Jeri Wendt, a friend of mine from Perrysburg Rotary, sent me this note, and I wanted to share it. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s in metro Toledo, please look into Paul’s Peers and support them in any way you can.
When you come across something that you care about and think others may benefit from you just HAVE to pass on the good word… so, please take a minute and read about something that makes my life so much better.
For those who don’t know, my mom has Alzheimer’s. My older brother and I share in her care and luckily for us, about three years ago, we discovered Paul’s Peers Respite Care in Maumee where we take her four days a week. (See attached article featuring me and Mom!). Paul’s Peers is a senior day-care center whose main purpose is caring for elderly people who need assistance. This includes people with Alzheimer’s. It is a place to drop off your loved one knowing they will be cared for by the kindest people you would ever hope to meet. For $35 a day you have up to eight hours of free time for yourself and in our case, Mom gets a day away from us. (A win-win situation!)
I am sending this to you in case you know of someone who would be interested in this program. Due to the economy, many people aren’t working now and are staying at home with their loved ones eliminating the need for elder care during the day. Much to our dismay, Paul’s Peers has had to temporarily stop care on Tuesdays due to lack of enrollment. So… if you have a spouse, parent, grandparent or know of someone who could use this service please let them know. It is a program offered as much for the care giver as it is the recipient.
We would not be able to have my Mom stay at home were it not for this “gem”. We drop her off at 9:00 in the morning and her day begins with a continental breakfast, (donated by Panera Bread), and David, the assistant director, reading the newspaper and discussing current events. The rest of the day the incredible staff keeps things interesting by mild exercises, playing games and cards, watching old movies and listening to music with weekly entertainment such as an accordion player or a story teller. Other events are bi-weekly manicures, trips to the movie theater, crafts, tea parties, church every Wednesday and visits from the children’s day-care. The staff patiently learns the likes and dislikes of each participant and gently works with them accordingly. It didn’t take them long to find out my mom is an avid gin-rummy player who is tough to beat!
There you have it… now you know. If you don’t have the need right now maybe sometime in the future you will have a friend who is at wits end and needs a break. You can offer them a solution.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
310 Elizabeth Street