Fort Worth’s first, finest and most comprehensive center for dementia care.
James L. West is a faith inspired, not-for-profit organization serving persons impacted by dementia. As a trusted expert, we provide personalized, innovative care and support for families, as well as specialized education for caregivers, healthcare professionals and the community at large.
The James L. West Center for Dementia Care is a not-for-profit organization founded on the love and compassion of Eunice P. West, who witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her husband, Fort Worth business leader and philanthropist James L. West. As a caregiver, Mrs. West understood the hardships families face, at a time when services for people with dementia were not commonly available.
To honor her husband’s memory, Mrs. West directed the James L. and Eunice P. West Charitable Trust, through First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, to provide major funding to build a nondenominational facility dedicated to the care of people living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. The grand opening of the James L. West Center for Dementia Care in 1993 brought to life Mrs. West’s vision of a mission-driven organization that would assist the whole family from diagnosis to end of life, engage in meaningful research and share its knowledge with the community at large.
The Center’s philosophy of compassionate memory care and support serves as a loving tribute from Mrs. West to her husband and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff today.
The Difference is Clear
James L. West Center a member organization of LeadingAge Texas, an association representing not-for-profit services and facilities for the older adults. The association is comprised of more than 350 members, including approximately 200 of Texas' finest retirement housing communities, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, and home and community based services providers.
Setting the Standard
Our nation’s not-for-profit housing, community-based, and long-term care service providers are on a mission. Their objective: to provide the highest quality and the most compassionate care to those they serve. By continuing a tradition of mission-driven, consumer-centered management and competent, hands-on care, not-for-profits set the standard in the older American housing and service continuum.
Not-for-profit organizations manage their financial resources in accordance with their missions. Many non-profit housing and service providers were founded by faith-based and civic groups from rich traditions, and their longstanding values are still reflected in their governance and management. They are not driven by daily pressures to increase the bottom line for owners, investors, or shareholders; quality, rather, is the barometer of a not-for-profit organization’s efforts.
Non-profit organizations are accountable to voluntary boards of directors, who donate their time and talent to ensure that ethical management, financial integrity, and quality services are maintained. Non-profit finances are always open for public inspection, their information readily available on the internet. Non-profits have a responsibility to be active, contributing members of their localities.
Non-profit providers have a longstanding tradition of leading with quality. A review combining results from 82 studies that compared not-for-profit and for-profit nursing homes found that not-for-profit aging service organizations produced superior outcomes on several quality measures.
Our Philosophy of Care
James L. West Center for Dementia Care provides individualized care and support to enhance the quality and dignity of each person’s life throughout the course of the disease. Instead of focusing on what is lost through the disease, we work with the entire care team to maximize what remains, focusing on comfort rather than cure. As an innovator in the field of dementia care, our skilled, compassionate care partners utilize evidence-based practices to provide those living with dementia the highest quality of life through every stage of the disease aligning the care with what is most beneficial to the individual. This philosophy is a result of Mrs. West's loving tribute to her husband and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff. We offer help and hope – for those already affected by dementia and for those who may be in the future – through our Residential and Respite Care, West Center Day Program, and Dementia and Caregiver Education classes.
Our education and research partners include:
- Age-u-cate Training Institute
- Area Agency on Aging North Central Texas
- Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center
- Career and Technical High School, Fort Worth Independent School District
- Concorde Career College
- Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
- North Side High School
- Sam Houston State University
- St. Catherine University Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
- Tarrant County College
- Texas Christian University
- Texas Tech University
- University of North Texas Health Science Center Medical School
- University of North Texas Department of Applied Gerontology
- Parker University
- University of Texas Arlington School of Nursing
- University of Texas Arlington School of Social Work
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
- Weatherford College