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 that specializes in caring for people with dementia. It is staffed with loving caregivers and volunteers, who have special training in dementia care.
The innovative Dementia Care and Education Campus, set to open in the fall of 2019, will support patients, their caregivers, healthcare providers and our community. It will care for people at all stages of dementia and also will feature an intergenerational adult and child care center and an education venue that brings people together to share best practices in dementia care.
“Music is the soul of language.” When dementia clouds a person’s ability to communicate, music makes a connection. Watch souls stir in this video of Phoenix Symphony musicians playing for dementia patients at Hospice of the Valley’s Gardiner Home. Musicians visit once a month, thanks to a donation from Hospice of the Valley volunteer John Radway, who cared for his wife Claire through a decade of dementia until her death. The Radways loved classical music—and so do our patients!
QUIET MOMENTS PROGRAM
Every dementia patient is unique and finding out what will most enrich each individual—is what our Quiet Moments program is all about. Our goal is to find the key that will unlock someone’s mind and heart—and usher in a little warmth, light and happiness.
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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