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Dementia Care: Using the GEMS States Model for Personal Care Tasks

presented by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Financial: Teepa Snow receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Teepa Snow has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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This course will help direct care providers and clinicians see beyond the inevitable losses that happen when someone develops and lives with dementia and focus instead on what is still possible when completing ADL tasks. In the course, we will focus on recognizing and making use of retained abilities, skills, and interests from the first signs of the condition until the end of the journey to complete self-care activities. By encouraging the use of a language that highlights the unique and valuable characteristics of each state of function, care partners can better respond to the altered capacity of the person who is changing. This new perspective will foster the development and use of effective strategies that match what is possible and what is needed to engage, interact, and encourage participation in self-care activities.

Meet Your Instructor

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Teepa Snow is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved. Her practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals…

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1. Seeing Dementia as More than Loss When Providing Assistance

This chapter will compare Global Deterioration Scale to GEMS State Model for providing support and care that match remaining abilities.

2. Building Your Skills for Care

This chapter will have learners identify the level being demonstrated through the use of symptoms and behaviors. This chapter will also highlight the impact of positive reinforcement for effort and engagement in the task.

3. Working with Sapphires and Diamonds

This chapter will demonstrate and discuss the progression of the disease using role play and symptom identification by GEM State, Sapphires & Diamonds. This chapter will also demonstrate and discuss the value of matching visual, verbal, and touch cues to the person’s demonstrated retained ability sets in task performance. Finally, the chapter will highlight the impact of positive reinforcement for effort and engagement in the task.

4. Working with Emeralds

This chapter will demonstrate and discuss the progression of the disease using role play and symptom identification of the Emeralds GEM State. This chapter will also demonstrate and discuss the value of matching visual, verbal, and touch cues to the person’s demonstrated retained ability sets in task performance. The chapter will highlight the impact of positive reinforcement for effort and engagement in the task.

5. Working with Ambers

This chapter will demonstrate and discuss the progression of the disease using role play and symptom identification for the GEM State of Amber. This chapter will also demonstrate and discuss the value of matching visual, verbal, and touch cues to the person's demonstrated retained ability sets in task performance.

6. Working with Rubies

This chapter will demonstrate and discuss the progression of the disease using role play and symptom identification for the GEM State of Rubies. The chapter will also demonstrate and discuss the value of matching visual, verbal, and touch cues to the person’s demonstrated retained ability sets in task performance. Finally, the chapter will highlight the impact of positive reinforcement for effort and engagement in the task.

7. Working with Pearls

This chapter will demonstrate and discuss the progression of the disease using role play and symptom identification for the GEM State of Pearl. This chapter will also demonstrate and discuss the value of matching visual, verbal, and touch cues to the person’ demonstrated retained ability sets in task performance. Finally, this chapter will highlight the impact of positive reinforcement for effort and engagement in the task.

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