My name is Louanne Smith, and I am a lifestyle coordinator for a memory care/assisted living community in Smyrna, TN. I’m looking for someone to conduct services for a group of 15 to 20 seniors of varying denominations with alzheimers or dementia.
Ideally, I would like to have someone willing to undergo some basic training in how to be most effective with this sort of congregation. For example, 15 minutes is about all that is normally effective, unless there is music involved. Sensory engagement is extremely helpful. Simple and straightforward messages are necessary. There is more to it than you probably care to imagine, so I won’t go into sundowning.
At any rate, I’m asking for a lot, I suppose. I have had offers from a clergyman or two, but they wanted more than my budget allows for a month. (Sigh)
The spiritual well-being of my residents is so important, and I feel they are not getting enough from our current programming. If you have suggestions or contacts for me, I would really appreciate it.
If you are interested in this ministry please contact Louanne at email@example.com