PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE

The Caregiving Place Sarasota

“It’s a gift knowing my husband is happy, and I have time for myself.”

A woman whose spouse attends The Caregiving Place adult day program in Sarasota

A Life-Changing Decision

Does your family member or friend need help with daily tasks? Does he or she have much less contact with friends and little interest in activities they used to enjoy? Does your own life seem out of balance? Are you confused about what to do?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then we can provide solutions. Conveniently located in a park-like setting in downtown Sarasota, The Caregiving Place in Sarasota can help you navigate your caregiving journey. We provide compassionate care for your loved one and professional support for you.

Adult Day Service

Our Adult Day Service is the perfect program for someone who is experiencing cognitive or medical issues. It’s an inviting place to socialize with others, sharpen cognitive skills, reduce frustration, enjoy healthy meals, and feel valued. It’s a place where your family member can exercise body and mind, laugh and have fun, sing and make art. For as many days each week as you choose, you can have peace of mind knowing your care partner is safe, involved in healthy activities and making new friends.

Clients look forward to the variety of programming, including art therapy and expressive art. Creating visual art is fun for the participants in the adult day service program and gives them a real sense of accomplishment. Our clients have won several awards for their beautiful art pieces. Regular programming also includes discussion groups, brain-stimulating activities, games, music, and visits from performers and animals. Several of our clients participate in DAKIM, a computerized program that helps people over 50 improve memory, attention, focus and concentration. It works out six parts of your brain in 20 minutes, and it’s fun, too!

With a staffing ratio of 1:6, each participant is assured of personal attention throughout the day. We have an excellent reputation with our licensing agency, the Agency for Healthcare Administration – a reflection of our high standards of care, which include:

  • Competent staff and dedicated volunteers
  • A nurse to monitor medical conditions and dispense medications as prescribed
  • Staff trained in CPR, first-aid and Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases

The facility itself is bright and homey. Participants enjoy cozy fireplaces, comfy chairs, and a spacious enclosed outdoor patio opening onto a leafy park. Completely refurbished in 2014, the facility features two private meeting rooms and a sun porch that accommodates a relaxing conversation circle, with an adjacent art/activity space.

Our families experience peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving quality of care, a reputation we hold in the community of caregivers and also among professionals. We are a trusted referral source and a true care partner.

Would you like a tour? Call us at 941.556.3268 or email us at caregiving@friendshipcenters.org. Calls will be returned within 24 hours.

Resources for Caregivers

We understand that caregivers need a connection to timely information, support and assistance. At the Friendship Centers, we help you decide the best plan for you and your family. We have access to local, state and national resources, many reference materials and a lending library. Community partners provide free programs on a range of topics. We also offer free memory screenings and consultation by appointment. You will come away with a better understanding of your care partner’s condition and needs, greater knowledge, skills and confidence, and new approaches for coping and solving problems.

Educational programming is offered by our staff and community partners, both on campus and at the Robert Taylor Community Center. Mindset is a series of four classes designed to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss through research-based exercises. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a highly educational series to help caregivers reduce personal stress, change negative self talk, communicate needs to others and deal with difficult emotions. The Alzheimer’s Association offers programs for individuals caring for a loved one with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a dementia related disease. We offer a variety of programs that teach caregivers how to better care for themselves, such as Mindfulness.

Caregiver Support Groups

A support group can be a lifeline for overwhelmed caregivers. Led by trained professionals, groups meet weekly and discussions are completely confidential. As one participant told us, “These people knew exactly what I was feeling. The group is a godsend.” Caregiver support groups offer:

  • Connection with other caregivers who can understand your situation and offer practical ideas
  • A network of guidance, social and emotional support
  • An opportunity to develop new friendships

A caregiver support group or group therapy offers true healing for individuals who are making enormous sacrifices to care for a loved one at home. With your family member in good care and support from your peers, you can finally experience a sense of relief and freedom.

Location and Contact

The Caregiving Place
1820 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941.556.3268 (calls will be returned within 24 hours)
caregiving@friendshipcenters.org