Teepa Snow created the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) when interacting with People Living with Dementia. She has created new ways to look at levels or stages of brain change within dementia–her “gems”–as well as new approaches to interacting with patients and facility care.
Teepa’s Gems represent different stages of brain change or different mentalities.
Sapphire Mind in Teepa Snow
The first gem, the Sapphire, represents the “True Blue” mind. It is a flexible mind and one that is ‘true blue’ or true to ones’ self. However, Teepa makes a point that even those with a Sapphire brain can slip into the next gem, Diamond, under stressful situations. With a step back and a new approach, this person can reach their Sapphire state again.
Diamond Mind in Teepa Snow
The Diamond mind is still clear, still sharp. Though now, it might be more rigid and set in its ways than the Sapphire. Opinions become stronger, and repetition and routine become more necessary. It is essential to respect this need for rigidity and not force your own rules on a Diamond. Work with them. Engage them with your own routines so you can be on the same page. And of course, remember that with stress you can slip into the same Diamond stage. Pay attention to your mental state, so you know when to take a step back.
Emerald Mind in Teepa Snow
The third gem is the Emerald. Emerald is a stone that is naturally flawed, though, of course, it is beautiful because of these flaws. An Emerald mind is one that considers itself active and independent, though it can lose track of details. To cover this, they may make up the details they have forgotten. There may be more of a focus on emotion or sensation than logic or reason.
Amber Mind in Teepa Snow
The Amber mind is a moment caught in time. They focus on the here and now, and immediate sensations. The Ruby, the next gem, has a strength of color and a strength of movement. As they lose their fine motor skills, they gain strength in their gross motor. They may move more often, but with less care. And finally, the Pearl is beauty hidden away within a shell. Motor skills are difficult to access, as are memories. But with patient, careful interaction, the Pearl mind will have recognition and moments of being them-self.
Positive Approach to Care
Teepa Snow takes these stages into account with all of her Positive Approach to Care training. She understands that most models of dementia focus more on what dementia is. They focus on statistics and levels and information. Teepa Snow and PAC turn their focus to the hows of care-how someone living with dementia can have a “relationship with a changing brain” and how a caretaker can better respond to and understand those living with dementia and their challenges.
Teepa Snow Training in Ohio with Psych360
Positive Approach is taught all around the country in a variety of methods. Psych360’s Renee Bowles, LPN, Clinical Field Specialist completed a PAC certification course. She now serves as a Positive Approach to Care Trainer, helping Psych360 to provide person-centered dementia training for front line staff in facilities. Psych360 is excited to offer continuing education units (CEUs) as part of the Positive Approach to Care training.
With Psych360’s interdisciplinary approach, we comprehensively work with your skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility to assure your patients are receiving the best care. With Renee Bowles’ PAC training, we can now offer new perspectives and educational opportunities.
Serving Ohio and Maryland, Psych360 is ready to offer psychiatric service to your long-term facility and assist in providing the best care to your patients.