Elder Care

Please note that this list of resources is based on recommendations from Notre Dame faculty and is meant to be a starting point rather than an exhaustive compilation.


Resources and Referrals

The LifeWorks program of Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources provides an online resource library on elder care issues and an enhanced referral service; after consulting the online resources, families may contact the LifeWorks staff at telephone number 888/267-8126 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for detailed provider profiles, customized research for elder care providers, and additional information. The LifeWorks user ID is “notredame”; the password is “gond.”

Senior Living Map is an online search engine that provides information on senior living facilities and care options by geographical location; the engine covers the following nine categories of services: assisted living, adult family homes, residential care facilities, Alzheimer’s living facilities, independent living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, continuing care facilities (CCRC), and home healthcare.

The South Bend Center for Hospice and Palliative Care includes on its website a list of local assisted living, residential, group home and skilled nursing facilities that it serves.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Services Logo

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana provides individual counseling and assistance in finding resources, and also conducts seminars and support groups.

REAL Services is the local Area Agency on Aging: a senior citizen outreach organization in South Bend that provides general information about elder care services in the area including elder care counseling, a family caregiving support program, resources and referrals, in-home services, and meals on wheels.

Link-Age: Indiana’s Aging & Disability Resource Center is a division of REAL Services and a cooperative effort between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Area Agency on Aging; it offers no-cost options and benefits counseling, long-term planning, referrals and disability specialists.

A useful article with an overview of the various types of elder care available in the U.S. can be found on MentalHelp.net.


Outpatient and Residential Services

Milton Adult Day Services provides adult day care up to ten hours a day for a reasonable fee. A faculty member who has used this service reports: “They had excellent lunches, a variety of activities, and a very thoughtful staff. There were some Alzheimer’s patients, and some with other age-related infirmities. They were outstanding.”

The Milton Home (no website) at 206 E. Marion St., South Bend (telephone 574/233-0165) is supported by the same foundation as Milton Adult Day services and comes highly recommended.

Woterford at Edison Lakes

The Waterford at Edison Lakes offers independent and assisted living options as well as temporary respite stays. The facility has a home-like environment and is affordably priced.

Madison Center Older Adult Services offers both outpatient and residential mental health services to the elderly coping with age-related changes in function and cognition; grief and loneliness; dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease); depression and anxiety; and marital, family and social problems. The Center’s services are provided under three separate programs: the Madison GeroPsych Institute, offering diagnostic, inpatient, and outpatient mental health services; the HoPE Senior Partial Program, which includes transportation and meals and is designed for those older adults who need more intensive services than the GeroPsych Institute provides but can return to their homes at night; and Providence House, which includes 38 spacious assisted living apartments in a restored historic building for seniors coping with Alzheimer’s and other dementias (comprehensive 24-hour nursing care is available).

Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame is an affordable, not-for-profit organization that offers a range of services and living options, from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care. Residents of the independent living facility can choose from spacious villas and one- and two-bedroom apartments and benefit from lifelong-learning opportunities at Holy Cross College. The facility also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and a college campus-like atmosphere. Several faculty report very positive experiences here.

Sanctuary at St. Paul's

The Sanctuary at St. Paul’s is one of four retirement communities operated locally by Indiana’s Trinity Senior Living Communities (the others are the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s, and Sanctuary at Trinity Tower); it offers independent and assisted living options, as well as a rehabilitation center and nursing care. Faculty report good experiences, in particular, with the St. Paul’s independent living option.

Atria Tanglewood Trace is a high-quality independent living and assisted living facility in Mishawaka in a beautiful wooded setting. It also offers temporary respite stays and welcomes pets. One of the most outstanding features of Tanglewood is its full-time events and activities director, who helps residents to continue to nurture their minds and spirit. The facility also has an on-site physical therapy provider and serves up delicious, nutritious restaurant-style meals. Medication assistance is available, but nursing care is not.

Your Home Assisted Living (no website) located at 52797 Kenilworth Rd., South Bend, IN 46637 (telephone 574/272-2060) is a group home that provides 24-hour personal assistance, meals, medicine, and hospice (but no nursing care). The facility accepts patients with dementia and provides more care than can be provided in most large assisted living facilities. A faculty member recommends it highly.

Buchanan Meadows Living Center (no website) located at 809 Caroll St., Buchanan, MI 49107 (telephone 269/695-6655) provides assisted living for seniors; Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are mixed in with other residents. The facility has a home-like atmosphere and offers nursing and specialized memory care.

Southfield Village, operated by Greencroft Communities, is a continuing care living community that offers the comfort and serenity of a countryside setting in an urban environment; located on South Bend’s south side. The home provides an environment that emphasizes quality interaction among residents, family, staff, and community.

Golden Living Center, Fountain View Place in Mishawaka provides award-winning care in a supportive, home-like environment for those recovering from an illness or surgery. The center offers different types of care, including short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care.


Hospice House

Palliative and Terminal Care

The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in South Bend offers home health and hospice services, a 7-bed in-patient facility that offers short-term hospice care in a home-like setting, and grief counseling.

Nationwide Southern Care Hospice has a location in Mishawaka; this organization centers its efforts on enhancing the quality of life for the terminally ill and their families by offering highly individualized compassionate care in the person’s home or a home-like setting.


Financial Assistance

Note: The following programs for the elderly and disabled generally have a waiting list. Application for both can be made through the REAL Services office.

Link-Age offers financial assistance to cover the cost of adult day services to those who qualify.

CHOICE provides funding for in-home and adult day services to all residents of Indiana who have at least two impairments in their daily activities; this program has no income limits but does have a cost-share provision on a sliding scale, which is waived for any individuals on Medicaid or at or below 150% of poverty level after certain deductions.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page has been obtained from Notre Dame faculty and staff, and should be used for informational purposes only. The University of Notre Dame does not warrant the accuracy of such information, nor does it specifically endorse any of the resources listed on this site. Users of this site should independently evaluate the resources, and are encouraged to contact appropriate authorities such as regulatory, licensing agencies or health care professionals if they have specific questions or need more detail.