We are pleased to announce that the La Posada retirement community located in Green Valley, AZ successfully launched the Comfort Matters program during the week of January 13, 2020 and is Comfort Matters newest partner dedicated to giving comfort to those who are dealing with the affects of dementia. La Posada has been providing services to the Seniors living in Southern Arizona area for over 35 years. Their not-for-profit, award winning, multi-faceted community serves as a national model for all others in our industry. We are proud and honored that Comfort Matters has been selected to be apart of their mission “To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.”
Tena Alonzo, Comfort Matters’ Director of Education and Research, has been invited and will be speaking at the upcoming American Society on Aging, (ASA), conference that will be held March 26th through the 28th in San Francisco, CA
We are pleased to announce that the Fairhaven Community located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio is the fourth community of United Church Homes Network, and the most recent of our partners to launch the Comfort Matters program.
June 7, 2017: After many months of dedicated application of Comfort Matters principals and demonstration of competencies in caring for their residents that have problems thinking, The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ, has become the first Community in New Jersey and the latest Comfort Matters provider to become an accredited Comfort Matters provider.
We are very pleased to announce that, on March 27, 2017, the Trinity Community of Beaver Creek, OH, (part of the United Church Homes Care Communities), has joined the Comfort Matters family of Memory Care providers. Trinity is the second of the United Church Homes communities to launch Comfort Matters.
We are pleased to welcome the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey as the most recent of our Comfort Matters partners. The Comfort Matters program was launched on March 3rd, 2017 at Weston Assisted Living Residences.
On October 6, 2016 Tena Alonzo presented a session at the 2016 National Aging Services Risk Management Conference in Chicago, IL. Titled Redefining Risk of Falling for Persons with Dementia, the session identified connections between quality of life and fall risk for persons with dementia.
Tena Alonzo spoke at the NorthShore Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium in Chicago on September 30, 2016. Her topic was Supporting Well-being for Persons with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort.
Comfort Matters personnel presented Supporting Well-Being for the Person with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort at the Pioneer Network Annual Conference in New Orleans on August 1, 2016. Presenters included Tena Alonzo, Director of Education and Research and Comfort Matters at Beatitudes Campus; Karen Mitchell, Nurse Educator, Comfort Matters; Karen Harper, Community Director and Dementia Coordinator at Isabella Geriatric Center, NYC; Deidre Downs, Corporate Director for Social Work and Supportive Care at Isabella Geriatric Center, NYC; Robert Herel, Director of Social Work at Cobble Hill Nursing Home, NYC; Lisa Long, Dementia Care Unit Manager at Cobble Hill Nursing Home, NYC; and Sharon Blake, Dementia Coordinator at The Jewish Home, NYC. Conference attendees received copies of Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters in Long-Term Care, produced by CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, NYC. Visit http://www.caringkindnyc.org/publications/ to download a copy.
Long Term Care Community Coalition Summer Newsletter references Beatitudes Campus and Comfort Matters
In the recently released LTC Summer Newsletter reference was made to the new publication by CaringKind; “Model of Palliative Care for People With Dementia”. Specifically referenced are the wonderful results that Isabella Geriatric Center, Cobble Hill, and The New Jewish Home have seen since implementing the program. In the following link to the newsletter go to page four for the information presented.
Fellowship Square – Phoenix , a Christian Care community, has recently joined the Comfort Matters family and will begin implementation of the Comfort Matters program at their organization on the week of September 26th. Fellowship Square Phoenix offers independent living, assisted living, a skilled nursing center as well as a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency on 20 acres in the heart of North Central Phoenix. The property boasts beautiful park-like grounds which enhances the warmth and fellowship found within the community. We are so pleased have the opportunity to add them to the growing number of organizations that Comfort Matters has the privilege of working with.