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.
YOUR HOME OR GARDINER HOME
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.
QUIET MOMENTS PROGRAM
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.
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.
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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