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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: To allow frail seniors and persons with Alzheimer's disease to remain at home, with family and as members of the community rather than being forced into nursing home placement.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been caring for my father for more than four year and his dementia has worsened dramatically. My doctor referred me to Barbara Fetty at The Tender and that literally changed our lives. Unfortunately my dads disease was too advanced by the time I found The Tender for him to become a member but Barbara, the director, was a wealth of information. She was so insightful it was like she could read my mind and her questions were better than any of the neurologists we've seen over the years.

She helped me through every step to find the right care for our family. I'll never forget it.

This place and it's director are a treasure.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first visited The Tender 2 years ago, I was amazed at all the laughter & enthusiasm the clients were showing at The Tender. It is amazing watching them have so much fun! My grandmother had Alzheimers many years ago. I wish my aunt & I would have known about this organization when she needed assistance. No one knows what a family goes through unless you've walked in their shoes. It is great that Barbara Fetty has a support group for the families. That is a much needed service so the families can understand what is happening to their loved one. Being a care giver is not an easy job. I commend Barbara & her staff for having such a great organization!

Sheryl S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to The Tender when my family moved to town ten years ago. My husband and I enjoyed attending the annual "love me tender" event, where we enjoyed the company of our friends, learned about the organization and gladly bid on wonderful auction items. I was so impressed I volunteered to help with the fundraiser the following year, and soon thereafter was asked to serve on the board. Since then, my husband's mom, and one of my best most beloved friends, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Although she and her spouse live in another state, Barb has been a constant source of support and a great resource for me and my husband as we try to support his parents on this challenging journey. I wish that I could find a place like the Tender for her. Barb and her staff treat each client with respect, loving kindness and professionalism. We are so fortunate to have The Tender in our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to The Tender by my primary care provider when she observed that I was struggling with caring for my significant other. I met with Barbara Fetty at The Tender for a consultation appointment. I later joined her monthly support group for individuals who have family members with dementia. My sweetheart was diagnoseed with Lewy Body Syndrome, a form of dementia with its own characteristics and behavior patterns. I lost my sweetheart on May 30, 2012, but I continue to go the the monthly support group meetings. Barbara is an amazing person and leads the conversations so that all participants have time to "share" and comment. I recommend this organization for support and services for family members caring for someone with dementia. C. G. Holmes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Organizations such as The Tender play a critical role for those patients with Alzheimers. The Tender provides relief to the family, provides excellent care and keeps patients from incurring higher costs of care. As a physician, I highly recommend The Tender. As a son whose father had Alzheimers, all I can say is God Bless organizations such as The Tender.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was a client of The Tender. He received excellent care from the professional and caring staff. He enjoyed conversing with the other clients and the staff. While there he got some much needed excerise and enjoyed playing games. He often came home with amusing stories to share. While there I was able to grocery shop, run errands, and even have lunch with friends, all the time knowing that he was being well cared for and was safe. Just the break from each other for a few hours, put us both in a better frame of mind. I highly recommend The Tender to all those who might benefit from their services.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband suffers from dementia. He looked so forward to going to the Tender. The Tender is a caring and supportive enviroment. My husband made friends and really enjoyed his time there. The staff is wonderful and I can not say enough about Barbara, who also leads a support group for anyone who has been touched by alzheimers and dementia. I also enjoyed the time I had for myself while my husband was there. I would recommend The Tender to all.

Lino P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former client who suffers from a brain injury. My time at the Tender remains one of my fondest memories. The staff was very caring and extremely professional. My time at the Tender was not only therapeutic for me, but was a very important respite for my wife. Those of us with cognitive impairment benefit so much from anything that brings us back to real life. The Tender certainly did that for me. The staff is normal and human and I would not hesitate a moment in giving the Tender my highest recommendation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff at the Tender is very professional and very caring. The Tender is a place where seniors with Alzheimers can spend time outside of their home. Additionally, the Tender arranges transportation for seniors to doctor appointments. It's been my pleasure serving on the board of the Tender.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Tender is a day center for seniors with Alzheimers and/or dementia. The services we provide at The Tender are invaluable, both to the clients we serve, and also to their caregivers. Until you have experienced Alzheimers with a family member, you can't imagine the challenges that families face. The Tender provides a safe and loving place for seniors during the day, where they can participate in activities, make friends, and enjoy their time. And it also gives caregivers respite, knowing that their loved ones are in a safe, warm environment. The Tender also provides a support group for caregivers. We only serve a relatively small number of clients, but for the families we serve, it is invaluable.