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New information on how music stimulates and awakens the minds of  those suffering from dementia & Alzheimer’s

Fundraiser postponed until Spring 2021

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our Spring blast. Details later.

ATTENTION: The Mindful Care program re-opens Monday, August 3, 2020. We are committed to providing a safe and clean environment.

Openings are available. Please call Keneshia Sweet, program director, to schedule an interview. 615-542-4371. Thank you.


 Mindful Care Receives $10,000 Grant from The Healing Trust

Mindful Care Adult Day Services a nonprofit serving cognitively impaired older adults in Rutherford County and their caregivers, recently received a grant for $10,000 from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling more than $700,000 in its most recent grant cycle.

“It is an honor to be a recipient of a generous grant from The Healing Trust, a foundation that represents kindness, generosity and a recognition that every person has value and deserves the highest quality of life possible,” Tom Tozer, Mindful Care Board Chair, said. “We are so very grateful.”

 The grant will partially fund the salary of the Program Director, who is primarily responsible for evaluating the progress of the participants.

Mindful Care is a non-residential daytime adult-care program for people ages 55 and older with compromised memory and health, offering fellowship, exercise, local outings, stimulating games, cooking projects, and engaging conversation in a safe, loving, and caring environment. The nonprofit is chartered with the State of Tennessee under the provisions of the Tennessee Nonprofit Corp. Act. Mindful Care employs Best Practices to engage participants in stimulating and therapeutic activities. Evidence-based research demonstrates the positive results of daytime, community-based programs such as Mindful Care.

“We are deeply grateful for the life changing work of our grantee partners,” said Kristen Keely-Dinger, The Healing Trust President and CEO.  “Their commitment to improving the health of the most vulnerable members of our community is worthy of investment and support.”

The mission of The Healing Trust, a private grant-making foundation, is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy and advocacy. Grant recipients include nonprofit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on advocacy, recovery from alcohol or drug abuse, physical health, mental health or healing from abuse, neglect and violence.  This year’s grants bring the collective grant- making of The Healing Trust to more than $94 million since 2002.  For more information on The Healing Trust, visit https://www.healingtrust.org/.

Our Spring Bash Benefit at Hop Springs is going to be rescheduled for the early spring of 2021.

Everyone keep well and follow the State DoH and CDC guidelines.

Food, fun, prizes and music by John Salaway and Jack Pearson

Sponsored by Ann Hoke & Assoc., Hop Springs and John Salaway.

This is a FREE event but we hope for donations to fund our Music Therapy Program! Music awakens the mind!

Thank you to Ann Hoke & Assoc. for support of this event!

We have openings for new clients! Contact us now! Call to come by and see the program in action!

Phone & Email: 615-542-4371   / mindfulcareorg@gmail.com (Keneshia Sweet, Program Dir)
Mail (checks/correspondence): P.O. Box 332966, Murfreesboro TN 37133
Location: New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro
Program Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mindful Care is a 501(c)3 non profit! To donate through Giving Matters:  CLICK HERE

Mindful Care on Spread the Positive Podcast

Joanne Lamento, Jennifer Hatfield and Cindy Jones recently spent some time with Trent Denson on the Spread the Positive podcast talking about Mindful Care Adult Day Services and the programs, love and care that MC provides our elder loved ones. Great interview and thank you to Trent for doing these wonderful positive stories.

Click here to listen

Family caregivers call Mindful Care Adult Day Services a “lifesaver.” Our mission is to provide a loving environment of fun, laughter, comfort and safety for persons age 55-plus who have mild Alzheimer’s and other compromised memory issues—while also giving exhausted family caregivers a much-needed break.
The demand for adult day services will mushroom in the coming years. Today there are more than 3,000 afflicted people in Rutherford County—110,000 in Tennessee—5.7 million nationwide. We need committed board members who will promote our mission to the community and take us to the next level.

If you know of someone who might be interested in exploring Mindful Care board membership, please have him or her email Tom Tozer, board chair, at ttozer@comcast.net or call 615-653-6209.

 SHOP & Give Back to Mindful Care!

