Dementia Care

Making moments matter.

Dementia is now the fourth-leading cause of death in Arizona. It robs loved ones of their memories and stresses family caregivers who are not sure where to turn for help.

Hospice of the Valley helps improve quality of life for people with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias—from those who are just starting to show signs—to those who are quite advanced and nearing the end of their lives.

Our Dementia Programs are directed by Maribeth Gallagher, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in nursing practice who has won national and international awards.

Maribeth is a featured speaker at professional conferences and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She's also been a family caregiver herself.

Reach the Dementia Program office at (602) 636-6363.


We primarily provide comfort and dignity to dementia patients in their homes. But patients needing round-the-clock care can stay at Gardiner Home, the Valley’s only inpatient home dedicated solely to caring for people with dementia. It is staffed with loving caregivers and volunteers, who have special training in dementia care.

Gardiner Home



Our specially trained Dementia Activities Coordinator uses the Quiet Moment visit to identify and engage the patient with dementia in meaningful and engaging activities—personalized to the individual’s unique preferences. Cuddling a baby doll, soft favorite music, touching textures, hearing a favorite story or dancing to happy music—all ways to enhance quality of life.

Our Dementia Care Programs
Palliative Care for Dementia

This program is a national model—one of the first programs of its kind in the country, and the only in-home medical and emotional dementia care program in Arizona.

Families stay on the program as long as needed to get support and learn to care for a loved one with dementia.

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Dementia Hospice Care

Late-stage dementia patients cannot communicate with words, but our staff knows how to meet their needs. We customize our care to the person’s lifelong preferences, using sensory activities to stimulate and calm.

We manage pain and depression. Family caregivers are supported by our compassionate team of specialists—doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, nurse’s aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteer. Medicare covers the cost of dementia hospice care.

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Learn About Dementia
Stages of Dementia

Understand changes in memory, thinking and function in individuals with dementia.


Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Learn about what can cause challenging behaviors, and how to deal with them.


Dementia FAQs

The top questions that caregivers ask when learning about dementia.


Education Videos

Personal stories and educational videos for caregivers.


Communication Tips

Important strategies to help you communicate with someone who has dementia.


Personal Care

Ways to care for a loved one with dementia.


Get Help

Need help coping with dementia? You can reach us 24/7.

Call (602) 530-6900

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Schedule an educational presentation or request online webinars for your group or company.

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Free mindfulness meditation for family caregivers taught by our award-winning dementia team.

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