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Have questions or concerns about Alzheimer's care? Karen L. Rice, LNHA, Gerontologist, Mediator is in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alzheimer`s Mediation for Dementia Conflict serves northern Arizona to Greater Phoenix. As Founder of Alzheimer`s & Family Care Management, originated in 1994, Rice provided research, education, dementia care management and mediation services. Browse Postings

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Karen Rice is in private practice in Scottsdale; Alzheimer`s Mediation for Dementia Conflict serves Greater Phoenix to northern Arizona. Alzheimer`s & Family Care Management, the Ohio satellite, is in Kent. Karen is also Adjunct Online Faculty at Grand Canyon University's Ken Blanchard College of Business as well as The College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. Karen has provided research, education, dementia care management and mediation since 1994.

Karen pioneered targeted dementia care services and first launched to under served rural counties of NE Ohio. Continuing needs assessments and facility development projects in the late 90`s identified need for conflict resolution services. The practice responded by becoming specialized in Family Caregiver Mediation and Adult Guardianship Mediation at the Center for Social Gerontology in Ann Arbor, MI in 2000.


Karen Rice has a Master`s Degree in Sociology of Health and Family; Master`s Certificates in Gerontology and Long-term Care Administration plus 3000 mediation and CEU hours. Her focus is quality, culturally competent person-centered care, staff/family conflict, professional education, medical ethics, certification and policy. She is a strong advocate for mediation for family caregivers.

Karen is licensed in nursing home administration in Ohio. She led Alzheimer start-up facilities in Ohio, Michigan and consults on new programs and services. In 2003, she contracted with OhioKePro for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service`s Quality of Care Mediation Initiative where she serves as mediator, facilitator and consultant. Her training, 'A Culture For Service Excellence: Building Relationships will be launched nationally through webinars.

Karen has served on a variety of national advisory boards and critiqued 'Key Elements of Dementia Care' for the National Alzheimer's Association. Internationally, Karen has been an invited speaker of the Alzheimer's Society and is affiliated with Elder Mediation International Network. She contributes to both the caregiving and mediation literatures. For a decade, Karen served as Developer and Chair of the first two national special interest groups on Alzheimer`s Disease Research and Caregiver Stress. Karen`s research received recognition for findings on ethical dilemmas for staff of Alzheimer`s persons.

Professional Development.
Karen regularly attends Arizona Elderlaw, the Arizona Alzheimer Consortium meetings, and a host of medical, longterm care and EHR conferences and webinars. Internationally, Karen presented 'The Importance of Social History in Dementia Care' for Alzheimer Society PEI Canada.