A Better Approach to Memory Care

Teresa Youngstrom RN CDP

PAC Certified Independent Trainer

2019 CE Workshops

Approved for Nurses and Social Workers

Excellent education for everyone!

One Hour Workshops also Certified for CE Nurses and Social Workers:

“Confidence Instead of Chaos with Dementia”

Dementia can bring Chaos to a family that some never recover from. There are several techniques that every family needs to know in order to keep the peace and have Confidence in their care. There will be easy to understand facts surrounding Dementia, invaluable tools to help keep the peace and avoid Chaos. This interactive presentation will include Power point, real life stories and time for questions.

• “Competent Care with Neurodegenerative Diseases”

This clinical course will help Nurses and Social Workers develop a better understanding of the definitions and diagnoses associated with Neurodegenerative Diseases. We will analyze scientific facts surrounding Neurodegenerative Diseases and apply this new information to formulate the best plan of care. There will be several client case studies discussed in addition to a group activity focusing on the warning signs of these diseases. This workshop will critique several safety practices and the interventions required for this group of clients.

“Normal vs Not Normal Aging”

This workshop will help caregivers, family members and professionals understand and recognize some of the distinct differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging by initially sharpening their observation and assessment skills. This course includes hands-on training methods, power point and engaging personal stories to establish greater knowledge of Dementia.

There will be two physical dramatizations by Teresa, to allow the audience to formulate a mental picture of a normal brain managing a situation compared to a not normal brain managing the same situation. We 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 disease progression.

“Happy Holidays with Dementia”

This workshop analyzes the true value of holiday traditions with respect to those living with a neurodegenerative disease. We will examine the positive and potential negative challenges associated with holiday celebrations. There will be group discussion concerning the physical and emotional needs of a client living with one of the diseases associated with Dementia, in addition to the behaviors that can result from overstimulation.

We will also review case studies and personal examples of challenges in order to identify solutions, then elaborate on several methods to reduce stress and tools to cope with potential caregiver depression, guilt, and social isolation.

2 Hour Workshops also Certified for 2 CE’s Nurses and Social Workers:

Trademarked by Positive Approach to Care

Workshop A - “Normal Aging/ Not Normal Aging” (2 hour)

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 B – “Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand Under Hand™ (HUH)” (2 hour)

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 C - “Teepa’s GEMS™; Using Skills that Make a Difference” (2 hour)

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.

Additional 1 Hour Workshops available!

“Going Back on the Promise” 1 hour

Caring for an individual with with memory loss is one of the most demanding responsibilities a person can experience. The prognosis is depressing and the symptoms are ever changing. Family members frequently make commitments to provide total care for loved ones at home long before they understand the scope of their promises. Teresa can give you some tools to keep the peace and provide options to keep balance and sanity in your home. There is still Hope!

“Safety with Memory Loss” 1 hour

This workshop provides great information about what to think about when caring for someone with a changing brain. There are general home safety needs to consider such as cleaning products to secure, trip hazards to remove, in addition to care partners learning to recognize the decline in safety awareness in the PLwD.

We will discuss the pro’s and con’s to keeping a person with memory loss in their home environment. We also need to develop routines of good hygiene and nutrition while keeping the care partner safe and healthy too. You will go home with many ideas and notes on things to check or change in your home and in your routines.

We always allow time for questions.

Better Communication with Memory Loss” 1 hour

Memory Loss can really complicate family care giving, and many of these struggles are directly related to our styles of communication.  What should I say? Why did she react that way?  Help!  This can lead to frustration, arguments, damaged relationships and more when you don’t understand why they are reacting the way they do.

In this workshop we will review better ways to encourage PLwD to communicate. We will identify the do’s and don’ts on how we approach, converse, and reconcile situations as they occur. We will touch on skills like pacing, pausing, reflecting, in addition to the use of some wonderful techniques like “either or” and “circumlocution”.

This type of communication does not come naturally to us but can be learned when practiced. What wonderful tools you will find to help keep the peace and communicate much better with your loved one.

“Keeping the Peace with Dementia” 1 hour

People living with Dementia will go through many changes as this brain failure rolls on. It is unpredictable and startling at times. People living with Dementia will go through many changes as this brain failure rolls on. It is important to learn how to be part of the solution and not part of the problem when irritation and agitation arises in the mind of our patient or loved one.

In this one hour workshop we will:

* Review the symptoms of Dementia

*Learn how to become a detective instead of a judge

*Practice ways of responding to situations instead of reacting

*Provide you with a set of tools to identify agitation and assist you with helping them back to a happy place.

“Care Partner Support” 1 hour

Every day millions of people give unpaid care to loved ones with serious medical issues. Caring for a loved one with Dementia can be very challenging especially if you don’t understand this disease from the patient’s perspective. Care Partners routinely give and give and give to the point of destruction of their own health. This workshop will provide some healthy habits for those dedicated Care Partners.

We will explore why this type of care is so difficult then take an inventory of our skills and weaknesses so we can be the best Care Partner to ourselves and our loved one, while identifying the need for others to help. We will talk openly about the loss we feel when this disease attempts to steal our dreams. Then we will walk through the steps needed to properly grieve the situation and adopt some new habits to maintain or restore our peace in the midst of this journey.

Coming Soon!

“How to Provide Care When Physical Resistance is Present?”