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Montefiore’s new In-Home Memory Care Program is designed to provide memory care services and support at home so individuals can live independently in their residence as long as possible. Our team of experts offers a coordinated approach to those with memory impairment to ease the stress of decision-making on family, caregivers and loved ones. Together, our goal is to ensure the safety and overall well-being of a loved one.

Only two steps to get started!

Step 1: Assessment

Montefiore’s In-Home Memory Care Program begins with a comprehensive assessments:

  • A full nursing assessment that includes a medication review and vital sign evaluation
  • A home life safety review
  • A nutritional assessment
  • A life enrichment evaluation to review hobbies, interests and overall fulfillment
  • Core functional and cognitive assessments to identity areas of need
  • Conversations with current caregivers to provide insight into daily routines and personal preferences
  • Specialized needs identification and coordination of subsequent services

Step 2: Plan of Care

Montefiore’s In-Home Memory Care Team reviews tithe information collected in the assessments and develops a full report and plan of care tailored to your loved one and consistent with current routines. Our experts offer a menu of care options and strategies to address unmet needs and provide referrals and linkages to services including but no limited to:

  • Private care services and home healthcare
  • Medical services
  • Home safety improvements
  • Nutritional services
  • Interest and activity stimulation
  • Support services

Montefiore has assembled a kind, caring group of memory care experts to help their clients receive needed support and care.

Specially trained staff members recognize the individuals behind the diagnosis and their desire for a high quality of life. Our care providers offer a coordinated and comprehensive.

Montefiore’s In-Home Memory Care team includes:

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Kristen Morelli, BS, ADC, CDP

Program Manager

Kristen leads the team with a passion for helping older adults and more than 15 years of experience working with families and patients with a wide range of memory impairments. A Certified Dementia Practitioner, she has been the Memory Care Program Manager at Montefiore since 2012. Kristen received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University with a focus in recreation programming. She has worked for Judson Park Retirement Community and served as the Manager of Resident Enrichment at The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center at MetroHealth. Kristen was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics for a study on the effectiveness of using reminiscence therapy for older adults with dementia.

Mary Anne Bannan, RN, CDP


Mary Anne brings 35 years of nursing experience to Montefiore’s new In-Home Memory Care Program. She has worked at Montefiore since 1998 as a homecare case manager, helping hundreds of memory-impaired clients and their families. Mary Anne served as a unite Coordinator on Montefiore’s Alzheimer’s wing for seven years and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. During her career, she has worked as a staff nurse and has held many other clinical positions at Hillcrest Hospital. a Cleveland Clinic hospital, and University Hospitals Health System.

John Burkley, MPH

Care Navigator

As Care Navigator, John guides early- to mid-stage dementia clients and their families through the landscape of care, support and services. A Dementia Care Specialist, he has been with Montefiore since 2013, when he started as an Administrator-in-Training after finishing his Master of Public Health degree. He has since assumed rolls in various capacities such as Interim Memory Care Manager, Medical Records Assistant, Activities Coordinator and as an Admissions coordinator at Montefiore in Beachwood and The Weils campus in Chagrin Falls. He anticipates attaining certification as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 2016. John is a graduate of the Dementia Capable Care program.

Amy Finkenthal. LSW

Social Worker

Amy, a Dementia Care Specialist, will assist clients and their families along their dementia journey and provide counselling and support services. Amy worked as Director of Social Work and Admissions and University Manor Health Care Center and later at Mentor-Way Care Center. She joined the Montefiore social services team in 2009 and gas worked in post-hospital short-term care as a social worker for five years. Amy is a graduate of the Dementia Capable Care program.

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