notes from our family members:
after his first outing, the wife reported:
Out and About is amazing. You can turn a trip to the book store into a real adventure.
Thank you so much for providing this service. L always enjoys the outings and getting together with other folks. I also really appreciate the summaries as he doesn’t quite remember how to describe the day. He may be tired at the end of the day, but he’s always upbeat.
Your narrative touches me, and the experiences clearly touch the people in your care who feel safe, engaged, and authentic when they’re with you. Such a big gift. I’m grateful for all that you do.
Thank you thank you all! I love you! You have brought so much joy to our lives. These outings are so important to him. He is making great friends and truly enjoys the different places.
I love that my husband is part of Out and About Colorado! His two days a week on the outings are his best days. He looks forward to to seeing his buddies and he always comes home very happy. The small size of the group is perfect because it allows him to feel like he’s really part of it and can interact. We realize that the drop off and pick up times are approximate, as it would be with any qroup transportation system, but the Out and About facilitators are very responsible about updating me via text on delays in their arrival or departure times. My husband talks about the outings with everybody that asks him about how he’s doing. We love reading the wrap ups in the evening. It’s one of my favorite times of the week also. We are very grateful to be part of what I consider the Rolls-Royce of day programs for adults with cognitive problems!
Keep us on the calendar for next month, this program is our mainstay of healthiness for us both!!
I think your group is so good for my husband. He definitely needs contact with other males and he is obviously not only getting it but also enjoying it.
You have such an awesome program. Tough times but you make it better!
Hi Mary, Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that my dad was in a GREAT mood when I picked him up. He had a wonderful time today! Thank you!
My husband is really enjoying it. He came home so talkative last week. He was tired so his word finding was more problematic but he really loves it. It seems the drivers do a great job initiating conversation between everyone and invoking memories. I love your program.
Thank you for all your help and concern. “Out and About” is truly a blessing.
Thanks so much for sending the wrapup and the pictures, it absolutely makes me smile and warms my heart to see the pictures of mom so happy! Tuesday is now her favorite day of the week.
You do a terrific job of providing such an interesting and diverse agenda for the group every week. I think it’s grand.
Thank you for all that you are doing, it is really wonderful to know that my mom is somewhere having a good time.
You have been absolutely an amazing help and resource for my sister and I and we will always be appreciative of that and blessed that you were brought into our lives.
from our tourguides at the Denver Art Museum:
Good morning, I must say it is obvious you and your staff love what you do. The kindness and thoughtfulness you all exhibit with your group is so amazing.
I haven’t met you yet but can’t wait to meet you in person to thank you for what you’ve done for my dad. My sister shared the photos and notes taken throughout his first day. He looks like he had a wonderful time!
Thank you so much for your work!!!
My husband and I are thankful for you and everyone who works with you in Out and About. Your company has made a huge difference for both of us. Thank you for being such caring care givers!! Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you for ALL you all do. Roxborough is one of my family’s favorite places and hikes. I love that everyone got to enjoy this wonderful park.
Thanks again for everything.
I know he was only in your program for a short while but it brought him such joy. Thank you for shining your light so brightly in this world!
Lots of great pictures. Thank you so much for remembering her birthday. That was very thoughtful.
I must say that Out and About has given my husband a chance to laugh, joke around and be who he was. I have become “the warden” to make sure he takes his pills, has his clothes on correctly, etc. but with you all, he just lights up. Thank you for all that you do!
When I picked G up he said, without prompting, “I had such a nice day.” I haven’t heard those words for sooo long. Thanks for all you do to enrich his life.
Thanks for taking the time to write to us about the day’s adventures. Love to hear about their interactions as well as the places that you explore. What fun you all have!!!!!
I have been dreading this day for several years But you have served him well and he does love “Mary and the guys.” But I know it’s time to say farewell. This disease is just the cruelest! THANK YOU a million gazillion times over for all you do for being a care partner for him and all the others. Brian, Bruce, and Jennifer were there for us every step of the way and I wish you all the best in your venture and journey of those who suffer from this disease. You are all angels and saints in my eyes. ❌❌❌⭕⭕⭕
J really seemed delighted by the day today–he always loves your expeditions, but seemed even more energized today. Thanks for making such a difference in his life. He absolutely loves his Thursdays out with you all.
