Scholarship Funds awarded to low income persons on Medicaid to ensure "Equal Access" to Specialized Dementia Care.

A JOURNEY FROM PAIN TO PASSION

My name is Judy Berry, and I live in rural MN and my "Passion" is to make a significant contribution to Changing the Face of Dementia Care in our society and to be an advocate for all seniors with dementia in their quest to maintain their Basic Human Right to Dignity, Choice and Quality of Life until their death.

My own mother, Evelyn Holly, passed away 14 years ago and spent the last 7 years of her life being bounced from one nursing home or residential dementia facility to another and in and out of hospital geri-psych units, because of her so called "challenging and aggressive behavior". The last year of her life she spent, strapped in a chair and drugged to make her "compliant" in her environment.

Click on this link to view a video on the personal struggle that fueled my passion. http://www.dementiacarefoundation.org/history.htm

After years of heartache and frustration struggling to find appropriate care for my own mother, and being told by professionals that the kind of care that I visualized, was impossible, I could not find any financial support. I decided to use my own life savings to try to develop a model of specialized dementia care that would focus on the currently unmet emotional and spiritual needs of persons with dementia,, in addition to their physical needs.

I left my job as a Regional Sales Manager for a BBQ Rib company, and at 55 became the founder, owner and CEO of Lakeview Ranch Inc, a place where people with dementia, and their families, could call home and where they could live out their lives with the love, dignity, choice and the quality of life they deserve.

The Lakeview Ranch Model of Specialized Dementia Care has proven that these unspoken and unmet needs are the underlying cause of most challenging and aggressive behavior and the #1 reason for all the rampant unnecessary hospitalizations and overmedication.

My mission & Vision has always included

serving ALL persons with dementia regardless of their financial ability. After depleting my personal savings, and realizing the government would only pay about 1/2 of the costs, I had to find a way to cover the deficit that Medicaid would not pay. For me, cutting high staff ratios & specialized training was NOT an opton NOR was limiting services to only wealthy private pay families. I knew there had to be another vehicle to raise the money necessary to continue this kind of care. The Dementia Care Foundation, a MN non-profit 501c3 was born to provide scholarship funding to low income seniors to ensure Equal Access to specialized care.

TOGETHER -- WE CAN CHANGE THE FACE OF DEMENTIA CARE IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD!!!

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