About Us

Mother Angeline Teresa

The challenge of providing high quality care is ours. We are the standard-bearers against those who would exploit the infirmity of old age for their own profit.

Mother Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.
Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

As our population continues to live well into their 80's, and the needs of our elders with cognitive impairment become more critical, we will be there to answer the educational needs of those who will serve them.

The Avila Institute of Gerontology was incorporated in 1988 initiated by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm as a response to the growing complexity of geriatric health care. As the educational arm of the Congregation, the Institute creates a unique opportunity for individuals to share experiences and knowledge about the care of the aged.

The educational services of Avila Institute thoroughly reflect the Congregation's commitment to quality and compassionate care in an atmosphere of respect for each human life. Functioning in accord with the teaching authority of the Church, the Institute strives to present the most recent information to enhance the field of gerontology.

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Our commitment is to offer education, training and consultation to healthcare professionals working with elders and to assist them as they continue their ministry.

We seek:

  • to advance the field of Gerontology through high quality educational programs and services
  • to offer educational programs, services and consultation to enrich and benefit long-term care facilities, their staff and the elders they serve
  • to disseminate information on philosophy, values and innovations in care ofthe elders to the larger community of caregivers
  • to create opportunities for individuals to share experiences and knowledge regarding their work with the aged and infirm
  • to meet the continuing educational needs of all long-term care professionals and caregivers including: Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, RecreationalTherapists, Dietitians, Spiritual Care Givers and Health Care Professionals
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