Encouraging Faith in Retirement: How Calvary Homes Tends to the Spiritual Needs of Older Adults

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At Calvary Homes, we are committed to providing an enriched community environment centered around Christian senior services that help older adults continue to embrace their faith in retirement. Our faith-based approach to care allows us to serve our residents in a manner that glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ, and we tend to the spiritual needs of older adults through our programs and community activities.

By definition, the term “spiritual needs” may mean something different to everyone, as does the term “faith.” Similarly, spirituality—the connection between humans and something bigger than themselves—may also be up for interpretation. But one thing is sure—people have spiritual needs and benefit significantly from having a strong faith throughout their lives. At Calvary Homes, our spiritual connection is with the Lord, and our goal is to present opportunities for our residents to connect with Him based on our Christian faith.

Today’s blog post shows just some of the ways that actively practicing one’s faith in retirement can lead to joy and peace in the later seasons of life.

What Are the Spiritual Needs of Older Adults?

We consider all of our residents and their guests as family, so we work hard to provide them with faith-based activities like prayer, worship services, morning devotions, hymnal singing, bible studies, and fellowships. Some essential spiritual needs we try to meet as we encourage faith at Calvary Homes are:

  • Support – As we age, we need to know that we still have the support to participate in the community around us in any way we can. Calvary Homes provides many opportunities to support and enrich the lives of our residents.
  • Purpose – Many older adults feel as though they lose meaning in life as they age. Therefore, we work with our residents to help them develop a sense of purpose.
  • Continued Spiritual Connection – Many of our activities center around faith and developing a stronger spiritual connection with our Lord.
  • Self-Worth – Along with purpose, we try to encourage increasing the self-worth our residents feel. We want them to feel as though they are a part of our family and worthy of God’s love.

While these are not the only spiritual needs of older adults, these represent the fundamental needs we focus on through our faith-based approach.

Why is Encouraging the Faith of Older Adults Important?

The Bible says to take care of our elders, and that includes spiritual care. Older adults who have retired from work and perhaps left familiar communities behind can find that they are suddenly missing spiritual routines. Unless they can replace these routines, feelings of disconnection, and even mental or physical health deterioration can result. Our recent pandemic situation has made this risk of disconnection even greater.

And this is why we believe strongly in making sure our residents have access to programs and activities that will promote a healthy lifestyle—including mental, physical, and spiritual care. These are just a few of the reasons why it matters.

Ritual and Prayer Helps Memory

As we age, our memory may begin to fail. Especially if you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, memory failure in some form is almost guaranteed. Ritual and prayer can help bring a sense of calm and familiarity, even for residents and patients who have trouble with everyday activities.

Continued Community and Belonging in New Surroundings

Moving out of a long-time home may be stressful for older adults when retirement leads to downsizing. However, moving into a welcoming, faith-based retirement community can lessen that stress. An immediate sense of belonging and the ability to participate in community activities will keep older adults active and more comfortable.

Activity and Engagement is Great for Physical Health

Resident activities and keeping seniors socially engaged promotes a healthier overall lifestyle. Staying active as we age is crucial to not only our physical health but our mental health as well. At Calvary Homes, we offer many trips and activities to keep our residents physically active and allow them to fellowship with one another, too.

Life Satisfaction in Serving Christ

Serving Christ is one of our primary goals at Calvary Homes. We create opportunities for our residents to serve Christ through worship, prayer, and community activities. Our Christian fellowship, values, and principles help guide our retirement community and bring great satisfaction to those who live and work here.

Calvary Homes Embraces a Faith-Based Retirement

Through all of our activities, community programs, and spiritual programs, we help to meet the spiritual needs of older adults. As a faith-based retirement community, we present five distinct advantages over many other retirement communities in the Lancaster, PA area that do not prioritize Christian senior services.

  • Shared Values
  • Solace and Support in a Time of Transition and Uncertainty
  • Opportunities to Get Involved
  • A Sense of Community and Belonging
  • An All-Inclusive Atmosphere

Make Calvary Homes Your Retirement Community Today

Whether you’re looking for a faith-based retirement community for yourself or a loved one, Calvary Homes is an excellent choice. We care about the physical, mental, and spiritual care of all of our residents. We offer affordable solutions to retirement living and care. Above all, our faith-based approach in everything we do enables us to enrich the lives of our residents in a manner that glorifies Christ.