Care for the caregiver

  • Shepherd's Place is designed to relieve caregivers and offer time for themselves.
  • Caregivers enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones are cared for in a safe and caring environment.
  • A caregiver support group, led by Dr. Ann Pearson, meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairhope United Methodist Church Library. This is free and open to the community.

What our caregivers have to say...

"Sharing our load"

"My husband loves Shepherd's Place and I am so grateful to each of the volunteers that make this place so wonderful. This is not an easy job unless your heart is filled with love. You have helped us in so many ways. You have easy our emotional struggles by sharing our load. We appreciate you in so many ways."- Wife of a Shepherd's Place participant

"Hugs and Smiles"

"My mother loved Shepherd's Place from the first day. You all have blessed us with your smiles and love and care. When we drive up in the mornings, you are there and when I come to get her, you are full of hugs and smiles. It warms my heart to see the love and devotion of everyone who works there. Thank you. I am so grateful that I don't have to worry about my mama while she is with you." - Daughter of a Shepherd's Place participant

"I can't help but smile"

"When I think about Tuesdays and Thursdays, the day I take my dad to Shepherd's Place, I can't help but smile. Most days he does not remember where it is he's going. I ask him to trust me. As soon as we pull up to the entrance, the volunteers welcome him. "Hi! Good to see you!" He relaxes and begins to "remember". These two days are the only time in my father's life, now with Alzheimer's at 85, that he's out of the normal routine of his daily life. It gives my mother an opportunity to relax and do something for herself. The volunteers at Shepherd's Place amaze me. They engage him to become interactive in the activities. There's always smiles on everyone's face, which sets the tone for the participants. I know that without these selfless volunteers, my Daddy would not want to go. They are the ones that make him feel special, make him feel welcomed and make him feel as if he is with dear friends." - Daughter of a Shepherd's Place participant

"Learning God's Love"

  

"I saw the changes from dementia about three years before taking my husband to Shepherd’s Place at the beginning of this year.  What a difference it has made!  Best decision I have ever made.  His whole attitude has changed.  He is rarely angry any more.  Even though he has dementia, I feel like he is learning a lot of things about love that God wanted him to learn.  Thank you for this wonderful place!"- Wife of a Shepherd's Place participant