Honor our Elders

At Norma Smiles we respect and revere our elders. As such, we care about their well-being and quality of life. We serve our elders by providing opportunities to enrich their emotional, spiritual, social, physical and intellectual well-being. We provide spirit-lifting visits filled with laughter, kindness and encouragement. We find ways to engage in creative pursuits and other interesting activities to keep a person feeling intellectually stimulated. We approach physical well-being thru activities such as gentle movement and chair-yoga. We are passionate about allowing our elders to live with meaning and purpose. We provide faith-based activities such as devotionals, bible studies, and hymn sing-alongs to allow them to age in God's grace and to feel His peace.

We are a companioning ministry providing activity, community, and companionship to our treasured elders through many different channels such as in-person visits, content-enabled technology, and resources that can be used by familes and caregivers.

Promote the quality of care they receive

We are in the midst of a caregiver crisis in America. People are living longer and there are not enough direct care workers to meet the needs of an aging population. Family members are often stepping in where professional care falls short.

The quality of care available for our loved ones has suffered.

Norma Smiles promotes the quality of care for elders in the following ways:

Advocacy: Norma Smiles is an advocate for caregivers, both paid professionals and family caregivers. We stay abreast of the advocacy programs for caregivers. We want to change the fact that caregivers continue to work physically and emotionally draining hours for minimum wage. We want to change the fact that family caregivers typically have to give up careers and jeapardize their financials security in order to care for a loved one.

Training: We seek to raise the quality of direct care workers employed by care homes in our local community. We offer free workshops and consulting to care homes to help them hire well and retain their top performers.

Invest in the lives of those called to serve them

Caregiving is not easy, even in the best of circumstances. At Norma Smiles we recognize the importance of caregivers and understand the physical and emotional stresses that come along with caring for others.  Norma Smiles invests in caregivers:

  • We provide supportive services such as The Champions Circle where people devoted to caring for a loved one can get-together for some much needed social and supportive time together.
  •  We offer an annual $1000 scholarship to a selected caregiver enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, long term care administration, social work, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university and who is planning on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens.

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