What a lovely, lovely day. Warms my heart to hear the moments of connection between the ladies. Reminds me that in the midst of life’s great challenges, there is always much for which to be grateful.
What a fun group! He can’t wait to see the guys on Mondays, keeps asking when he goes again. I said “it’s just Tuesday!”
I am able to take care of errands and paperwork during the outings without worrying about my husband. I feel so free. 🙏
My husband had a great time with the guys on his first outing. What a fun group. Thanks for providing this wonderful service.
I have not seen my dad that happy or excited in a long time and I’m so grateful to you for your program. He deserves to have a little fun. My mom’s passing and her previous state of health have been hard on all of us, but especially on him. I think he really needed today and he’s super excited about next week!
Those guys all looked confused by the look of a stove!! Aren’t they a fun bunch. Without you, they would never have met-THANK YOU!
My sister and I appreciate so much the “Ladies Group” and the daytrips she goes on. Our mother doesn’t remember much of the details when she gets home but I know the good memories for the day are really helping her. Thanks for the taking the time to send the email and the nice photo of mom, we appreciate all that you do for her and all of the people that participate in your organization.
SHE LOVED her first outing. She is looking forward to next Tuesday. I read her excerpts from your overview and it pleased her. I KNEW she would embrace this opportunity. Mary you are a gift from heaven.
Your email wrap up at the end of the day warmed my heart and made me smile. She so enjoys your groups. I think she really feels like she can be herself with you. Thank you, and bless you. Thank you for the photos as well.
My husband came home yesterday in an exceptionally good mood. He appeared to have had a wonderful time, even offering to help me get dinner ready. Wow!
My husband and I truly appreciate all you do to make his days interesting and fulfilling. Thanks so much.
I truly LOVE your summaries of the day, as my mom can’t always remember the details by the time I call her in the evenings. This really helps me give her clues and exercise her mind.
Thank you. You guys really are the best. I wish I was as patient and understanding.
You are just such an inspiration for all of us and all that you do AND think to do.
Thank you too for your daily summary as he it helps me engage him in conversation. He never remembers but once I mention what you have said, then he starts talking……so just a little validation of how wonderful this is for him and all of them and me too.
You are fabulous! You have added a wonderful dimension to our lives.
Thank you again. I don’t know how you do it. Warmly, from an Out and About fan.
…She really loves the time she spends with you as well and she is excited about going to the museum. I cannot thank you enough for the kind words and thinking of her for this activity. I truly appreciate all that you have done for her and all your clients.
… This is like an answer to prayer!
I always tell people I think you are an angel who was also placed in our path, and we sure made the right decision there! My husband loves to go places and really likes socializing. And the stretch of hours by myself is so rejuvenating I can’t even tell you!
Thank you for taking such great care of my mom. Sounds like it was a wonderful day. I know my mom really enjoys spending time with you by how she lights up when I show her the pictures you send me. She smiles and says “Yes! Yes! Yes!” It’s lovely.
Thanks for yesterday. My husband was really touched about you how listen to him. He really doesn’t want to be “babysat”, as he calls it, but then again he enjoys his time with the guys.
I always look forward to hearing about your day with the guys! You are fantastic! I love the way you tell the story. Thanks.
… She always enjoys being with you and your other clients and YES, socialization is so important.
Thank you for what you’ve done in the past year for my husband. He is so happy when he comes home after a day out with you. The picture you sent of yesterday’s outing was amazing to me and my sons. We haven’t seen a grin on him like that in months – obviously he was really having a great day and enjoying himself.
We learned about Out And About Colorado when it was clear that there had to be something more for him and others with similar challenges who remain curious, interested in the world and physically able but hampered by a cognitive impairment. We know the time is coming when a different level of care will be needed, but for now he is enjoying what he can and chooses to do – making each day count…. I’m so grateful for the benefits that he and I both receive on Tuesday nights when he tells me about the events of the day, the guys and Mary. I see his vitality restored from being out in the world, talking, laughing and engaging with others.