M.I.N.D. in Memory Care Success Stories
“I found this program to be VERY INTERESTING and HELPFUL. It was not your usual “dementia” program. Many of the ideas I can apply to my job.”
“I will be able to apply all these techniques to home care, nursing facility, adult day center, and participants’ homes! I am excited to share these strategies with my manager and my co-workers. BEST CONFERENCE I have attended in a long time!
We are both retired teachers and it is difficult to see a very intelligent person succumb to this terrible disease.
I am going to call our bookstore and see if I can get a few copies to take to two memory facilities that I visit with my dog. I am sure you are aware of how animals can really bring joy into people with memory problems. Sometimes it is time consuming for me, but when my dog crawls up on their laps and their eyes just light up–it is worth the time.
God Bless you-
Cindy, it has been a pleasure meeting you. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with you about some of the difficult situations we face daily in providing the best care possible to this very challenging population. Your presentation at the program: “Reduce the Challenging Behaviors of Dementia along with Potential Liability”, was excellent.
It is very obvious that you have worked in this environment, enjoyed it, and have a passion for delivering the best care to this population.. I think those in attendance at the program were very inspired to go back to their facilities and employ several ideas and concepts you presented.
Your “Code of Behavior” for your staff was poignant.
To Those who would benefit from my experience:
February 22, 2012
I t has been my pleasure to have known and appreciated my professional
relationship with Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner.
In our initial introduction, Cindy Keith was employed by The Village at
Penn State, a Life Care Community to assist caregivers of dementia patient’s spouse or other family members in dealing with and understanding the responsibilities and difficulties experienced when dementia symptoms are presented. Cindy was of immense help in her professional advisory capacity for the two hundred members of this institution. She has been invited repeatedly to teach and recommend in this function.
More recently, TRIAD, a learning center for senior persons who work with the law and the law enforcers for the mutual benefit of all concerned, Cindy was invited to give the Centre County members an overview of these experiences in an aging population. All of those present benefited immensely from her lecture.
Thank you, for permitting me to express my thoughts to you, that you may enjoy a pre-knowledge of Cindy Keith.
Having presented at our annual public caregiver seminar series, Cindy draws a large audience and receives high praise from attendees. Through her frank, practical discussions, she shares valuable, detailed information in an easily-understandable format, fostering a much stronger understanding of the unique challenges facing those caring for someone with dementia. She is sincere in her presentation and easily connects with her audience, drawing upon examples from her many years in the field.
From seminar surveys: “Speaker was very strong. Bring her back, if possible,” and “Very practical for the caregiver. I took lots of notes!”
“ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, the largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of continuing care communities (CCRC) in the United States, was pleased to have Cindy Keith, RN, BS, CDP present, ”Tips for Handling Challenging Behaviors From People with Dementia” at their quarterly, Nurses’ Education Evening on January, 4, 2012.
Cindy’s presentation, attended by nurses, nursing assistants and administrative staff was enjoyed by everyone. Her personal stories of working with people with dementia were powerful and informative. Participant evaluations of the presentation were excellent.
Several nurses commented, “that was a 5-star presentation.”
“We have been using Cindy Keith’s M.I.N.D. in Memory Care DVD at Huntington Terrace ALF for about two years now. Our management team has been able to use it for state mandated dementia training. We’ve even used it so much that we wore it out and had to request a new copy! It is a great video that keeps our staff engaged and truly helps them understand seniors with dementia.”
“Thanks so much Cindy!”
“When my fiercely independent, 90-year old mother in Florida began showing unmistakable signs of dementia, my sister and I had no idea how to bring up the subject of assisted living without making her agitated and defensive. We had always enjoyed a close relationship and the prospect of making her angry and resentful towards us was very painful.”
“I contacted Cindy Keith and she agreed to meet with me at my office while my sister in Chicago joined us via speaker phone. Cindy answered all our questions and gave us a number of practical suggestions about how to discuss the prospect of moving in a positive, non-threatening way.”
“She also provided us with information about local elder care services and facilities.”
“When my sister and I went to Florida for my mother?s birthday we were able to begin our discussion about moving without the angry confrontation we dreaded. Talking with Cindy gave us the confidence we needed to attempt this difficult task.”
“Aging is often a very painful process, especially for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. However the dedication of professionals who care for the aged and their memory loss is a gift from God, helping the patient and their families to cope with these enormous challenges.”
“Cindy Keith has had a profound effect on our family. As the head nurse at a home for memory impaired, she combined her enormous nursing skills, extensive knowledge of our mother’s condition with a sincere effort that showed love and compassion.”
“We feel very fortunate to have Cindy Keith as our caring professional.”
“People living with dementia are special and they have a difficult illness in common. They are also individuals, no two alike, who have unique needs and potential for functioning and quality of life. Cindy has the special gift of recognizing the needs of people living the dementia and of knowing how to realize the best potential for the patient while understanding the role of the caregiver. Cindy worked with me in my geriatric practice caring for hundreds of patients over the years, and she assisted in the development of an advance assessment center for persons living with dementia. She never lost sight of the patient or the patient’s needs while working in a state of the art medical environment.”
“As a physician with extensive experience in caring for the elderly, I recommend Cindy to anyone who has responsibility for care for people with dementia.”
“Cindy Keith came into my family two years ago when I was looking for a place for my Mom, who suffers from dementia. I found an unusual place that had a very special nurse who told me all she wanted to do was care for little old confused ladies. Cindy and the staff she had trained took good care of my Mother, a retired RN herself, who used to enjoy sitting in Cindy’s office because she was ‘that nurse I used to work with–Jeanie’. Cindy was able to find humor in a woman who had been very angry for years and she made her laugh. She gave my Mom the opportunity to have special days all year long–Christmas parties, dancing in or out of a wheelchair, Mother’s Day teas, picnics and happy birthdays to help Mom feel at home.”
Cindy will always have a special place in my heart. She has the knowledge and a true love for the elderly to help us provide the best possible care for our parents. I hope you will allow her to use her knowledge and love of the elderly to care for your parents. My Mom still asks me “Where is that nurse you used to work with–Jeanie–the one that liked chocolate?”