We Offer Comfort And Skill To Those Living With Dementia

We Offer Comfort And Skill To Those Living With Dementia

Laura Lavoie, our director of Life Enrichment and a certified Positive Approach to Care™ trainer

Glenmeadow Director of Life Enrichment Laura Lavoie

The challenge: With over half of those we serve experiencing some degree of cognitive decline—and with dementia on the rise in general—we are seeing more people, family members, and skilled caretakers seeking additional resources and knowledge in dementia care.

Our assist: We have committed to enhancing the care we provide to meet the needs of all Glenmeadow residents and Glenmeadow at Home clients, and we also have a mission to educate community members about dementia. Toward this end, we have trained nearly all of our staff members in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care™ techniques. In 2019, Laura led multiple trainings for staff, and the techniques and practices are now being used with our residents.

The result: Our residents report improved moods after classes and programs in which the techniques are used. What is significant is that we are training our staff how to do with and not to people when assisting them. Laura says this distinction is the difference between empowerment and dependence. “We are helping people eat, rather than feeding them. We are helping them get ready for the day ahead, rather than dressing them,” Laura says. The PAC trainings and integration of new techniques are only one part of our multi-faceted efforts to improve dementia care. We have also added new and innovative programs and services, including a monthly support group and a Memory Café for residents and community members alike.

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