The following groups have been working with Teepa Snow for a significant period of time and have implemented her person-centered techniques to further company care practices and dementia related understanding and training within their organizations.
Learn more about some of these Early Adopters and their culture change efforts that are benefiting those living with dementia.
This continuing care retirement community, located in Florida, has led the way in elder care and education in the Sarasota/Bradenton area since 1948. This not-for-profit group established an educational institute as a regional training center for medical professionals, paraprofessionals and at home caregivers with the intent of improving quality of care for seniors in residential and home based settings. With deep commitment to a dementia culture change in care, they began company wide implementation of Teepa's approach to care. Then in 2011, they partnered with Teepa and produced a variety of Educational Training DVD's for professionals and caregivers that are available for purchase and online streaming.
The Dementia Action Alliance is a coalition of passionate people dedicated to making the U.S. a better place for people to live fully with dementia and that supports their families.
This not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, located in Mason, Ohio, began working with Teepa Snow in 2009 and whole heartedly began their commitment to create a Positive Approach® community culture change. In 2012 Cedar Village received a grant from The Schriber Famiy Foundation of Dayton and, in partnership with Teepa, produced The Dementia Caregiver Guide, a book about Teepa's GEMS® and care techniques. The book features beautiful photography honoring residents living with dementia in the community. Cedar Village is a national leader in the use of art therapy programs for including "Opening Minds through Art" and the David and Nancy Wolf Center for Creative Expression.
This international home care company with franchises across the US and in Canada and Australia, has worked with Teepa since 2010. What started as a conference keynote session, became a video training resource for staff, and then grew into an entire program of care entitled Senior Gems®. Each Senior Helper® franchise can opt to become a Senior Gems® certified location. In order to meet this criteria they must have staff training, leader support, coaching and on-going support. Together, Senior Helpers® and Teepa have offered a number of community and professional events across the nation. In 2013, Senior Helpers® produced a webinar with Leeza Gibbons, of Leeza's Care Connection, and Teepa that offered support and outreach to thousands. Senior Helpers® now offers free introductory DVDs of Teepa's training.
This non-profit continuing care retirement community is sponsored by the United Methodist Church. In 2012, the leaders and staff of this community committed themselves to promoting a culture of person-centered care that included Positive Approach® principles and practices. The community has successfully built a core coaching team and offers new and established employees dementia training and follow up that fosters new care routines and communication interactions. As part of their work, Asbury Heights is conducting research on the impact of PAC training on residents, families, employees, and leaders in their community. In partnership with Teepa, they have developed and offer Team Training opportunities and DVD and material/curriculum support.
This well-known non-profit senior care provider has multiple locations in Maryland, from Easton to Sykesville and Fredricksburg. Their communities provide independent care and assisted living, skilled nursing services, as well as outpatient gero-psychiatric clinics for evaluation and treatment. Two of their locations have dementia specific programs providing care for neurodegenerative conditions. EMA has a long and rich history of providing outstanding support and innovative care alternatives for people living with various forms of dementia and their families. The strong educational connection with John Hopkins University has provided EMA with an in-depth academic background in managing dementia. Kathleen Curry, the VP for Dementia Services, consulted with Teepa, in 2013, and since that time EMA communities have made great strides in taking their knowledge and applying it to complex and challenging care situations. Their goal of creating a culture where individuals are valued and care plans are designed and delivered for the unique individual makes this partnership a valued one. Currently, all five communities have team members who have achieved skill and mastery in approach techniques, coaching, and "doing with" care interactions. Many communities have begun the process of creating engagement and programming that will fill the day with meaning, and seek continued problem-solving of challenging care situations.
Teepa and the Enrichment Centers of Shelby, North Carolina began their relationship many years ago when they met at Duke University’s Alzheimer’s conference where both attended and presented. Finding a mutual regard and admiration for the work of the other, this collaborative friendship has resulted in many on-site trainings, retreats, community programs, and consultations over the years. The behavior acceptable model that drives the LEC programming has served as a basis for offering engagement and care that is simply outstanding and individualized in the best possible way. The families, participants, staff, and volunteers at LEC strive toward Dementia Skill ability and have actively supported Teepa’s PAC work without fail.
A special thank you to this amazing group and their participation in the production of these videos. They are some of our best friends and strongest advocates for people living well with dementia.
Although Teepa, has certainly provided programs and training for many Kendal communities, Kendall at Longwood has become the first to embrace the PAC program as part of their effort to live out the vision described by Pioneer Network founders and proponents of the Eden Alternative. For the past year, Kendal at Longwood has built their team structure and partnered with Teepa, and PAC Mentor Dr. Beth A.D. Nolan, to realize their goal of becoming a Dementia Competent Community. They are not only training and involving staff in new approaches to care, but are including residents of the CCRC and also family members to better serve those living with some degree or form of dementia.
The Arbor Company is a management company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. They offer independent and assisted living, with dementia specific locations in the southeast, Pennsylvania and Texas. Teepa first began working with Arbor communities in 2007. Over the course of 8 years, the company collaboratively created training, programming, and environmental supports that provide residents with a setting and approach to care that addresses needs and offers opportunities for engagement and well-being. Many of the Arbor communities have their entire location team trained in the Positive Physical Approach® technique. The majority of their care providers have become Dementia Knowledgeable and understand how to effectively use cues and supports. All Arbor engagement programs are based on the GEMS® ability model and are designed to offer a balance of productive, leisure, wellness, and restorative opportunities. Although Teepa no longer works directly with the Arbor communities, PAC training for staff and family support continues through an e-learning program they created and filmed in 2013.
The Alzheimer's Support Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Collier County, Florida. Their mission is to make the lives of caregivers easier and enrich the lives of patients. All of their services are provided free of charge. They offer ongoing private consultations, over 30 support groups a month, a 24 hour helpline answered by staff members, and a wanderer's identification program in partnership with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, they offer ongoing caregiver respite programs, monthly education meetings, and a wide range of other services.
If you live in Naples, please stop in and learn more. If you live outside of Naples, you are invited to call (239.262.8388) or email them. They can set up an online conference where their family consultants can address your specific concerns. On their website you will find a library of past speakers, and a growing number of useful online tools, articles and other resources.
Sonata Senior Living is a premier developer and operator of senior living rental communities that offer independent living, assisted living and memory care assisted living. Focused exclusively in Florida, Sonata's philosophy is to provide a worry-free, robust lifestyle featuring innovative programming, cutting-edge technology, supportive care and wellness-focused services.