By Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist Do you know me? This is often the first question a resident with dementia will ask me during an interview. When I’m asked to evaluate a resident, I don’t know much about the person beyond what I’ve been told by caregivers or read in the medical […]
About Barbara Speedling
Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist, is a New York based quality management consultant who provides education, training and support to community, residential and long-term care providers in the development of programs and services to meet a broad range of behavioral health needs. Barbara specializes in improving the quality of care and quality of life of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, mental disorders, brain injury, and complex psychosocial needs.
In keeping with the core values of person-centered care, Barbara works closely with caregivers to evaluate and develop individualized approaches to the behavioral and psychosocial needs of their residents. In 2014, she authored, “Why is Grandma Screaming?” a guide to improving the quality of life for people living dependently. In 2017, she followed with “Toward Better Behavior,” offering strategies for improving the assessment and care planning process.
Entries by Barbara Speedling
By Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist A friend and I were having dinner at a rather expensive steakhouse recently. We were both celebrating an event, so we decided to splurge. As we were enjoying our pricey steaks, I said, “You know, Judy, twenty years ago we thought the steaks at the diner were really […]