The “longest day” at home rather for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Association

Home Replace in Edwardsville is doing its part in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Home Place, located at 105 S. Pointe Drive Suite B in Edwardsville, will host “The Longest Day” from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. The event includes a barbecue and vendor fair, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This is the first time we’ve hosted this event, but the Alzheimer’s Association has honored this day for almost 10 years,” said Nikki Bishop, owner of the Edwardsville Home Place franchise. “The longest day is the day with the most light, which is the summer solstice. On June 21, thousands of participants from all over the world come together to fight against Alzheimer’s disease in through an activity of their choice. We have decided to hold our first event at the office and we can’t wait to launch the event with our incredible community.

Lunch items will be provided by Doc’s Smokehouse in Edwardsville for a $10 donation and desserts from The Cup will be available for $5.

“State Farm’s Brice Armstrong along with his staff and customers donated generously for the event and we are getting more donors every day,” Bishop said. “Brightly Senior Living will be joining us for the Supplier Show as well as Addington Place which was previously Cedarhurst Senior Living. We try to represent different aspects of elderly care because not everyone is at home, but we try to provide services at home or wherever they feel at home. Our partnerships in the health care family are essential to the success of seniors’ well-being.

“The Alzheimer’s Association will have educational materials and information from its support group. It is important for the Alzheimer community to have the support of family, friends and healthcare professionals.

Bishop noted that healthcare professionals and Home Place staff receive specialized training to work with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

“We are following state guidelines and adding additional customized training for our Care Pros,” Bishop said. “Our healthcare professionals and staff members learn how to manage people with Alzheimer’s disease by learning about their physical, mental, social and emotional changes throughout their journey. »

“It’s about person-centred care and each person is unique. We train our care professionals to know how to look for differences and to use their specialized techniques to provide quality care. Every day is going to be different, so we must learn to adapt to changing needs with a great tool belt of knowledge, patience, and grace for each person.

Bishop added that Home Place plans to begin educating family members through classes about Alzheimer’s disease in the office.

“People can come and take a break from caring and learn how to better manage mom and dad or grandma and grandpa and their ever-changing needs,” Bishop said. “Family is a key component to success with the healthcare support team.”

Tuesday’s event will also feature a Kid’s Corner as well as giveaways and door prizes.

“We will have air conditioning with all the food preparation inside, but we will also have outdoor seating for people who want to sit outside and eat their sandwich, and they can also take their food out,” said said Bishop.

“We will also be offering educational materials to local business owners to learn more about training their staff through our Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program. With the new law recently passed for Dementia Training for EMTs and Paramedics, we will be reaching out to all municipalities to offer free courses to educate their staff. We want to let people know that we can educate with our Alzheimer’s friendly business classes, whether it’s a pharmacy, department store, grocery store, or police department. It takes all of us to support people with Alzheimer’s disease and it’s never too late to start.

For more information on Home Replace or the “Longest Day” event, call 618-307-9534.

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