Treasured Times is an Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry of Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano. Over the last several months, Second Family Home Care has enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to participate and volunteer for this amazing program. For two days each month, Director of Marketing Tim Powell, serves as a volunteer for Treasured Times- greeting caregivers and guests as they arrive, engaging with the guests and volunteers throughout the day, assisting with the musical activities, and generally providing help however needed.
Treasured Times exists to provide a much-needed break to the caregiver, allowing time for errands, appointments or personal enrichment, and to provide those with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia a special time for social interaction, friendship and fun. It is their belief that caregiving should not be a solitary endeavor – and it does not have to be. By sharing the responsibility of care, the lives of the patient and the caregiver are enriched.
For four hours each week, Treasured Times participants take part in captivating activities such as music, exercise, arts and crafts and reminiscing projects. All activities are designed to entertain the participants while preserving their skills and improving self-esteem. Each person is paired with a “friend” who volunteers with the ministry to be the personal companion to a guest. The friends and guests develop very meaningful relationships and look forward to seeing each other every week.
All volunteers undergo training designed by the Alzheimer’s Association and are equipped to provide superior care and social interaction to our participants. The program is offered every Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and follows the Plano Independent School District calendar, including holiday observances. A weekly fee of $10 is collected at the beginning of each month. However, scholarships are available and considered by request. A light snack and beverages are provided upon arrival. Participants and volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch. The program is limited to 12 participants every Wednesday and Thursday. Treasured Times will resume after summer break on Wednesday, August 26th, and Thursday, August 27th. For information on the application process for participants or to volunteer with this program please contact any of the following:
Volunteer Coordinator: Janet McWhirter, 972-618-3428 Director: Barbara Hutson, 972-747-1157 or 214-213-1934 CRUMC Staff Contact: Dana Bishop, 972-618-3450, ext. 268