Summary

DCPutnam Consulting allows me to work in a field that I love!  My 24+ years of professional experience have given me a wealth of knowledge within the field.  I have worked closely with family caregivers who have been in great distress at the thought of placing their loved one in a memory care facility.  We have had very personal conversations around Hospice and end-of-life care.  I have spent many hours training / certifying new employees about the “ins and outs” of memory care, as well as providing monthly in-services to staff members in assisted living communities, adult day programs and nursing homes.Hire Me Summary Education programs and consultations have been available for the general public and family members in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. I have recently (3/2019) moved to the Pittsburgh, PA area and will continue offering my services in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias is critical.  Over 5,800,000 Americans currently have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the Alzheimer’s Association anticipates that by 2050 there will be more than 15,000,000 Americans living with this disease if we do not have access to a cure.

There are four major areas of concentration that DCPutnam Consulting addresses:

  • Facilitating Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups
  • Certification for Professional Caregivers
  • Family Caregiver Consultations
  • Community Education

The content for each of these areas of concentration overlap, but the perspective and needs do vary.

A sampling of topics that are offered are:

  1. Clarification of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Identifying other Forms of Dementia
  3. 10 Warning Signs  as Identified by the Alzheimer’s Association
  4. Important Legal Steps
  5. What’s the Financial Picture
  6. What are ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living)
  7. What Happens to the Brain if Someone has Dementia
  8. What is the Mini-Mental Exam
  9. Caregiver’s Daily Log
  10. Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease
  11. Improving Communication Skills
  12. Understanding Challenging Behaviors
  13.  “Living in the Moment”
  14. Therapeutic Fiblets
  15. Holiday Tips & Visits
  16. Nutrition and Hydration
  17. Distraction Techniques
  18. Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief
  19. How do Dementia Patients Handle Pain
  20. Caregivers Learning to Say “No”
  21. Routine – Routine – Routine
  22. Purposeful Activities
  23. Medication Options
  24. Sex and Intimacy
  25. Options for Placement
  26. Touring Potential Facilities
  27. End of Life Care and Hospice
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