13. How long do participants generally attend the program?

IMEP is an ongoing program with no start and stop date.

12. What is the ideal class size?

IMEP activities and exercises work best in a class size of 10 to 12 participants. This allows for group interaction, individualized attention from facilitators, and an opportunity for participants to connect socially & form meaningful relationships.

11. Once the program is purchased, what kind of support or help is available throughout the year?

Ongoing support is provided by the IMEP management team.  We are only a phone call or email away and available to answer any IMEP questions that might arise.

10. How will I access the weekly program content?

The weekly program content can be downloaded and printed from the IMEP website.

9. Is facilitator training included in the cost of the program?

IMEP provides two days of interactive training at the Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center in Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Travel costs are not included). Trainees will be provided with the IMEP Facilitator Training Manual and access to training podcasts.

8. What makes a good facilitator?

Hiring a facilitator with experience in teaching, group facilitation, and /or activity preparation is ideal. Knowledge of dementia and Alzheimer’s, along with a medical background, is also beneficial.

The following qualities are important to consider when choosing a facilitator:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to speak clearly and present to a group
  • Positive energy
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to respond calmly and efficiently in the event of an emergency situation
  • Ability to co-facilitate
  • Knowledge of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ability to monitor participants’ levels of interest and engagement, and adjust program content as needed
  • Attentive listening skills
  • Ability to initiate and facilitate dialogue and group discussion

7. What kind of staffing is needed to effectively facilitate the program?

The most effective way to present IMEP is to have two facilitators working together. While one facilitator is leading the class, the other facilitator can help out by writing on the board, assisting participants, making any necessary phone calls, or attending to other tasks that require attention.

Trained volunteers help make IMEP run more smoothly, by providing assistance with beverages, snacks and lunch, and with participants needing extra assistance.

6. How much space is required to comfortably hold the program?

IMEP is best conducted utilizing two classrooms, with handicap restrooms nearby. The rooms should be large enough to comfortably seat 10 to 14 people. Rooms should be well-lit and provide ample space to accommodate assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs.

One room can be utilized for activities and lunch, and can have the tables arranged in a U shape with the white board in front. A side table for refreshments and supplies can be set up in the back of the room.

The other room can be used for chair exercise and guided relaxation and should have a TV with a DVD player and a CD player. Chairs can be arranged in a circle for guided relaxation, and arranged in front of the TV for chair exercise.

5. Are there grants available to subsidize the program?

There are grants available to subsidize the program. A complete IMEP grant proposal is available upon request. Click here to inquire about an IMEP grant proposal.

4. What tools have you used to measure the program outcomes?

IMEP currently measures program outcomes with the following assessment tools:

  • Annual program satisfaction surveys for participants and caregivers.
  • MoCA – Montreal Cognitive Assessment
  • QOL – Quality of Life Assessment