Santa Teresita

sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, is a 12-acre Neighborhood of Care for seniors in need of assisted living or skilled nursing services – a striking witness to our mission of being “at the service of your family for life.”

“We point to Santa Teresita and the care the sisters and their staff provide to show that it is possible to build a thriving facility around the two tenets of quality health care and quality person care.”

– Kathleen Buckley Domingo, associate director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Sister Mary Clare, Santa Teresita Chief Executive Officer interviewed on EWTN’s Nightly News about California’s new law and the importance of building a culture of life

You’re Invited
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
819 Buena Vista St., Duarte, California 91010

  • Free BBQ
  • Free Health Screenings
  • World Famous Magician, Gene Urban
  • Live Music, The Maestroa
  • Face Painting
  • Raffle for Prizes

Save the Date! March 11, 2017 9th Annual Hayden 5K Run, Family Walk and Roll for Hayden!

On Saturday, March 11, 2016 over 1,000 participants will descend upon Santa Teresita in Duarte to take part in the 9th Annual Hayden 5K Run, Family Walk & Roll. This fun-filled day, in support of Santa Teresita’s Hayden Child Care Center, promotes healthy living and family fun, drawing participants not only from the San Gabriel Valley but the greater Los Angeles area, as well.

Our Neighborhood of Care

Assisted Living

Good Shepherd Cottage at Santa Teresita provides care for our cherished elders who may need assistance with activities of daily living. The first cottage of our developing Neighborhood of Care is located on 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds nestled in the foothills of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains and features a cottage-like home built in the “Craftsman Style” of architects Charles and Henry Greene who designed countless of their trademark Craftsman’s Style homes in nearby Pasadena.

Skilled Nursing

The Manor at Santa Teresita is a 24-hour skilled nursing center that specializes in nursing and rehabilitation services for seniors. The Carmelite Sisters, together with a devoted nursing and rehabilitation staff, are committed to providing quality, individualized care. Santa Teresita Manor offers residents breath-taking views of the San Gabriel Mountains and access to courtyards and gardens throughout our Neighborhood of Care’s beautiful and spacious grounds, promoting healing and wellness.

Rehabilitation Services

Ranging from gentle strengthening to assertive post-surgical care, the rehabilitation services at Santa Teresita focus on improving the quality of life of those we serve. By increasing our patients’ independence in self care, ambulation and communication, their sense of self-worth is preserved and enhanced. Therapists and patients experience loving companionship as they journey together through the rehabilitation process.

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Quality measures
Santa Teresita Manor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Based on resident assessment data that shows how well their needs are cared for

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Commitment to Quality
Santa Teresita Manor
American Health Care Association
National Center for Assisted Living

Explore Santa Teresita

What’s Happening Now

Hayden 5k 2017: A Race to Remember

The Hayden 5k was our usual March highlight here at Santa Teresita. This year, the excitement was even more elevated than usual, in honor of Hayden’s 50th year!

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Alleluia, He is risen!!

“Christ is risen from the dead!
And by His death, He has trampled upon death
And has given life to those who are in the tomb.”

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Spring Break… or Spring Service?

Spring break should be relaxing and exciting, a change of pace from the usual daily grind. So how about a trip to volunteer with a bunch of nuns?

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Irish at Heart

Green. What do you think of when you think of green? Perhaps plants? Or just living things in general? Or more likely, at this time of year… Ireland!

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St. Joseph’s Grapes

Holy Mother Church made quite a statement this year in moving the feast of St. Joseph from the usual March 19th to the 20th, since the 19th fell on a Sunday.

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Catholic Schools: A Gift Worth Celebrating

At Hayden Child Care Center, the morning cheer to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week went something like this…

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Green is the New Brown

For the past couple of years, as the drought has gotten progressively worse, all of our Carmelite Sisters have been busy praying and prayer for the gift of rain

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My Mom, Betty Martin, informed her children that she wanted to leave her current living situation to come to Santa Teresita and be with the Carmelite Sisters and a Catholic community. This was so important to her that we made it happen without further ado.

She moved in with the first 7 residents and our whole family is rejoicing. Not only is this the best thing for Mom, but it has been a wonderful boost to the faith of our whole family.

Thank you, dear Sisters. You have heard the call of the Lord to care for the elderly as they prepare for the greatest passage in their lives – heaven. We’re wondering if Mom is already there!!

Lisa Ferguson

Former Resident Family Member

We chose Santa Teresita because both of my parents were Catholic, and we wanted to make sure that the spiritual well-being of my parents would be taken care of. We also chose Santa Teresita because of the level of health care provided by the Carmelites. On a scale of 1 to 10 stars, I would give Santa Teresita 20.

…Our experience at Santa Teresita was outstanding. It was directed by God to have Mom and Dad go there- no doubt about it. My family and I had the opportunity to experience a little taste of what Santa Teresita has to offer, and they provide services in many other areas. To anyone who may be interested in Santa Teresita, I would recommend that they absolutely consider it as a possibility for care.

Bill Curtin

Former Resident's Family Member

I chose to come to Santa Teresita because they have nuns, and you don’t find that in many retirement places. I had been in Avila Gardens where Sister Shawn Pauline is, and I loved it there. That was my start with the Sisters. Then from Avila I went to Bethany, and then I came here. I’ve been very happy in every place I’ve been. It’s so convenient to everything.

My favorite thing about Santa Teresita is companionship, perhaps a combination of companionship and the food; really, the whole set up! It’s very peaceful here. We get together for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, one of my daughters, Karen, is coming tomorrow night to help with the cooking! She loves to cook!

Anne O'Brien

Former Resident

Santa Teresita’s Chapel Chimes

The Carmelite Sisters at Santa Teresita thank you for reaching out to us. It has been brought to our attention that some of our neighbors have requested that the chimes of our Chapel be played as they did in the past. Unfortunately, while the chimes are missed by some, it was a nuisance for others. We received regular requests to shut them off. Due to the lack of use and their age, our chimes no longer work. They would likely need to be replaced. At this time, all funds are being directed to the care of the elders we serve and ensuring they have a home-like environment in which they can be better served. If you’d like to learn more about Santa Teresita, please contact us at 626-408-7810.

We thank you for your support. God reward you!