Sun Health’s Memory Care Navigator Program Expands

Sun Health has added a social services expert to its staff to meet a growing demand for its Memory Care Navigator program, which helps clients, family members and caregivers navigate the emotional, psychological and physical effects of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The program is offered to the community at no cost thanks to the generosity of Sun Health Foundation donors.

Cheryl Ortega joins the program as the second navigator. She has almost three decades of human-service experience, including working at Plaza Del Rio Care Center, Banner Boswell Rehab Center and Arizona Adult Protective Services. Cheryl brings personal experience to the job, having cared for her father who had Alzheimer’s disease.

Cheryl joins Marty Finley, M.Ed., Sun Health’s first Memory Care Navigator. More than 1,400 individuals and families have benefited from the program since its inception in 2013.

“We are so excited to be able to double the number of families we can help through our Memory Care Navigator program as a result of generous community support,” says Debra Richards, director of Community Programs for Sun Health. “Cheryl is an experienced and compassionate professional who is a perfect fit for this program.”

Memory Care Navigators develop a plan of care tailored to each client’s needs. They also serve as a liaison between clients and families, their physicians, and ancillary community services.

If you or someone you know can benefit from the Memory Care Navigator program, call 623-832-9300

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