Care Ministries 2018-02-15T16:44:24+00:00

Caregivers are special people, and the people of First Woodway recognize that you also have special needs.

Caregivers Ministry

While your needs are varied and we cannot meet all of them, we hope this site will be helpful to you. It is designed to make you aware of, and make available to you, resources that may be beneficial.

Since caregivers vary in many ways and “one size” does not fit all, we value your feedback in how we can better minister to you. Also, this site is not intended to eliminate the personal touch – please know that the staff at First Woodway are ready to personally assist you at any time.

Most of all, know that you are loved and not forgotten.

What’s Happening Now

Caregiver Seminar – Waco
Making Your ‘Helping’ Helpful: Strategies for Improving Care”
Friday, March 2
Noon to 4:30 pm
This seminar will cover: how to differentiate between dementias, effective communication techniques, tips for managing challenging behaviors, and ways to make interactions joyful. This year’s speaker will be Melanie Bunn, who has been nursing for over 20 years and is one of the nation’s premier lecturers on dementia care.

This event is free for family caregivers to attend, but there is a suggested donation of $10. Those who are activity professionals and social workers needing continuing education cost is $35 and other professionals not needing continuing education the registration is $20. If you need in-home care for a loved one during this seminar contact the Area Agency on Aging at 254.292.1855 at least two weeks in advance. Lunch will be provided. Click here for the brochure. Register online by clicking here or by calling 800.272.3900.

Care Day – Strengthening Emotional Health
Sunday, March 18, church-wide
On this Sunday, we will look at mental health from theological and practical perspectives. Pastor Paul will preach a sermon on the topic, and a variety of workshops will be provided in the evening. Workshop times and topics: TBA. Click here for more information.

Senior Care Resources

Independent living is housing arrangements that are usually specific to people age 55 and older. Housing styles vary from apartment styles to freestanding homes. Independent living is designed specifically to assist senior adults in keeping their independence. Usually independent living is more compact and provides easier navigation than regular homes. Independent living includes retirement communities, retirement homes, senior communities, and senior homes. Independent living is appropriate for older adults who are independent in their activities of daily living, but may need assistance with yard management, etc.

Independent Living may be right for you if:
•    You need minor assistance with activities of daily living
•    You want a home that does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep
•    You like the idea of being able to socialize and do activities with other senior adults

Resources in Waco
Emeritus at Meadowlands Terrace

3801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 254-714-2222

Lakeshore Estates

3209 Village Green Drive, 254-399-0109

Stilwell Memorial Residence
5400 Laurel Lake Drive, 254-772-4644

Providence Park
300 W. Highway 6, 254-761-8500

Cottages of Oak Springs
1900 Woodgate Drive, 254-666-2636

Ridgecrest Retirement & Health
1900 W. Highway 6,  254-776-9681

Assisted Living is for those who may need help with some activities of daily living. Assisted living includes residential care, board and care, and group homes. Some assisted living facilities provide help with medication management, and many have a common area for dining and recreational activities. Staff is available 24/7.

Assisted Living may be right for you if:
•    You need more personal care than can be given at home or an independent living facility
•    You do not need round-the-clock medical care and supervision

Resources in Waco
Alterra Sterling House of Waco
1700 Lakeshore Drive, 254-754-7900

Bentley House Assisted Living
500 North Hewitt Drive, 254-744-0187

Donna Berry Community Home
514 Concorn Way, 254-799-1849

Meadowlands Terrace
 Assisted Living
3801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 254-714-2222

Ridgecrest Retirement Limited
1900 W Highway 6, 254-776-9681

Saint Elizabeth Place
300 W Highway 6, 254-761-8500

Stoney Brook of Hewitt
151 Royal Lane in Hewitt, 254-420-1400

Nursing Homes provide the highest level of care outside of a hospital. Unlike assisted living facilities, nursing homes provide both assistance with activities of daily living and a high level of medical care. A licensed physician monitors each resident’s care and nursing staff is always available.

