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Respite Care: Bringing Comfort and Respect to the Senior Care Transition

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Respite Care: Bringing Comfort and Respect to the Senior Care Transition

For both seniors and their families, the discussion about later-life living arrangements can be an awkward one. Whether you want to remain as independent as possible as you age or you’re an adult child wanting to provide the best options for a parent, you might not know if assisted living is the right choice.

Some common worries families and individuals have when considering senior living care options include:

  • Will I or my family member be treated with respect?
  • Will his or her lifestyle and faith choices be respected?
  • Does moving into an assisted living community mean isolation?
  • What if the move isn’t quite right for me?

Psalm 71:9 says “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent,” and that’s a sentiment we stand behind at Bethesda Gardens. And we help like-minded families stand behind it too. One way we approach these concerns is by offering respite care services in Ft. Worth.

What is respite care?

Respite care in our Ft. Worth location includes all the benefits of assisted living, but it doesn’t require a long-term contract or commitment. During their respite stay, seniors live in a furnished studio apartment and have access to three meals a day in a restaurant-style dining room. Care options include nursing supervision, assistance with medication and 24-hour availability of trained team members.

During a respite care stay, seniors can also explore the grounds, participate in offered activities and talk to other residents before deciding if they’d like to stay longer with Bethesda Gardens.

How does it help families stand behind Psalm 71:9?

The option for temporary assisted living care in Ft. Worth lets you live out the sentiment of Psalm 71:9 in two ways.

When family can’t fully provide for any care needs, such as when a primary caregiver needs to travel or is dealing with his or her own crisis, respite care allows a senior to feel comfortable, independent and safe. It also provides peace of mind for the family.

Respite care lets families respect their loved one’s wishes and timeline when deciding, allowing everyone involved to explore options fully before finalizing any plans without putting seniors at risk.

Our respite care services in Ft. Worth

At Bethesda Gardens, we don’t just serve physical and medical needs. We provide opportunities for seniors to engage in spiritual and social activities too. During respite care, seniors might engage in games with their neighbors, take trips to local shopping venues and attractions, enjoy quiet time in the library and reading room or join groups for cookouts on the lawn.

An onsite chaplain is available for spiritual care and discussions, and since seniors live in their own studio apartment during respite care, guests from their own congregation can continue visiting them, so they don’t have to feel isolated from existing support structures.

Families or individuals interested in respite care as a potential transition to assisted living in Ft. Worth can schedule a tour of the community to learn more.