The Positive Approach to Care method was developed by occupational therapist Teepa Snow to provide a comprehensive, and hands on tool for clinicians and care partners to utilize when working with and providing care for those living with dementia.
This course will include a compare and contrast of normal vs. not normal aging and its implications related to dementia. The impact of changing sensory awareness and cognitive processing will be discussed to ensure a deeper understanding of the progression of dementia. Participants will be educated on consistent positive reinforcement to reduce challenging behaviors throughout the disease process. They will be able to demonstrate Positive Physical Approach and Positive Action Starters in preparation for real world application as it relates to reactions and responses of individuals living with dementia. Participants will understand the value of using Hand-under- Hand techniques to facilitate mobility and ADL assistance to those living with dementia. They will be able to identify and compare and contrast the six GEM states of cognitive function and ability.
This course will strengthen the knowledge base, skill set and confidence of practitioners who work with individuals living with dementia. It will also allow for practitioners to teach and educate care partners to further improve patient independence, quality of life, which in turn, can decrease caregiver burden.