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Dementia Care

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

Hospice of the Valley cares 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.

We have two dementia care programs that are delivered in your home: 

Palliative Care for Dementia

Dementia patients who are not yet eligible for hospice services may enroll in the Palliative Care for Dementia program, funded through grants and private pay by families at a monthly rate of $200 for the first month and $150 for each subsequent month, for as long as it is helpful.

Services include:

  • Home visits from dementia educators
  • 24/7 phone access to a nurse or social worker
  • Phone consultations with Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD; VP of education and innovation for Hospice of the Valley
  • Respite time for family caregivers provided by trained volunteers

This Palliative Care for Dementia (PCD) program is one of the first programs of its kind in the nation… and the ONLY in-home medical and emotional dementia care program in Arizona.

Dementia Hospice Program

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. We also support family caregivers with 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.

We primarily provide comfort and dignity to dementia patients in their OWN 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. To learn more about Gardiner Home, click here.

We want to help ease the burden of dealing with dementia. You can reach us 24/7 at 602.530.6900.

You may also schedule a live presentation or request online webinars for your group or company.

And our award-winning dementia team offers free mindfulness meditation for family caregivers.

Maribeth Gallagher directs the Dementia Program. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in nursing practice. Maribeth has won national and international awards, been a featured speaker at professional conferences and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She also has been a family caregiver. Reach the Dementia Program office at 602.636.6363.