A nursing home may be right for you if:
•    You have both personal and medical needs that can not be met at home or at another facility due to a recent hospitalization or chronic illness
•    You need a high level of care temporarily after a hospitalization and plan to return home or to another facility

Resources in Waco
Crestview Healthcare Residence
1400 Lake Shore Drive, 254-753-0291

Greenview Manor
401 Owen Lane, 254-772-8900

Jeffrey Place Healthcare Center
820 Jeffrey Street, 254-772-9480

Lakeshore Village Healthcare
2320 Lake Shore Drive, 254-752-1075

Quality Care of Waco
2501 Maple Avenue, 254-752-0311

Regent Care Center
7801 Woodway Drive, 254-235-7801

Ridgecrest Retirement & Health
2900 W. Highway 6, 254-776-9681

Royal Manor
9114 Royal Lane, 254-666-2164

St. Catherine Center at Providence Park
300 W. Highway 6, 254-761-8500

Texan Nursing and Rehab
5900 Clover Lane, 254-772-0610

The Courtyard at Hewitt
8836 Mars Drive, 254-420-5500

West Rest Haven
300 W. Haven Street, 254-826-5354

Westview Manor of McGregor
414 Johnson Drive, 254-840-3281

Woodland Springs Nursing Center
1010 Dallas Street, 254-752-9774

The purpose of home health care is to help you remain at home for as long as possible rather than having to move to a long-term care for facility. Home health care agencies range in the type of care they provide including companionship, medication management, cleaning, assistance with personal care, and more complex medical care.

Home Health Care may be right for you if:
•    You need minimal assistance with activities of daily living
•    You have a close network of friends and family nearby

Resources in Waco
ABC Home Health Care
3115 Bellmead Drive, 254-867-1181

Amedisys Home Health of Waco
7003 Woodway Dr. Suite #313, 254-399-6422

Auxi Health Care
6600 Sanger Ave. Ste 11 Waco, 254-751-0200

Bethany Home Health Services
6801 Sanger Ave. Ste 150 Waco, 254-741-6451

Bluebonnet Home Care
2020 N. Valley Mills Drive, 254-772-5577

Comfort Keepers of Waco
6501 Sanger Avenue, 254-523-4234

Heartland Social Work Services

Health Wise Home Health
7111 Bosque Blvd #101, 254-751-0623

Heights Home Health
3425 Hillcrest Drive, 254-753-0431

Hillcrest Home Care Services
3115 Pine Ave #408 Waco, TX 76708

Home Instead Senior Care
511 N. Hewitt Drive Suite 3,  254-666-7300

Interim Health Care
8004 Woodway Dr. #500, 254-751-9393

Providence Home Care
528 Meadow Lake Center, 254-399-2500

Reliable Home Health Services
6312 Cobb  254-772-1025

Texas Home Health Skilled Services
7503 Bosque Blvd, 254-755-6179

Visiting Angels
3833 Franklin Avenue, 254-772-8660

Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment and focuses on quality rather than quantity of life. The patient and family are both included in a care plan that strives to meet the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Hospice affirms life and acknoqledges dying as a normal process. For more information on hospice go to www.hospicenet.org

Resources in Waco
Bluebonnet Hospice
307 Londonderry Drive, 254-751-1790

Hillcrest Community Hospice
3115 Pine Ave #408, 254-202-5150

Family Hospice
1412 North Valley Mills Drive, 254-644-2757

Providence Hospice
4830 Lakewood Drive, 254-399-9099

Southern Care Waco
1101 Wooded Acres Drive, 254-751-9537

Texas Home Health Hospice
7503 Bosque Blvd, 254-756-0404

Vista Care Hospice 
510 N Valley Mills Drive, 254-399-0963

Respite Care refers to a short time of rest or relief. It provides a break from the typical care routine and allows the caregiver to have a chance to rest and relax. Click here for more information on respite care.

Resources in Waco

Adult Day Care of Waco
323 N. 29th St. Waco, 254-714-2274

Friends For Life Adult Day Care
5000 Lakewood Dr. Waco, 254-772-7600

Ridgecrest Retirement & Health Care
1900 W. Hwy 6 Waco, 254-776-9681

St. Catherine Center at Providence Park
300 W. Hwy 6 Waco,  254-761-8500

Sunny Day Center
2714 Old Dallas Rd. Waco, 254-799-1099

Dementia is an umbrella term that covers a range of diseases impacting cognitive ability. The most common of these dementias is Alzheimer’s Disease. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a very difficult and scary thing if the caregiver is not knowledgeable about the dementia, what to expect, and the impact that dementia can have on their loved ones and family. This webpage is designed to help you become familiar with the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, and provide resources in the community.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

1. Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life
Forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates and events, asking for the same information over and over again, and relying on memory aides or family members for things they used to handle on their own, are all signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. Typical age-related change: Forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later.

