Who am I...
Masters in Social Welfare (MSW), emphasis in gerontology
Licensed Social Worker, Nevada
Independent Certified Positive Approach® to Care Trainer
Volunteer Community Educator Alzheimer's Association
My work and passion have been centered around senior adults and their families since 2008. I received my Masters of Social Welfare degree with a focus in gerontology from the University of Kansas in 2008 and took my first role in a 275 apartment senior living community. As the Director of Resident Services, I supported residents to develop social circles, held their hand through deaths of family and friends, provided support groups for low vision, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's caregivers, and most of all learned from them. Those 6 years were some of the best of my adult working life.
I then became the Executive Director of an Alzheimer's and dementia care community. My office was in the middle of a bustling community of 54 residents living with dementia. Here, I learned the challenges of families who were supporting our residents and the unique challenges their new relationships brought.
I then took the role of Divisional Dementia Care Manager for the same company and supported communities across 13 states. This role involved 1) classroom trainings for leadership teams including executives/nurses/activity professionals., 2) site visits and staff training on communication skills and how to engage meaningfully with the residents, and 3) teaching culture - how to create a true community atmosphere that supported quality life. In 2019, I earned my Certified Trainer designation with Positive Approach® to Care. As a certified trainer, I am able to teach PAC™ dementia care philosophy and skill development.
My hope is to bring this array of experience and training to help you build your quality dementia care awareness and knowledge.
Welcome to Inspired Dementia Care