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					       The Gathering

        An expression of
             Love
Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
                                                 (1 John 3:18)
The Purpose of “The Gathering”
   Provide a safe and enjoyable place for
    neighbors who are experiencing early stage
    memory loss.
   Provide respite to caregivers who need a
    break.
   Give volunteers the opportunity to help and
    serve our neighbors.
Who We Are
   Careteam Ministry
    • St. Timothy Lutheran Church
    • Lyngblomsten
   Como Park Living at Home/Block Nurse
    Program
    • Community volunteers
    • Students
   Tell us about YOU!
Who We Serve
   Up to four seniors from our community who
    are experiencing early stage memory loss
    and/or confusion.
    Candidates must be able to:
    • Toilet themselves
    • Feed themselves
    • Walk with or with out assistance
       Why are Trained Gathering
       Volunteers so Very Special?
   They provide the gift of their time in order to meet a
    neighbors need for safety and comfort in an enjoyable
    environment away from home.
   They reduce suffering both for the caregiver and
    carereceiver.
   They have a heightened understanding of what caregivers
    and carereceivers are going through.
   They have a better understanding of the special needs and
    condition of someone who is experiencing memory loss.
   They are a compassionate and valued presence to a
    caregiving family, community and church.
        What is Respite? How can The
              Gathering Help?
   A respite            The Gathering provides an
    volunteer does        environment where our neighbors
    for the Care-         with memory loss can have an
    Receiver what         enjoyable and stimulating day away
    would normally        from home.
    be done by the
    Caregiver, thus      The Gathering provides a safe
    allowing the          haven for our neighbors so
    Caregiver a           Caregivers can take a break
    welcome break.        knowing their loved one is in good
                          hands.
Caregiver Facts
   For every older person in a nursing home in the US, there are
    two older people receiving care at home with the help of
    family caregivers.
   The vast majority of caregivers are women. Typically they
    are wives, daughters or daughters-in-law of the older person
    who needs care.
   Most caregivers are employed.
   The most stressful issues for caregivers are concern for the
    health and safety of the older person.
   Decreased personal time is reported to be a source of stress
    for many caregivers. They give up recreation and personal
    time and often cut back on time spent with their family.
    Feelings of self-resentment, anxiety, fear and guilt arise.
The Emotional Melting Pot
Your Role as a Gathering
Volunteer
   Provide companionship, conversation and friendly
    support.
   Provide transportation to and from The Gathering
    if needed and if you are able.
   Assist with activities.
   Help come up with ideas for enjoyable activities.
   Commit to help on a regular basis:
       • Example: Volunteering once a month for a whole or
         half day.
       • Provide transportation if able and if needed.
             Things you will not be asked
          to do as a Gathering volunteer.

   Providing personal care such as bathing,
    dressing, toileting or changing depends.
   Administrating medications or performing
    medical procedures.
   Providing more time than you have agreed
    to or your schedule allows.
   Being “on call”.
A Typical Morning
9:30 to 10:00 AM
Volunteers pick up Gathering participants
10:00 AM
Volunteers greet Gathering participants brought by Caregivers.
Prepare coffee and baked goods.
10:15 to 11:15 AM
Participants enjoy coffee and conversation directed by volunteers.
A newspaper can be used to discuss current events.
11:15-11:30 AM
Prepare to leave for lunch at Lyngblomsten. Participants can use this
time to use the restroom and volunteers clean up. Bus arrives sometime
with in this time period.
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch at Lyngblomsten and activity (ie.walk, cards or Yatzee)
A Typical Afternoon

1:00 PM
Return to St. Timothy Lutheran Church. Remind
participants to bring purses, canes and all outerwear
items with them.
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Variety of planned activities (ie. crafts, music, baking,
cards, games, chair exercises and movies)
3:00 PM
Caregivers return for participants and volunteers
drive participants to homes.
Emergencies -- “what if…?”
There is an emergency?
  Dial 911. Stay Calm. Use common sense. Do not drive the
  person yourself to the ER, wait for the paramedics. Pertinent
  medical information and emergency contact phone numbers is
  on file in the church office.
You are helping someone walk and they begin to fall?
  If you cannot steady the person falling, don’t try to catch them,
  but do protect their head especially and gradually let them fall,
  avoiding sharp edges and hard items if possible. If they are
  okay, but cannot get up and are too heavy for you, get help.
The care receiver is confused and insists on going home or
  orders you to get out?
  Try a calm, firm approach assuring the person it’s okay. Try
  some re-cueing techniques. Distraction, change the subject to
  one the person loves to talk about. Step out of the room for 30
  seconds and walk cheerfully back in as if nothing happened.
  Get another person to help.
    Confidentiality
   Respect senior confidences. They need to know they can trust you.
    Remind them that the information they share will not be shared by
    others, except on a “need to know” basis.
   There may be a great temptation as a volunteer to discuss private
    knowledge with others to correct their erroneous interpretations or
    gossip. As right as this may seem, it is not appropriate to share private
    knowledge under any but the following circumstances:
     • Information, even private knowledge, should be shared with the
        Gathering or Block Nurse Program staff if the information will
        support the volunteer or provide further assistance to the senior.
        Volunteers should be honest with seniors about the possible need
        to share limited information with the staff.
     • Knowledge about a person’s intention to harm him or herself or
        knowledge about abuse or potential abuse of a vulnerable adult
        should immediately be shared the staff.
   Trust your intuition, if you sense something is not right contact the
    staff.
Communicating with someone
who has memory loss
   Begin conversations by telling the person who you are. Call the
    person by his or her own name and orientating them to the
    situation.
   Do not quiz the person about names, dates or places.
   Remove distractions. Turn off the television or radio.
   Do not startle by approaching from behind.
   Speak slowly and clearly, preferably face to face and at eye level.
   Allow the person time to process the information.
   Encourage the person with verbal and non-verbal cues.
   Use a normal, relaxed tone of voice.
   Communicate only one message at a time.
   Use questions that call for a simple yes or no answer.
   Use repetition and frequent reminders.
Guidelines for Empathic Listening
   Give the gift of your undivided attention.
   Let the person set the pace --- don’t push faster or further than
    the person wants to go.
   Don’t feel you have to “solve the problem” --- the best solutions
    come from the person themselves.
   Help the person get more self-understanding.
   Watch for non-verbal clues to the person’s feelings. Use your
    eyes as well as your ears for listening.
   Be aware of the content and feelings of what the person is
    saying.
   Validate the person’s feelings.
Myths about People Who have
Memory Loss
Some Common Characteristics of
People who have Memory Loss




Exercise: Fast-Lane
Volunteer Job Description
         The Gathering,
      an expression of Love.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous
    of boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
  Love does not insist on its own way; it is
     not irritable or resentful; it does not
  rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right
                               (1 Cor. 13:4-6)
Thank you for expressing your love through
                The Gathering

				
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