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Comfort Matters is a dementia care education and research program dedicated to improving the quality of care and life for people with dementia.


Tena Alonzo, Comfort Matters’ Director of Education and Research, has been invited and will be speaking at the upcoming American Society on Aging, (ASA), conference that will be held March 26th through the 28th in San Francisco, CA


We are pleased to announce that the Fairhaven Community located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio is the fourth community of United Church Homes Network, and the most recent of our partners to launch the Comfort Matters program.


National Aging Services Risk Management Conference in Chicago, IL

On October 6, 2016 Tena Alonzo presented a session at the 2016 National Aging Services Risk Management Conference in Chicago, IL. Titled Redefining Risk of Falling for Persons with Dementia, the session identified connections between quality of life and fall risk for persons with dementia.

Tena Alonzo spoke at the NorthShore Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium in Chicago on September 30, 2016. Her topic was Supporting Well-being for Persons with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort.

Comfort Matters personnel presented Supporting Well-Being for the Person with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort at the Pioneer Network Annual Conference in New Orleans on August 1, 2016. Presenters included Tena Alonzo, Director of Education and Research and Comfort Matters at Beatitudes Campus; Karen Mitchell, Nurse Educator, Comfort Matters; Karen Harper, Community Director and Dementia Coordinator at Isabella Geriatric Center, NYC; Deidre Downs, Corporate Director for Social Work and Supportive Care at Isabella Geriatric Center, NYC; Robert Herel, Director of Social Work at Cobble Hill Nursing Home, NYC; Lisa Long, Dementia Care Unit Manager at Cobble Hill Nursing Home, NYC; and Sharon Blake, Dementia Coordinator at The Jewish Home, NYC. Conference attendees received copies of Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters in Long-Term Care, produced by CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, NYC. Visit to download a copy.

Long Term Care Community Coalition Summer Newsletter references Beatitudes Campus and Comfort Matters

In the recently released LTC Summer Newsletter reference was made to the new publication by CaringKind; “Model of Palliative Care for People With Dementia”.  Specifically referenced are the wonderful results that Isabella Geriatric Center, Cobble Hill, and The New Jewish Home have seen since implementing the program.  In the following link to the newsletter go to page four for the information presented.

Fellowship Square – Phoenix, Arizona

Fellowship Square – Phoenix , a Christian Care community, has recently joined the Comfort Matters family and will begin implementation of the Comfort Matters program at their organization on the week of September 26th.  Fellowship Square Phoenix offers independent living, assisted living, a skilled nursing center as well as a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency on 20 acres in the heart of North Central Phoenix. The property boasts beautiful park-like grounds which enhances the warmth and fellowship found within the community.  We are so pleased have the opportunity to add them to the growing number of organizations that Comfort Matters has the privilege of working with.

Comfort Matters presents at Pioneer Network Annual Conference

Three of the Comfort Matters partners from New York City; Isabella Geriatric Center, Cobble Hill Nursing Home, and The New Jewish Home, along with  Comfort Matters were selected to give one of the Half-Day Intensive programs at the recent Pioneer Network Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Tena Alonzo, (Director of Education and Research at Beatitudes Campus and Comfort Matters), Karen Mitchell, (Nurse Educator for Comfort Matters), Karen Harper, (Community Director and Dementia Coordinator for Isabella), Deidre Downs, (Corporate Director for Social Work and Supportive Care for Isabella), Robert Herel, (Director of Social Work at Cobble Hill), Liza Long, (Dementia Care Unit Manager at Cobble Hill), and Sharon Blake, (Dementia Coordinator at The New Jewish Home), all took part in presenting to more than 150 conference attendees the program of “Supporting Well-Being for the Person with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort”.  Along with the presentation, attendees received copies of, the recently published, “Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters in Long-Term Care” produced by “CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving” of New York City.

Chapel Hill Community completes first week of Comfort Matters implementation

We are happy to inform that the Chapel Hill Community in Canton Ohio of the United Church Home Organization has completed the first week of implementation of the Comfort Matters program.  We congratulate them on their foresight and concern for the well being of the residents at their campus in so much that they are willing to put forth the effort to bring a program like Comfort Matters to their campus.  Welcome to the family.