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1 Apr 2020
Today - 31st March 2020 - the Bethesda Home at Harpenden has four residents experiencing symptoms of a raised temperature (below 37.8 degrees Celsius) and a general feeling of tiredness but not displaying any cough symptoms at present. As no testing has been undertaken to ascertain the true nature of the illness we are therefore unable to confirm that this is a Covid-19 virus infection. Nevertheless we have taken the precaution of notifying Public Health England and have implemented the recommended 'barrier care’ method of caring for the affected residents. All recommended precautions are being followed to ensure that if we do have Coronavirus in the Home we are being extremely vigilant to try to prevent any spread of the infection. Additionally we have four staff affected and they are in 'self-isolation'. We will place relevant updates on this Webpage as appropriate.

The Trustees, General Manager, Home Managers, staff and residents value your prayers at this worrying time.
31 Mar 2020
Bethesda is endevoring to keep people infromed by email and copies of updates circulated with these can be found in the Bethesda Publications page. 
26 Mar 2020

With the ongoing concerns regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Bethesda is carefully monitoring the situation in view of our residents being elderly and therefore particularly vulnerable and at ‘high risk’. 

17 Mar 2020
Please note that the due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 (coronavirus) the Committee have felt it prudent to defer the Annual General Meeting to a later date, subject to the Lord's will. 

Welcome to the Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund

We provide personal care and accommodation to people aged 65+ who are members of Gospel Standard Strict and Particular Baptist Churches, or who regularly attend Gospel Standard Strict Baptist chapels (a list of Gospel Standard Strict Baptist chapels can be found here).

We can provide a service to people with a wide range of personal care needs, including those living with dementia and those with nursing needs who can be treated in our Homes by community/district nurses. The types of service we offer are; permanent residency, short stays for holidays or respite, and day care. In every case a detailed care plan is prepared with the resident to ensure that a personalised service suitable to their needs is provided. This is then regularly reviewed to ensure that changing requirements are met.  

An important aspect of the life of our Homes is the need to provide a spiritual as well as homelike atmosphere for like-minded people. In line with this ethos there are morning and evening Bible readings and prayer taken by male members of local Gospel Standard Chapels, or when able, male residents.  

Transport to services at local Gospel Standard Strict Baptist Chapels is provided, or for those unable to attend due to infirmity services can be listened to via the relay into the Home. Prayer meetings and hymn singing evenings are held on a regular basis in each of the Homes.   

The three Bethesda Homes are rooted in the communities from which the people using our services come from. This means that people coming into our Homes will often be living among lifelong friends and, in many cases, relatives as well. The management and staff of the Homes (many of whom are also from the same background) are supported by volunteers drawn from local Gospel Standard Strict Baptist chapels. This means that those living in the Homes can stay in contact with the people they knew before moving in.

Registered Office:
Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund
Registered Charity 209376
12(b) Roundwood Lane


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