Many Alzheimer’s patients and families are struggling to make sense of a disease that doesn’t make sense. Lives are turned upside down after the diagnosis, leaving patients and their loved ones unsure where to turn. Turn to Covenant Care — we can help.
Programs and Services
Since 1983, Covenant Care has supported the needs of patients, caregivers and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, with programs and services including:
- The Residence: Covenant Memory Care Center
- Project Lifesaver
- Support groups and caregiver counseling
- Education for caregivers, community groups and healthcare professionals
- Virtual Dementia Tour
- Respite Care
The Residence: Memory Care Center
The Residence Memory Care Center embraces those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in a tranquil, home-like setting with skilled staff and innovative programs designed to help residents make the most of each moment. Optimal living accommodations have been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of those impacted by dementia. The center offers 18 state-of-the-art private rooms and two double-occupancy rooms within the 14,000-square-foot residence located in Pensacola. To schedule a tour, please call 850-484-3529.
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may wander away from home at any stage of the illness, and many become lost while trying to get home. Studies show that approximately 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander and 70% will wander repeatedly, putting them at risk for serious injury.
Covenant Care, in partnership with local law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams, manages the Project Lifesaver program in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida. This initiative provides participants with a watch-sized transmitter, which emits a unique radio frequency and tracing signal 24 hours a day. If a program participant wanders and becomes lost, a trained search team uses the mobile locator tracking system to quickly and safely return them to their home.
Sometimes caregivers need someone to confide in or guidance in understanding the stages and behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Support groups provide a safe and relaxed environment in which caregivers can share and learn from each other.
Within the group setting, members exchange ideas and experiences, share valuable coping skills, and discuss ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones. Caregivers are most successful when they also try to meet their own needs for physical rest and emotional support.
All of our support group facilitators are trained and receive ongoing professional support and resources.
Covenant Care’s Respite Care Program provides a break for primary caregivers living at home with a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. These caregivers are at a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety and other illnesses. The program covers the cost of respite care so the primary caregiver can have some time away to support their mental and physical well-being.
To participate, the primary caregiver must:
- Reside with their loved one 24/7
- Care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis
- Indicate a financial hardship
- Live in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, or Walton counties in Florida
- Live in Escambia or Baldwin counties in Alabama
Program made possible by the generosity of the community.
|Area||Place Group Meets||Volunteer Lead||Date of Group||Time|
|Gulf Breeze||Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Education Wing Rm 6||Gail Eggimann|
75 Fairmont Drive
|2nd Thursday||10:00 am|
|Milton||Guy Thompson Community Center rm 113||John Horton|
5629 Byrom St
|2nd Thursday||1:00 pm|
|Pensacola||Council on Aging of West Florida||Lois Sims, 850-438-7074|
875 Royce St
|3rd Monday||2:30 pm|
|Pensacola||Perdido Bay UMC, Life Center||Sharon Oakes, 850-449-0498, email@example.com|
13660 Innerarity Point Rd
|3rd Thursday||1:30 pm|
|Pensacola||Trinity Presbyterian Church, Room E||Sharon Oakes, 850-449-0498, firstname.lastname@example.org|
3400 Bayou Blvd
|4th Monday||10:00 am|
|Niceville||Crosspoint Church Chandler Center Room 701||Beth Tritschler email@example.com|
214 Partin Dr S
|Last Wednesday||10:00 am|
|Pensacola||Homestead Village Community Center||Cathy Rogers|
850 941 5000
|1st Monday||6:30 pm|
Covenant Care Memory Care Center
|1st Wednesday||11:00 am|
|Pensacola||NorthStone Baptist Church, 9 mile road||Claudia Shuttleworth|
2550 West Nine Mile Rd
|2nd Monday||12:30 pm|
|Daphne||Baldwin House Assisted Living||Jerry Horn firstname.lastname@example.org||Last Wednesday||5:30 – 6:30 pm|
Education for Caregivers and Community Groups
CARE Series (Caregivers Assistance — Reaching out and Educating)
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of medical conditions that involve memory loss and other problems with thinking that interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Considering that people are living longer, more families find themselves facing issues related to dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer’s disease. This three-part lecture series will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, special considerations for caregivers, and resources available to support patients and families through the journey of dementia. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
The Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a teaching tool that simulates the experience dementia. The VDT allows caregivers to better understand the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. After experiencing this sensory training, caregivers have a greater understanding of the realities of living with dementia. This unique, interactive program has been shown to improve communication and care outcomes. Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
Education for Healthcare Professionals
- Continuing Education Seminars for CEU credit
- Conferences and Events