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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:45 am

Hospice of the Valley was awarded a $200,000 grant this month from BHHS Legacy Foundation to develop and evaluate a program designed to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their family caregivers.

The Palliative Care for Dementia program serves people with dementia at any stage and supports their caregivers.

Services include home visits from dementia educators; 24/7 phone access to a nurse or social worker; phone consultations with Gillian Hamilton, MD, VP/education and innovation for Hospice of the Valley; and respite time for family caregivers provided by trained volunteers.

Patients and families pay privately at the rate of $250 a month. The project also includes patients in Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) health plans, which provide long-term care under AHCCCS, Arizona’s alternative to Medicaid. The goal is to reduce hospitalizations and institutionalizations as well as improve quality of life.

Earlier this year, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded a $285,000 grant to support the two-year program, bringing total grant funding to $485,000.

Hospice of the Valley is a not-for-profit provider of hospice and palliative care. For more information about Palliative Care for Dementia, call (602) 636-6363.

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