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Cognitive Assessment

Cognition is at the Center of Everything We Do

Whether paying bills, preparing a meal, learning new skills and hobbies, even tending to our personal hygiene, we rely on memory, perception, reasoning and other cognitive processes to not only function but thrive. As we age, the preservation of cognitive function is vital to maintaining a healthy, active, and independent lifestyle.

The Best Non-Medical Approach to Supporting Those with Cognitive Impairment

As a proven leader in providing person-centered care at home, Griswold NoVA West is committed to helping individuals and their families meet the challenges presented by memory and other cognitive impairment. Through an exclusive partnership with the BCAT® (Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool) Organization, we are the only private duty home care company authorized to offer its BCAT® Cognitive Enhancement Program to clients. Learn more here about how we help individuals improve memory skills, prevent further memory decline and, in cases of advanced dementia, promote meaningful engagement.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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