Choosing our Own at-Home Options

The COHO program is designed to support adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias or other cognitive disabilities, as well as their caregivers. Each qualifying Mat-Su participant will be assigned a COHO Consultant, who will work with you to create a tailored plan of supports and services to maximize independence and aging-in-place.

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** Qualified participants must reside in the Mat-Su Borough, cannot live in an ALH/nursing home, and cannot be receiving services under any Medicaid waiver program.


Who can benefit?

  • Family caregivers of someone living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias who lives alone.
  • A person with an intellectual or developmental disability with suspected cognitive decline who lives alone.


A COHO consultant will provide:

  • Information and support to help connect you with health and community resources.
  • Consultation using BRI Care Consultation™ to better understand your situation and provide information that can assist you in prioritizing concerns and making informed decisions. 
  • Referral to educational materials, trainings, and peer support.
  • Assistance in developing a step-by-step support plan, with limited funding, to guide you through this journey.
  • Ongoing support in adjusting as situations change or when faced with challenges.


For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Shelby Farthing at 907-771-9136, or email Send faxes to 907-561-3315.


Farthing - COHO Director

Shelby moved to Alaska after completing her Masters of Public Health in Health, Services, Policy and Management at the University of South Carolina. She is an Aunt to six nephews and two nieces, and is a ‘Dog Mom’ to her 10-year-old rescued Miniature Pincher named Jake.  When she is not at work, Shelby is pursuing her PhD in Health Education and Promotion at Walden University, and also enjoys hiking and tv shows like New Girl and Brooklyn 99.

COHO Director
Specialty: Dementia Education

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 136]

Silver - Education Specialist

Kevin is our expert on mini-grants and offers support to the Education team. His personal experiences in dealing with dementia make him a valuable resource to those navigating a similar journey.

Specialty: Mini-Grants, COHO

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 122]
📠 907-561-3315

Davin - COHO Specialist

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Johnathan moved to Alaska in 2010. He has over 12 years of healthcare and medical experience supporting people of all ages. He has worked to help create activities and programs for mentally challenged adolescents and children and has also worked in the Orthopedic Unit at a local Anchorage hospital.

When he’s not working Johnathan loves to travel, watch football and basketball, and enjoys camping and being in the outdoors.

Specialty: COHO, Dementia Education
Education: Nursing degree
Languages: English, Tagalog

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 105]
📠 907-561-3315