Woodson Foundation grant helps Trinity Living Center’s adult care

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2014

For those faced with the sometimes stressful task of caring for frail seniors or loved ones with dementia, Trinity Living Center in Salisbury offers adult day care services.
It also provides beauty and barber shop services, as well as bathing services to support caregivers who are unable to safely bathe their loved one at home.
Recently, both of those services were enhanced, thanks to a $5,500 grant from the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation.
With help from the grant, Trinity Living Center has made bath time a much more soothing experience.
In 2012, Trinity Living Center aides gave 558 baths, an increase of 30 percent from 2011.
The program currently provides participants with 50 to 60 baths a month, says Christina Joyce, director of Trinity Living Center.
Until recently, however, the bathing space was not particularly relaxing.
Now, participants enjoy plush towels and robes, an aromatherapy diffuser and oils, and a CD player with relaxing music.
There is even a lotion warmer for a true spa-like experience.
Having such a comforting environment has helped reduce participants’ anxiety, resulting in a safer bathing experience, Joyce says.
The grant also enhanced the beauty salon, adding a vent to reduce the odor of permanents (which used to permeate the entire facility), as well as new paint, artwork, a mirror, window treatments, a loveseat for waiting participants, and new nail care services.
For more information about Trinity Living Center, 1416-A Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., call 704-637-3940.