ENGAGING HEARTS … ENRICHING MINDS
The Gathering Place opened its doors in April 2008, we started out with just 4 participants and 19 volunteers. By late summer our numbers doubled and we just continued to grow from there!
There was a realization of the unmet need in the community, a need for families and caregivers to have respite. And also a need to provide engagement and socialization to the individual with memory loss.
As soon as we opened it became apparent that our program was so much more than just a “respite” program, the focus was on the participant and the result was generating positive effects. The Gathering Place focuses on having meaningful and supportive relationships with participants. Providing a 1 to 1 ratio volunteer to participate, so the participant stays fully engaged.
Most people would not think that improvement is an option with this population, but was do see improvements on a daily basis!
Improvements we see are:
Relationships within the entire care family are improved by the positive effects at The Gathering Place.
The Gathering Place encourages independence, focusing on what you can do-not on what you cannot.