Christian Science Nursing Facilities

Christian Science Nursing Facilities in California

ardenwoodArden Wood

445 Wawona Street

San Francisco, CA 94116



4570 Griffin Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90031


fernlodgeFern Lodge

18457 Madison Avenue

Castro Valley, CA 94546


oliveglenOlive Glen

3025 Beccera Way

Sacramento, CA 95821


sunlandhomeSunland Home Foundation

691 Sparta Drive

Encinitas, CA 92024


These facilities are classified by the U.S. government Department of Health and Human Services as Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions (RNHCIs). All are also certified by the U.S. government Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as Medicare providers. In addition, all are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc.

Types of Care

Arden Wood, Broadview, Fern Lodge, Olive Glen, and Sunland Home Foundation are the full-care Christian Science nursing facilities in California. They offer the following types of care to any individual who is relying solely on God for healing and is receiving treatment by a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner.

Also known as inpatient care, because the patient stays overnight for care at a facility, this is the most intensive or acute level of care. It means the patient needs skilled intensive nursing care by highly-trained and experienced nurses who have met the standards required for listing in The Christian Science Journal or by nurses not yet Journal-listed who receive supervision and oversight from Journal-listed nurses. Care at this level may qualify for Medicare benefits. The care includes close oversight and observation, assistance with personal care including full bed care, provision of and assistance with appropriate nourishment, assistance with mobility, cleansing and bandaging of wounds, assistance with communication, instruction in proper care for meeting individual needs, specific encouragement to promote progressive steps toward normalcy and independence, and, most importantly, active metaphysical witnessing to what is spiritually true of God and man. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This term describes a level of overnight care often called “light nursing.” It does not require that the care be provided by a Journal-listed nurse although the care given is under the oversight of a Journal-listed nurse. This level of care does not qualify for Medicare. This care also includes assistance with personal care and mobility, alertness to meeting the individual need, and spiritual encouragement and support, including reading aloud from Christian Science literature upon request. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanies by a parent or guardian.

Outpatient care means coming to the facility for care and leaving without staying overnight. A skilled Journal-listed Christian Science nurse is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet the nursing needs of infants, children, teens, and adults. Services available include cleansing and bandaging of wounds, instruction in proper self care for meeting individual needs, fitting of temporary aids such as walkers, crutches, slings, or wheelchairs, and instruction in their proper use. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanies by a parent or guardian.

Family members caring for loved ones at home may need to be out of the house for a day, out of town for an extended period, or need relief from the responsibilities of providing care. Nursing facilities can meet these needs on a daily or weekly basis by providing temporary care for these individuals. Day care is offered for a minimum of four hours per visit. It is the responsibility of family or guardians to transport patients to and from the facility for temporary or day care. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (May also be referred to as Respite Care.)

This service provides a private room in a healing atmosphere conducive to study and prayer. It is for individuals who are fully independent and have no nursing needs but wish to use the facility as a spiritual sanctuary with the added benefit of daily housekeeping and meals. Included is access to a library with Christian Science study materials and access to a computer with Concord and JSH-Online, as well as 24-hour-a-day broadcasts of the Weekly Bible Lesson, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and Christian Science programs.