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Revolutionizing Dementia Care Workshop: Deke Cateau

Deke Cateau
Photo courtesy Deke Cateau

Deke Cateau is the Chief Executive Officer at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, a nonprofit organization operating three nursing homes in metro Atlanta. With more than 15 years of experience in long-term care, Deke is passionate about fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for the aging population.

In addition to being a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Deke is certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Care Dementia Trainer. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative Educator and a Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator for nursing homes. Additionally, Deke serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Georgia.

Deke holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, and a certification in Global Leadership Development from the University of the Virgin Islands. A Trinidad native, Deke is an avid Caribbean music and soccer fan. He lives in Cobb County, Georgia with his wife and three children.

Deke’s presentation at the workshop will be:
“Putting the “Home” Back in Nursing Home: One Community’s Journey to Redefine Dementia Care”

While an increasing number of Eldercare settings are incorporating person-centered principles and practices to improve the quality of life for residents living with dementia, challenges remain for some providers to implement this model of care amidst a sea of regulatory and other obstacles. A.G. Rhodes, a nonprofit nursing home organization in Atlanta, is proving that overcoming barriers is possible, and the person-centered movement is gaining impressive momentum throughout this 115- year-old organization. Explore lessons learned and tips for introducing person-centered practices; and learn how through effective leadership, teamwork, communication and most importantly, patience, any organization can successfully adopt and tailor person-centered care to better meet the needs of elders living with dementia.