Mindful Care must have a new home by June 30.
We need your help.

Mindful Care has operated in New Vision Baptist Church for 13 years. New Vision has been wonderful, kind and generous. Due to church expansion, Mindful Care must move out by June 30.

Mindful Care’s mission is to create the highest quality of life possible for persons age 55 and up who suffer from early to mid-stage dementia—and to give their caregivers a much-needed rest.

Mindful Care operates M-F, 8 to 5. We need 1,500 square feet of space. Using partitions, we could divide it into “rooms.” We don’t have lots of money for rent; however, we’re open to an offer.

The program needs to be on the ground floor, no stairs. Two handicap-accessible restrooms and entrance and exit ramps. Decent parking. The area must pass inspection by the fire marshal and Department of Human Services.

Hey, Rutherford County, let’s not allow this one-of-a-kind program to slip through our fingers. Have a lead? Call board chair Tom Tozer at 615-653-6209. Or ttozer@comcast.net. Visit mindful-care.org.

We are grateful for your donation.

Every dollar helps us stimulate the minds of  those suffering from dementia and give their caregivers much- needed support.

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 Openings are available.

Please call Cynthia Thomas, program director, to

schedule an interview or observe the program in

action, 615-542-4371. Thank you.

Virtual Mindful Care 

Covid-19 was the impetus for offering activities and exercises online. It was successful enough that we decided to make the virtual program a permanent part of what we offer. For those families who are not ready to send their loved one to an in-person gathering, the virtual alternative may be perfect for you. Call 615-542-4371 and ask about it.

Music Therapy Program

Our new musical therapist is national board-certified Annie Summar. Whether in the Mindful Care building or virtually participating at home, the clients are enjoying music that evokes precious memories. Our musical instruments have arrived, and our participants will have opportunities to shake, rattle and roll! Music therapy is a definite plus for our program! Call 615-542-4371 for more information.


Good news comes in bunches!

The best way to say thank-you to the following people and foundations is to be good stewards of the gifts we receive. Bless you all!

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.

Mindful Care recently received $10,000 from The Christy-Houston Foundation for the purchase of new chairs, a printer and some musical instruments to supplement its new music-therapy activity. We believe that music awakens the mind!

Mindful Care is the grateful recipient of a PPP loan of $15,900.

Mindful Care received a private unrestricted donation of $10,000.

Mindful Care is the recipient of a Community Block Grant of $6,000.

All gifts great and small. Thank you to the McKinley Family Foundation for $1,500 and to all of you who donated to our non-event party, thank you! The smallest gift takes us to newer heights and a clearer vision.

We have in-person and virtual 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 

Cynthia Thomas, Director
Mail checks and correspondence to  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  on DONATE above.

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,

 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. 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.