If a loved one has dementia you might be worried about how they’ll cope during the festive season. Read our simple guide to help you make Christmas as enjoyable as possible – for everyone.

1. Have a plan
Taking a, ‘let’s see what happens’ approach

Don't miss your last opportunity this year to learn the difference between Normal and Not Normal Aging or learn more about the GEMS model of working with loved ones with dementia.  See more information here.

The GEMS Workshop

The workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s Dementia Abilities Model, the GEMS™. The GEMS™ model compares different stages of dementia to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavior changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the progressive effects of dementia. Understanding the GEM™ levels will lead to an adjustment of expectations, communication and hands on care to better meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals. The GEMS™ advocate that people living with dementia, when given just the right care in the right setting can still shine.

 

Normal and Not Normal Aging Workshop

This 2 hour workshop will help Learners recognize and understand “normal" and “not normal” aging. The Learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. The Learner will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people living with Dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person living with Dementia’s needs and retained abilities. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur as dementia progresses and how to promote a sense of control and self-direction in the person living with Dementia.

Don't miss your chance to get tickets online for the FREE Teepa Snow event on November 14th in Arden, NC! Mountain Home Care and Park Ridge Health have joined together in bringing Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading educators in the treatment of Dementia, to offer free presentations for our community. There are 2 sessions: a 
9-11 am seminar geared toward professional caregivers and a 1-3 pm seminar geared toward family caregivers.
Click here to get tickets!

GEMS Model of Dementia Abilities

Dementia Training
Date/Time: 10/26/2016, 8:45am - 11:45am
Contact Info: 828-684-6444

The workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s Dementia Abilities Model, the GEMS™. The GEMS™ model compares different stages of dementia to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavior changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the progressive effects of dementia. Understanding the GEM™ levels will lead to an adjustment of expectations, communication and hands on care to better meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals. The GEMS™ advocate that people living with dementia, when given just the right care in the right setting can still shine. See more information here.

Normal and Not Normal Aging Seminar

Dementia Training
Date/Time: 10/19/2016, 8:45am - 11:45am
Contact Info: Jean McGuire
828-684-6444
Email: jean@mountainhomecare.com

This 2 hour workshop will help Learners recognize and understand “normal" and “not normal” aging. The Learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. The Learner will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people living with Dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person living with Dementia’s needs and retained abilities. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur as dementia progresses and how to promote a sense of control and self-direction in the person living with Dementia. Click here for more info.