Wyoming Dementia Care strives to provide a better quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases by caring for their needs as well as their caregivers. Newly diagnosed clients and their loved ones come to Wyoming Dementia Care feeling overwhelmed and are often in crisis or disbelief. They find compassionate staff ready to guide them through an initial understanding of the disease through care planning services all the way through to end of life decisions. Dementia affects people from all walks of life within our community, and although it is not a natural part of aging the number of dementia diagnoses such as Alzheimer's increase dramatically for seniors over the age of 65.
Nearly everyone knows someone who has been in the primary caregiving role for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. The statistics and the experiences are devastating. The mission of Wyoming Dementia Care is to help ease these burdens by providing free supportive services to caregivers as well as persons living with dementia. Wyoming Dementia Care currently operates with a volunteer board of directors and two staff members from an office at Central Wyoming Senior Services, and the organization seeks to diversify our funding to facilitate the necessary and predicted growth. Through our direct services to the community those who face the daily challenges of these devastating diseases find support and solutions at no cost. Specifically, Wyoming Dementia Care offers one-on-one therapeutic counseling sessions, five monthly caregiver support groups in multiple locations, free respite care at all support groups, respite care at home via our voucher program, family care planning including disease education and outreach in the form of training for healthcare professionals and awareness such as Alzheimer's Foundation of America Memory Screenings. Wyoming Dementia Care staff present to a wide variety of organizations throughout the community in an effort to foster understanding of dementias including Alzheimer's. We offer additional services including a dementia-focused recreational art class, the Music & Memory individualized iPod program and personalized assistance with care transitions. Wyoming Dementia Care staff assists families as they coordinate long-term care, placement in a care facility, the services with hospice and other end of life care. Our goal is provide a continuum of care in our community.
The objective of the SENIOR WELLNESS EDUCATION initiative is to improve the lives of seniors by delivering Education Programs that teach a holistic approach to total wellness, promoting self-sufficiency and health of mind, body and spirit:
Mind - Continuing Education, Socialization, Belonging, Memory Care
Body - Health Education, Nutrition, Fitness, Wellness Programs
Spirit - Learning through Volunteering, Intergenerational Programs
Through Education Programs, we help seniors pursue healthy, active lives in our community.
The quilter's room at the Gresham Senior Center is currently a primary source of income. The beautiful, handmade quilts that the quilters make are donated and sold off, with the funds going back into the center. Having a quilters "long arm" machine at the center would speed up the timely and sometimes tedious process of creating these works of art. With the help of this machine, we could finish more quilts, more quickly, and reduce the turnaround time for each project. This would also attract more quilters to our quilting room, increasing foot traffic to the center, growing an already supportive program and enriching the community. The quilts created can not only bring in revenue for the center, but also be donated to the community for various programs benefitting veterans, families, hospice and more!
The Optimal Hospice Foundation Patient Care Funding program provides access to care via funding for patients/seniors who qualify for hospice care but who are uninsured, underinsured or whose coverage benefits have run out. Patient care includes skilled nursing care, certified home health aides, medications, medical equipment and supplies, medical social workers, bereavement support and education that promotes quality end-of life care. When the focus of medical care changes from cure to comfort, hospice can provide physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support for the entire family. Funding hospice care for those who qualify, but do not have funding can change the life of not only the patient but the family by allowing them to focus on what matters most - making every moment count.