Saturday, 22. June 2019, NHS Training Center, Using a Positive Approach to Caring for the Person Living with Dementia

from 22. June 2019 - 8:30 till 16:30

NHS Training Center

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Are you struggling with approaching, connecting and redirecting persons living with dementia (PLWD)?  Do you often get refusals or resistance to care or feel inadequate to address behaviors?  This course will increase awareness and provide an introduction to skills, such as the Hand under Hand technique, and other specific skills included in Teepa Snows Positive Approach to Care.  It is an interactive class that will allow you to work "with" the PLWD to maximize their ability to function.  Teepa Snows approach allows us to see things from another perspective and realize that persons living with dementia are who they've always been, just different. 
This course will include 3 workshops combining lecture, discussion, role play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, power point presentation, and role playing may be used throughout the session. The workshop facilitators are Certified Positive Approach to Care Trainers and are qualified to facilitate workshops and train others in the PAC philosophy.
Workshop A - “Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging”
This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur from early stages of the condition, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are part of the progression.
 
Workshop Objectives:
1. Compare and contrast “normal” aging versus “not normal” aging related to various cognitive functions.
2. Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.
3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.
  
Workshop B - “Teepa’s GEMS™; Using Skills that Make a Difference”
The GEMS™ workshop offers an overview Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model (developed from the basic structure of Allen Cognitive Disability Levels). The GEMS model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes. They should be considered indicators and a guide toward understanding an individual's current state of ability and brain function. Understanding them will lead to an adjustment of expectations, modification of cues and support, and more accurate communication and 'hands-on' care behaviors to better meet ever-changing needs. The GEMS™ advocate that people living with dementia, when done with rather than done to and provided with the just right care and setting, can still shine.
 
Workshop Objectives:
1. Develop understanding of normal aging and stages of dementia, and the correlating GEM for each (sapphire, diamond, emerald, amber, ruby, pearl).

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2. Learn to use the GEMS™ to facilitate positive, supportive communication between the care giver and the person being cared for.
3. Learn to recognize and respond to unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses.
4. Learn to describe effective combinations of multi-modal helping techniques, emphasizing use of preserved abilities. 

Workshop C – “Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand Under Hand™ (HUH)”
This workshop focuses on Positive Approach to Care "care partnering" techniques, including Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand Under Hand™ (HUH). These newly learned skills enable care partners to shift from simply "dealing with the behaviors" to creating a positive and caring environment. Learners develop observational skills needed to recognize signals of “unmet needs and growing distress” in the person they care for and respond in a way that reduces anxiety and improves quality of life.
Workshop Objectives:
1. Learn how to apply Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand Under Hand™ (HUH) in everyday situations.
2. Learn the importance of doing "with", not "to".
3. Develop observational skills necessary to recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs.
4. Learn ways to help the person being cared for feel productive and valued.

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