Services for Care Partners
Stay at Home Mentor Strategy Sessions
Keeping your loved one at home can be challenging. We are here to help. Book a strategy session or buy a package to get the support you need.
Find the time and space to explore how you are doing at supporting your loved one while still maintaining your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Home Safety Evaluation
A home visit to discuss any concerns as well as learn things you can do to make the environment as safe as possible.
Positive Approach® to Care Training
Family care partner dementia care education utilizing certified independent trainers in the Positive Approach to Care program $50/person
3 workshop options
Workshops include lectures, role play, hands-on practice, and discussion of information and potential situations. Handouts and GEM card are provided prior to training to reinforce content and a Changing Minds Mentor will be available should questions arise in the future! *All workshops are facilitated by a Certified Positive Approach To Care Trainer*
NORMAL VS. NOT NORMAL AGING
CONTRASTS NORMAL VS. NOT NORMAL AGING
Length of workshop 2 hours
This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the difference in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and the ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur from early stages of the condition, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are part of the progression.
1. Compare and contrast “normal” aging versus “not normal” aging related to various cognitive functions.
2. Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major
differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.
3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.
Methods of teaching:
The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, power point presentation and role playing may be used throughout the session.
POSITIVE PHYSICAL APPROACH AND HAND UNDER HAND ASSISTANCE
Length of workshop 2 to 3 hours
This workshop focuses on Positive Approach to Care “care partnering” techniques, including Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand under Hand (HUH). These newly learned skills enable care partners to shift from simply “dealing with behaviors” to creating a positive and caring environment. Learners develop Observational skills needed to recognize signals of “unmet needs and growing distress” in the person they care for and respond in a way that reduces anxiety and improves quality of life.
1. Apply Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand Under Hand (HUH) in everyday situations.
2. Describe the importance of doing “with”, not “to”.
3. Demonstrate observational skills necessary to recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs.
4. Describe and demonstrate ways to help the person being cared for feel productive and valued.
Methods of teaching:
The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role-play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, powerpoint presentation, and role-play may be used throughout the session.
GEMS! Using Skills That Make a Difference
Length of workshop 1 to 1.5 hours
The GEMS workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model (developed from the basic structure of Allen Cognitive Disability Levels). The GEMS model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with dementia or other brain changes. They should be considered indicators and a guide toward understanding an individual’s current state of ability and brain function. Understanding them will lead to
an adjustment of expectations, modification of cues and support, and more accurate communication and “hands-on” care
behaviors to better meet ever-changing needs. The GEMS advocate that people living with dementia, when done with rather than to and provided with just the right care and setting, can still shine!
1. Discuss normal aging and stages of dementia and the correlating GEM for each.
2. Use the GEMS to facilitate positive, supportive communication between the caregiver and the person being cared for.
3. Analyze and respond to unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses.
4. Describe effective combinations of multi-model helping techniques, emphasizing use of preserved abilities.
Methods of teaching:
The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role-play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, PowerPoint presentations may be used throughout the session.
Dementia Care Consult
Private dementia care consultations by a certified independent Positive Approach® to Care Consultant to personalize a care plan for those living with dementia and their care partners, particularly those having difficulties with behavior related to living with dementia
Education on Brain Optimization
Learn how to optimize the brain health of your loved one:
⁃ Sleep optimization
⁃ Stress reduction
⁃ Cognitive stimulation
Monitoring Brain Health and Engage with Clients
Home or Facility visits to monitor the progress and engagement of the person living with dementia