The NOAH Project (Neighborhood Outreach Alzheimer Help)
The NOAH Project empowers underserved rural and minority communities by working with interested stakeholders in those communities to reach a consensus on dementia care needs and to create an action plan to meet those needs.
The ARK Adult Respite Kare
Nonprofit organization that serves families coping with dementia in five coastal counties of South Carolina. THE ARK operates social respite care programs, support groups, in-home family caregiver consultation, educational seminars and other support services.
How does it work?
The NOAH Project targets small towns based on dementia resident statistics. Program staff collaborate with key groups in those towns, such as churches and other volunteers, to do an extensive assessment that compiles information on available resources and individual needs. This assessment tool is a starting point to create a dialogue and a plan of care. Some communities opt for educational seminars or support groups while others make a commitment to creating respite care programs. The choice - and the real work- rests with the community. The ARK provides technical assistance and direction as services incubate.
Why is it successful?
Presently two new social respite programs are operational, and two more programs are in the planning stage. Support groups operate in four communities. In addition, the NOAH Project reaches approximately 100 rural families each year through an in-home consultation program. The NOAH Project's approach allows a community to invest in itself for long-term success and create culturally appropriate services, while relying on the experience of a seasoned organization.
NOTE: The NOAH Project's Community Assessment Tool is available to requesting organizations.
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