Family caregivers caring for loved ones with memory loss, specifically mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, other dementias or cognitive impairment can participate in this 3 to 3.5-hour program. Caregivers receive respite, a break from caregiving responsibilities, while their loved ones participate in planned activities such as games, music, arts, crafts, lunch and socialization.
This monthly program is held in partnership with congregations and nonprofits who provide space and volunteers who are trained by CarePartners to participate on a Care Team®. These Care Team volunteers provide companionship and fun for individuals living with memory loss.
A registration intake is conducted by CarePartners staff to determine eligibility and welcome new participants to this program. Caregivers and their loved ones can participate in as many Gathering Place programs as needed each month.
To find a Gathering Place nearest you, enter your zip code below:
Step 1: Click the zip code locator search below to find a Gathering Place program near you. Enter in your zip code and click the radius you are willing to drive. Do not contact the host site to register, all registration and eligibility to participate is completed by CarePartners.
Step 2: Only ONE email to a CarePartners Coordinator to learn more about how to register for a program near you is needed. In the email inquiry include the following:
- Cell or home phone number
- Your name and name of the person you are caring for
- Details about your need
- Name of each location you are interested in attending
Step 3: CarePartners Coordinator will set up a time to complete your registration intake before you are able to begin the program. You may not attend a program until a CarePartners Coordinator has determined your eligibility to participate in a Gathering Place program.
The following locations have unique qualifications, please contact Debbie Godfrey for Mamie George and Monica Holiday for Fort Bend Seniors.
What exactly is the Gathering Place program?
This program is a 3- 3.5 hour respite program for Caregivers caring for individuals with memory loss; Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss or cognitive impairment for adults and seniors.
What is the cost for the Gathering Place program?
Do I have to stay with my loved one while they are at the Gathering Place?
No, you are welcome to drop off your individual with memory loss. You must pick them up by the end of the program. There are occasions where it may be recommended for you to stay with your loved one who is attending the Gathering Place.
Can I attend the Gathering Place with my loved one with memory loss?
Absolutely, you are welcome to stay for the entire 3.5 hours or for a portion or not at all. It’s entirely up to you. We will provide compassionate care and high-quality activities during the program to keep all participants engaged.
When and where are the Gathering Place programs?
Gathering Place programs are monthly at one off-site partnering locations. We have more than 50 different Gathering Place partnership sites over the Greater Houston and one in the Waco area. Each location is held on the same day of each month.
What time is the Gathering Place?
10:00 AM-1:30 PM.
- How do I register to participate in the program?
Can I show up to a Gathering Place if I am not registered?
No, we need you to complete the registration (intake) process before attending a Gathering Place program?
How do I find out if there are any Gathering Place programs near my home?
Click the zip code locater and enter in your zip code to find the number of Gathering Place programs nearest to you.
How many Gathering Places can I attend monthly?
You can attend as many Gathering Places as you would like. You must be registered by a CarePartners Coordinator for each of those Gathering Places prior to attending.
Do you provide transportation to and from the Gathering Place?
I noticed that many of your partnerships are at congregations of faith across the city. Do I need to belong to one of those congregations or be of faith to participate?
No, we are an inclusive organization that offers support to all.
Are the volunteers involved with the Gathering Place screened in any way to provide a safe environment?
Yes, our volunteers go through a volunteer screening process, as well as training to equip them with skills, information and knowledge to support caregivers and their loved ones.
What does CarePartners do to support this program?
CarePartners Coordinators provide leadership, support, training and direction to the volunteers that are a part of the Alzheimer’s Care Team® that supports the Gathering Place program. They are on-site for all Gathering Place programs.