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Creative Connections in Dementia CareTM
by Rev. Katie Norris and Jennifer Brush
This how-to manual is packed with guidance and inspiration that will help care partners discover the abilities of people with dementia. Learn More
Bridging the Gap between Research and Direct Care
Jennifer Brush understands the particular needs of healthcare organizations and families engaged in dementia care and brings more than 20 years’ experience as both a leading clinician and researcher in this complex field.
Jennifer is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia.
Whether providing educational workshops at prestigious conferences and/or consulting with healthcare organizations including the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, Association Montessori Internationale, Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Baycrest Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, The Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, I.D.E.A.S., Inc., Kendal Northern Ohio, Montessori Australia Foundation, Northern Speech Services, and the Virginia Alzheimer's Commission, or providing direct and intimate guidance to families, Jennifer offers interactive educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia.
Helping Healthcare Organizations
Jennifer will work with your elder care community to create a setting that is aligned with the residents' interests, abilities, and strengths for optimal social, emotional, physical and cognitive support. She will help you step-by-step to create an environment that is carefully prepared to meet and nurture the desires and needs of each person, providing opportunities for choice and independence.
Jennifer achieves this by fully implementing the Montessori for Aging and Dementia philosophy of care. This unique program is firmly grounded in evidence-based dementia research and the ideas and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.
After an environmental and programmatic assessment of your care community is completed by Jennifer, your staff will receive education, coaching and resources tailored specifically to meet your community's needs. Your staff will develop new person-centered care skills that will lead to:
- keeping residents engaged in meaningful activities
- identifying and focusing on the abilities of people with dementia
- feeling empowered to effectively manage the daily challenges associated with dementia
- experiencing more job satisfaction
- being inspired to provide effective and meaningful quality care
- using the physical environment to support functioning
- implementing successful memory interventions
By using the practical tools provided in our workshops, training, and onsite coaching, staff will find solutions to common challenges such as frequent agitation, boredom, resistance, and confusion.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an exhausting and daunting task. Families have many of the same educational needs as healthcare organizations but with less resources, energy, time, and assistance. If you live in Northeast Ohio, Jennifer is available for in person assessments and dementia coaching to help families learn how to modify the home environment to be supportive, communicate better with a loved one with dementia, and manage responsive behaviors. For those living in other areas of the country, Jennifer is available for consultation through Skype and phone.
Jennifer has crafted easy to understand materials and interactive trainings for a very reasonable cost to families. This investment in learning from a top notch researcher and direct care advocate pays off over and over again for both your loved ones with dementia and all the care partners who support them.