Palliative Care for Persons Living with Advanced Dementia: Why Comfort Matters!
Comfort Matters™ is a comprehensive, palliative approach to caring for persons living with advanced dementia, developed by the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. This webinar will describe some assumptions that exist about persons in different stages of dementia and the principles and practices embodied in this approach to their care as well as the organizational adaptations needed to support comfort practices in residential long-term care settings. Findings, processes and challenges from adaptation and implementation of the program in three New York city nursing homes will be shared.
- Describe two key features of mild, moderate and advanced dementia.
- Identify and describe at least three comfort-focused strategies for people with dementia living in long-term care settings.
- Outline key strategies for implementing these practices in new settings.
Tena Alonzo has spent the past three decades improving the quality of life for people with dementia as an educator and practitioner. Her work has appeared in multiple journals including The Gerontologist, The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia. Tena has served as a CMS technical expert to improve dementia care and reduce the use of antipsychotic medication.
Ann Wyatt, MSW is currently the Residential Care Policy & Strategy Consultant for CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. Ann has been working with three nursing homes to establish innovative palliative care programs for people with advanced dementia. In a previous position, as Associate Director of the Office of Long Term Care, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), Ann helped to oversee OBRA implementation for HHC’s nursing homes. She was a founding board member of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, of the Village Nursing Home, Inc., of Music and Memory, Inc., and of Ibasho. Ann is currently also a Board member of CIAD (Coalition of the Institutionalized Aged and Disabled), of Sprat Artistic ensemble, and of Isabella Geriatric Center, Inc.