Many Alzheimer’s patients and families are struggling to make sense of a disease that doesn’t make sense. Lives are turned upside down after the diagnosis, leaving patients and their loved ones unsure where to turn. Turn to Covenant Care — we can help.
Programs and Services
Since 1983, Covenant Care has supported the needs of patients, caregivers and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, with programs and services including:
- The Residence: Covenant Memory Care Center
- Project Lifesaver
- Support groups and caregiver counseling
- Education for caregivers, community groups and healthcare professionals
- Virtual Dementia Tour
The Residence Memory Care Center embraces those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in a tranquil, home-like setting with skilled staff and innovative programs designed to help residents make the most of each moment. Optimal living accommodations have been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of those impacted by dementia. The center offers 18 state-of-the-art private rooms and two double-occupancy rooms within the 14,000-square-foot residence located at the Joyce Goldenberg Campus in Pensacola. To schedule a tour, please call 850-484-3529.
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may wander away from home at any stage of the illness, and many become lost while trying to get home. Studies show that approximately 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander and 70% will wander repeatedly, putting them at risk for serious injury.
Covenant Care, in partnership with local law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams, manages the Project Lifesaver program in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida. This initiative provides participants with a watch-sized transmitter, which emits a unique radio frequency and tracing signal 24 hours a day. If a program participant wanders and becomes lost, a trained search team uses the mobile locator tracking system to quickly and safely return them to their home.
Sometimes caregivers need someone to confide in or guidance in understanding the stages and behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Support groups provide a safe and relaxed environment in which caregivers can share and learn from each other.
Within the group setting, members exchange ideas and experiences, share valuable coping skills, and discuss ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones. Caregivers are most successful when they also try to meet their own needs for physical rest and emotional support.
All of our support group facilitators are trained and receive ongoing professional support and resources.
|Area||Group Location||Volunteer Lead||Date of Group||Time|
|Gulf Breeze||Gulf Breeze United Methodist|
Church, Education Wing Rm 6
|2nd Thursday||10:00 am|
|Milton||Guy Thompson Community Center rm 113||John Horton|
|2nd Thursday||1:00 pm|
|Pensacola||Council on Aging of West Florida||Lois Sims|
|3rd Monday||2:30 pm|
|Pensacola||Perdido Bay UMC, Life Center||Sharon Oakes|
|3rd Thursday||1:30 pm|
|Pensacola||Trinity Presbyterian Church, Room E||Sharon Oakes|
|4th Monday||10:00 am|
|Pensacola||NorthSide Baptist Church, 9 Mile Road||Claudia Shuttleworth|
|2nd Monday||12:30 pm|
|Niceville||Crosspoint Church Chandler Center Room 701||CBeth Tritschler|
|Last Wednesday||10:00 am|
Education for Caregivers and Community Groups
CARE Series (Caregivers Assistance — Reaching out and Educating)
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of medical conditions that involve memory loss and other problems with thinking that interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Considering that people are living longer, more families find themselves facing issues related to dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer’s disease. This three-part lecture series will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, special considerations for caregivers, and resources available to support patients and families through the journey of dementia. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
The Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a teaching tool that simulates the experience dementia. The VDT allows caregivers to better understand the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. After experiencing this sensory training, caregivers have a greater understanding of the realities of living with dementia. This unique, interactive program has been shown to improve communication and care outcomes. Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
Education for Healthcare Professionals
- Continuing Education Seminars for CEU credit
- Conferences and Events