Hospice of the Valley has received a $30,000 grant for Sharing for Gardiner Home, the agency’s dedicated dementia care unit in central Phoenix.

Gardiner Home, a 10-bed ranch-style home, serves patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, nurses’ aides, chaplains and volunteers who specialize in caring for dementia patients at end of life. The home is open to hospice dementia patients who need symptom management or temporary respite care. Patients may also pay privately for routine stays for $200 a day, as they would in a group home or other assisted living setting.

Gardiner Home is believed to be the first facility of its kind in Maricopa County and the nation.

Grant funds will support plans to modify Gardiner Home for dementia patients, create customized activities for patients, and purchase dementia-friendly items and furnishings.

Nonprofit Hospice of the Valley has been caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1977. For more information, call (602) 530-6900 or view hov.org.

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