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Educating and equipping our staff to flourish in dementia care

DOVE Symposium with the theme of FlourishPresbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) believes that caring for the needs of those with cognitive changes grants us an extraordinary opportunity for ministry. So, each year we dedicate time, leadership and resources to educate and equip our staff using in the latest in dementia care to increase their knowledge, deepen their compassion and strengthen their resilience as they serve older adults living with dementia.

On November 24, PHS held the virtual DOVE Symposium with keynote speaker, Teepa Snow — an international expert and educator on dementia.

This year symposium theme, Flourish, will continue throughout the year. Jess Drecktrah, VP of Life Enrichment, said, “We are fortunate to be able to persevere and sustain our broader efforts in dementia care, even in the most challenging of times.” She casts a vision, saying, “We will honor our roots yet grow to new heights and provide a canopy wide enough to shelter the individual spirits of the thousands in our care.”

Pastor Chris Wheatley, Senior Director of Pastoral Programming, reflected on Jeremiah 17, saying that trust in God inspires our person-centered care. He said, “Only the deep roots have sustained us. The person-centered foundation of our care model. The Christ-centered model of our leadership. The inspired wisdom of our caregivers.  The deep commitment of our long-serving staff.  And most of all, our deep roots in God and God’s mission for us.” 

What is DOVE?
DOVE — Dementia Orientation Values Education — our signature memory care program, is the culmination of many years of thoughtful consultation with staff, families, and leaders in the field of dementia research.

We are inspired by the dove, a familiar symbol of the Holy Spirit. This reflects:

  • Our belief that individuals may be severely affected by dementia, however, their spirits, regardless of their impairments, remain intact.
  • Our commitment toward individuals with dementia.

Explore more
Experience and get free access to resources from the 2020 virtual DOVE Symposium
Website of Teepa Snow — an international expert and educator on dementia
“I Know You by Heart”: a book on dementia care authored by former PHS leader
5 key areas for person-centered care of residents with dementia
Trust in God inspires person-centered care

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