THE ADULT CAREGIVER: WHEN IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE

What are the red flags? How do I know when it’s is time for my family member to make the move to an Assisted Living, Personal Care, or Skilled Facility? What should we look for?

When people call us at The Homeplace at Midway, we will ask some of the following questions:

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JEANS JOURNEY

She loved her family and was an extreme University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Mom worked at the UK Library for more than 30 years. She loved “her” UK basketball team. She had season tickets and attended every game. Mom had many life-long friends and was involved in loads of activities. She was active in her church. She loved to travel. She took cruises and toured Europe and Hawaii as well as many places in the United States. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

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BEST FRIENDS MAKING THE WORLD GO ROUND

There are just some things you cannot teach, such as compassion, responsibility and sincerity. Our volunteers at the Best Friends™ Adult Day Center are some of the most compassionate people I know. Without these volunteers, we truly wouldn’t be here, and any volunteer will tell you they get more out of their time here at Best Friends™ than our participants do.

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BEST FRIENDS MAKING THE WORLD GO ROUND

relationships that transcend generation and ability. My time at Best Friends™ has given me cherished memories and important lessons that I will carry for life.”


Many of our volunteers coming in have no idea how meaningful an experience this will be. These volunteers not only develop relationships with our participants, but they also develop friendships with other volunteers. It’s a way to maintain a purpose-driven life.


We even have some volunteers at Best Friends™ who are spouses of loved ones that were once in our program. They saw how significant our program was for their loved one, and when their spouse or loved one passed, they became volunteers. They choose to give back because they know how important volunteers were for them. They have first-hand knowledge and experience of how the Best Friends Approach™ has helped their loved one. They also can act as a support group for other families.


I believe volunteering is such an important part of life because it gives us purpose and an opportunity to give back with kindness. It allows us to get to know other volunteers and develop friendships that last a lifetime. It allows us the ability to

experience giving in a way no money could buy. I truly believe volunteering keeps us young and healthy.


I enjoy working with our volunteers every day. It amazes me that they show up with a smile on their faces even when weather is not perfect and maybe their day is hard. They know the Day Center depends on them and they truly have a sense of pride for the Day Center. It has been such an honor to see just how easy it has been for these volunteers to connect with our participants, and I know the families appreciate them more than they know. We are always looking to find new volunteers young and old who are willing to learn and grow as a family.

BY BOBBY

There are just some things you cannot teach, such as compassion, responsibility and sincerity. Our volunteers at the Best Friends™ Adult Day Center are some of the most compassionate people I know. Without these volunteers, we truly wouldn’t be here, and any volunteer will tell you they get more out of their time here at Best Friends™ than our participants do.


At the Best Friends™ Adult Day Center, older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other irreversible memory disorders find friendship, care, support and laughter, all in a safe, secure, homelike setting. The approach, which is based upon their experiences at the Day Center with persons with dementia and family members, represents the first comprehensive philosophy geared towards both the individual with dementia and their caregivers. It is a philosophy that is easy to understand, learn and apply. Simply put, the philosophy suggests what a person with dementia needs most of all is a friend, a Best Friend. Our volunteers truly drive this approach and they are all trained by our dedicated staff.


Our volunteers are generally retired; however, we do have students and young people from time to time. One of our students, Eashwar Soma, said, “I was anxious when I started volunteering. Would I be able to communicate in a proper and sensitive manner with people with Alzheimer’s?” He added, “It is possible to create meaningful