Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mrs. North Carolina International and Her CFO have a meeting at The Ivey

Lynn Ivey ~ President/Founder

June 17th Joseph and I had the opportunity to sit down and have a meeting with Lynn Ivey, who is the Founder of The Ivey in Charlotte. The Ivey is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization developed as a tribute to  Lynn's mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, as well as her father who was her loving caregiver for many years. Seeing that adult day care was the best solution for her parents, Lynn created The Ivey as a national model that not only provides outstanding care for individuals fighting the disease but also creates a supportive environment for families coping with the challenges of care giving.

At The Ivey, every day is filled with exciting activities designed by their certified activity coordinators to meet the specific interests and needs of their members. Meaningful, stimulating arts and crafts developed for the needs of local community organizations help to revitalize a sense of self-worthiness for their members.

The Ivey's medical staff includes a full time registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistants (CNA's). The staff- to-member ratios are 1:5, lower than the required 1:6 licensing standards.

The Ivey's personal care is fully supervised and attention is paid to every detail. The center's services are designed for the renewed health and inspired well-being of their members.

The cycle menu is approved by a Registered Dietitian and accommodates the special dietary and functional needs of all their members. Every member's need is at the forefront of consideration in the preparation of every meal. The exquisite food service offering is designed to tempt through the sense of smell, enhance the desire to eat, and engage in fun-filled activities in the kitchen - just like home.

We talked about collaborating together on a fund specifically designated for a Caregiver. The fund is called PP4Alz Caregiver Fund. PURPLE PASSION 4 Alzheimer's will add funds to this account from various programs in place and fundraisers. The Caregiver will need to be qualified to receive this fund. The fund will help a financial burdened Caregiver, who otherwise could not afford the services that The Ivey offers. As I have stated before in my National Press Release "It is so important for caregivers to take care of themselves so they have the patience and understanding to take care of their loved one's that are afflicted by the disease."

PURPLE PASSION 4 Alzheimer's PP4Alz Teens program is scheduled to perform this summer. Both Lynn and Kelly Gibson, who is the Activities Director, are excited about our visit! The kids are too!

Note:  Joseph is not pictured because he was the photographer that day!

The Ivey

PURPLE PASSION 4 Alzheimer's

Event Fashion ~ Flow by Tara Davis

Mrs. North Carolina International
Cynthia Griner