Many individuals experience memory challenges related to general aging and hearing loss and can benefit from a consultation with a speech-language pathologist to identify strategies to strengthen and maintain memory and cognitive skills. Contact us today for a free consultation to determine the best next steps.
Jessie Hillock, M.A., CCC-SLP
Hello! My name is Jessie Hillock and I am the owner and founder of The Memory Compass. Over the course of the past 6 years, my passion for serving those affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments has grown with each day through my work as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.
I received my bachelor of science degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University and my master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University. I hold my certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and am licensed by the state of Indiana.
In 2016, I took on the role of Dementia Care Specialist after adapting and implementing a facility-wide dementia staging program within a local skilled nursing facility. I was passionate about implementing a program to better serve the residents, their families and the professional staff regarding individualized communication strategies and activities appropriate based on the stage of the individual. Through this position, I have provided ongoing education and training to facility staff, extensive education to patients and their families, as well as held supervisory roles for other professionals and students.
Throughout the course of my career, I have had countless families and loved ones express to me their feeling that no one had ever taken the time to thoroughly explain to them the stages of the progression of these diseases, or to provide individualized communication approaches to maintain meaningful interactions, and to recommend meaningful treatment strategies prior to my interaction with them. Prior to establishing this position, numerous family members expressed to me that they had felt lost in the dark, prior to or following a loved one’s diagnosis, and had no idea that treatment by a speech-language pathologist was the professional support they had been seeking. I felt driven to create The Memory Compass to provide direction to families no matter where they are on this challenging road.