Do you ever wonder how to best pray for an older loved one? If they're still living on their own, you may worry about their health and safety. And if they've made a move to an assisted living community, you might worry that they're getting the right level of care or that they're happy and not lonely in their new home.
Big changes can be hard or scary for people of any age. Even if you're excited about the change, there's a little bit of unknown that comes along, and that's true of moving into an assisted living community. You may have done the research, spent time visiting your community of choice, and planned out many of the steps. But that doesn't let you see into the future with a crystal ball to know exactly how the change will go down.
Bethesda Senior Living Communities is a faith-based organization. We have a heart for the Lord and for service to all the residents in our care. While you don't need to be someone of a certain faith to choose to make one of our communities your home, we do have many residents who are Christian and profess a heart for the Lord. But what does it mean to be a senior with a heart for God? We explore that concept below to find out what the Bible has to say and how that might impact seniors living a faith-based lifestyle in or out of an assisted living community.
Bethesda Senior Living Communities is a not-for-profit business. But what does that mean, and is there any value in choosing an assisted living community that's part of a not-for-profit parent company? Find out more below about the differences between for-profit, nonprofit and not-for-profit and some reasons you might want to consider a not-for-profit community for yourself or your loved one.
There’s no denying that 2020 was a stressful year for many, regardless of age. And 2021 has had its own share of stress. But even with a year chock full of collective stresses, that doesn’t mean individual stresses simply disappear. As we age, we have to deal with different things that can be stressors. That includes health conditions or considering whether or not to move to an assisted living community. Each situation can create distinctive challenges, and people of faith who are able to keep up with spiritual disciplines may find that those challenges are easier to face.
Making the decision to enter an assisted living community can be huge for individuals and their families. Each person comes to this decision based on their own reasoning and with careful consideration to their own situation. Regardless, it’s still a decision that brings with it numerous changes, and at Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we're cognizant that making such a major move can cause worry and stress.
The answer to any question you might have is quite literally in the palm of your hand (if you have a smartphone), so it’s no wonder people say we're living in the information age. Smartphones, laptops and tablets provide access to a steady stream of information all day, every day. Add to that 24-hour news channels and breaking news showing up on televisions and social media feeds, and it’s like trying to drink from a firehose. It can be a bit overwhelming.
If you’re living a life of faith, you understand the value of God’s word. It’s a way for us to get closer to him, to understand his plan for us, to have him speak to us and to learn valuable lessons that are applicable to our daily lives. Each book has its own unique things to teach us and its own way of facilitating God speaking to us.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the practice of observing Lent started. But there's evidence that it goes back to the early days of the church. There are references to it back in the second and third centuries, but it became a more formalized practice once Christianity was legalized in A.D. 313.
The decision of whether or not to move into an assisted living community can be a difficult one. Any move is a big deal, and trying to decide if this is the right time to enter a community like those under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella is not a decision to be made lightly. There are obviously more than a few things for you to consider when making your decision. Here are a few reasons why the move might just be the right thing for you.