Person Centered Care aims to ensure that the older adult with dementia is an equal partner in their care. Key components are:

respect and holism;

power and empowerment;

choice and autonomy;

empathy and compassion.

(, 2015)

Person centered approaches have become more popular as a philosophy for care of people experiencing dementia and newer research findings highlight the efficacy or person centered approaches. A person-centered approach is about connecting with others, building and maintaining relationships, embracing uniqueness and the expression of this, and providing a safe, supportive environment with high levels of dignity and respect for those within the environment.

This approach recognizes that dementia is only one aspect of a person and helps to move the focus from being solely on their disease, to who they actually are as a person. Person centered care helps to ensure people with dementia can take part in the things they enjoy. It can be an effective way of preventing and managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Join Tanya M. Richmond, MSW, LCSW, Partner at Support Development Associates, Certified Death Doula, and Co-Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices for a 2-hour training covering person centered best practice, the latest research in person centered practices with those experiencing dementia, and practical application tips.

To register:

October 18th 10-12 EST click here

October 18th 2-4 pm EST click here  

or email for more information. 


This training series consists of six 3-hour sessions packed with interactive and engaging exercises where the participants acquire basic person centered thinking skills:

• The importance of being listened to and the effects of having no positive control

• The role of daily rituals and routines

• How to discover what is important to people

• How to sort what is important for people from what is important to them

• How to respectfully address significant issues of health or safety while supporting choice

• Side-by-side decision making

• How to develop descriptions that help people get more of what is important to them while addressing issues of health and safety

• Learning how the Home and Community Based Services Rule intersects with person centered thinking and planning.

This Person Centered Thinking series is approved for 18 credit hours of Person Centered Thinking by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, participants must attend all 6 sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion.




     Emotional Healing Workshop

This interactive workshop is custom designed to be a safe space for people you serve and support and/or your staff to process loss and to explore beliefs about grief. Caring and experienced facilitators, Dr. Karyn Harvey and Tanya Richmond, MSW, LCSW offer comfort and support and will guide participants in completing a set of actions, including a legacy project, that will enable them to move forward with hope. Once equipped with these tools, participants will be able to work through other losses from the past and will be able to apply what they learn to future grief and loss.


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