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Light of Hearts Villa Dementia Education & Support

We are devoted to providing premier senior residential living and community outreach services.

Bedford, Ohio and its surrounding communities is affected by the ongoing rise of cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases just as much as other communities. Our community, however, is lacking a substantial program that provides education and support to caregivers, family members and people diagnosed with a memory loss disease. With funds to support the implementation of a robust educational series and support group series, we would be meeting this unmet need in our community. Having a loved one with a dementia disease is so challenging in so many ways. This funding would get us jump started to a long-lasting program that would benefit our community for years and years to come.

As a leading provider of memory care and outreach services in our community, we have a strong desire to implement such a program but desperately need resources to meet the need. With funding from State Farm, we would be able to provide educational courses to community members interested in becoming Certified Dementia Practitioners and we would be able to start hosting bi-monthly support groups for caregivers.

As a faith-based organization, we are often overlooked in grant opportunities such as this. Our services are made for ALL people and we have a strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. This funding will help us reach out to our community members who may not know all of the services we offer and provide them with an important resource such as education around dementia or offering support group services.

The Certified Dementia Practitioner is the earned credential that recognizes the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education. As the dementia population continues to rise, it is more important than ever to offer these kinds of educational courses to anyone interested in the community. We would be able to provide free training for those caring for the elderly in our community and eliminate the cost barriers to learning more about how to effectively handle and care for loved ones with a memory loss disease.

Additionally, implementing a caregiver support group in our community would lead to lasting benefits in our community. Key benefits of attending a support group would be receiving practical advice, learning about community resources, improving coping skills, gaining a sense of control over the situation and so much more. Caregivers would have a safe space to learn, grow, vent and understand that they are not alone.

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