Good Samaritan Behavioral Health's Eldercare Services are designed to help reduce caregiver stress; increase knowledge about the dementia process and skills to care for challenging behaviors; improve health and well-being of the family.
Ryan has been working at Auntie Anne's in the South Hill Mall for two years. Every Friday, from 12 – 4pm, he's talking to shoppers walking by, handing out pretzel samples. Ryan suffers from seizures, so he must have someone with him at all times. But that hasn't stopped him from getting a job doing something he enjoys. His vocational aid, Rebecca from the ENRICH Program, says, "He likes seeing all the people. He likes joking, teasing, working with his co-workers. He likes working, having that responsibility."
If you ask Ryan, he says the best part is, "I get paid."
Vicky is a graduate of the MultiCare Good Samaritan PACT program. For anyone struggling with depression or mental illness, Vicky offers this advice:
"There's always hope. Be patient with yourself. You may fall back a little, but it will get better. And take to heart what your counselor says, because they have your best interests at heart and they are there to help you progress."
The most important thing Older Adult Services patient Obed wants people to know is:
"I got help. She got help. There are good people out there that are willing to help you. Someone will see this and know they are not alone. They can get help too."