St. Martin’s in the Pines, a Life Plan Community located in Birmingham, has a mission to serve God through a ministry that provides a continuum of care and quality of life to aging individuals and their families. What that means is that our senior living community provides care to residents through a faith-based approach. Although our community’s physical and spiritual growth is guided by the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County and the religious orientation of St. Martin’s is Episcopalian, residents of all denominations are welcome.
As individuals enter their golden years, relying on their religion can provide multiple mental benefits to help with coping. In fact, about 76 percent of physicians believe that religion and spirituality help patients cope, 74 percent believe that it gives patients a positive state of mind, and 55 percent report that it provides emotional and practical support through a religious community, according to a University of Chicago survey of 2,000 U.S. physicians.
In addition to that, a Duke University study of 542 medical patients over 60 found that religious attendance was associated with less medical illness burden. Religious attendance was also related to lower depressive symptoms, although the association weakened when other covariates were controlled.
For those with a strong faith, it would make sense for them to choose a community that offers religious-based care. St. Martin’s in the Pines is proud to offer on-site chaplains, pastoral visits, church-related field trips, counseling, on-site religious venues, and religious holiday celebrations.
Our chapel was renovated in 2019 and our director of pastoral care Reverend Jennifer Riddle, who has a BS degree in psychology and religion, has been with St. Martin’s since 2010. She previously served with the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville, Alabama, where she was the assistant Rector for nine years. Reverend Riddle and our community’s nurses and caregivers offer religious guidance to residents to ensure a strong spiritual foundation throughout the community.
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