Pam is a family caregiver. Her mother has dementia and physical limitations and has been in a nursing home for 4 years. She helped to care for her father who died at home. Pam trained as a Physical Therapist and has worked many years in clinical research. Her research focuses on finding solutions for significant problems that affect people as they age and their caregivers, including prevention of the spread of infection through good hand hygiene.
Pam has experienced the challenges of admitting a loved one to institutional care and relies on communication with the care staff about her mother’s well-being and care decisions. When the opportunity arose to join the strategic guiding council she knew that she could both contribute to, and benefit from this work.