Frequently Asked Questions
Should I bring my loved one to Wide Horizon?
If care needs cannot be met at home with the support of a Christian Science practitioner, then Wide Horizon may be a right step to take. Please call us for a phone consultation.
Can I afford Wide Horizon?
It has been Wide Horizon’s pleasure and practice to work with families to recognize that fiduciary responsibility starts with turning to God as our source of supply. We can rejoice that divine Love’s provision for each of His children is complete. If needed, Wide Horizon will work out a payment plan for most patients. Requests for benevolence are considered on a case by case basis. Also, The National Fund for Christian Science Nursing provides funding for care in select cases.
Can I come to Wide Horizon as a place to rest and to study the Christian Science without distractions?
Yes, Wide Horizon offers Rest & Study for Spiritual Renewal in Horizon House where quiet time, spiritual resources, meals and housekeeping are provided while your full attention is devoted to prayerful study. We also offer a beautiful, cozy well-appointed library with many resources in the main building.
What is outpatient care?
Outpatient care is assistance with wound care or other physical assistance that requires the skills of a Christian Science nurse but does not necessitate admission. Please call to make arrangements to come in at any time.
Is it possible to have a Christian Science nurse come to my home?
Yes. Christian Science nurses are available 24/7 and the contact information may be found in any monthly issue of The Christian Science Journal or online at jshonline.com.
How does the Affordable Care Act impact Christian Scientists?
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What Is Christian Science Nursing?
A By-law from the Manual of the Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy is the foundation of Christian Science nursing. It reads:
Christian Science Nurse. Article 8, Sect. 31. A member of The Mother Church who represents himself or herself as a Christian Science Nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick.
Christian Science nurses care for the practical daily needs of individuals who are relying on God and Christian Science treatment for spiritual healing.
Christian Science nurses are members of The Mother Church. They are expected to exhibit practical wisdom as well as good nursing judgment while contributing to the individual demonstration of Christian Science. Their professional training equips them to communicate with the Christian Science practitioners who metaphysically give treatment for the patient. A Christian Science nurse assists with the patient’s comfort, rest, cleanliness, safety, mobility and nourishment, while striving to maintain a consciousness of the Truth.
Since Christian Scientists rely solely on a spiritual method for healing rather than on medical treatment, Christian Science nurses never administer medication or assist with physical therapies or give surgical treatment. They are trained in the non-medical cleansing and bandaging of wounds, in caring for individuals who are confined to bed, in preparing food for those who are not able to eat normal types and quantities of food, in caring for those who have sustained an injury from a fall or accident, etc. They care for individuals whose need is very light, as well as for those whose needs would be considered “critical.” For descriptions of the different levels of Christian Science nursing care offered at Wide Horizon, click here.
Credit: Christine Irby Williams via High Ridge House about Christian Science Nursing Care
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