Saint Paul, Mn
Licensed PCA HHA Caregiver with 8+ Yrs Experience
While living in Portland, I frequently cared for a friends elderly parents, which started me on the road to
developing art-therapy based care-giving skills.
This led to work in nursing homes in advanced dementia and Alzheimer wards and developing an art class
especially for dementia patients.
I have received training in using hoyer lifts, wheelchair assistance, passing meds, bathing, dressing, feeding,
colostomy changes, using TEDs, re-direction of behaviors associated with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB),
hallucinations, memory loss and panic, and assessing a home for dementia and Alzheimer’s clients to make it
safe, and decrease the potential for tripping/falling accidents caused by objects or pathways that are no longer
easy to navigate.
I worked with Senior Day Care programs to build a step-by-step art class speciﬁcally designed for seniors with
dementia or Alzheimer’s .
Painting and working on creative projects helps to restore vital self-image to dementia sufferers.
Through art, people with dementia can express thoughts and feelings when words are difﬁcult to
Painting becomes a valuable method of communication.
Creating art relies on parts of the brain that stay intact when brain changes associated with dementia occur.
Even though their abilities have been limited by the disease, there are ways they can still excel.
PCA/HHA- ADULT HELP & COMPANION CARE — 2009—PRESENT
PCA/HHA- CERENITY SENIOR CARE ST PAUL — 2008–2009
PCA/HHA- PEP AGENCY/SHARON HULTMAN — 2007–2008
CURATOR— STUDIO ART DIRECT— PORTLAND— 2005-2006
CEO — HENLE STUDIO, INC — 1994—PRESENT
Charles Gross, St Louis Park, tel: 952.926.3375
Victoria Cook, Inver Grove Heights, tel: 651.756.7175
Barbara Wessman, St Paul, tel: 651.770.8204