Bethesda / Applying for Admission to the Homes

Applying for Admission to the Homes

Qualification for Admission 
In order to qualify for residence in a Bethesda Home you will have to be a member of, or regular attender at a chapel that is on the Gospel Standard list and be 65 years of age or over.

What to do if you wish to consider a stay in a Bethesda Home
  1. The first step is to download and complete a Bethesda Application Form and return it to the General Office at 12(b) Roundwood Lane, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 3BZ. If you have any questions or concerns about the application form, please feel free to speak to the General Manager. If you are not, or are no longer a regular attender at a chapel on the Gospel Standard List you are strongly advised to contact the General Manager before completing and returning an application form. To see what we do with your information please download our 'Applicants Privacy Notice' here
  1. Your application form will need to be signed by a Gospel Standard minister, either your Pastor or a visiting minister who knows you well, so you may wish to give some consideration to whom you will wish to ask in advance.
  1. Once your completed application form is received by the General Manager, he will pass this to the Bethesda Fund Committee for consideration. This process usually takes about two weeks, although this can be longer in holiday times.
  1. Once your application has been approved, your name will be added to the approved applicants list and the General Manager will write to you to let you know of this. If your application is refused, the reason for this will be explained too you.  Being placed on the Approved Applicants List places you under no obligation to come into Bethesda, but does ensure that once you do take that decision there are no delays.
  1. Prior to admission, the Manager of the Home you wish to stay in will carry out a formal detailed pre-assessment care needs assessment to establish what your care needs and wishes are.  Whenever possible, you will be visited at your own home. In certain rare circumstances it may felt that the Home cannot provide care and support (see Services Types). 
  1. Before, or at the time of admission, if you are privately funded you will be asked to enter into an agreement (contract) with Bethesda.  If you are supported by Social Services, Bethesda will enter into a three-way agreement with the local authority and yourself.
  1. Applications for short stays are referred to the General Manager on the first occasion, on any subsequent occasion a person wishing for a short stay may apply directly to the Home desired. Although completed application forms are not required for temporary residents, the entry qualifications are essentially the same as for permanent residents. Short stay care is limited to a maximum of six weeks in any 12 month rolling period. 
You are welcome to visit the Home before you make a decision to stay. In any case, the first eight weeks of residence are mutually recognised as a trial period to allow for the possibility of a change of mind.

Emergency Admissions

In the case of urgent need for care or an emergency, arrangements should be made with the General Manager.  All emergency admissions are short term and any decision for long term placement will not be taken until after a full needs assessment has been carried out.  The needs assessment will be made as soon as practicable and always within the first ten days.

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