Heather Curtis –Tenney
ABS, Geriatric Care Manager, Alzheimer
and Dementia Certified Trainer and support group leader, Certified End
of Life Doula.
Heather is a native of Center Tuftonboro NH and a graduate from
Kingswood Regional High school (89) and has been in the health care
field since 1994. Starting as a family caregiver for ill parents and
siblings, she found she enjoyed and had an aptitude for the home
healthcare aspect of care. With the desire to assist other families
in coping with the psychological, emotional and physical
difficulties of the aging process, and the difficulty in managing
long term care and end of life needs for loved ones, she became a
licensed nursing assistant at a local nursing home. She then
advanced to becoming Director of Client Services for The Stevens
Center Adult Day Care 1999-2006. Heather graduated from Granite
State University in 2005 with an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral
Science, specializing in Geriatric Care Management.
Curtis Quality Care, LLC became a state Licensed agency in November
2009 and was begun in loving memory of my parents and family, Capt.
K.G Curtis, Janice. M. Curtis, and sister Kathryn A. Curtis. I am a
certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Related Disorders trainer and
support group leader. Heather also
holds certifications as an End-of-Life Doula from Quality-of-Life
Doula (Texas) and Lifespan Doula of Ann Arbor Michigan. She is also
a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Heather’s agency was awarded NH 2016
Women owned small business of the year.
Her team of Home Health Aides make every effort to provide pleasant,
comfortable and professional care to all their clients. All
staff participate in ongoing bi-monthly training and direct
supervision throughout their employment. All staff hired have an
extensive background check, drug and alcohol testing upon hire and
randomly throughout employment, DMV background check, and the Bureau
of Adult and Elderly Services.
All staff are trained in:
Dementia and Alzheimer's Care
The Importance of Documentation
Safe Patient Transfer
Abuse and Neglect
Hospice and End of Life Care
Patient's Safety and Wellness
Activities of Daily Living Assistance
Use of Adaptive Equipment
through the Alzheimer's Association
The essentiALZ program provides core dementia care
training—focusing on person-centered care, the changes that happen to
thinking skills as dementia progresses, how those changes impact
behavior, and how to understand behavior as communication. It also
covers specific care topics like making a connection, eating solutions,
pain and discomfort indicators, wandering, falls, and redirection and
distraction behavior therapies.
completing the program, our staff learn techniques for caring for people
with dementia, become recognized as someone who has a basic
understanding of symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and
demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices, which
are promoted in the nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association
Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.