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CHANGING MINDS

DEMENTIA CARE EDUCATION SPECIALISTS

 
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ABOUT CHANGING MINDS

WITH OVER 70 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE TO PERSONS LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARE PARTNERS, WE SERVE KANSAS AND THE SURROUNDING STATES PROVIDING NATIONALLY ACCREDITED INTERACTIVE DEMENTIA CARE EDUCATION

WE ARE ABLE TO COME TO YOU FOR TRAINING

WE NOW OFFER ONLINE TRAINING VIA ZOOM 

ALLOW US TO BE A GUIDING LIGHT THROUGHOUT YOUR DEMENTIA CARE JOURNEY

 

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS INCLUDE LECTURE, ROLE PLAY, HANDS ON PRACTICE AND DISCUSSION OF INFORMATION AND POTENTIAL SITUATIONS. HANDOUTS AND GEMS POSTERS ARE PROVIDED PRIOR TO TRAINING TO REINFORCE CONTENT AND A CHANGING MINDS MENTOR WILL BE AVAILABLE SHOULD QUESTIONS ARISE IN THE FUTURE!

*All workshops are facilitated by a Certified Positive Approach To Care Trainer*

 

WORKSHOP A

NORMAL VS. NOT NORMAL AGING 

CONTRASTS NORMAL VS. NOT NORMAL AGING

Length of workshop 2 hours

This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the difference 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 Objectives:

     1. Compare and contrast "normal" aging versus "not normal" aging related to various cognitive functions.

     2. Describe the five sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major    

         differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.

     3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.

 

Methods of teaching:

The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, power point presentation and role playing may be used throughout the session. 

WORKSHOP B
POSITIVE PHYSICAL APPROACH AND HAND UNDER HAND ASSISTANCE
Length of workshop 2 to 3 hours

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 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 Objectives:
   1. Apply Positive Physical Approach (PPA) and Hand Under Hand (HUH) in everyday situations.
   2. Describe the importance of doing "with", not "to".
   3. Demonstrate observational skills necessary to  recognize and address unmet emotional and physical needs.
   4. Describe and demonstrate ways to help the person being care for feel productive and valued.

Methods of teaching: 
The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, power point presentation, and role-play may be used throughout the session.

WORKSHOP C
GEMS! Using Skills That Make a Difference
Length of workshop 1 to 1.5 hours

The GEMS workshop offers an overview of 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 many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with 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 to and provided with just the right care and setting, can still shine!

Workshop Objectives:
   1. Discuss normal aging and stages of dementia, and the correlating GEM for each.
   2. Use the GEMS to facilitate positive, supportive communication between the care giver and the person being cared for.
   3. Analyze and respond to unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses. 
   4. Describe effective combinations of multi-model helping techniques, emphasizing use of preserved abilities.

Methods of teaching:
The workshop includes a combination of lecture, discussion, role-play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. Video training, handouts, power point presentation may be used throughout the session. 




ALL WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED FOR FAMILY OR PROFESSIONAL CARE PARTNERS
 
 
 

      CALL US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TRAINING!        DAWN HASKELL-DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT   
         316-259-8810  dawn.changingminds@gmail.com