Activity Programs Supporting Noteworthy Person – Centered Impressions

Here is an article, that reminded me that first and foremost at PAC we are about the connection to the person. This article not only speaks to that, but also shows how far life enrichment programming has come. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.Activity Programs Supporting Noteworthy Person – Centered Impressions Anthony F. Vicari EdS, ACC/EDU, AC-BC, CADDCT, CDCM, CDP NAAP Vice President Many senior healthcare communities thrive from the diversity and amazing creativity of their residents.

From The Other Side

I recently had an opportunity to talk with an amazing, intelligent, loving, exciting and fun person, who just so happens to live with Lewy Body Dementia.I want to share an experience and perspective from her, on something that we as care partners may see as a success, or overcoming an obstacle.These are her words:“I recognize that I have some weird habits.” We might say quirks.“I know they are weird, but that being said, they are things that make me, me. They may seem weird to others, but they

The Power of Substitution not Subtraction

Freeimages.com/JuliaFreeman-WoolpertTeepa Snow teaches the art of substitution not subtraction. If Hand-under-Hand® is my favorite skill, substitution not subtraction, comes in at a close second.I have seen firsthand what happens when you try to subtract or take something away from a person with dementia. I often recount the following story to illustrate the point:I visit dad during lunch each day and he used to sit at a table with a man that I will call Joe. One day after the meal, Joe was

The Aging LGBT Community and Long-Term Care

This Article is from the NAAP news February 27, 2017. According to the groundbreaking policy report, Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults, LGBT elders are more likely to be single, childless, estranged from their biological family, and reliant on families of choice such as friends and other loved ones. Without traditional support systems in place, many LGBT elders end up relying on nursing homes or other institutions providing long-term care. This can become problematic for these settings

Food For Thought

Food for Thought, really!How Memory Works, and the Surprising Implications of Impaired Memory Function. As we go about our busy lives, teaching our workshops and help others with their positive approach, what is our positive approach to prevention?Are we eating healthy?Are we getting exercise?Are we sleeping well and an appropriate amount? How much stress are you living with and how are you dealing with it? We also need to look after ourselves and do our part in prevention for us and for those

Technological Tools

As a dementia care consultant, I’m constantly reminding myself to look at the environmental factors that can contribute to distress among persons living with dementia, especially those that consistently exacerbate dementia-related behaviours. As such, I am constantly looking for new ideas and ways to adjust living environments to make them more dementia-friendly. In doing so, I have found some interesting inventions. Let me know what you think about these technological tools!1. Day Clock

New Article by Teepa Snow ‘Solve the Puzzle: How to Assess Altered Cognition in Acute Care’

FreeImages.com/chadou99Teepa 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