific church for a certain number of years or who retired from service while serving a specific church are the ones that can request this benefit.

Assisted Living Care at Home

Some churches have volunteers who extend their Christian duties to helping care for former clergy. If you would rather continue living in your own home, ask the members of your church if there are any willing groups who can help provide care for you and/or your spouse. Many church members are often willing to come cook meals, clean for you, and help you dress. More extensive personal cares may be handled by nurses in the congregation.

To learn more, contact a facility like United Methodist Village.