What is a Continuum of Care Community?
A Continuum of Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is where older adults can access multiple levels of care on one single campus. The primary benefit: you or your loved ones can stay in the same place with the same people even if their health changes in the future. Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) specializes in customized care continuum, enabling residents to remain in a community they call home.
How does Continuum of Care work?
CRSS’ campus features three communities – independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing – to accommodate residents who need to transfer among facilities. For example, if Joe and Mary live in our independent living apartments and he falls, Joe can easily move to our rehabilitation community and later back to his apartment once he has healed.
What is Independent Living?
Independent living apartments are situated within retirement neighborhoods specifically designed to meet older adults’ wants and needs. Our Lady of Life (OLOL) Apartments provide one meal each day, daily Mass at our onsite chapel, a beauty salon plus a variety of daily programs and activities. This maintenance-free community has 205 apartments for those 65 and older who want to live completely independently.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living apartments offer older adults an independent lifestyle combined with minimal assistance. Our communities provide residents with three daily meals, medication management, daily living assistance, continuous activities, housekeeping, and laundry services. CRSS’ Mother of Perpetual Help (MOPH) residence – which has 66 assisted living and 30 memory care units – is designed for those 65 and older who need help managing their medication and require support with personal care.
What is Skilled Nursing?
Skilled nursing care is provided by trained, licensed nurses in a medical setting under a doctor’s supervision. Patients may go from the hospital directly to our skilled nursing community to continue recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Our Mary, Queen and Mother Center is a 130-bed skilled nursing community that supplies everything from short-term rehabilitation to long-term skilled nursing. We specialize in 24-hour skilled care and personal care assistance, as well as physical, speech, and occupational therapies.
Do I have to be Catholic to either work or live in any of your communities?
We welcome all faiths to our living communities. We are a non-profit ministry under Catholic Charities Archdiocese of St. Louis and offer daily Mass as a convenience for our Catholic residents. We also provide non-denominational services for those that practice other faiths. CRSS is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace.
How does pricing work at Our Lady of Life?
Residents pay a one-time entry fee between $109,900 and $213,900, based on the apartment they select. Up to 75% of that entry fee is refunded depending on how much residents choose to pay monthly. For example, our smallest apartment has a $109,900 entry fee. You or your estate have four options for refundability upon vacating your apartment: 75% refundable, 50% refundable, 25% refundable, or a declining scale of refundability. Your monthly fee – which is in addition to the entry fee and is not refundable – depends upon which plan you select and does not come out of your entry fee.
How does pricing work at Mother of Perpetual Help?
For non-memory care: There is a one-time non-refundable community fee of $5,000. Monthly apartment fees range from $5,402 (studio apartment), $5,655 (extended studio apartment), and $6,629 (one-bedroom apartment). There is a $1,667 monthly fee for an additional resident in any apartment.
For memory care: We have 30 MOPH apartments dedicated to memory care. Studios are either $7,000 or $7,995 per month, depending on apartment size, and both have a $5,000 non-refundable community fee.
How does memory care differ from assisted living?
Assistance with activities goes beyond that which is provided with assisted living. For more about the advantages of memory care, please see our post here.
How does pricing work for the new memory care communities, Michael and Gabriel?
There is a one-time non-refundable community fee of $5,000 and the monthly cost is $7,955.
Do you accept Medicaid or Medicare?
Our Mary, Queen and Mother Center skilled nursing community offers Medicaid and Medicare options.
Am I required to attend Mass?
While many of our residents enjoy Mass and prayer services, it is not required of any resident. Additionally, we offer non-denominational services for those who practice other faith traditions.
What are the age requirements for your communities?
For Our Lady of Life Independent Living apartments, Mother of Perpetual Help & St. Elizabeth Hall Assisted Living the minimum age is 65. For our affordable apartments: the minimum age is 62 (for Holy Infant, St. Joseph, and St. John Neumann). The minimum age is 65 (for St. William I, St. William II, St. Claire of Assisi, St. Agnes, Pope John Paul II, Holy Angels I, and Holy Angels II).
Can my family visit me at any time?
Absolutely! We welcome your family and friends with open arms in all our communities. Click here for a map of our campus.
How do I determine which community is the right fit for my loved one?
Our highly trained staff will help determine the best fit for your family member based on levels of independence, assistance support, and wellness concerns.