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The Top 3 Myths About The Esquiline

beautiful walking path at a catholic retirement community for seniors to enjoy during their stay at the life plan community

Have you heard any of these myths about The Esquiline? Here are some of the misperceptions people have about our Life Plan community, and the truth behind each myth.

Myth #1: You have to be Catholic to live here.

One of the most frequently asked questions at The Esquiline is whether or not you have to be Catholic to live here. The truth is, you don’t have to be Catholic to live at The Esquiline.

We welcome people of all faiths and are proud to have a mix of religions represented in our Life Plan community.

We do have strong Catholic roots, which is likely why this is such a prevalent misperception. We’re located on the grounds of one of the largest outdoor Catholic shrines in North America and were founded by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to provide senior living options in the Belleville area and beyond.

We’re proud of those roots and offer daily Catholic Masses, but we also have other spiritual wellness resources for people of all faiths. The people who live here have access to a Pastoral Care team, weekly Protestant services, morning prayer, Taize prayer, retreats, and speakers—in short, anything they need to enrich their spiritual journey.

Of course, all of this is optional. Residents aren’t required to attend anything they don’t wish to and if they prefer personal reflection, they can enjoy the 200-acres of natural beauty that surround The Esquiline.

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Related: Here’s how you can elevate your spiritual experience

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Myth #2: You have to be retired.

It’s easy to see why this is a misperception. We’re a retirement community, after all. Many of the people who live here are retired, but you don’t have to be.

There’s no rule saying that you have to be retired to live here. In fact, we’re an easy 20-minute drive away from St. Louis, so if you’re still working in the city but want to move to The Esquiline to enjoy the convenient amenities and stimulating atmosphere, you don’t need to wait for retirement.

People choose to move here because living in the community gives them more time to focus on their passions and interests. We take care of the everyday hassles of homeownership with included services and amenities, and provide the option of future care with assisted living and skilled nursing on campus.

That leaves you free to structure your days as you please, whether that’s working at a job you love or enjoying some well-earned free time.

Myth #3: You have to give all your money.

It’s tough to say where exactly this myth comes from. It may be from the association people have with Medicaid being used to pay for skilled nursing, which requires a certain financial benchmark for eligibility. However, that’s an entirely separate issue since Life Plan communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities) are not nursing homes.

You do not need to sign over all your money when you move into The Esquiline (or any Life Plan community, for that matter). All that’s required is a small entrance or membership fee and monthly fee. Both are set at defined amounts that are not dependent on your income or assets.

Interested in learning more? Read Services at a Life Plan Community to discover average fee amounts and included services.

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Related: 6 Myths about Independent Living

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What Life is Like at The Esquiline

Our motto at The Esquiline is “live your life.” When you live here, life looks however you want it to. You can enjoy chef-prepared meals, fitness classes, walking paths, a community garden, a woodworking area, educational lectures—in short, whatever catches your interest on any given day.

If you’d like to learn more about what life at The Esquiline is all about, schedule your visit today.

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