Positive Approach to Care
Cheryl trained as a Teepa Snow Certified Consultant and Trainer in 2018. She uses Teepa’s philosophy of Positive Approach to Care alongside her 10 years of providing home care for seniors to help care partners care for aging parents.
"Until there's a cure, there's care" - Teepa Snow
Teepa Snow is a leading dementia care education specialist with over forty years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist. In 2005 she founded Positive Approach to Care (PAC), which is an approach to support and engage people experiencing changes in brain function.
The goal of PAC is to help families and care partners grow their dementia care awareness, knowledge and skill in order to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Teepa believes in and teaches others to focus on remaining abilities, rather than what has been lost. Recognizing that the person living with dementia is doing the best they can. Also believing, that if something isn't working, it's the responsibility of the care partner to change their behaviors toward the person with dementia.
While researchers continue to search for a cure, it's important to learn to better support those living with dementia.
“The GEMS model, from Teepa Snow, acknowledges that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment. Rather than focusing on the person’s loss when the brain is changing - we see individuals as precious, unique, capable and we encourage a care partnership. We focus on what people living with dementia can do and what makes them feel purposeful and happy.”
Cheryl Doyle - Champion of People Living Well with Dementia