Are you caring for a loved one who has dementia? If so, you’re probably exhausted, stressed and used to the challenges that come along with caring for someone you love. But as you keep pushing forward, are you becoming blind to your loved one's changing care needs? Every day Memory Outreach Specialist, Maureen Sirianni, works with families who have a loved one with dementia. Many people try to care for the loved one at home and, unfortunately, it takes a crisis involving a hospital or doctors to recognize the need for professional care. In your head you know what to do, but your heart tells you otherwise.
As part of our "Leading the Way for YOU" educational video speaker series, Maureen guides families on topics like:
- Recognizing your loved one’s changing needs
- Concerns as your loved one’s physical and cognitive abilities decline
- How to manage your own emotions around your loved one’s needs
- The benefits of an organized senior living program
Note: these resources are available for our not-for-profit sister community, Ecumenical Retirement Community as well.
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Maureen Sirianni is a motivated, compassionate care provider and educator. As the Memory Care Outreach Specialist for Country Meadows Retirement Communities and a resource to sister community, Ecumenical Retirement Community, she has worked tirelessly for over 24 years working hands-on, providing guidance and support to families and their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease. She has provided not only personal care, but also social, emotional, cognitive and purposeful enrichment. Maureen is a Certified Validation Method Teacher. Her goals are to mentor, teach and lead by example those who care for seniors living with memory impairment. Maureen believes that Validation Method can reopen a world of possibilities where relationships can be dignified, maintained, deepened and ongoing even in this most fragile phase of life. With patience, compassion and a willingness to listen without judgment, Maureen is able to not only build trust and rapport enabling her to be that safety net for those she cares for, but she also is able to teach others how to see beyond the illness and truly see the emotions of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.