Project Spotlight: Enriching Lives In Our Community2019-04-05T16:09:01+00:00

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Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: A Voice for the Voiceless

Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency has a long history of service to older adults in a variety of capacities. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is just one example of the vitally important work they do to enrich the quality of life of older Tennesseans. The mission of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (OMB) Program is to protect the Federally mandated rights of the residents of long-term care facilities and to assure each resident receives the highest level of care and quality of life. The organization is committed to maintaining the dignity of each resident. Residents of long-term facilities are often reluctant to voice complaints because they fear they will be punished by staff.  The residents who are not cognitively able to voice complaints are even more vulnerable. According to the World Health Organization, one out of six persons age 60+ has experienced abuse in a community setting. Two out of three staff members at long-term care facilities report that they have committed abuse in the past year. The need for this program cannot be understated. What does it mean to [...]

November 2nd, 2022|Project Spotlight|

Insight Counseling Centers

Insight Counseling Centers exists to restore lives to wholeness – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We delight in the opportunity to assist older adults in healing mental health struggles, emotional pain, spiritual wounds, and relationship challenges. Thanks to funding from the West End Home Foundation, Insight is able to provide counseling to older adults on an income-based fee scale, making therapy more affordable to those who are often on a fixed income. Bernie came to Insight with hurt and confusion around her family relationships. After years of supporting other women who struggle with co-dependency, she suddenly recognized the pattern in her own life. “I have had a longstanding very difficult relationship with my daughter. Being a co-dependent, you sort of divide yourself, and I realized I was dividing myself between my daughter and my husband.” “I really felt inside of me it was time to do something about this relationship, to really look at it.” Bernie reached out to her congregation in Murfreesboro for help, and they recommended Insight Counseling Centers. Working with her therapist has been very illuminating and [...]

May 16th, 2022|Project Spotlight|

FiftyForward: Enriching Lives in our Community

Written by: Susan Sizemore, Communications Director, FiftyForward When Nolan Starks contacted us in late October 2021, she was distraught because she could not make ends meet. Her worst fear was that she might lose her longtime family home. The home had been purchased, in 1899, by her father from a farmer in the community. Ms. Starks, who is 77 years old, told our staff she had been born in the house and explained additions were added to the original structure as “more children came along” and they needed additional space. She recalled countless memories in that loving home, but now it was in disrepair. Ms. Starks had been struggling to buy food and medications each month. When she found her way to the agency, FiftyForward care managers immediately became focused on finding solutions to provide peace of mind to her and for her family. During her initial assessment, FiftyForward discovered that the roof leaked, the home’s bathroom floor was falling in, and they swiftly realized she needed an ally and an advocate for other things as well. In addition, [...]

February 8th, 2022|Project Spotlight|
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