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January 2016

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Words Matter

Powerful Words; "I'm Sorry"

The Basics for Success; Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand™

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Five Minute Video; Care Skills Make a Difference

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The Basics for Success;
Positive Physical Approach™
and Hand-under-Hand™

Using Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand Under Hand™ care partnering techniques help to ensure we are doing WITH, not TO when caring for a person living with dementia. Connecting with the person visually and verbally before touching is important.

Make a connection:

  • 1st – Visually
  • 2nd – Verbally
  • 3rd – Physically

  • Knock – announce yourself
  • Pause at 6 feet
  • Greet and smile
  • Move slowly – offer hand in handshake position
  • Move from the front to the side
  • Greet with a handshake and your name
  • Slide into Hand Under Hand™ hold
  • Get to the person’s level
  • Be friendly – make a nice comment or smile
  • Give your message – simple, short, friendly

  • Uses established nerve pathways
  • Allows the person to feel in control
  • Connects you to the person
  • Allows you to do WITH, not TO
  • Gives you advance notice of possible problems
  • Connects eye-hand skills
  • Use the dominant side of the person

PDF for printing: The Basics for Success When Caring for a Person Living With Dementia




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