Based in Maryland, the Copper Ridge Institute (CRI) is at the forefront of scientific research related to the treatment and care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. What makes CRI unique is that it takes the cumulative scientific knowledge from its research and that of others and applies it to the creation of educational and training programs for physicians, healthcare providers, and home caregivers who are working daily on the front-lines of this disease.
The mission of the Copper Ridge Institute (CRI) is to provide the highest quality professional education, and conduct and evaluate empirical research, on the care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory-impairing disorders. Several features of CRI distinguish it from other organizations that conduct research and provide education on the dementias:
- The Institute is physically and programmatically embedded within an award-winning care community (Copper Ridge) that offers both assisted-living and comprehensive nursing care, as well as an outpatient clinic.
- The residents, outpatients, and staff of Copper Ridge are offered opportunities to participate in research and are major beneficiaries of the Institute’s education programs. Thus, Copper Ridge functions not only as a residence and healthcare facility, but as a clinical laboratory and classroom as well.
- The Institute is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University, one of the premier medical institutions in the nation, with a long history of leadership in scientific research on dementing illnesses and the care of patients afflicted and their families.
- Teaching about care practices in the Institute is guided by principles that are incorporated into the Copper Ridge Model of Care®. These principles, developed over decades of clinical practice and research, are best described in Practical Dementia Care (2nd ed.), by Peter Rabins, Constantine Lyketsos, and Cynthia Steele (Oxford University Press, 2006). The authors are all Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty who helped develop the Institute.
- The Copper Ridge Model of Care® consists of a set of principles and practices that can be best described as person-centered, evidence-based, and multi-disciplinary. But what makes the Copper Ridge Model of Care® truly unique is that it takes a systematic, disciplined approach to solving clinical problems. This approach, called “the Perspectives,” distinguishes problems due to diseases people have, traits that they possess, behaviors that they perform, and life events they encounter.  Each of these perspectives calls for a different logic, and requires a different approach to intervention. The Perspectives are at the core of the Copper Ridge Model of Care®.
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