"When people come through the door here you can see them just relax because they know that they can talk (and) someone is going to listen to them." -Gentleman with Alzheimer's
"I can't say it often enough-many, many thanks for your loving care for my husband. His quality of life is so much better because of what you offer through this special place."
"Thank you for lifting the burden, lightening the stress and offering a haven for mother."
"Your 'social club' is the best thing that's happened to us in a long time."
"You are doing such a wonderful job and I know how much it is appreciated by the families of those who are fortunate enough to find themselves in your care."
"I will always be grateful for your loving care for both of us."
"What a difference Respite Care has made in our lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"Every once in a while, we find 'special' place-places where friendships are found-love flourishes and memories are held in heart forever more. Respite Care is one of those 'special' places."
"Because of your fine program, Dad got the social interaction he so enjoyed and Mom got a much needed break from the demands of caring for him."
"I am completely astounded by the generosity of you people at Respite Care! Because of their gifts, more people in need will get help in the coming years."
"You are caring for us caregivers as much as for the club participants."
"I can't think of a better place for mom to enjoy a few hours a day."
10 Ways to Tell Mom about "The Club"
#1 - Fun, fellowship and good food!! Highlight the social aspects and downplay the care aspects of the center. The center can be described as a social club.
#2 - Discuss the productive aspects of the activities at the center. Explain that she may be there to attend a meeting or to help others.
#3 - Describe some of the activities that might be of interest to her. Explain that this is an opportunity to rediscover old interests as well as discover new interests.
#4 - Encourage her just to try it for a week or so.
#5 - Ask her to do it for you, because you love her. She will be safe and you can go to work and not worry.
#6 - Ask her to do it for the whole family. It gives everyone a break from each other and helps the family get along better.
#7 - Talk over the health aspects that will enhance her physical and emotional wellbeing. Explain the benefits of light exercise and the emotional benefits of socializing with a supportive group of her peers.
#8 - Explain that the doctor has suggested the use of the center and ask the doctor to write an order or prescription for the program.
#9 - Explain that this is something that she must do. Do not give her a choice. If necessary, go with her the first few times so she will not feel alone or abandoned.
#10 - Don't!! If Mom is highly anxious, do not discuss the visit in advance. The orientation and explanation can take place at the center.