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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 200 individuals every day- Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and St. Luke Cottage (memory care) residents; Adult Day Center clients; and clients needing short-term speech, physical, and occupational therapy.


Director of Pastoral Care and programs available for residents and clients, family members, and staff. Daily communion service Monday-Friday; Saturday Bible Study; Sunday Protestant Service 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



Skilled Private Rooms



In Assisted Living

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


Average number of Clients

Average number of Clients attending the Assisi Adult Day Center, Monday-Friday

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 our Green Houses® Home, licensed for skilled nursing, and offering private apartments and community living; Assisted Living with a specialized dementia unit (St. Luke’s Cottages); and an Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program serves a growing number of elders who wish to remain in their homes, but who need some assistance with daily living skills.

Admission to Ave Maria 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.

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

Payment methods

Payment methods

  • Assisted Living (which includes St. Luke Cottage) accepts private pay and Long Term Care Insurance
  • The Green House® Homes (Skilled Nursing Care) accept 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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