The Ruth Von Behren Award is named after a former NADSA Chair who was internationally renowned for her pioneering work in California and throughout the country. This special award was created to recognize the personal achievements and commitment of individuals in the field of Adult Day Services who have had a national impact on Adult Day Services. NADSA is proud to present the 2013 Ruth Von Behren Award to Jane Stansell.
Jane Stansell, Alzheimer’s Family Care Center, Chicago Ill
Jane is the Director of the Alzheimer’s Family Care Center in Chicago, Illinois. She is a leader in the state of Illinois, providing recommendations for rule, policy and procedural changes for the aging generation. Jane helped to establish the benchmarks in the State of Illinois for adult day services and the high standards providers are held to. Her introduction of person-centered care to the network of service providers in the state through statewide training and conference intensives has transformed lives.
Quality is defined by Jane’s work through her development and conducting Management Certificate Programs for providers and prospective applicants for service contracts. The initiative is replicated in the Quality Assurance Program for Adult Day Services which she helped design to focus on the needs and desires of families and participants.
Jane has served on Community Care Programs’ Policy Advisory Committee, served two consecutive terms as president of the Illinois Adult Day Services Association, as well as leading statewide training initiatives with the Illinois Department of Aging. Her effective advocacy leadership and teamwork with other community leaders has resulted in legislative changes regarding rate and rule changes, program enhancement and education of caregivers about programs and services within the state of Illinois.
Not only does she work tirelessly for improvements within the state, but her own facility provides stellar care to its participants where she constantly seeks to improve the health and well-being of participants, caregivers, and staff. Strong leadership with compassion and integrity has been her benchmark in serving the aging population for over 25 years. Her skill, understanding of staff and clients’ needs and sense of humor serve as a model for people who want to help advance the development, recognition and use of adult day services.