Caring for Alzheimer's Patients: A Guide for Family and Healthcare Providers

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Appendix E
A Model Bus‐
Wheelchair Service for
Alzheimer's and
Geriatric Patients

Sharon Henning

Editors' Note: The following report describes a model "wheelchair ministry" for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other geriatric patients. This project was developed in Phoenix, Arizona. The providers of this service do not have AD patients in their families, whom they have to care for themselves, but their dedication has spread out to six wheelchair buses plus walk-on transportation, such as motor homes, vans, and cars. This ministry helps to keep AD victims more active.

Although the service currently gets these individuals out one to three times a week, it could easily be extended to include doctor visits, shopping-center tours, and so on.

This model service is provided as an outreach program of a church in Phoenix. The editors of this book believe that many more voluntary services like this are necessary to serve the needs of the AD population and their caregivers.

Phoenix First Assembly is one of the growing number of "megachurches" in the United States. It has grown rapidly over the past

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