Hospice and Palliative Care for Dementia

Teri Sellers

The PebbleCreek Alzheimer’s Support Group is available to all residents who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The group meets twice a month for a breakfast social and a support group meeting. Our goal is to provide support and information to families that are caring for a loved one with dementia.

The PebbleCreek Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Sunrise Park on Saturday, Nov. 5. We do the Walk annually to create awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. At the present time there is no cure. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the Walk starts at 9 a.m. The Walk is free to attend. There will be a raffle, and donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are greatly appreciated.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Services month. Our support group has been fortunate to have Sylvia Butler with Hospice of the West as my co-facilitator. She honors and respects her role as a support group leader and does not actively promote her organization to the group. But, this month, she is going to be our featured speaker.

Sylvia has worked in the senior healthcare field for more than 30 years. At one time she studied to become a nurse, but found that her heart led her toward healthcare administration. She has worked at La Loma, Grandview Terrace, and Royal Oaks before she joined the team at Emeritus as the sales and marketing manager. She loves working for Hospice of the West and has been with them for more than 11 years as a community liaison. She spends a lot of time helping families to understand hospice care, so they can make the best decision for their loved one.

There is so much confusion and many myths surrounding hospice care and palliative services. Sylvia will share her knowledge with us and debunk some of the myths such as: who can initiate hospice care, how much does it cost, and if you decide on hospice, can you change your mind?

She will also explain the difference between hospice care and palliative services.

This will be a very interactive presentation, so please bring any and all questions.

If you are not a member of our group, it is easy to join. You are not alone. I want to share helpful resources and information with you and add you to our email list. Our support group is an excellent way to learn more about the journey that is dementia and a wonderful way to meet others who are going through the same journey as you. Your information is always safe and confidential. The benefits are priceless. Please contact me, Teri Sellers, at 602-793-0299 or [email protected]