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Welcome Our New Dementia Specialist, Jan Zimmerman!

Jan Zimmerman, RN has joined Heritage Senior Living as Corporate Dementia Specialist.

I am very excited to be a part of this team as we go forward to create a dementia program second to none.

Our seniors, especially those living with dementia deserve to complete this journey of their lives with dignity, respect, comfort and quality care. I want to be a part of this dynamic adventure.

I have been a registered nurse for 30+ years with skills ranging from newborns to geriatrics. I have worked with those with dementia directly or indirectly for the past 20 years. During the last 6 years of my career, I was Administrator and Director of Nursing for an assisted living with memory care; the last year as Director of Dementia Outreach and Education. I am a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator and a Certified Dementia Specialist. I bring expertise in training new staff in cares and dementia and have presented at numerous workshops and conventions not only to licensed professionals, but also as direct support and family care partners. I believe that education is vital to providing quality care.

I will be involved in the expansion and implementation of Toddy’s Touch Approach in Heritage Senior Living memory care. There are several facets:

1. Residents and Families: Person-centered care reflecting Toddy’s Touch Approach, educational opportunities

2. Staff: Education, care tools and recruitment and retention of quality team members

3. Life Enrichment

4. Design and Environment

5. Resources for staff, families and community.

With Toddy’s Touch Approach, we will create a culture of Caring, Compassion, Competency, and Communication.

I am a strong advocate for those living with dementia and their care partners. I have spoken to our statesmen about the need for more funding for research but most importantly so that those who wish to continue living in their own homes are able to as long as possible. I was instrumental in starting the Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition to work towards Watertown becoming a dementia-friendly community. With a strong team of volunteers, we provided education to businesses and community organizations. We also established a Memory Café for those living with dementia and their care partners to meet with friends experiencing the same journey.