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Our Mission in Action: Investment in Exceptional Dementia Care


Throughout our 97-year history, Redeemer Health has been committed to helping people of every age and social situation.

To address the distinct caregiving needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, we now provide a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) credentialing education program. We are one of only three CDP programs offered by hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Our program’s mission is to ensure that all staff members have access to comprehensive education that promotes global standards of excellence in dementia care. We are passionate about achieving CDP certification for all non-physician caregivers and staff who encounter our patients and their families. This includes nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and recreational therapists, as well as dietary, housekeeping, maintenance and administrative staff.

Donor support helps Redeemer Health cover credentialing fees and all costs associated with the program for our staff. This support also enables professional development for experts who can host certification courses across our 4,000-employee organization. More than 40 members of the caregiving teams at our Life Care communities, in Home Care and at Holy Redeemer Hospital have gained certification since March 2021.

“The skills learned through this program benefit staff professionally and personally by broadening their awareness and sensitivity,” says Joe Ragg, a program donor and Redeemer Health board member. “I am pleased to support educating our team members to care for clients with the most current expertise and utmost compassion.”

As the incidence of dementia is forecast to triple by 2050, you, too, can make a difference by helping prepare our caregivers to meet the needs of fragile individuals. Please consider making a gift in support of our CDP credentialing program.