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Joanna LaFleur
Dementia Specialists Homecare and Memory Lane Assisted Living
San Francisco
Biography
In addition to working in the Dementia care field for more than a decade, I know first-hand what it’s like to have a loved one with Dementia. When I was 20 year’s old my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The experience of being with my grandmother during this time opened my eyes to how much better we can do to care for our elders as well as the massive effect a loved one’s memory loss has on the entire family. Over 10+ years working for different companies in the elderly homecare field, I couldn’t shake the discouragement I felt by the low quality of care I saw for people suffering from Dementia. To me, there was a huge gap in Dementia care. What was missing from elder care, in my view, was a client-focused, human-centric approach to care from caregivers with training in how to support someone with Dementia. When I brought my desire to improve care to colleagues at the companies I worked with, however, I was often told that I’m “too sensitive”. I knew I had to do something, which is why I founded Dementia Specialists Homecare. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who saw the deficit in proper care. Just one year after launching Dementia Specialists Homecare in 2014 our company has expanded to care for more than 35 clients in Southeast Michigan with no signs of slowing. I’m so proud to be leading a company filled with passionate, dependable, well-trained caregivers and staff as we shatter the status quo in the Dementia care industry. We know that having a loved one diagnosed with Dementia is incredibly challenging, and that’s why I’m so blessed to be a part of a company that is here to support you. In my mind, Dementia Specialists Homecare is successful for one reason: we treat our clients like family.
Role
OCM
7th International Conference on Dementia & Care Practice
Research Interests
Dementia Care

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