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Dementia Caregiver Guide


A collaborative effort, the Dementia Caregiver Guide reinforces the impact of Teepa Snow’s guidance and person-centered care interventions within a community. In this simple, easy to read, 100 page guidebook Cedar Village shares beautiful photograhic documentation of community residents benefiting from the training and implementation of the GEMS® and Positive Approach® to Care techniques. Designed to help family members, friends, and caregivers, the purpose of this book is to help everyone understand changes that come with advancing dementia or other impairments in thinking, reasoning, or the processing of information. The goal is to provide better support and care practices when someone is living with an ever-changing condition. By appreciating what has changed but leveraging what is still possible, providers can choose interactions that are more positive, communication that is more productive, and care that is more effective and less challenging for all involved.

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Dementia Caregiver Guide

Table of Contents:

  • How to Use the Guidebook
  • Key Points to Remember When Using Gems
  • GEMS Characteristics
  • Sapphire–Normal Aging, Not Dementia 2
  • Diamond–First Signs of Change or Signals of a Stressed Brain
  • Emerald–Moderate Symptoms of Cognitive Changes
  • Hand-Under-Hand Technique
  • How to Greet and Connect
  • Comforting and Connecting
  • The Positive Physical Approach with Dementia (PPA)
  • Approaching When the Person is Distressed
  • Basic Cues When Working with Dementia
  • Amber–Middle Stage Changes
  • Ruby–Late Stage Changes
  • Pearl–Late Changes, End of the Journey
  • GEMS Support Needed
  • Conclusion
  • Teepa’s Background

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