Welcome to Brush Development Company
by Rev. Katie Norris and Jennifer Brush
This how-to manual is packed with guidance and inspiration that will help care partners discover the abilities of people with dementia. Learn More
Bridging the Gap between Research and Direct Care
Jennifer Brush understands the particular needs of healthcare organizations and families engaged in dementia care and brings more than 20 years’ experience as both a leading researcher and direct-care coach in this complex field.
Jennifer is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia.
Whether providing educational workshops at prestigious conferences and/or consulting with healthcare organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Baycrest Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, The Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, I.D.E.A.S., Inc., Kendal Northern Ohio, Montessori Australia Foundation, Northern Speech Services, and the Virginia Alzheimer's Commission, or providing direct and intimate guidance to families, Jennifer offers interactive educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia.
Helping Healthcare Organizations
She teaches dementia care best practices that attend to the psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each individual and collaborates with other experts as needed to bring organizations a full range of services.
With Jennifer and Brush Development, your staff gain more competence regarding the unique needs of someone diagnosed with dementia. Your staff will develop new person-centered care skills that will lead to:
● keeping residents engaged in meaningful activities
● identifying and focusing on the abilities of people with dementia
● feeling empowered to effectively manage the daily challenges associated with dementia
● experiencing more job satisfaction
● being inspired to provide effective and meaningful quality care
● using the physical environment to support functioning
● implementing successful memory interventions
By using the practical tools provided in our workshops, training, and onsite coaching, staff will find solutions to common challenges such as frequent agitation, boredom, resistance, and confusion.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an exhausting and daunting task. Families have many of the same educational needs as healthcare organizations but with less resources, energy, time, and assistance.
Jennifer has crafted easy to understand materials and interactive trainings for a very reasonable cost to families. This investment in learning from a top notch researcher and direct care advocate pays off over and over again for both your loved ones with dementia and all the care partners who support them.