ATTENTION: COVID-19 UPDATES
FOLLOWING CDC RECOMMENDATIONS AND GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, ALL NURSING HOMES ARE CURRENTLY RESTRICTING OUTSIDE VISITORS
The only exemption of this mandate is for compassionate care in “end-of-life” situations (e.g. hospice teams). Given the congregate nature and residents served in long-term care facilities (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been dominating headlines in recent weeks. This virus is affecting tens of thousands of people around the globe. In this unprecedented and uncertain time of our nation, our precious residents have already been suffering the effects of social isolation and now with all activities suspended, their spiritual needs are only growing!!
OCAGM is asking our partner community to join us in this fight of faith - It is a call to action! (2 Chronicles 7:14)
PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR (Psalm 91)
- THOSE AFFLICTED BY THIS DEADLY DISEASE AND THEIR LOVED ONES
- HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ON THE FRONT LINES
- NURSING HOME RESIDENTS SUFFERING FROM SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL ISOLATION
- OPEN DOORS FOR OUR MINSITRY TEAM VISITS AND THE GOSPEL
Our hope is in Christ and the Blessed Hope of His soon return. Disasters such as these should remind us of our eternal hope in Christ and awaken us to the need to share His hope with those around us.
Orange County Amazing Grace Ministries (OCAGM) provides social, emotional, and spiritual support to those in nursing homes.
Transform the outlook of our community and local churches by inspiring, encouraging, and equipping members to effectually impact the critical social, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who live and work in nursing homes.
OCAGM exists to bring the Gospel of joy, comfort, encouragement, friendship, and salvation to the forgotten residents of nursing homes out of love and obedience to Jesus Christ.
Over 60% of those living in nursing homes never get an outside visit.
According to the Council on Aging Southern California, there are over 432,600 seniors living in Orange County today. That number is expected to grow to over 800,000 by 2025. Many older adults suffer from mental distress associated with chronic health problems which disturbs the normal aging process. Nursing home residents are impacted more intensely since most are grieving the loss of their home, possessions, familiar surroundings, mobility, independent living, and personal freedoms. Their loneliness leads to more severe health issues, anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles.
Orange County Amazing Grace Ministries (OCAGM) is helping to change the outlook for dependent living seniors in our community. Research demonstrates that access to just one caring individual increases a person’s resilience (Gallopin, 2016). Every week, we make over 50 visits to nursing homes in Orange County. Since our founding in 2003, OCAGM has made over 270,000 loving visits to those who feel most forgotten.
Our trained workers make personal visits with the residents living in a variety of nursing facilities. We offer social, emotional, and spiritual support. We conduct an Amazing Hour program in the activities room and visit room to room. Most of all, we remind each resident that they are loved and valued. All this is provided without discrimination and all are welcome.
- Over 2.7 million elderly residents live in nursing homes.
- Over 80% of them have No Visitors At All.
- Residents are lonely and abandoned as they live out their last days.
- Many need skilled nursing care – some are too feeble and frail to live alone – all are disabled to some degree
- Most are grieving loss of their home, possessions, familiar surroundings, mobility, and personal freedoms