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Anecdote From Betty Swadley

Anecdote From Betty Swadley by Betty Swadley If you are not Facebook friends with Betty (Elizabeth) Swadley, (Paul, long-time pastor at South Haven, and Betty are residents at TBH-O), you will have missed this great story….. Several of you asked for more details about Swad’s (Swadley’s) dad trying to walk to Ironton to get to […]

Music Therapy and Dementia

Research continues to show that music can play an important role in connecting with those suffering from dementia. The Baptist Home continues to use music as a form of therapy and connection with residents. To learn more check out the resources below: Music: Bridging the Memory Gap An article in The Baptist Home newsletter about […]

Expert Advice

Below is advice from Baptist Home residents and staff to potential residents on: “What to look for in a facility?” Staff: Observe the attitude of the staff and how they interact with residents and their families. This is especially noticeable during mealtimes. Look for a list of planned activities: Are there enough options? Are the […]

Finding a Light in the Darkness: One Family’s Struggle with Dementia

The Baptist Home by Becky Barton Like most children, we want the very best for our parents. We want them to live independently, able to live healthy, happy lives for as long as possible. But what happens when a parent is no longer able to care for themselves, and suddenly, the child finds themselves in […]

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Respecting Presence

Naomi Feil developed effective methods for communicating with people who have “Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia.” She identified four stages. The third and fourth stages require certain approaches which can create meaningful interactions with confused persons. Persons in the third stage engage in repetitive motion. They may pace or wander as if they had endless energy.  They may […]

Music: Bridging the Memory Gap

Chillicothe Campus by Becky Barton Close your eyes for just a moment and think back to the first time you heard music. How old were you? What was your favorite song? How did that song make you feel? Music has an amazing ability to transport us to a specific time and place, to evoke emotions […]

The Gift of Friendship

Chillicothe Campus by Angie Hamilton, Activities Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis Geneva VanHorne lived in independent living at The Baptist Home-Chillicothe for almost nine years before moving into assisted living about 2 ½ years ago. […]

Easter Reflections

Ozark Campus by Karon Cunningham, Active Living Resident Growing up in the Texas panhandle open country, Easter always had great significance for me.  Having a late March birthday meant that my birthday gift was always a new Easter outfit—dress, lacy topped socks, gloves, and a hat!  I loved playing with my mom’s dress shoes and […]

The Baptist Home – No Place Like It

Some have said The Baptist Home is the best kept secret in Missouri.  Although it is never our intention to hide this light under a bushel basket, I think the expression is just the way people convey their appreciation for this ministry.  It is a great ministry and God gets the credit for everything this […]

Validation Therapy

Validation Therapy, by Naomi Feil, identifies several techniques to assist in communicating with those who have dementia. Not all techniques work, but some do. Use the preferred name. Never use pet names (honey, sweetie). Begin by calling the confused person by his or her title and last name, unless he or she gives you permission […]