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SINCE 1956

Founded as a Care Home in 1956 by a group of Catholic women, the Ave Maria Guild, now known as Wings of Ave Maria


Only Catholic long-term care community in West Tennessee


One of the top rated nursing homes in the Greater Memphis area, as rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid


Serve over 300 individuals every day– we take care of 135 residents; 30 clients in our Adult Day Center Program & provide non-medical homemaker services to 160 seniors and disabled adults in their homes, in the Greater Memphis area


Pastoral Care Director and Programs available for residents, family members, and staff. Daily communion/Mass on Monday – Friday; Saturday Bible Study; Sunday Protestant Services and Catholic Mass; Rosary on 1st and 3rd Monday; Non Denominational Service on 3rd Sunday in afternoon


Resident Amenities: 3 Meals/day served in our private dining rooms; transportation available for resident shopping, doctor appointments; personal outings; beauty shop; and personal mail boxes



Nursing home residents



Residents in Legacy Nursing Home rooms



Residents in Green House homes



15  residents in St. Luke Cottage (residential dementia studio apartments) and 45 residents in Assisted Living apartments.

60 Years and Counting


For over 60 years, Ave Maria, a non-profit agency, has been providing for the spiritual and physical needs of active seniors, as well as the frail and elderly in a Christ-centered environment in the Memphis and surrounding areas (mission). In 1951, the Ave Maria Guild purchased property in a residential neighborhood in Bartlett, Tennessee to open a home that would provide long-term care for men and women of all faiths and economic backgrounds. Ave Maria Home opened in 1956 with 35 residents.

In 1961, Ave Maria Home transitioned from a care home to a licensed nursing facility. A new wing opened in 1972, and two additional nursing beds were added in 1996, increasing nursing home capacity to its current 75 residents.

Current programs include an intermediate care facility with 24-hour nursing care, Assisted Living with a specialized dementia unit (St. Luke’s Cottages), an Adult Day Program, HomeCare Services and a Skilled Rehabilitation Center. The Adult Day Program and HomeCare Services serve a growing number of elders who wish to remain in their homes, but who need some assistance with daily living skills. Skilled rehabilitation offers physical, occupational and speech therapy to seniors to return them to their previous level of functioning.

Admission to the nursing home, assisted living apartments, and St. Luke’s Cottage is based on a waiting list and medical necessity. Current demographics of our elders include a variety of economic backgrounds (private pay and insurance) and faiths—55% Protestant, 44% Catholic, and 1% Jewish.

Ave Maria has built four 7,500-square foot Green House homes, which replaced the 1956 original wing of the nursing home. Each home provides private bedrooms and baths for ten residents, a common hearth area, kitchen, and dining room, screened porch, as well as a landscaped garden and patio. Residents live in community as a family sharing meals, socializing, and participating in activities. Additional Green House homes are currently being developed to meet the growing needs of the senior community.

Like many non profit agencies, Ave Maria must raise annual and capital funds to continue providing quality, long-term care for the elderly in our community. Funding sources include donations from the Ave Maria Governing Board and staff, the Ave Maria Guild, individuals, foundations, and corporations. Although a member of the Catholic Diocese, Ave Maria does not receive funds from the Diocese or from individual parish churches.

Payment methods

  • Assisted Living (which includes St. Luke Cottage) accepts private pay and Long Term Care Insurance
  • Nursing Home (which includes the Green House homes) accepts private pay, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid

Our Staff

We have 315 employees.

  • 270 full time; 45 part time; 10 contract staff; and student interns throughout the year from local colleges
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Ave Maria complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

We do not discriminate in regard to race, creed, sex, religion or ethnicity.

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