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Teepa Talk: EODAF, Edmonton, AB – CANCELLED
This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19
Teepa Snow presents:
Best Practices in Dementia Care: Building Hands-On Skills for Communication and Interactions
This in-depth intensive workshop will help learners use effective strategies for helping people living with dementia during interactions, care delivery, and daily engagement. The goal is to help reduce resistance to care and foster participation and use of preserved skills. To do this, this session will first improve the learner’s understanding of the brain changes that occur during the process of dementia with an emphasis on empathy and understanding of the condition. It will then help learners develop verbal and nonverbal techniques to improve communication with those living with dementia. The session will also help learners recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. It will emphasize the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. Modifying the task demands, the environment, and the caregiver’s approach are three key elements to improving challenging situations. These three elements combined with knowledge of the individual’s background and life story, medical, psychological, and sensory conditions, and level of cognitive function will form the base for problem solving and personalized care planning. Each session will also help learners focus on carefully monitoring people with cognitive impairment for signs and signals of ‘unmet needs’ in order to intervene early and often. This effort to create a positive and caring environment rather than ‘dealing with the behavior’ after it is established will be promoted as a more effective model.
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