PAC Education FAQ
It is Teepa's mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with dementia and related challenges. Teepa's philosophy for living well with dementia focuses on the interpersonal dynamics of coping with a changing brain and is reflective of her diverse education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. The Positive Approach® techniques and strategies she developed are delivered through 4 modes of comprehension.
Why 4 modes of comprehension?
What makes PAC Training™ different than other dementia education programs?
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- This level of education provides foundational information related to dementia, including what it is, what it is not and what happens when someone is living with it. Because dementia changes everything over time, family members and care partners need to change too in order to helpful, supportive and effective.
- Training includes: Online or in-person educational keynote lectures or free events sponsored by Positive Approach® or other organizations who hire Teepa to share her fundamental techniques, facts, and experiences about what it means to be living with a changing brain.
- This level of education provides more in depth knowledge and exposure to a variety of skills, care partner task expectations, and environmental support modifications that will impact quality of life, safety, and future direction and guidance for all those in relationship to people living with dementia.
- Training events include: Video education or Positve Care Skills Day Trainings sponsored by Positive Approach® or other partnering organizations.
Dementia Skill & Competence
These in-depth experiential trainings include feedback loops for the purpose of creating new habits and practices in care partnering. Skill and Competence training programs include a focus on communication, care provision behaviors, and environmental and programming support for in home, community, facility, or agency based models. PAC Community Training and the five Dementia Certification PAC Approved Training Programs require an investment of time and a commitment to spreading person-centered awareness through the Positive Approach® to Care practices. Certified groups and individuals will demonstrate a mastery of basic care techniques and complex communication ability while serving as a qualified resource to a family, community or agency.
The Positive Approach® to Care philosophy encourages Care Partners to:
Respond to a person's change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive.
Understand that, with practice, common "reactions" to the person with dementia can become thoughtful "responses" that improve quality of life for everyone involved.
Recognize that the person with dementia is "doing the best they can" and if something isn't working, it's the responsibility of the Care Partner to change their approach toward the person living with dementia as well as to discover what can be done differently to address the challenging situation.
Be aware of environments surrounding a person with dementia and make changes as necessary.