Randy L. Griffin

imgRandy L. Griffin, RN, MS, HNC, is an expert in the field of dementia care. With more than 30 years of experience ranging from nursing and nutritional services to program development and health care administration Randy is pioneering the practice of “intentional care giving” for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Her approach centers on treating the whole person, not just the individual’s symptoms, by creating a culture rich with emotional nourishment.

Randy’s programs and models have set new standards in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias while educating their families and caregivers. Randy recently developed “The Trusting Touch,” a Webinar that teaches the importance of intentional actions and verbal communications during such activities as bathing, dressing and dental care. Randy also is the author of “S.A.F.E. Response Techniques in Crisis Situations,” a four-step process to show staff how to safely handle agitation and address aggressive behaviors when caring for people with dementia.

Earlier in her career, Randy was the Director of Nutritional Services for the Connecticut Hospice, the first free-standing hospice in the U.S. While working for Hospice, she developed one of the first sensory-enhanced pureéd cuisine culinary programs for terminally ill individuals. She also authored the first published cookbook on the formation of sensory-enhanced pureés. Later, Randy was the Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Resource Center and also served as its Director of Education, Training and Research. Her background in nursing and culinary training as a chef in Paris provided the impetus for her innovative approaches to nursing care, dining creations and culture change for long-term care facilities. “Dining with Grace” is one of the programs she created specifically to enhance the dining experience for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Randy is a Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist and Therapeutic Touch practitioner and instructor. Randy’s DVD “An Introduction to Therapeutic Touch” was released in June 2012. Her latest program, Bird Tales™, is a unique and interactive train the trainer program developed in conjunction with the National Audubon Society. This DVD and book, available through Health Professions Press, was developed to improve the quality of life for people with dementia through their interactions with birds and connecting with nature. 

In 2011 Randy trained in Denmark and received certification in the field of robotic therapy. Randy brought this information back to the United States and developed the first certification course with CEU credit options in robotic therapy using Paro. Paro is an interactive robotic seal developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer. It allows the documented benefits of animal therapy to be administrated to patients in environments such as a hospital, and extended facilities where living animals present treatment or logistical difficulties.

Randy lectures and leads workshops nationwide while providing consulting services to health care facilities. Randy’s latest book “Changing the Culture for Dementia Care“ is published by Pesi Health Care and is available on, and Barnes and Noble. For more information about Randy, please visit: