The philosophy of care of the Carmelite Sisters continues as a living reality as it is professed in these Values and Philosophies.
The philosophy of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was conceived and nurtured in the Charism of their foundress, Mother M. Angeline Teresa. The philosophy of the Sisters, which is promulgated within our facility, is steeped in her words:
"Our apostolate is not only to staff and operate up-to-date homes for the aged, but as religious it is to bring Christ to every old person under our care. Bringing Christ means giving them His compassion, His interest, His loving care, His warmth morning, noon and night. It means inspiring the lay people who work with us, to give the same type of loving care."
We strive to provide a welcoming, person-centered environment, atmosphere and attitude to all who enter our doors. Genuine caring, personal warmth, and friendliness reflect and give value and purpose to each person’s life, especially the residents. We welcome and respect the beliefs of all persons of all faiths, gender, national origins, races, disabilities, and ages. We are a healthcare community dedicated to the service of elders. We want our facility to look like, act like, and feel like home.
We believe all associated with our ministry - residents, family members, sisters, staff, volunteers, and business associates - should share our Mission’s common goals and values. United as a team, we strive for excellence in performance and adherence to the highest ethical, professional, and regulatory standards. Our shared sense of team includes commitment to wise stewardship of resources and accountability. Treating one another respectfully and justly honors our history and allows us to move forward infulfillment of our Mission.
Our belief is that each person is created in the image of God, as an object of His personal love. We not only care for our residents, we care about them as individuals who have a life history and family connections. Since our ministry flows from the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, we are honored to walk part of each resident’s journey of life with them. In doing so, we endeavor to bring then hope, healing, and comfort. In the words of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, we strive to be “kinder than kindness itself.”
We believe life is a sacred gift from God and we therefore hold life, at all stages, in reverential esteem. While life should be preserved whenever possible, sickness, suffering, and death are part of life and are potential experiences of encountering God. We know that death, as the last stage of earthly life, is the prelude to eternal life. We are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We foster palliative care, which is a holistic, person-centered approach to meeting the physical, social, spiritual, psychological, and emotional needs of the resident from the time of their admission throughout their stay with us.
"Never in our lives have we witnessed such acts of love, not only to our mother but to all the residents at Garvey Manor and their families. My mother's time there helped her to enjoy her last years in a gentle, dignified environment. Spending her last years within a house of God gave her great peace and comfort. She felt she was 'home' again. She felt God's presence around her because of the love she received in your care."
- Kathleen Chovit