Daily News Journal, December 23, 2014
MURFREESBORO – Mindful Care Adult Day Services has received a $3,000 grant to provide fee assistance for cognitively impaired seniors to attend 100 days of programming to reduce isolation and assist in maintaining independence, according to a release from the organization.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, announces more than $1.65 million in grants to 265 nonprofit organizations, including Mindful Care, as part of the foundation’s annual discretionary grant-making process, officials said.
“The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we watch needs emerge and evolve in this community,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, in the the release. “The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the array of quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors.”
“We are so blessed to be a partner with The Community Foundation,” said Tina O’Brien, Mindful Care executive director and founder, in the release. “It is gratifying to be recognized by such a worthy and generous organization. Our daily fee is $40 for full-time care. This grant earmarked for fee-assistance will allow eligible participants to have a co-pay of just $10 a day, with the new funds providing the remaining $30.”
The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services, foundation officials said.
Mindful Care Adult Day Services operates Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., out of New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. The six-year-old program sets goals for each participant to be reached through multi-sensory art and music projects, word games, reminiscence, memory and physical exercises, crafts, field trips and social interaction.
“Professional staff and volunteers provide loving and compassionate care and strive to make Mindful Care a place of joy and laughter for all participants,” noted Tom Tozer, Mindful Care board president, in the release.
A 2014 survey of Mindful Care program participants, according to officials, revealed the following:
• 100 percent of responding caregivers said the program meets the needs of their loved ones.
• 92 percent said the program helped prevent or delay nursing-home placement or other costly in-home services.
•92 percent of caregivers reported an improvement in their loved one’s social and emotional health.
• 85 percent reported a reduction in their own personal stress.
• 85 percent reported an improvement in their own emotional health.
• 100 percent said they were satisfied with the way staff related to them and other family members.
To learn more about Mindful Care, visit mindful-care.org and also visit its Facebook page or call 615-542-4371.