A program to enhance the quality of life for Masonic Homes of Kentucky residents living with dementia.
Most Worshipful Grand Master Tim Sanders and First Lady Sue
Since 1867, the Masonic Homes have cared for adults and children, with particular attention on their quality of life. In recent years, as our lifespans have continued to increase, the Homes have seen a greater need for programs requiring dementia care. As a Homes Board member, I know that their goal always has been to provide the highest quality of care possible, with dignity and respect for the individual.
My Mother, Virginia “Ginny” Sanders, died on April 24, 2017. Mom suffered from dementia, and my family spent many hours caring for her at her home. We were very fortunate that she could remain at home. Many others are not as fortunate, and receive better care in a setting like Masonic Homes.
Sue and I learned that connecting with someone with dementia is not always easy. Keeping them stimulated cognitively, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, is difficult at best.
For these reasons, we have chosen to support a program for Homes residents we call “Remember Me.” This program focuses on mobile interactive computers and touch-screen devices that allow dementia residents to make the most of their communication and interaction capabilities, and to do so pleasurably, engagingly, and without frustration. The systems are built on a picture-based, touch screen interface that allows users to simply “touch” their way to find engaging, educational, spiritual, and personalized content that is appropriate to their level of ability, such as e-mail, and web cams to connect with loved ones, and enjoying mind-stimulating activities while improving hand-eye coordination.
Our goal is to raise approximately $26,000.00 to purchase two of the portable units, which can be moved to resident rooms as needed. To help reach our goal, we have designed a special lapel pin, fashioned after the famous “Forget-Me-Not” flower, which will be available for a $10.00 donation.
I hope you will join Sue and me in this exciting venture!
Thank You for caring enough to help. Someday it could be us that needs this help.
Sue and Tim Sanders