Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Each of us spends some time every day taking care of our body — bathing, brushing our teeth, etc. It’s something so routine we hardly think about it. When we do, we might remember the Apostle Paul’s counsel to “be absent from the body and present with the Lord.” Doing only what is needed, while staying in close communion with God, is a good way to take care of ourselves.
There may be times, though, when we or a loved one temporarily needs some help with basic physical care. That assistance might come from a simple piece of equipment (like a tool that helps us pull on our socks), from a friend or family member helping us bathe, or from a Christian Science nurse coming over to help with grooming or to clean and cover a wound.
When Christian Science nursing isn’t available, an internet search for “Caregivers near me” or “Home Aides” or “In-Home Care” will often bring up organizations that provide non-medical assistance in the home. A listing of some of those that have partner-agencies across the US is provided in this section. Because they link to resources outside the Christian Science community, some of these websites contain medical advertisements and articles.
The information in this section is compiled to help you or a loved one explore what is available and access resources to provide temporary personal care. If needing this type of assistance is new to you and you want to know a little more before you access resources, check out the first item: “Ways to think about Personal Care.”
For help thinking through these ideas, please call Caring for Christian Scientists at 800.930.3797.