Shop at Kroger Stores and Amazon.com and a % of your purchases will help support Mindful Care!
It’s easy!
Kroger: follow the link and sign up (use your Kroger Card # or get one) Then select : Mindful Care Adult Day Services NH132 as your charity organization:


Amazon: Go to Smile.Amazon.com (it’s the same as Amazon – same products, prices, etc.) You’ll see a list of possible charities to select – Type in Elders First Adult Day

Spotlight: Read about our favorite WWII Veteran

“It was to the point that I was going to scream if I didn’t find some place for Doc.”

His family wasn’t sure what to do. They couldn’t find the right place for him… until they found Mindful Care! Now he can stay with his family but get out during the day to a place where he can keep active and social, and they can get some relief from the stress of taking care of him. It’s a wonderful solution for all!      Read More…

Mindful Care Adult Day Services earns state licensure, validates high quality

Mindful Care Adult Day Services of Rutherford County has earned licensure by the State of Tennessee, which not only validates the program’s high quality but provides the organization with a platform on the state’s official website, providing much greater visibility for families searching for such services.

The nonprofit association was incorporated in July of 2005 as Elders First Adult Day Services, and later was renamed Mindful Care Adult Day Services. The program started at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, first for three days a week but soon expanded to Monday through Friday. Mindful Care welcomes participants, age 55 and up who have mild Alzheimer’s and other forms of compromised memory issues.

The mission of Mindful Care is to provide a safe, joyful and loving environment for participants while giving their family caregivers a much-needed break during the day to rest or even continue employment. Daily activities include physical and cognitive exercises, arts and crafts, visiting entertainment, even field trips.
Up to the summer of this year, state law allowed services such as Mindful Care to operate with a maximum of nine people. A new law emerged without much advanced noticed requiring state licensure for adult day programs that included more than four people.

“We were already operating with nine people, and we knew we would not make ends meet financially with the reduced number of participants in the program,” noted Tina O’Brien, founder and executive director. Modest program fees account for nearly half of the organization’s budget.

“The licensure process was quite lengthy,” O’Brien said. “The process started in June of this year until mid-November when we received our 90-day certificate, which will be renewed after a probationary period.”

The staff of four people had to provide proof of education, and the two senior staff members had to submit their college diplomas and courses of study, O’Brien said. In addition, they were fingerprinted and underwent a background check as well as a TB test. The Public Health Department and the State Fire Marshal inspected and approved the facility.

“There is a quantity of record-keeping to identify each person’s characteristics, likes and dislikes, physical problems and medical diagnoses–every person has a plan of care that is reviewed every three months,” O’Brien said. “They looked through all our paperwork and inspected our equipment.”

While a lot of work, O’Brien said they were overjoyed to receive the state credential. “We are truly gratified to be licensed, and we can continue to provide the best possible care to our people,” she said. “And caregivers will now be able to utilize their long-term care insurance for adult day services, something they could not do prior to this state certification.”

To learn more about Mindful Care Adult Day Services or to volunteer, visit mindful-care.org for program fees, testimonials, a new video and contact information.

Mindful Care is a daytime adult care program designed for persons with compromised memory and health aged 55 and older seeking fellowship, exercise, local outings, stimulating games, cooking projects, and engaging conversations while in a safe, loving and caring environment.

“We love to ‘spoil’ the wonderful folks who attend our program!  We enjoy putting a smile on each face and a memory in each heart!”

Mindful Care Adult Day Program provides:

  • Quality care in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Caring, professional staff who make person service a top priority.
  • Dignified assistance and support for persons with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, and other problems of aging.
  • Carefully planned activities to create friendships and promote self worth.
  • A daily exercise program to enhance physical wellness.
  • Increased personal daily safety with supervision in a protective environment.
  • A chance for the caregiver to rest and relax to help preserve their own well being.

Many thanks to all who have played important roles in our success! Board members, staff members, New Vision Baptist Church staff, business donors, individual donors, and grantors have all been essential, but most important are the caregivers and loved ones we have had the good fortune to serve.

Said one caregiver, “Thanks to the careful attention and interaction of the personnel at Mindful Care, my mom now displays self-esteem, self-worth and is generally a happy person despite her ongoing health issues and progressing Alzheimer’s disease.” (Linda C.)

Caring for your loved one includes caring for yourself, so you can be at your best!

Mindful Care serves caregivers by providing a “Best Friends” approach to adult day care.  Aging individuals need opportunities to keep their minds alert.  Elders need a stimulating program of pleasurable activities.  Older family members enjoy being surrounded by friends who care.