At Thelma’s Place, we help by offering support, respite, resources, education and compassion for the person with the disease as well as their families, friends and caregivers. Thelma’s Place is Oregon State approved for Medicaid participants.
Thelma’s Place offers an adult day respite program for the person with memory loss. It offers a positive setting focusing on socialization, learning memory enhancing activities, enjoying a variety of music, participating in whole body fitness, as well as games, woodworking and creative arts. Check out the newsletter to see some of the memory enhancing activities.
There is constant research to find treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s disease and one thing for certain is that social programs incorporating support, education and camaraderie are very beneficial to people dealing with memory loss. At Thelma’s Place we structure all of our programs and activities based on the latest research and incorporate social activities.
Respite Care: Caregivers need a break! Respite care can help. According to Maria Basso Lipani, LCSW in Respite: A Lifeline for Those Overwhelmed by Caregiving she states that: “If you have been providing care to a family member or friend for a long period of time, particularly if that person has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you may be feeling overwhelmed. “Caregiver burnout” as it’s sometimes called, is a real and very serious thing. The physical and mental exhaustion that can result from providing care on a day to day basis can lead a person to wonder if he/she can continue. Respite can help significantly.” See the link for more information: http://www.geriatriccaremanagement.com/respite/
While their loved one is in the fun, secure environment, the caregiver can take a break from their everyday responsibilities. They can drop their loved one off at the Club to enjoy the program while they take a breather to manage their own personal appointments, go to lunch with a friend, visit our Caregiver Resource Library or just go home and take a nap!
For a tour of our beautiful facility and courtyard and learn more about the Respite program, please call Thelma’s Place at 503-266-5100.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups: Simply because it can be so challenging — emotionally, mentally, and physically, nearly every professional involved with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia recommends support groups for Caregivers and loved ones of people with the disease. As the disease progresses and alters the person you know, you are bound to experience a range of reactions and face ever-changing problems.
Joining other people who experience similar situations can be a source of practical help as you learn about new ideas and resources. Most of all, it is helpful to talk to and listen to others wrestling with similar problems and the complicated feelings they bring. Please feel free to join us at our Canby support group. Education on various topics related to Alzheimer’s or other dementia is always provided at support meetings. Our newsletter will have the most current locations, contact information and times of each support group.