The Carmelite System will be a beacon of Catholic health care to the aged and infirm and to all those whole lives we touch. It will proclaim the value of life and the beauty and dignity of old age and will strive to maintain a leadership role in the shaping and delivery of services and programs of care for the elderly.
The Carmelite System adheres to the following values:
Our belief is that each home should provide a welcoming, person centered environment and atmosphere of a “Home”. Personal warmth, love and care will reflect and give value and purpose to the residents’ lives. The wholistic care of each resident encompasses their physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Guided by our Catholic tradition we seek to honor the spiritual journeys of all people of all faiths.
Sanctity of Life
Our belief is that all life is sacred and we advocate especially on behalf of the elderly. We are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Acknowledging the importance of palliative care, our healing ministry does recognize that sickness, suffering and death are potential occasions of experiencing God.
Our belief is that each person is created in the image of God as an object of His personal love, and as such we are to bring hope, healing and comfort to all we encounter in our ministry. In the words of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, we strive to be “kinder than kindness itself.”
Our belief is that quality of care is attained by a team spirit that has a shared sense of achievement, accountability, ideas, insights and the commitment to the wise stewardship of resources. Treating one another respectfully and justly, and joining together for our common Mission, will enable us to continue to move forward with the times.
Catholic Long-Term Health Ministry
Perpetuates and strengthen the Catholic long-term health ministry in the United States and Ireland, respecting and building upon the Mission, Philosophy and Values of the Carmelite Sisters, and in all respects adhering to and governed by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as amended, or the Directives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference;
Respect each person as an individual, valuable member of the human community and as a unique expression of human life
Encourage all those in the System to share in the responsibility for and welfare of the whole organization by providing a forum for dialogue and discussion;
Foster person and professional accountability, motivation, team work and commitment to quality;
Build values-based partnership based upon mutual relationships for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel by improving long-term health care in the community;
Attend to the aged and infirm who are in need.