Care & Support
The Congregational Care Committee provides compassionate, caring concern through personal service to members of our church family and community who have special needs. If you are interested in participating in or receiving care from one of the various areas of service below, please contact the Rev. Michael Waschevski. In addition, you may also obtain reviews by church members of assisted living/care options in the Fort Worth community.
James L. West Center Caregiver Education Series
Experience Dementia Live. Friday, July 19, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dementia Live® is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. Dementia Live takes approximately 45 minutes and time slots available every 20 minutes. Spaces in each time slot are limited, please call 817-877-1199 to schedule your time.
What is Normal Aging? Thursday, July 25, 2019, 10 - 11:30 a.m. This workshop uses Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care training model and we will explore the differences between normal aging and not normal aging while gaining a better understanding of what to expect as we get older and how it is different from those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
For an ongoing calendar of caregiver education events at the James L. West Center, click here.
James L. West Center Family & Friends Support Group. Fridays, 11 a.m. - 12 noon. All are welcome to join our Family and Friends Support Group. The Family and Friends Support Group is facilitated by Hollie Glover, a licensed professional counselor and certified dementia care expert. She has many years of working with families as they navigate their way through the profession of dementia. There will be a topic each week, but there will also be time for open discussion. The goal of the support group is to help you reduce your feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue and improve your coping skills and sense of adjustment. For more information, please call 817.877.1199 or visit jameslwest.org.
Managing Caregiver Stress
Communicating with Dementia Loved Ones
Do I really need a Caregiver Support Group?
Hospitalization of a Dementia Loved One
Real Life as a Caregiver
Understanding Different Care Options
Keeping My Loved One Safe
Understanding Guardianship Services (2 parts)
Driving with Dementia
Experts locally and from other organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving contributed to this series. Created in partnership with the James L. West Alzheimer's Center and Plaid for Women, Inc. Click here for more information.
Stephen Ministry & Sustaining Care
For over thirty-five years, First Presbyterian Church's Stephen Ministers have provided one-on-one care to those who need someone during difficult times, such as divorce, anxiety, death of a loved one or chronic illness. More recently, Sustaining Caregivers have begun to journey alongside those who simply need companionship and someone with whom to share their stories. Stephen Ministers and Sustaining Caregivers receive extensive specialized training, supervision and continuing education. Learn more.
Care Teams are created by zip code and coordinate temporary care of those who are hospitalized, chronically ill, or bereaved by providing meals, transportation, errand-running and other services.
Grief Support Groups
Offered periodically throughout the year, these groups support those experiencing or recovering from grief; facilitated by ordained pastors and/or trained professionals.
Volunteers write to all new members, confirmands, and parents of the newly baptized, welcoming them in to the church family. Others maintain regular contact with homebound members who live out of the area and cannot be visited.
Volunteers stay in the home of a bereaved family during memorial/funeral services to answer the phone, receive gifts of flowers and food, and provide a presence at a vulnerable time.
Members deliver flowers from Sunday worship services to those who are hospitalized or them themselves homebound for a time.
Men's Visitation Team
Volunteers visit men of the church who can no longer attend worship, keeping them connected to their church family.
Muffin TLC Ministry
Once a month, volunteers package muffins and other special items and deliver them to families and individuals in special need of a tangible gift of love.
Prayer Line Ministry
Dedicated "pray-ers" pray for the church and its members daily. Many volunteers are homebound or unable physically to participate in more active ministries.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Volunteers create shawls and other knitted items to be delivered to those in need of comfort and solace as they pray for the person who is to receive it.
Volunteers drive a golf cart shuttle between Trinity Terrace, the church parking lots, and the church entrance to enable elderly members to continue to attend worship services.