Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist, is a New York based quality management consultant who provides education, training and support to community, residential and long-term care providers in the development of programs and services to meet a broad range of behavioral health needs. Guidance is offered in maintaining regulatory compliance and improving the quality of care and quality of life of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, mental illness, brain injury, and complex psychosocial needs. 

In keeping with the core values of person-centered care, Barbara works closely with providers to evaluate and develop individualized approaches to the behavioral and psychosocial needs of their clients. Built on the belief that quality of life will be defined differently for each individual, this approach offers a fresh perspective on assessment and care planning for those with special needs and challenging behavior.

As an educator on meeting the psychosocial and behavioral challenges of varied populations, Barbara has earned a reputation for helping caregivers to think differently about the people they care for.  In 2014, she authored, “Why is Grandma Screaming? A Practical Guide to Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care,” in which she offers common sense advice on meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community.  She followed with, “Toward Better Behavior:  Yours, Mine, and Everyone Else’s, A Strategy for Improving the Assessment and Long Term Care Planning Process”, in 2017. Barbara was also certified by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program on improved care of residents with dementia in 2015.

Over time, she has applied her understanding of human behavior to education and training programs designed to support leadership and organizational development, cultural intelligence, and empathetic approaches to care and treatment.  Her training programs on customer service and caregiver sensitivity have helped many facilities to achieve a true culture change in thinking and service delivery.

Barbara began her career in long-term care working in recreation therapy in a facility that provided services to both pediatric and adult residents with cognitive, intellectual, and psychiatric needs. She later began specializing in the development of environments and programs for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness, and other neurodegenerative disorders. She has helped many facilities develop specialized programs and environments designed to overcome a broad range of behavioral health challenges.

Barbara completed her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Empire State College, SUNY in 1990.  Her undergraduate work included extensive study in music and the arts at Kent State University prior to relocating to New York.  She is an accomplished musician and artist, skills that have enhanced the development of her interventions in behavioral health. 

In addition to her professional involvement, Barbara is a resource to families in her community, volunteering her time and talents to caregiver education and support. Through her affiliation with local artists and musicians in her native Queens, NY, Barbara also arranges therapeutic music, dance, and wellness programming for seniors in her local community to enhance their quality of life.

Creating Meaningful, Satisfying Lives One Person at a Time