What Can You Learn?

Healthcare Teams

Is your team having a hard time helping your residents with care? Are your incidents increased due to behavioral expressions? Do you need assistance with maintaining person directed care? Do your resident care plans match what your team is doing for your residents? Are  you creating iCarePlans? Learn how to help those living with dementia maintain their dignity and well-being during a very vulnerable stage of life with this disease. It is all in the approach. Let us help your team learn how to engage those they are caring for and decrease behavioral expressions, falls and the need for medication use.

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  We want to help you change from "Uh oh" to "Ah ha." Learn, surrender guilt, and understand how to continue celebrate those living with dementia.

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Families

Our goal is to help you care for those living with dementia by doing "With" and not "To."  Gain the tools needed to not only engage but support your loved one’s dignity and independence. Let go of feeling helpless and learn what the different types of dementias are, how to re-connect with your loved one as well as care for them in a less stressful way.

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How We Help

You Don't Have to Walk This Journey Alone

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Learn how Hand Under Hand™ can help

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Dementia is a disease someone is living with but does not define who the person is. It is basically an umbrella term for brain failure. While there are many forms of dementia; Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal Dementias are the most common forms. We believe through understanding the disease, care partners can gain the knowledge and skill needed to continue  engaging in their loved ones life. Learn how to support with individualized care. 

What is an unmet need and how can we meet it?

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Imagine you are in pain, not feeling well or just plain bored. You are able to explain how you are feeling or are able to do something about it. With Dementia, a person is not always able to express how they are feeling or what they need. Each individual is different and should be supported as such. We can help you to support a person living with dementia while maintaining their dignity and well-being during this very vulnerable stage of their life with this disease.

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Services

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Families

  • A Registered Nurse specializing in Dementia care will visit with your loved one and render a non-invasive assessment determining the level of support needed. 
  • Once the assessment is completed, a family workshop (training) can be scheduled.
  • 1:1 training can also be provided for live in or hourly care givers.
  • A Social Worker can be provided at the request of the family. 
  • We also offer Reiki for loved ones and those living with Dementia.

Healthcare Communities/Facilities/Police/ EMT/Fire Department

  • A Registered Nurse specializing in Dementia care will render 2, 4, 6 and  8 hour interactive training(s) to your staff.
  • We will cover the 4 major forms of dementia (Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal Dementias.) 
  • Our trainings can be rendered by 1 - 3 trainers (depending on your need and amount of attendees.)

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Costs

  • Each person living with dementia requires an individual approach. 
    • A visit with your loved one ranges between $100.00 - $300.00 depending on the need (i.e. Social Worker support and time spent.)
  • Family support and training
    • Each training/family support varies in cost depending on the family need, type of support (i.e. 2 trainers, Social Worker, travel, etc.)
  • Healthcare Communities/Facilities
    • Will be furnished upon free initial consultation.
  • Police/EMT/Fire Department 
    • We are extremely supportive in the cultural change for understanding Dementia in the communitiy. 
    • We offer all Police, EMT and Fire Departments a FREE 2 hour workshop.
    • We will assist with setting up a FREE community program in keeping Dementia awareness and engagement safe for both parties (officer and person living with dementia.)

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About Us

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Why Dementia?

Becoming a nurse was not a thought that crossed my mind. Becoming an advocate for those living with dementia was an even further thought. However, life throws you curve balls. My curve ball was thrown on August 16, 2002 (2 days before my 30th birthday.) My third child, my son Chase William was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After Chase’s discharge from the hospital and years of therapy to regain everyday skills, I decided I needed to follow my favorite saying by Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I went to nursing school and that’s where my journey began. 

Erin L. Carlucci, RN, CDP, Independent PAC Trainer, and Dementia Care Specialist Certified

Erin has been a nurse since 2005. Her certifications held are Licensed Registered Nurse, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner), PAC Certified Independent Trainer through Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach, Dementia Care Specialist Certified, Certified Eden Associate, Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Trainer and Trainer of STAR-VA. Graduating from Holy Name School of Nursing in Teaneck, NJ as an LPN she immediately began working in long term care at her local hospital. Erin soon enrolled in Brookdale Community College’s Nursing program where she graduated with her Associates of Science in Nursing and took the state boards receiving her RN License. Erin entered nursing believing she would work in pediatrics. After all, that’s what started her on this journey. But that was not so. Working with elders made Erin feel grounded. It reminded her of simpler times in her childhood. Erin volunteered through her church in the adopt a grandparent program. With both sets of grandparents living in different countries she was able to connect with not only those in the nursing homes she visited but in her neighborhood as well. She assisted her neighbors with laundry, food shopping, sharing stories and even baking cakes. 

Once she got her drivers license at 18 years old she drove her neighbors to Bingo at the local church and together enjoyed a few county fairs. Erin became a Girl Scout leader for her daughter‘s troop where she found herself passing the baton. However, that wasn’t so. Working in long term care was where she wanted to be. Erin especially enjoyed working with those who had Dementia. There was something that connected her. Perhaps it was the similarity of being misunderstood or the need for advocacy. Either way, she was determined to move forward with learning as much as possible and helping others understand the journey as best she could. Erin continues to study through Thomas Edison State University for her degree in Psychology and is looking forward to getting certified in future Dementia programs like validation therapy. 

Awards / Recognition

  • 1988 - Mayors Community Service Award, Mayor Koch, NY
  • 1989 - Borough Presidents Community Service Award, Staten Island, NY
  • 1990 - B’nai B’rith Community Service Award, NY
  • 2005 - Holy Name Hospital Medical Center Certificate of Appreciation, NJ
  • 2006-2007 Brookdale Community College Part-Time Dean’s List

Chase’s Story

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"I'm Still Me" Dementia Care & Consulting

205 Route 9 North, Suite 31, Freehold, NJ 07728, US

(732) 592-9430

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