The Opportunity Center for the homeless (OC) consists of two resource centers and 7 residential centers for the elderly, single women, single men, mentally ill, veterans, and men and women in school/work programs. The need and creation of facilities devoted to the care of elderly and frail is illustrated through multiple studies across the United States that have shown a clear upward trend in the proportion of "older" persons among the homeless population. Our community (El Paso, Texas) is experiencing the same trends. The older homeless frequently fall between the cracks of governmental safety nets.
Our desire is to provide an environment that integrates shelter and service needs of the functionally impaired and/or socially isolated elders who don't need institutional supervision and/or intensive health care. As a supported, congregate shelter our programs support an environment designed to integrate shelter and service needs for the elderly and frail. The goal is to increase self-sufficiency through the provision of supported services from this funding. Services are made available through service coordinators, to aid residents in managing available, through service coordinators, to aid residents in managing activities of daily living in a supported, but not custodial environment.
In order for Shipley Center to continue to meet the needs of the growing senior and older adult population within the Sequim-Dungeness Valley area, and beyond, we need to increase our facility. A remodel and additional square footage was added to our current location in 2002, and we are no longer able to expand on our current facility. While we will eventually build a much larger location on land purchased by our organization in 2012, we need to fill an immediate need and have the ability to do so with building a Health and Wellness Annex building on a piece of property we own directly across the street from our current location. This Health and Wellness Annex will feature a small gymnasium for us to hold our overflowing exercise and physical fitness activities, as well as a demonstration cooking kitchen, which will allow us to help our members and community learn how to cook and eat in a healthier way. This building will allow us to not only improve the lives of our members, but meet the needs within our community for such a facility. It will offer valuable intergenerational activities, and fun environment that will allow our senior and older adult population to focus on health!
by Bridgepointe at Village Manor - A Christian Care Community
Sensory rooms are special places for elders living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. The rooms can be used for calming or stimulating, depending on the need. New treatment methods to cope with the progressive disease and ways to love those with the disease are constantly evolving. One new treatment method in memory care is a sensory room that combines gentle light, movement, music and tactile objects designed to either calm or stimulate residents. Dr. Anke Jakob, of Kingston University, says sensory rooms, "Can enhance feelings of comfort and well-being, relieve stress and pain and maximize a person's potential to focus, all of which help improve communication and memory." She went on to say, "Traditionally, these spaces have been geared more towards younger adults and children with learning or physical disabilities; however, a specially designed Sensory Room emphasizes the benefits of addressing all the senses to support residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Soft textiles, familiar everyday objects, interesting things to smell and taste, sound and film can all have an important part to play in that process."
With a goal of $5,000, Bridgepointe at Village Manor would like to establish our first Sensory Room with the following to benefit the seniors living with dementia: sofa with soft textured fabric and pillows; a rocking chair with soft cushions; soft indirect light with dimmer switch and bubble lighting;elements of nature with water feature, plants, stones, shells, branches; music source with various music styles available; nature videos with scenery and animals with calming music.
A comprehensive program of fitness, educational, social and support activities at the PrimeLife Enrichment Center - featuring an indoor walking track, indoor 87 degree pool, dance/exercise floor and circuit/cardio exercise equipment. Participants may exercise independently (after consultation with a fitness consultant) or by participating in a wide variety of classes facilitated by senior fitness certified instructors (including Arthritis Foundation). These fitness activities are particularly successful as they are supported by clubs, games, socials, daily hot lunch service, volunteer opportunities, on-site access to SHIP (Medicare advice/assist), Bereavement and Caregiver Support groups and case management.. Transportation is provided to and from the Center, and for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other access needs. Participants credit the program for dramatic improvements in mental and physical health, and for keeping them active and able to live independently. The warm, friendly environment of the Enrichment Center is a welcoming "home away from home" for those fortunate enough to find it through word-of-mouth referrals or their own research. Unfortunately, many who need us do not know of our existence, so we are currently focused on a targeted Marketing initiative called "A place for ME" - so ALL who need this essential, transformative program will be able to benefit! $59,000 has been secured to replace aging and outdated exercise equipment in our Fitness Room! We would like to raise an additional $5,000 to purchase supplemental free weights and support equipment such as water gloves (for Arthritis), pool noodles and weights, resistance bands, ankle weights, large exercise balls, etc. for aquatic and land classes.