How Catholic Charities Helps Older Adults

Catholic Charities senior services are built on traditions of excellence, dignity, and respect which provide a spiritual base for our care. We are a leading provider of exceptional, affordable apartment communities and life care options for seniors in the Baltimore region. Our compassionate care is provided through a full continuum of services available to people of all faiths. Our apartment communities include a full range of services for low-income seniors. Specialized care is available through our adult day services, assisted living, rehabilitation and nursing care programs. Our free information and referral service helps you to make decisions about what is best for you or your loved one.

Needs in Maryland

Individuals over the age of 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population. This cohort will grow in numbers, statewide, from 66,902 in 2000 and 165,293 by the year 2030.  Surveys consistently confirm that the goal of more that 90% of persons age 65 and over is to remain in their homes for as long as possible. About 33% of Maryland’s seniors age 75 and up live alone.

  • About 7.7% of seniors age 65 and up live at or below the federal poverty level, making $22,050 per year or less.
  • Nearly 95% (684,244) of older Maryland seniors were enrolled in Medicare in 2011. In that year, Maryland seniors spent an estimated average of 12% of their income on out-of-pocket health care costs.
  • One in eight Marylanders participates in SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps). About 28% of households which receive SNAP have at least one person in the household 60 years or older


  • About 31% (655,398) of all Maryland households are renters.
  • On average, low-income households make $1,241 per month and pay $1,100, leaving only $144 for other necessities.
  • For 150,346 Marylanders, housing costs more than half of their income. Twenty percent of these households are elderly
  • For 288,969 Marylanders, housing costs are more than 30% of their income. Nineteen percent of these households are elderly and 12% are disabled.

Long-term care

  • Over 3% of Maryland’s seniors, about 25,000, reside in nursing facilities. The number of nursing home residents has fallen since 2005 by 2%. Of these residents, 21% are long-stay residents with a hospital admission, staying over 30%.
  • 87% of nursing facility beds in Maryland are occupied.
  • 42% nursing home residents in Maryland suffer from dementia.
  • Community-based services for seniors are a cost-effective investment for Maryland, as compared to nursing home services.  The average cost of congregate housing per senior is $2,263 per year and for senior care, $2,783 per year. The average nursing home cost is $62,322 per year per senior.
  • There are 20,226 assisted living beds available for a senior population age 65 and up of over 766,000. That is, for every 1,000 seniors, there are only 26 beds available in an assisted living facility.

How Catholic Charities has helped this year

  • Senior Communities helped people to live independently in more than 1,700 affordable senior apartments in 24 communities.
  • St. Ann Adult Day Services provided medical adult day programs for more than 100 older adults.
  • Caritas House provided assisted living services to about 80 frail elders with low and moderate incomes.
  • The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center provided long-term care, skilled rehabilitative care, memory care, and pastoral care for 437 elders in a home-like environment.
  • The Green House at Stadium Place, a residence for elders, which offers a home-like environment based on the Greenhouse Model of rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long-term care.

Catholic Charities Services for Older Adults

Answers for the Aging is a free telephone information and referral service as well as a telephone based caregiver support program.

Caritas House Assisted Living offers an array of assisted living services to seniors who can no longer live independently but who do not need a skilled nursing facility.

Cherry Hill Senior Center offers seniors a safe, pleasant place to spend time doing activities of interest to them.

The Green House Residences at Stadium Place opened in the Spring of 2012.  The residence contains four new new homes based on the Green House®model of elder centered rehabilitation and long term care.

Jenkins Senior Living Community The Jenkins Senior Living Community is located on 25 beautiful acres in southwest Baltimore City and is home to more than 400 seniors.

The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth is a 162-bed nursing center that provides person centered care to enable each resident to achieve his or her highest potential.

Senior Community Service Employment Program helps low-income individuals who are age 55 and older with their search for employment.

Senior Communities provides affordable owner-built and managed senior apartment communities that are conveniently located throughout the Baltimore region.

Senior Support Services provides residents of Catholic Charities Senior Communities with meals and assistance with housekeeping, laundry and basic activities of daily living.

St. Ann Adult Day Services provides seniors with a fun, stimulating day with medically supervised activities that reduce the likelihood of premature nursing home placement.