Visiting Angels Utilizes Specialized Training to Support Those Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia in Dallas, GA

Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Training Provides the Caregivers at Visiting Angels in Dallas with the Skills Needed to Care for those Suffering from the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease 

Visiting Angels of Powder Springs Staff with Teepa SnowRecently, the Visiting Angels nursing team went through Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC) so that they in turn can train the caregivers within the Visiting Angels system. The Teepa Snow approach hones in on spreading awareness about what it means to be living with dementia. Through the training, the Visiting Angels’ team has learned care partnering techniques including Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA) and Hand-under-Hand™ (HuH) guide and assistance. Teepa Snow's training is just one of the many specialty programs which are including in Visiting Angels' continuing education initiative for Alzheimer's and Dementia care. It is conducted to benefit both clients and caregivers, by making sure that we are providing excellent care along with continuity of care for each and every one of our clients. Pictured on the right is Visiting Angels of Powder Springs staff with Teepa Snow at her recent presentation in Clearwater, FL.  

The GEMS System 

The GEMS® system uses the names of precious gems — sapphire, diamond, emerald, amber, ruby and pearl — to rate the special abilities a person retains when dealing with the challenges of these diseases.  The GEMS® system helps caregivers better understand what those that have dementia are capable of, so that they are better equipped to provide them with the best care possible.

“People are precious and in the right setting can shine,” Teepa Snow shares. “We’re not losing the person; they’re still there but we need to modify our expectations and setting.”

Visiting Angels Dallas, GAAbout Alzheimer's Disease
Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and one in every nine Americans age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The terms Alzheimer's and Dementia are often used interchangeably. Many do not realize that Alzheimer's disease is actually a type of Dementia, which is a general term that refers to memory loss which interferes with a persons day-to-day life. Another common misconception is that Alzheimer's only affects seniors. However, according to the Alzheimer's Association, approximately 200,000 adults in the U.S. suffer from early-onset Alzheimer's and are under the age of 65. 

The Alzheimer's Care services provided by the compassionate team at Visiting Angels can help you manage caring for someone that is suffering from memory or other cognitive challenges. Contact our office today to speak to a care specialist about your specific situation and how we can help.  

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