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Hospice of the Valley Plans Dementia Care Campus

Gillian Hamilton, MD, helps a dementia patient wash her hands

The Red Book
Feb. 7, 2018

Hospice of the Valley plans to establish a Dementia Care and Education Campus in east Phoenix at the former site of the Scottsdale Unified School District Office. The campus will provide care for people at all stages of dementia and feature an intergenerational adult and child-care center and an education venue that will bring people together to share best practices in dementia care.

The multi-purpose campus will support patients, their caregivers, health-care providers, students, volunteers, neighbors and the community. As one of the top 10 states with elderly populations, Arizona’s fourth leading cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, more than 200,000 Arizonans will have Alzheimer’s disease, increasing by more than half from today.

The innovative Dementia Care and Education Campus is an extension of Hospice of the Valley’s internationally recognized educational and professional development programs aimed at enhancing quality of life for those living with dementia and sharing knowledge with those interested in careers involving dementia care.

The four-building campus will include:

  • A 10-bed dementia palliative care unit for people with advanced disease on hospice
  • A 12-bed assisted living home for people with mild, moderate or advanced dementia, many with behavioral problems, who may or may not be on hospice
  • An adult day-care center for 20 people with dementia
  • An early childhood education center for 13 children ages 3–5 in the same building as the adult day-care center.
  • A dementia education center with a conference room for up to 100 guests and a café for community and campus visitors. The center also will include a model patient room to teach care.

The campus is expected to open in the fall of 2019.