Teresian House strives to provide the elderly with the highest quality continuum of services to enhance their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
As a faith-based organization sponsored by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese and served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, our commitment is fully the residents we serve. Teresian House strives to be a beacon of Catholic health care to the community we serve and to all those whose 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.
Teresian House was incorporated in 1971 under the laws of the State of New York with the cooperation of the New York State Housing Finance Agency. Served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, it is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The Facility opened May 1, 1974 and was formally dedicated on October 20, 1974.
Mission of Faith
Teresian House is unlike any facility in the region. As a not-for-profit and faith-based, our entire focus is to provide exceptional care and support for our residents. Daily Mass in our magnificent Infant of Prague Chapel is a centerpiece to our days and we also provide Protestant and Jewish services. We are more than a provider of healthcare, we offer fulfillment for mind, body and soul. We encourage you to learn more about Teresian House and to contact us to take a tour of our building and neighborhoods within.
The Infant of Prague Chapel is an inspiring and wondrous space that reflects Teresian House’s commitment to our faith-based mission. The gorgeous stained-glass windows, tall ceilings, balcony and beautiful architectural features are an inspiration for continued and renewed faith for all who enter to pray, reflect and meditate.
Daily Mass and religious services are offered in our Infant of Prague Chapel. Residents are welcome to visit the chapel for prayer and reflection. Protestant and Jewish services are also offered.
Personalized Spiritual Attention
The Pastoral Care Department at Teresian House is actively engaged in meeting the individual spiritual needs of our residents. Mass is held regularly, interfaith services are provided, and the Spiritual Coordinator offers individual visits. A beautiful chapel is available and accessible to all residents and families.
Pastoral Care provides the residents an opportunity to nourish their faith beliefs. Mass and Rosary are held daily in the Infant of Prague Chapel and can be viewed in the resident’s room on our Chapel channel. The Sacraments are offered, and religious services are celebrated. Both Protestant and Jewish services are held on a regular basis. Pastoral Care continually ministers to the residents by visitations, prayer and a supportive presence.
End of Life Care
The Teresian House End of Life Care provides a comprehensive program to residents and services to their families during their remaining days of life.
The Carmelite Sisters
The Carmelite Sisters are consecrated within the Catholic Church and members of a Congregation founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm, dedicated to the service and care of the Aged and Infirm, in the spirit and tradition of the Carmelite Order.
The Carmelite Sisters are women who share a vision that love makes a difference in the world. They are diverse in age, background and training but are united in our belief that life is precious, from the moment of conception to its natural end. Life is full of memories pieced together to form God's handwoven tapestry. The Carmelite story is tied to the story of every man and woman at the autumn of life - their joys and sorrows, their pains and consolations, their love of family, their hopes and dreams, their search for God and their finding Him. The Carmelite life is about holding the hand of an aged person and giving meaning to their lives. It is about being a mother, a sister, a daughter and a friend to someone who is another's mother, sister, friend and loved one.
The Carmelite Sisters follow the Rule of Saint Albert and are nourished by the tradition and examples of Saint Elias, Mary, St. Teresa, St. Therese and many holy men and women of the Carmelite Order. They follow the example and vision of our foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm. We minister to Christ in the person of the elderly but always return to the spiritual mount of our prayer and contemplation.
The Carmelite Sisters 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.
Located in Albany, NY we proudly offer skilled, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care. Contact Teresian House today at (518) 456-2000, to schedule your personal visit!
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