Miles of Smiles (Therapeutic Riding)
Using animals for therapeutic purposes has long been a method to reconnect lives to the enrichment of being able to exercise human movement patterns and connect emotionally to human interaction. The horse's walk is a rhythmic and repetitive movement that encourages movement responses in riders that are similar to the movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. Miles of Smiles encourages the interaction between the rider and the horse to establish a bond that is motivating to the rider. This program seeks to offer children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities or injuries the benefits of therapeutic riding. They provide a safe, rewarding and comprehensive approach to meet the multi-dimensional needs of its participants. Lessons are offered to groups of not more than four for 60 minutes as well as private lessons. They have six week seasonal lessons available for Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter programs.
Miles of Smiles works in partnership with area elementary and middle schools to enhance life skills and development of these students. Their Smiles of Strength program is designed to help individuals whose lives have been transformed by cancer. In some cases these people are fighting to live life that has changed drastically after their battle with cancer and in some cases the individual is just plain fighting to live. The "therapeutic" setting will provide equine assisted activities striving to help clients attain skills that help deal with the stresses caused by the side effects of cancer.
To donate to this wonderful program make checks payable to Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Horsemanship and send to PO Box 426, Garden City, Kansas 67846 Other Miles of Smiles programs are available. To check out this program go to http://www.miles of smiles.org"
“When You Become a Care Provider Workshop”
2011 IC Convention
Marsha Hills, Chi Epsilon Chapter, Wichita
Alzheimer's Association Sunflower Chapter
Do not ask me to remember.
Don't try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me.
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m confused beyond your concept.
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me.
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can't help the way I’m acting,
Can't be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone.
Please don't fail to stand beside me,
Love me til my life is done.
- Author Unknown –
(Possibly an Alzheimer’s Patient)
(Information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Hospice
Hospice in the United States has grown from a volunteer-led movement to improve care for people dying alone, isolated, or in hospitals, to a significant part of the health care system. In 2008, 1.45 million individuals and their families received hospice care. Hospice is the only Medicare benefit that includes pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, twenty-four hour/seven day a week access to care and support for loved ones following a death. Hospice care is also covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Most hospice care is delivered at home. Hospice care is also available to people in home-like hospice residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veterans' facilities, hospitals, and prisons. *Hospice care in the United States
Care of residents (refers to care given to adults or children outside of the patient's home. Care can be 24 hour care or partial care depending on the person's needs. Residential care services take into account the needs and wishes of the individual, weighed against the resources and policies of statutory agencies.
Often people with disabilities, mental health problems, or learning difficulties are cared for at home by voluntary caregivers, such family and friends, with additional support from home care agencies. However, if this home-based care breaks down, residential care is sometimes required. There are various residential care options available, depending on the needs of the individual.
Other activities chapter's work to support:
Santa America supports tramatized
children in Hospice
anta America programs exist throughout the United States to support tramatized children in critical situations. It was instrumental with assistance to children of the Katrina Hurricane, deployment of military families, St Jude's, and Hospice situations. This is Santa John who made a visit to the Kansas State Council during the fall council meeting to give his presentation on how to become a Santa in the program and how Santa's are trained. The Santa America Website will tell you more about this wonderful program.
Santa comes to the Kansas State Council Convention! We were so pleased to have Santa John join us Saturday afternoon for the Awards luncheon at the 2012 Convention in Hutchinson (May 5,2012) and a brief time after to promote the Santa America program. ESA has help the program and will continue to in the future. In 2014-2015 the International Council adopted Santa America as a featured philanthropic project. With Seasons of ESA Love, Marsha Barnes - 2011-2012 State President.
A project well worth our efforts!