A Respite Ministry for Adults with Memory Loss at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church
The mission of Founders Place is to enhance quality of life for adults living with memory challenges through an atmosphere of joy and a community of support while providing respite to caregivers.
About Founders Place
Founders Place is a ministry of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church that seeks to end the isolation of dementia with an enlivening, joyful respite program (2 half days per week), a weekly caregiver support group, and community education events.
Through visual art, movement, music, storytelling, games and fellowship, Founders Place respite program stimulates cognition, nurtures growth, and provides purpose and meaning for participants with memory loss, as well as dedicated volunteers who serve as intentional companions. “Care Partners” weekly support group for caregivers offers a safe space for confidential discussion, listening, and education.
Together, Founders Place respite program, Care Partners weekly support group, and our community education events foster a community of connection, education and care.
For more information about Founders Place, contact Director, Susanna Whitsett, 205.802.6217 or email@example.com.
Community Education for family & paid caregivers
In collaboration with Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama and and Mountain Brook Baptist Church, we are proud to offer to the community: COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION with Dr. Renee Brown Harmon. This event is a “Lunch and Learn” on how to connect with someone living with dementia. Join Dr. Harmon, (author of Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s: Principles of Caregiving That Kept Me Upright) and learn how communication skills are affected by dementia, and how we can best address those changes. Through lecture, storytelling, and interactive activities, Dr. Harmon will help us deepen our connections with our loved ones who are living with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This event is appropriate for both family and paid caregivers. CEUs are available. Register by clicking the link below or call 704.779.2579
Founders Place runs on “volunteer power”. Each friend (participant) is paired one-to-one with a volunteer who serves as an intentional companion and assistant for day. Friend and Volunteer participate in all activities together. Volunteers provide the level of assistance needed while encouraging autonomy in decision-making and a sense of community. Each volunteer is trained in how to communicate with a person who has dementia. Everyone is included, everyone has value, everyone is an important part of the group. Our caring and capable volunteers support the mission in very direct and practical ways as servant leaders and ALWAYS with a smile!
Volunteer Roles & Requirements
Join us in Making a More Dementia-Friendly Community
Care Partners is a community support group for anyone caring for a loved one with a form of dementia. You do not need to be a member of Founders Place or Saint Luke’s to participate. Care Partners meets every Tuesday 10:15-11:15 a.m. This group offers a safe space for confidential discussion, listening, and education. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Caregivers
Montessori Dementia Care & Brain Health with The Rev. Katie Norris: Link Here
Careblazers videos with Dr. Natali :: Link Here
Caregiver Education from Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama :: Link Here
Caregiver Help with Elaine Sanchez :: Link Here
LifeCare for Seniors (life management for seniors and caregivers) :: Link Here
Positive Approach to Care with Teepa Snow :: Link Here
Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s with Dr. Renee Harmon :: Link Here