Morning Pointe of Franklin (IN) residents Jan Sutton and Mary Miller enjoy one of their favorite activities—studying the Bible—together as part of the assistant living and Alzheimer’s memory care community’s Lantern Buddy Program. Since first meeting in Morning Pointe’s assisted living wing, Sutton and Miller have been close friends, but their friendship change nged once Sutton transitioned to The Lantern memory care wing. Although they used to enjoy attending activities and eating lunch together, Sutton’s new home in The Lantern complicated matters.
Morning Pointe Lantern program director Kystale Jones noticed how residents in The Lantern, like Sutton, would sometimes become isolated from the rest of the community and vowed to improve communication between the two wings. Thus, the Lantern Buddy Program, which pairs a Morning Pointe assisted living resident with a resident in memory care, was born. By facilitating interacting between residents from different wings, Jones hopes to create more friendships and help the entire Morning Pointe community feel more connected. It certainly seems to have worked for Sutton and Miller. “With the implementation of the program, both ladies are now spending time together again—going to choir practice, eating lunch together, playing cornhole, and attending Bible study. They both seem really happy to be in each other’s lives again,” Jones says. “I’m hoping the program will achieve a similar effect with other residents, uniting us as a community. After all, we truly are better together!”
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