Piedmont Crossing trains to rethink care for those with dementia

Piedmont Crossing, a continuing care retirement community in Thomasville, has implementated of Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care. This training model offers care techniques and education that increase the communication between someone with dementia and their caretaker resulting in a positive interaction. Jan Briggs, health center administrator at Piedmont Crossing and a registered nurse, was eager to find a program … Read More

What to Say and Do When Someone Doesn’t Recognize You

by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA There are times when someone living with dementia doesn’t know me or calls me other people and curses when I tell them I am me!! When someone thinks you aren’t who you say you are, it can be a real b*tch! It can feel like the person is losing you and you are losing … Read More

4 Vital Activity Categories for People Living with Dementia

by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA One of the most challenging aspects of supporting someone who is living with dementia is to develop daily routines and activities that are interesting, meaningful, do-able, and valued by the person who is experiencing so many changes due to the condition. Helping to ensure there are a mix of activities to meet social, physical, … Read More

Australia – Here we Come!!!!

Be on the look out, mates! Heat up the billy! Come August 11th, Teepa will be in the Land Down Under! Who’s along for the trip? Dick Snow, my husband of over 40 years, and Courtney, our International PAC Services Lead. What am I doing? Well, I am kicking off my trip with a landing in Sydney to get through … Read More

3 Essential Tips to Reducing Challenging Situations in Dementia Care

Anger, swearing, hallucinations, or aggressive outbursts are a few of the challenging situations caregivers (or care partners, as we like to call them here at Positive Approach® to Care) might experience when trying to offer care to a resident or loved one. As if this disease wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, having the person in your care struggle and fight your well-intended … Read More

6 GEMS® You Need to Know For A Positive Approach to Dementia Care

Caring for a person living with dementia is not easy. Not only can challenging situations arise at any moment, but the traditional medical model caregivers might be confronted with by their well-meaning physician exudes a very negative outlook. Commonly used scales, such as the Global Deterioration Scale / Reisberg Scale, exclusively focus on what a person has lost as they … Read More

11 Signs of Frontotemporal Dementias or Pick’s Disease

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), formerly referred to as Pick’s Disease, is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that cause the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain to shrink. Since these areas are responsible for a person’s behavior, personality, and language, people affected with FTD can undergo dramatic behavioral changes that negatively affect themselves and their loved ones. Since … Read More

The PAC Week in Review for Week Ending June 1, 2019

Ever wonder what it takes to make PAC happen?  Please see the note below that Teepa shares out with the PAC Team every Sunday to get the full picture! Click here to download this as a PDF. The PAC Week in Review Week ending June 1, 2019 Good Morning All, For the second day in a row, North Carolina has … Read More

The PAC Week in Review for Week Ending May 25, 2019

Ever wonder what it takes to make PAC happen?  Please see the note below that Teepa shares out with the PAC Team every Sunday to get the full picture! Click here to download this as a PDF. The PAC Week in Review Week ending May 25, 2019 Hey Team! The good news for this week starts with the following: And … Read More

3 Smart Ways to Empower People Living with Dementia Through Activities

Planning regular activities is challenging work. And creating truly meaningful activities for your loved one with dementia can be an increasingly difficult task. As fine-motor skills weaken and language slows, finding ways to connect can be a struggle. Would you like to create truly engaging activities, but you’re not sure how? Would you like to utilize projects to strengthen the … Read More