Environment & Communication Assessment Toolkit for Dementia Care

Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses,
and Occupational Therapists will love
this exciting new resource for dementia care!

About the Authors
A unique collaboration between experts in the fields of communication and environments for dementia

Jennifer A. BrushJennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP, is a nationally recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory and swallowing interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Ms. Brush offers interactive and educational online courses and presentations that help audiences bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of their clients. Ms. Brush is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that builds nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. In addition, she is the co-author of A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. Ms. Brush has served as Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Gerontology Special Interest Division and on the Editorial Review Board of SpeechPathology.com.

"ECAT gives health care professionals more options with regard to treatment interventions. Working with people with dementia can be frustrating. Sometimes, although we try as hard as we can to make use of preserved abilities though direct therapy, we aren't very successful in achieving progress toward the clients' goals. It is easy to forget that the environment can be used as a treatment intervention. ECAT gives clinicians a systematic way of assessing the extent to which the long-term care building is supportive of clients' communication needs. It provides step by step intervention guidelines to make therapy truly successful."
Jennifer Brush, Co-author

Margaret CalkinsMargaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC, is widely recognized as an expert in the creation and evaluation of long-term care settings, particularly for people with dementia. She is President of I.D.E.A.S., Inc., and Chair of the Board of the IDEAS Institute, both of which seek to improve environments for frail and impaired older adults through the conduct of rigorous, applied research, dissemination of evidence-based information and resources, and individual partnering with designers and care providers. She is also a Founding Member of SAGE Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, and currently serves on the Board of American Society on Aging and the Pioneer Network. She is a sought after speaker, giving more than 20 presentations a year, in the U.S. and abroad. She is also widely published in both academic and trade journals. She is author of the first design guide on environments for people with dementia. In addition to having a PhD in Architecture, Dr. Calkins is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and is one of the first professionals to receive the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification.

Carrie BruceCarrie Bruce, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and assistive technology practitioner who has been working in the field of rehabilitation for over 15 years. Ms. Bruce is also a Research Scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia Tech, working as an investigator on multiple grant projects. She is distinguished for her work in examining environmental design issues related to accessibility and investigating assessment methodologies that measure the environment's impact on activity and participation. Her recent work has focused on evaluation and design of spaces, products, and interfaces to support communication in a variety of settings including aquariums, museums, nursing homes, and workplaces.

Jon SanfordJon Sanford, M.Arch is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech and the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). He is also a Research Architect at the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Sanford is one of the few architecturally trained researchers engaged in environmental issues related to rehabilitation. He has been well-recognized for almost 25 years for his expertise in universal design, accessible design and assistive technologies across a range of environments from housing to residential care to public buildings and community spaces. He is one of the authors of the Principles of Universal Design and his research spans the micro environment from the design of toilet and bathing facilities and home modifications for older adults, to the macro environment including design of long term care settings. He has developed a number of assessment protocols, including remote assessments using televideo technology and CASPAR, the Comprehensive Assessment and Solutions Process for Aging Residents. He is currently working on several projects to evaluate the efficacy of interactive teleconferencing to provide remote therapeutic services to older adults and their caregivers, including a multi-site, randomized controlled trial funded by the VA Rehab R&D Service. He has contributed over 100 articles and chapters to the professional literature and has over 150 professional presentations.


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