Mountain Home Care is proud to serve as the first Positive Approach® to Care Dementia Resource Center, providing educational workshops, consulting services, and other educational resources to our clients and employees. All training and resources are based on the Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) philosophy and teachings of nationally renowned dementia educator Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. At Mountain Home Care, we have chosen to incorporate the Positive Approach® to Care philosophy into everything we do.
Positive Approach® to Care
The Positive Approach® philosophy encourages Caregivers to:
• Respond to a person's change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive.
• Understand that, with practice, common reactions to the person with dementia can become thoughtful responses that improve quality of life for everyone involved.
• Recognize that the person with dementia is doing the best they can and that if something isn't working, it's the responsibility of the Care Partner to change their approach and behaviors toward the person with dementia.
• Notice the environment surrounding a person with dementia and make changes as necessary.
A collection of symptoms including changes in memory, thinking and processing, behavior, personality, and emotions. Simply put, dementia is brain failure. As symptoms progress, they begin to interfere with daily functioning including dressing, eating, personal hygiene, socialization, and communication. Dementia is usually caused by degeneration in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts, memories, actions, and personality. Death of brain cells in this region leads to the cognitive impairments that characterize dementia.
Alzheimer’s is the common type of dementia. It is estimated that between 60% to 80% of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s.
Dementia Care Workshops
Mountain Home Care is proud to offer monthly workshops and training sessions to help loved ones and care givers better understand and cope with folks suffering from dementia.
We carry several of Teep Snow's DVD's at our office, click here for the ones currently in stock.