Fifteen Chosen for Dementia Care Fellowship Program

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Fifteen individuals have been selected to participate in Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Care Fellowship program for 2018.

They include nurses, educators, social service providers, physicians and a fire department captain.

The fellows and their respective organizations each will receive $5,000 to participate in the program and to support a sustainable change project. Two fellowships are split among five people.

Under the leadership of Gillian Hamilton, MD, Hospice of the Valley has offered dementia care services for people at all stages of the disease, as well as support and education for family caregivers. Jan Dougherty, RN, will direct the fellowship program. 

 The winners and their projects are:

Beth Mooney — Health South Rehab Center, regional chief nursing officer;  president of Arizona Chapter of Acute Rehab.  Develop a training program for acute rehab facilities in providing optimal therapeutic approaches for persons with dementia.

Christian Adame — Phoenix Art Museum, assistant education director. Create and evaluate art-related programs for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Curtis Larsen — Freedom Plaza Care Center (Brookdale), assistant administrator. Improve activities programming for persons with dementia.

Dan Daley — Phoenix Fire Department, captain. Create a training program on dementia for emergency medicine workers and local emergency rooms.

Daniela Saylor —  Duet, caregiver services program manager. Create culturally sensitive materials for Spanish-speaking caregivers of persons with dementia.

Jennifer Murphey — Frazer Ryan Goldberg and Arnold law firm, law school graduate awaiting state bar admission. Create a reference guide of legal information for families of persons with dementia that is entertaining, heart-warming, and easy to understand.

Kari Johnson – HonorHealth Thompson Peak Medical Center, clinical nurse specialist geriatric/adult health.  Develop a curriculum to educate staff at five HonorHealth hospitals, including protocols and guidelines for clinical units.

 Katy Lockhart,  Navdeep Gill, and Justin Stenquist, MDs — Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Peppertree Family Medicine Residency Clinic, resident physicians. Attend trainings in dementia care, then provide conferences to educate medical students, residents, and staff; and  to develop workshops for caregivers in the clinic. 

Michelle Cornelius — Cypress Home Care, director of memory care programs. Develop a replicable training program using improvisation guidelines for caregivers of persons with dementia.

Pam Schneider — ValleyLife (nonprofit for people with disabilities), quality assurance assistant director. Develop a dementia-specific training program for staff caring for persons in the disabled community.

Tamara Turner — Midwestern University, assistant professor occupational therapy. Work with students to develop, implement, and evaluate a program using PhotoVoice to provide a videorecord of a person with dementia, and educate physicians regarding the benefits of occupational therapy for persons with dementia

Melissa Bush – Hospice of the Valley, nurse practitioner.  Jennifer White – Hospice of the Valley social worker. Bush will work with two palliative care units to optimize care of persons with dementia as a model.  White will develop a mindful movement curriculum for persons with dementia.  

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