Building on a tradition of excellence, CathedralCare features not only the highest quality of nursing and clinical care, but also an outstanding quality of life.
At CathedralCare the joy of life is plain to see. For all those in our care, we are dedicated to creating a sensitive, nurturing and comfortable environment where each resident receives personalized care and attention.
CathedralCare residents enjoy a wealth of social and recreational activities, lifestyle enhancements and amenities.
We take the well-being of our residents very seriously, and we want everyone at our facility to feel as comfortable here as they would in their own homes. We are constantly maintaining all our rooms in an optimal, home-like condition to reflect this commitment to comfort and convenience.
The resident rooms at CathedralCare are quite spacious, approx. 351 square feet, with quality furniture and furnishings and attractive décor.We have 28 private rooms, and 46 semiprivate rooms shared by two residents.
Every room has convenient bedside phones for local calls, a flat screen TV with DirectTV, and a shower in the bathroom. Our semiprivate rooms house two residents, each having their own TV and phone, and sharing the bathroom.
Creating an enjoyable dining experience for our residents is a priority. While offering a wide variety of tasty and nutritious menu choices, our dietary liaison is diligent about adhering to individual dietary restrictions.
Three meals a day are offered in our dining room or delivered to you in your room.
Breakfast – 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Lunch – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dinner – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
For between meal snacks, we have fruit juices and nutritional snacks available 24/7 at each nursing station.
People are often surprised to learn that our kitchen is in use almost around the clock. Our commitment to serve and take care of those in need includes our collaboration with the community Meals on Wheels program. Their culinary staff utilizes CathedralCare’s facility beginning in the wee hours of the morning, to prepare the fresh food delivered through the Meals on Wheels program to seniors throughout the Jacksonville area.
SAFETY & SECURITY
We take our responsibility to our residents and their families very seriously. That’s why our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our residents.
We conduct safety drills throughout the year to prepare for hurricanes and other types of severe weather and emergencies. CathedralCare benefits from several unique features which contribute to the safety and security of our center, both inside and out.
Our 4 story building was built in 1970 of concrete construction – much more solid than frame and stucco. It was operated as a rehabilitation center catering to the nearby underserved community. We believe that what it may lack in attractiveness on the outside, is made up for by the safety and security it provides to those inside.
At our location, the elevation is the highest in all of Downtown Jacksonville. We learned the importance of this fact after experiencing two hurricanes, two years in a row. While other areas of Downtown experienced flooding, our residents and staff remained high and dry as we sheltered in place in our 4 story concrete facility with hurricane shutters installed.
During Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, we opened our doors to patients and staff from another local skilled nursing facility for over a week, when they had to evacuate due to imminent flooding. Afterward, several of the patients continue to reside with us for over a month. Their choice to come and stay at CathedralCare shows their level of confidence in the safety and care provided by our facility and staff.
Since opening as a nursing home in 1984, the only time we have lost power is during Hurricane Irma, and that happened twice in a single day. Each time, our backup generator operated seamlessly for the few hours it took for power to be restored.
In the event of a fire at our building, we have peace of mind knowing that a fire station is located across the street from our facility.
While you are staying with us, it is your home and visitors are permitted 24/7. For the safety of all of our residents and staff, we use security cameras to monitor all entrances, and visitors are required to identify themselves and who they are visiting. In addition, all persons who come in to CathedralCare leave their picture identification at the front desk.
SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
From Music to Crafts and Bingo, We Make Sure There’s Plenty to Do
Who doesn’t like a good time? Who doesn’t welcome an hour here or there that allows socializing or some other entertaining leisure activity? Besides all of that, having a good time isn’t always just about fun. It can also be downright therapeutic because an engaging event can promote movement and help distract from boredom, depression or even a troubled mind.
At CathedralCare, we recognize that some people prefer to spend leisure time reading a book or simply watching television, while others might enjoy energetic activities and socializing. Our residents are no different, so we offer a wide array of activities to appeal to the diverse interests of our residents.
Our Activities staff designs programs that cater to alert and oriented residents, as well as those who are cognitively challenged, so that every resident can engage in an activity that suits them.
A detailed daily schedule of group events is provided to each resident so they can plan to attend the sessions that interest them.
If you want to participate in a group activity, you can find one just a short trip down the hall from your room. The community rooms on each nursing floor and next to the dining room are where the action is!
Among the scheduled events are activities such as
- Arts & crafts
- Bible study
- Church services
- Coffee club
- Musical performances
- Word games and trivia
For residents who are unable to leave their rooms or simply prefer to stay in for the day, we offer friendly one-to-one visits with a member of the Activities staff. The experience is customized to your needs and interests.
Some of the more popular experiences include
- Playing music
- Hand massage
- Polishing nails
- Sensory stimulation (for stroke-related hemiplegia or hemiparesis)
You can mingle with other residents in one of the living rooms with flat-screen TVs, or enjoy the library area’s games, books, music and computers.When you’re ready to enjoy some outdoor time, you can take advantage of our spacious patio area and screened porch.
Group Events and Outings
In addition to our regularly scheduled activities, various volunteers and organizations sponsor parties and other group events from time to time, both at our center and in the community. For example, our residents frequent the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, go out to dinner, attend the circus, and check out Christmas lights around town during the holidays.
Our location in the Cathedral District provides residents with convenient access to all of the cultural and entertainment venues in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Many of the locations are within walking distance, and family members will appreciate the variety of options available for spending time with their loved ones.
Below is a sampling of what you can find nearby.
- 1st Wednesday Art Walk
- AP Studios
- Art Center Co-Op
- Art of Hope
- Jacksonville Public Library
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
- Southlight Gallery
- The Space Gallery
- Wall Street Fine Art
- Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Jacksonville Public Library
- Daily’s Place
- Florida Theatre
- Jacksonville Landing
- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
- Jacksonville Public Library Concerts
- Jacksonville Sports Complex
- Times Union Center for the Performing Arts
- Jacksonville Fire Museum
- Jacksonville Historical Society Archives
- Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
- Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
- Ritz Theatre and Museum
- The USS Adams Museum Visitor’s Center
Numerous restaurants and bars
Parks and Gardens
- St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Gardens
- Main Street Park
- Hemming Plaza
- Confederate Park
- Henry J. Klutho Park
- Cancer Survivor’s Park
- Friendship Fountain
- Northbank Riverwalk
- Southbank Riverwalk
- Treaty Oak Park
Places of Worship
- St. John’s Cathedral Episcopal Diocese of Florida
- First Presbyterian Church
- First United Methodist Church
- Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
- Historic Mt. Zion AME Church
- First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
- 11th Episcopal District AME Church
We’re proud of the level of involvement we have with our residents through planned activities and other daily interactions. At CathedralCare we believe the social contact and events made available to you at our facility and in the Downtown area play an important role in supporting your efforts to restore and maintain your health during your stay with us.