Author: Katie Scarvey

Trinity Living at St. John’s to offer group respite care

SALISBURY  – Nearly one in four North Carolinians is providing care for someone aged 60 or older. And nearly half of those are caring for someone who has some degree of dementia.

Many of these caregivers are stretched to the breaking point and need some support. Trinity Living Center, a program of Lutheran Services Carolinas, has been providing just that for many years through its adult day program in Salisbury.

Later this summer, local caregivers who need some relief will have another option. Trinity Living Center is entering into a new partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury to open a half-day group respite program — the first in the community — called Trinity Living at St. John’s.

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Salisbury Academy brings holiday cheer to Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY — For one of the participants at Trinity Living Center’s adult day services program, it’s hard to remember much about a typical day due to the advancement of her Alzheimer’s disease. But when Salisbury Academy’s first-graders come for their monthly book buddies visit, she can recount her day to her husband with enthusiasm.

“Ask her about anything else she’s done, and she won’t remember,” said Teresa Dakins, community outreach coordinator for Trinity at Home.

“The day the kids come she always remembers. It makes her husband’s heart so happy.”

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Artistic diversion at Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY – Most people would never dream of disguising a door, but doors sometimes present challenges to those who are dealing with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Such was the case at Trinity Living Center.

“We have always had an issue with our participants gathering at the door to wait on their ride or even just wanting to know what’s going on out there,” said Christina Joyce, executive director at Trinity Living Center in Salisbury, which provides adult day services in Salisbury.

This obsession with the door can be unrelenting and often becomes worse in the afternoon.

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United Way helps Trinity Living Center provide services to adults

SALISBURY – Keith Corriher says he wishes he had known about Trinity Living Center sooner.

Corriher’s mother, Virginia, has Lewy body dementia and can no longer safely live on her own. Keith and his brother, Barry, have moved in with Virginia and serve as her co-caregivers. The two brothers also hold down jobs – and that’s where Trinity Living Center comes in.

In July, Virginia Corriher began attending Trinity Living Center two days a week. Those two days allow her sons to continue to take care of her at home and still be able to meet the responsibilities of their jobs.

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Salisbury Academy first-graders delight Book Buddies at Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY – On the first Thursday of each month, 22 Salisbury Academy first-graders load onto a small blue and white bus, individually selected books in hand, and ride over to the adult day health facility Trinity Living Center.

Once arrived, the children, often shyly at first, find reading buddies among the 30 or so senior participants present that day. The kids make eye contact with their “Book Buddy” of that visit, have a seat next to them, and begin to read a book to their elderly friend.

Once the connection is made, it’s delightful, says Patty Messick, Program Coordinator for Trinity Living Center.

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Trinity Living Center hosts first Wish Upon a Star senior ball

Look out Harvest Moon Ball at Trinity Oaks. There’s a swanky new senior ball in town.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trinity Living Center participants, staff and guests gathered at the center for the first Wish Upon a Star senior ball. Guests danced to the sounds of DC and the Country Music Legends, had their pictures taken, enjoyed refreshments and just generally had a fabulous time.

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Faces of Trinity: Artists put a face on living center

SALISBURY – When Barbara Garwood came up with the concept of what is now “Faces of Trinity Living” back in 2006, she had a fairly simple goal.

“We wanted to, literally, put a face on what we do,” Garwood said.

Back then, Trinity Living Center, which offers adult day care services, was called Abundant Living, and Garwood was executive director. She was aware that many people in the community really didn’t understand what the center was all about, and she wanted people to know that participants were a diverse group.

An artist herself, Garwood recruited other local artists to donate portraits of the center’s participants. In the early years, the exhibit traveled around, from a downtown bank to the YMCA to the windows of downtown Salisbury businesses.

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