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WHAT IS RESPITE CARE MINISTRY?
The Respite Care Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Dothan is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of older adults and their caregivers. It provides activities and socialization opportunities outside the home in a safe and caring setting for older adults with mild to moderate memory loss. This time provides their caregivers with emotional support through a caregiver support group, information regarding available resources, and personal time away during the day in which to rest and address their own needs. *No medical care is provided.
For the Older Adult Participant:
This ministry provides a safe, loving environment for the well-being of each participant. A variety of activities includes, but is not limited to, social, creative, intellectual, spiritual, and recreational programming. All activities are designed to provide mental stimulation and social participation. Examples of activities include group singing, gardening, crafts, community services, reminiscing, exercise, adapted floor games, inter-generational programs, art therapy, pet therapy, and socialization activities.
For the Caregiver:
This ministry provides respite (an interval of rest or relief) for the caregiver. It supports the efforts of the family to keep the loved on in the home environment, which will contribute to the quality of life of the participant as well as the family. This ministry offers a monthly support group with an experienced staff member. It also provides information regarding available community resources, nursing home options, Alzheimer information, etc.
WHEN AND WHERE
We operate Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Rooms 152 and 155 of First United Methodist Church, Dothan. This is at the corner of Main St. and Park Ave – 1380 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama. The program is closed on all legal holidays like New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, etc. and follows the Houston County school system for weather-related closings.
Participation in the program will be based on the applicant’s ability to participate in the program and the initial interview with the director. We take the following things into consideration when evaluating whether or not an application is capable of participating in the program:
- Medical stability – a participant may be frail and have physical problems, but must be medically stable
- Ability to ambulate independently with or without assistive devices without potential danger to self or others
- Ability to perform daily living activities independently
- Ability to interact and socialize with others
- Ability to exhibit acceptable behavior in a group
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