Care for the loved one
The Respite Ministry at FUMC Montgomery exists to provide a place of love, fellowship and stimulating activities for people living with various memory loss diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or stroke. Along with a large group of incredibly loving, giving, and capable volunteers, we experience the deep joy of creating a community where people living with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, vascular dementia, aphasia, Parkinson’s, and other conditions are known for who they are, not for what they are no longer. We lift up the abilities – not the disabilities – of our participants, whom we call “friends”. We ask our friends for help (with functional tasks), so that they still know they are vital and can do meaningful work among a group. We ask our friends what they think, so that they will feel respected and relevant. We engage our friends in humor and levity through good natured-banter, so they will have the joy of creativity and play. All of these things we do in response to the rapidly growing number of persons living with memory loss, both directly and indirectly as a caregiver.
Through visual art, movement, music, storytelling, games and fellowship, Respite Ministry stimulates cognition, nurtures growth, and provides purpose and meaning for participants with memory challenges, as well as dedicated volunteers who serve as intentional companions. Friends have the opportunity to socialize with others while enjoying a variety of stimulating activities:
Care for the caregivers
Caring for a family member or loved one is gratifying, but it is also challenging. FUMC Respite Care Ministry is designed to relieve the caregivers for free time so they can:
Participants must be independent in the following:
This choir was formed for to share joy though music and offer community for those living with dementia and related diseases. Volunteers, caregivers and friends with dementia are all welcomed. We have ten-week sessions where the choir practices from 1:00pm-2:00pm on designated Tuesdays.
Please contact Choir Administrator, Laura Selby at email@example.com or 334-201-8286.