Friends of Amy’s Place,

With the continued spread of Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) we would like to share a few helpful hints and practical ideas for people living with dementia (“PwD”) and their care partners.

Although Amy’s Place is not able to be open at this time, please know that we are here for you.  You can reach us by telephone at 470-349-8349 and email [email protected]  

Our goal is to begin virtual memory café sessions and support groups that will enable all of us to reconnect and share other resources that have good virtual activities.

We continue to follow the CDC, state and local recommendations for gatherings and will reassess next steps and rescheduling cancelled events at a later time as the restrictions continue to change.

Although it is imperative for all of us to practice physical distancing, also be mindful of the isolation this may cause.  Please be considerate of your neighbors during this time, especially those who live alone or elderly.

 

  1. Older (60+) adults are very vulnerable to COVID19 virus. Younger care partners may be healthy yet carry the virus without knowing it or have mild symptoms similar to seasonal allergies. Frequently clean commonly used surfaces with hot soapy water, which is known to kill the virus.  Cleaners/wipes may then be used as a disinfectant if need be.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Please use this chart as guidance for proper hand washing.
  3. Shelter in Place restrictions have been mandated for many areas. However, staying physically active is still important.  Consider taking walks early in the morning when there are few others out, or in your backyard.
  4. Many physicians are cancelling appointments that are not urgent or emergent. If you take prescription medicines, please have a 90-day supply.
  5. Physicians will be using telemedicine more frequently. Make sure you have a reliable computer/tablet available to communicate with doctors for the PwD.
  6. Hydration is always important so please drink plenty of water.
  7. If you anticipate there is a need to physically go to a clinic or the emergency room, staff may be dressed in protective gear that can increase anxiety for PwD. Watching people in similar gear on TV can also worsen anxiety.  Consider preparing a picture card at home with someone dressed in protective gear, and introduce this imagery to PwD as a friendly reminder that they are there to help.
  8. Consider limiting news broadcasts into your home to decrease anxiety levels and/or confusion for PwD.

Socializing

 

  • Amy’s Place is a gathering place for those with dementia and their caregivers.
  • We provide the opportunity for visitors to create new friendships.
  • Amy’s Place facilitates activities for the person with dementia.
  • We host a variety of social events for families.

Education

 

  • Support groups meet here.
  • Amy’s Place serves as a Community Resource Center for caregivers.
  • Materials, tools, and resources are available through ongoing programming.
  • We host educational events by accredited providers and volunteers.

Community Involvement

 

  • We collaborate with local businesses that may provide resources and services to families.
  • We provide community outreach to raise awareness about dementia and to reduce the stigma often associated with dementia and caregiving.
  • Amy’s Place creates a “dementia friendly” community.

It is a pleasure to go there.

As the caretaker of my wife for a few years, I was looking for a place to be able to go where she would find a reason to laugh again and enjoy whatever time she has left. At no time did I imagine the joy that she would find there, and a new reason for living. She finds the love she needs, beside mine, and asks every day if we are going to ” the house ” Amy’s Place has created a new life for her. The atmosphere makes it easy to relax and enjoy being there. The people are great to deal with. It is a pleasure to go there.

– Norman Drutman

Accessibility and Hours

Amy’s Place is handicap-accessible and provides off-street parking.

We are open Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with additional hours for special events.

“There are only four kinds of people in this world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers. Those who will need caregivers.”

– Rosalyn Carter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Wynn Norman

Caring Together in Hope formed Amy’s Place with a grant from the American Endowment Fund, in honor of Amy Wynn Norman. Amy was a friend, accomplished businesswoman, and caregiver throughout her life. She knew of the struggles and isolation many caregiving families endure when caring for a loved one. Amy’s Place honors Amy, who placed a high value on caring for the caregiver.