SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM: These are supervised social and activity programs serving people with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or any form of memory loss. The program provides a safe, caring, and comfortable environment for your loved one as well as respite or relief care each week. Daily activities such as music, sing-a-longs, art activities, current events, chair and memory exercises, and pet therapy are planned and supervised by a professional staff with an assistant and volunteers. Lunch is provided and the meal is a wonderful opportunity for socialization. Birthdays and holidays are celebrated, and the entire family is welcome to attend.
The Social Day Program meets at the Port Royal United Methodist Church, at 1602 Columbia Ave., Port Royal, SC 29935 every Monday, and Wednesday from 10:00 – 1:45 pm. The Friday program meets at the Cornerstone Christian Church, 2301 First Blvd. from 9:30 – 1:15 pm.
Call for information about fees for this program
IN-HOME RESPITE CARE – Do you need a break? Are there things you just can’t do because your loved one needs your constant attention? Our in-home respite service gives you the freedom and peace of mind you need. A trained Respite Aide visits the home per a pre-arranged schedule giving the caregiver a chance to run errands, grocery shop, schedule a medical appointment, have lunch with a friend, or just relax (Weekend respite can be arranged.)! We understand the need of caregivers for relief from the constant stress of their “36 hour day”. Call the office to reach the Respite Program coordinator. There is an hourly fee for this program which is based on a sliding fee schedule for each family. Grants are available to assist with these fees.
HOME EDUCATOR – Our Home Educator visits the caregiver and their extended family to provide educational materials, support, and referrals to other community agencies. They also teaches therapeutic activities that can be done at home with the patient. Many caregivers feel unable to leave home and can’t take advantage of programs offered in the community. If this is your situation, or if you just need direction and information, this may be the program for you! Call 521-9190 to reach the Home Educator.
CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – These informal peer support group meetings are held at the Helena House Assisted Living in Port Royal, South Carolina: Every Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The group allows caregivers to share their problems, concerns and frustrations with others who are dealing with similar issues. Research has shown that support groups are one of the most helpful resources for dealing with the stress that comes with caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s Disease. All caregivers are welcome to attend. There is no fee for this program.
EARLY MEMORY LOSS GROUP – This program, designed to challenge and stimulate brain activity through the use of simple trivia,and group mental challenges is for anyone interested in stimulating and promoting a healthy brain . Also available is the opportunity to learn what new treatments are on the horizon, what medications may help and the process of the disease in a supportive environment. The group meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning at the Helena House in Port Royal. Join us for coffee, education, fun and friendship. Call for information about fees for this program
LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE GROUP – A group for those individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease of Alzheimer’s while still in the early stages. Participants in the group discuss their growing fears and concerns not only for themselves but for their family members who will become their caregivers. They discuss and share with each simple tasks they do to help preserve and prolong their memory and to help them get through each day, one day at a time.
The group meets in the Parlor of the Carteret Street United Methodist Church every other Monday from 1:00 until 2:00
REACH OUT – Community education presentations are available on Alzheimer’s disease or how a community responds to memory loss and caregiver support. There is no charge for this service.