New Article by Teepa Snow ‘Solve the Puzzle: How to Assess Altered Cognition in Acute Care’ Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA recently wrote an article for MedBridge called ‘Solve the Puzzle: How to Assess Altered Cognition in Acute Care’. In the article, Snow provides a list of key questions we must ask ourselves in order to assess a situation in an acute care setting when a patient is confused. She describes the multiple factors that are often at play that contribute to a patient’s state of confusion. Solving the puzzle can be challenging and requires detective

How I Used PAC™ Skills in the Emergency Room

A few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, I had a phone call from the nurse on dad’s floor. She told me that dad had a fall and was complaining of a lot of pain. The doctor had been called. I told her I would be right over.By the time I got there, the doctor had assessed dad as not having a hip fracture because he was able to walk. Dad, however, was not able to sit comfortably in a chair and complained of pain in his hip and buttock area. The doctor thought he most likely had a hematoma and

Animal Interactions Increase Quality of Life

I found this article, thought you may enjoy it too. As we all know Pets are wonderful additions to our lives. The only thing I will mention is House pets are not always possible. It takes the entire staff to be ok with a pet in the community. If they are not or pets are not accepted in some cultures it can be unfair to the house pet. That being said enjoy.Many of us will agree; having a pet makes you feel good, both mentally and physically! The unwavering loyalty and unconditional love felt

Interesting Observation – Human Nature/Human Nurture.

All the communities in our organization have adopted the “Gems” as the standard to help meet resident needs as we change to a person-centered care culture from the routine care model. As the Teepa Snow Certified person in the building it is my responsibility to make staff aware of how to make best use of the Gems.Besides having the poster in our break room and books matching gems to activities, at All Staff training I often have the staff complete the exercise of not only matching three or more

Last Ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift, I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned

A Little Anatomy Goes a Long Way

I became interested in becoming a PAC Consultant while I was working as a Recreation Therapy supervisor in a dementia facility. Time and time again, I would watch individuals react to persons living with dementia with disdain and frustration. While writing my master’s thesis on improving cognitive function in seniors with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), I realized that all of the dementia-related behaviours that family members and caregivers found so challenging could be explained. Each time I

What I Learned From My First Keynote Talk on PAC™

What started out as an email to introduce myself as a Certified PAC™ Trainer to my local Alzheimer’s Society, quickly evolved into a discussion about their upcoming conference in two weeks’ time. I reached out because I thought there may be an opportunity to facilitate a workshop for the Society support group. The CEO had something different in mind. “Can you speak at our conference to 140 people?” she asked. “Yes!” was my reply, with a big gulp. Here is what I learned:1. I can do this… and so

The Gift of Music

The Gift of MusicLori and Kate both shared in previous posts on how amazing the gift of music really is. Please feel free to go back to their posts at anytime and enjoy their insight. Here is a clip from a documentary called ALIVE INSIDE, this clip is an amazing example on how much music impacts our lives and how listening to the music from the past for those living with dementia can transform a human being and bring back those amazing

Six Ways That I Use PAC Skills During Lunch Each Day

I first met Teepa at the Alzheimer Society Research Breakfast in Halifax, Nova Scotia back in January 2016. My immediate reaction was “this makes so much sense!” and “how can I learn more?” Since that morning, I haven’t looked back. In September, I found myself in Asheville, North Carolina for the Trainer Certification Program.I am a care partner to my father who has vascular dementia. He lives in a nursing home and each day, I visit him over the lunch break and we eat our lunch together. PAC

Helpfull New Years Suggestions

Happy New Year!Following my theme last year here is an article that reminds us of our resources and good practices. This is from the Activity Association I belong too. Of course the first recommendation might be impossible due to the fact it would take time we don’t have to do the purge. Good Ideas and reminders.Lori BrittonAs we wind down from the holiday season and really get into the New Year, we see everywhere around us that people are embracing new possibilities, new goals, new