Mindful Care staff and participants meet at Sonic to reconnect April 26, 2020
(MURFREESBORO, TENN) Many people with dementia rely on routine and familiarity, which is why the “stay-at-home” directive has been unsettling for them. The Mindful Care Adult Day Services program, of which these people are participants, has been closed for more than a month due to the pandemic and will remain closed at least through May. The nonprofit decided to do something about the disconnect.
“Sonic was the perfect place to meet,” Tom Tozer, Mindful Care board chair, said. “Everyone parked near a speaker and still maintained the proper distance between one another.” Program staff and board members stood on the sidewalk and displayed signs that read “We miss you,” “We love you,” and “Big hug.” Participants and caregivers stayed in their cars.
“It was wonderful to see our people,” Keneshia Sweet, Mindful Care program director, said. “We miss them just as much as they miss us.” The caregivers expressed their gratitude for the outing, including lunch, which was covered by Mindful Care. Nine participants and their caregivers attended the event.