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Using technology to provide services to people living with dementia and their caregivers during COVID-19
In an effort to maintain the provision of services and supports to people living with dementia and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations pivoted in person programs to virtual formats. This webinar will provide two examples of programs that used technology to provide continuity of services to their clients. Wisconsin’s United Community Center’s (UCC) Mobile Memory Clinic adopted HIPAA compliant telemedicine platforms to complete client assessments. Taking appropriate precautions with personal protective equipment, program staff deliver sanitized computers and Wi-Fi hotspot units to clients’ homes and complete the assessment process remotely in real time with the client and caregiver. Houston’s Amazing Place implemented the evidence-based Savvy Caregiver program, an in-person intervention, prior to COVID-19. Staff developed protocols focused on program fidelity as they shifted to an online platform where caregivers could continue to benefit from the intervention.

Nov 2, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Vanessa Anciani
@United Community Center
Vanessa Anciani, BASW, is the bilingual Social Worker at the Latino Geriatric Center Memory Clinic, a community-based memory diagnostic clinic for Latinos, located at the United Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ms. Anciani is a member of the mobile memory clinic, which has recently been converted to conducting tele-assessments due to the COIVD 19 pandemic. Ms. Anciani obtained her bachelor's degree from Pontifical Catholic University Of Puerto Rico, and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Social Work/Physical and Health from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sharon Cantrell
@Amazing Place
Sharon Cantrell is the Savvy Caregiver Manager at Amazing Place Dementia Day Center in Houston, Texas. Ms. Cantrell holds a master’s degree in Speech Pathology with additional experience in neurogenic disorders. Ms. Cantrell also was a dementia caregiver for her mother. In her current role, she has offered approximately 50 Savvy Caregiver Programs, including 10 programs on the virtual Savvy Caregiver platform.