2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty developing or following a plan and working with numbers. A person may experience difficulty in following a familiar recipe, or keeping track of their budget. It also may take them longer to do tasks than before. Typical age-related change: Making an occassional error when balancing a checkbook.

3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty remembering familiar tasks. They may have difficulting with remembering the rules of a game, driving to a familiar place, managing a budget, or remembering how to cook a favorite food.  Typical age-related change: Occasionally needing help with tasks such as recording a tv show or using appliances.

4. Confusion with Time or Place
Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty remembering what season it is, where they are, or how they got somewhere. They may have difficulty with the passage of time and remembering specific dates. Typical age-related change: Forgetting what day of the week it is, but remembering it later.

5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships
People with Alzheimer’s disease may experience vision problems. These may include having difficulty reading, judging distance, and determining color. They also may not recognize themselves when they pass a mirror. Typical age-related change: Having changes in vision due to cataracts.

6. New Difficulties with Words in Speaking or Writing
People with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty joining a conversation or continuing one. They may begin to speak and forget what they were saying or repeat themselves. They may have difficulty with vocabulary and have trouble finding the right word, or call something by the wrong name. Typical age-related change: Sometimes having difficulty finding the right word.

7. Misplacing Things and Being Unable to Retrace their Steps
Sometimes a person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in the wrong place and have difficulty remembering where they put it. They may have difficulty in retracing their steps or accuse someone of stealing their missing item. Typical age-related change: Occasionaly misplacing things such as glasses or dentures.

8. Decreased or Poor Judgment
People with Alzheimer’s disease may have decreased or poor judgment such as giving large amounts of money to telemarketers. They also may pay less attention to things such as their personal hygiene. Typical age-related change: Making a poor decision once in a while.

9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities
Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may remove themselves from favorite activities or hobbies. They may have difficulty remembering their favorite sports team or remembering how to complete their favorite hobby. They may avoid being social due to the changes they are experiencing. Typical age-related change: Sometimes feeling weary of work, social, and family obligations.

10. Changes in Mood and Personality
Sometimes a change in mood will be noticed with people who have Alzheimer’s disease. They may feel confused, anxious, depressed, angry, suspicious, or fearful. They may become easily upset when they are in situations out of their comfort zone. Typical age-related change: Developing specific ways of doing things and become irritated when their routine is changed.

Dementia Resources

Alzheimer’s Association
Dementia Caregiver Resources
Palliative Dementia Care Resources


Waco Housing Options

4308 N 19th St.
Waco, TX  76708

Wesley Woods Alzheimer’s Care
1700 Woodgate Dr.
Waco, TX  76712

Emeritus at Meadowlands Terrace
3801 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Waco, TX  76708

Self Care

Caring for a loved one not only impacts the one receiving care, but it also can affect the caregiver both physically and mentally. “Caregiver burnout” consists of three major components which include emotional exhaustion, decreased feelings of personal achievement, and increased detchachment toward the one receiving care (Maslach, 2003). In order for “caregiver burnout” to be prevented, it is essential that the caregiver takes time to care for themself! Self-care will not only have a positive impact on the caregiver, but will also allow the caregiver to be effective in caring for their loved one.

Guidelines to Prevent “Caregiver Burnout”

Learn as much as you can about your family member’s illness so that you can be the best caregiver that you can be. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the more effective you will be as a caregiver.

Know your limits. Be realistic about how much time and energy you can invest in being a caregiver. Set your limits and clearly communicate your limits with your family members, doctors, and others who are involved.

Accept your feelings. Caregiving can trigger a wide variety of emotions including resentment, fear, guilt, anger, sadness, and helplessness. As long as you don’t compromise the well-being of the receiver, allow yourself to feel what you feel.

Confide in others. Talk to others about what you feel and what you are going through. Lean on your friends, family, and your church and join a support group so that you do not feel like you are going through this journey alone.

All information was provided by helpguide.org.

10 Tips for Caregivers

1. Caregiving is a job, and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often.

2.  Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay getting professional help when you need it.

3.  When people offer to help, accept their help and suggest specific things that they can do.

4.  Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.

5.  There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence.

6.  Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.

7.  Caregivers often do a lot of pulling, pushing, and lifting. Be good to your back.

8.  Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.

9.  Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

10.  Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.

Source: www.thefamilycaregiver.org

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