Tampa has a thriving population of Southern Baptists, both in the city and throughout the Bay Area. In fact, Tom Ranier, an author and speaker who publishes a list of the churches with the largest reported attendance in the Southern Baptist Convention, the area boasts three in the top 100 list, Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, The Crossing Church in Tampa, and Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon.
Tampa is also home to the South Florida Baptist Hospital, a branch of the St. Joseph’s hospitals and part of the state-of-the-art BayCare health system. Located in Plant City, the facility has been providing seniors and families in the area with compassionate care and personal attention for over 50 years. Seniors passionate about living a Southern Baptist lifestyle have numerous care and community options throughout the city.
Tampa Baptist Manor near the Amalie Arena in Downtown Tampa is an independent living senior community with maintenance-free studio and one-bedroom apartment options. The 13-floor, 240-unit facility has on-site staff 24-hours a day, a security system, gated parking, and a meal program on-site for residents. Seniors also have access to a tv-theater, dog park, computer lab, and a beauty salon on the premises.
Palm Avenue Baptist Tower is a second option for seniors looking for a community in the area. This independent living facility does also offer on-site assisted living care to qualified seniors. The 16-story building just outside of Downtown has subsidized housing available and offers security and transportation in addition to on-site dining, laundry, and activities.
In addition to operating 15 area hospitals, including the South Florida Baptist Hospital, Baycare offers a variety of in-home care services to seniors throughout the Tampa Bay area. Their staff team of over 1,000 licensed care providers can provide in-home nursing care, short-term rehabilitative care, infusion therapy, respiratory care, and other needed medical services.
Their services also include disease management programs for seniors diagnosed with things like heart failure, COPD, or diabetes and well as administering therapy programs for those in need of physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Nursing and home health staff can conduct in-home safety assessments, and can even assist with delivering prescriptions and needed medical devices to the home.
With 150 Baptist church congregations to choose from in the area, seniors have options ranging from large to small in their neighborhoods. You can seek out worship services that vary in size from a handful of participants, all the way up to congregations in the thousands. Several churches in the area will offer services to meet the needs of the community, including in languages other than English like Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian.
Larger churches will often have specialized ministries for their senior members. For example, Idlewild Baptist Church holds monthly Joy Luncheons specifically for seniors, and also offer specific ministry groups focused on joy, support, aging, and more.
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