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Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospitalization
Wristband Project

To print a tri-fold flyer for this project just click on the link below.
Please feel free to share with all hospitals, doctors and anyone you feel
that will help this program become part of your community.
Make sure your printer is set for both-side printing
Dementia Hospital Wristband Flyer

To print out a community letter to mail to you local hospital asking them to implement this program click the link below.

Hospital Administration Letter

Caregivers Tips Poster (PDF)

What is the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Wristband Project?

 Recognizing a Need

The fact is the majority of hospital workers are not trained in the unique needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. To further complicate matters, they are understaffed which means every moment is precious. Simply put, dementia patients often do not receive the special care they require and the results can be disastrous.

Gary LeBlanc is doing something about this. LeBlanc is founder of the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project, currently being piloted at Brooksville Regional Hospital in Hernando County, Florida. Having had nightmarish experiences of his own as his father’s primary caregiver, he saw a need and jumped into action.

Project Components

The premise is simple, but getting there is going to take a lot of hard work. The wristband project does several things:

  •     Upon admission, patients with a prior diagnosis have a Purple Angel affixed to their standard issue hospital wristband for identification purposes.
  •      Purple Angel is placed on their door so that anyone entering knows they should approach with the patient’s special needs in mind.
  •      Hospital staff, volunteers, and first responders receive training developed by LeBlanc in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
  •      Use of “sitters” will become standard practice, allowing families to take much needed breaks without worrying that their loved one will be left alone.
  •      A dementia screening will be added to the admission process in hopes of identifying cognitive impairment even if there is no prior diagnosis.

The Purple Angel logo, originally developed in the UK and inspired by Norman McNamara, is quickly becoming an internationally accepted symbol for Dementia Awareness for all dementia related diseases. A big key to the success of this project, LeBlanc emphasizes, is that one standard symbol is used across all healthcare systems making it instantly recognizable.

Education is the Key to Success

LeBlanc also stresses the importance of the education component, noting that knowledge, understanding, and compassion will lead to improved care. By ensuring staff members are aware of the underlying dementia diagnosis, opportunities for misunderstandings will be reduced, and special precautions can be taken to minimize falls and wandering and address signs of confusion, sundowning, and aggression before the issue escalates.

The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project is receiving wholehearted support from the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as many other organizations and dementia care experts. LeBlanc is liberal with his praise of Patrick Maloney, CEO, and other members of the HMA/Hernando Healthcare leadership team for their willing and enthusiastic involvement in the pilot. With 71 hospitals in 15 states, HMA, the parent of Brooksville Regional Hospital, provides a great avenue for expansion of the program.

Sky’s the Limit

So, what’s next? Well, interest is spreading quickly; LeBlanc has been contacted by the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society as well as dementia-related organizations in New Zealand, Australia and across the United States. It is our sincere hope that adoption will be swift so one day soon every hospital staff member across the U.S. (and beyond) will recognize the Purple Angel and its significance – leading to world-class dementia care!

We are on our way to seeing that our loved ones with dementia will have safer and less confused stays at the hospital.

Hospital Dementia Training Program

We have designed an outstanding training program for hospital staff and community first responders. Throughout this training program we cover many of the different types of dementia, positive communication tactics and dealing with behaviors.

 For more information on this program, please contact us through the contact form on the home page.

Do you want to get involved? Let your local hospital and Alzheimer’s Association chapter know that you support adoption of Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project.

Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist and author of the books Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness, The Aftereffects of Caregiving, Managing Alzheimer’s & Dementia Behavior, and co-author of While I Still Can.

This is the Tampa Bay Dementia Hospital Wristband Team, our goal it to make the Tampa Bay area the first hospital dementia friendly community in the country.

Left to right, Maryanne Fisher, Bernadette Homan, Taylor Penvose, Kim Schaub, Debbie Caneen, Gary Joseph LeBlanc and Christine Hamacher. 

The organizations that my team members are from are Arden Courts, Bayshore Home Care, Sun Towers & Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer's Association.

I would love to see a team in every major city. Let's make 2014 the year to make hospitals dementia friendly in the United States and other countries.

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Hospital Room number marker with the dementia Purple Angel logo on it
Symbolizing the need for special care this patient needs

Dementia Aware banners hung in the halls of Brooksville Regional Hospital

Here are some picture for the seven dementia care & aware training session
we did at Brooksville Regional Hospital where we also brought in the
Hernando County Sheriff's Department first responders.

Brooksville Regional Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Team

Margaret Doerr, Chief Nursing Executive

Margaret Gordon, RN, MA, LHRM Systems Director for Performance Improvement

Ann Tellini RN, System Director of Case Management

Jerry Fisher, Educator of the Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer’s Association

Dr. Joseph Williams (Neurologist)

Gary Joseph LeBlanc, Author & Columnist of Common Sense Caregiving. Founder of Project

Listen to my interview of Teepa Snow discussing dementia in our hospitals. Click Here

A shout out from Teepa Snow on the Dementia Hospital Wristband Program in her newsletter.

A letter of support of the project from Gloria Smith, President/CEO of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

A letter of Support from Clarke Pollard, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Support Network

Letter of support from Dr Rosmary Laird, co-author of "Take your Oxygen First" and Medical Director of Health First Aging Services

Letter of support from Kim Ann Linder. Host of The Caregiver Hour Radio Show
An article covering me and the Alzheimer'/Dementia Hospitalization Wristband Project written by Kim Dame featured in the Health & Fitness section of the Hernando Today.
At the Bob Penrod Radio Show with the man himself. Bob was such an important factor on getting the Alzheimer’s /Dementia Hospitalization Wristband Project off the ground. He’s been doing talk radio for over 50 years now. Hernando County, FL. is lucky to have him.

Letter of support from Dr. Ethel Lord President of Remember 4 You
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