Our Philosophy Of Care

James L. West is a faith-inspired, not-for-profit organization started through First Presbyterian Church by the Eunice P. and James L. West Charitable Trust. While founded through First Presbyterian Church, the Center serves all persons affected by dementia, no matter their faith background. As a trusted expert, we provide personalized, innovative care and support for families and specialized education for caregivers, healthcare professionals and the community at large.

James L. West Center for Dementia Care is a trusted expert in the field of dementia, providing individualized care and support for individuals 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 since 1993, 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.

We strive to be the trusted resource for best practices and innovative care for people with all forms of dementia. We are dedicated to advancing the art and science of dementia care – daring to innovate and eager to share. 

The Center’s philosophy of compassionate memory care and support serves as a loving tribute from Mrs. Eunice West to her husband, Fort Worth business leader and philanthropist James L. West, and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff today.

Committed to improving dementia care

The James L. West Center’s reputation as an innovator is not an accident. By partnering with other educational and research organizations, James L. West’s program continues to evolve and change to meet the needs of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families.

Our Partners

Our education and research partners include

    • Age-u-cate Training Institute
    • Area Agency on Aging North Central Texas
    • Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Tarrant County
    • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center
    • Baylor University

    • Career and Technology High School, Fort Worth Independent School District
    • Chamberlain University
    • Concorde Career College
    • Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep High School
    • Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

    • Diverse Elders Coalition
    • Fort Worth ISD North Side High School
    • LeadingAge Texas
    • JPS Health System
    • Meals on Wheels

    • Parker University
    • Project ECHO - University of New Mexico
    • Sam Houston State University
    • St. Catherine University Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
    • Tarrant County College

    • Tarrant County Public Health
    • Texas Assisted Living Association
    • Texas Christian University
    • TCU Burnett School of Medicine
    • Texas Healthy at Home

    • Texas Tech University
    • Texas Woman’s University
    • Texas Workforce Commission
    • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
    • University of North Texas

    • University of St. Augustine
    • University of Texas Arlington School of Nursing
    • University of Texas Arlington School of Social Work
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    • Weatherford College

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