WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce that nationally recognized dementia care-giving experts Teepa Snow and Melanie Bunn will be leading three, one-day seminars in August.
This session is designed to help staff better understand why the person they are trying to help may exhibit what is commonly called “difficult” or “challenging behaviors”. In other words, the person living with dementia is acting and talking in ways that are creating challenges and frustrations for the care provider or present physical or psychological risks to someone.
The seminars will be held at the following dates, times and locations:
Frequently these changes in ‘behavior’ make care assistance problematic or even impossible to deliver, especially in traditional settings using traditional care techniques and expectations. The first part of the session focus on understanding these ‘behaviors’ as attempts to express unmet needs or efforts to communicate while living with dementia. The next part of session will focus on looking beyond the disease to look for other possible factors that may be causing or contributing to the challenging behavior.
Key factors such as: life-long personality traits and life experiences and preferences, environmental conditions and cues, other medical, sensory, or psychological conditions, the structure and flow of the day, and caregiver skills and approaches will be discussed with some selected examples demonstrated and provided. Finally a problem-solving approach will be presented to help learners INVESTIGATE and UNDERSTAND the BEHAVIOR from the person living with dementia’s perspective so we can use specific and targeted care approaches to reduce the intensity, frequency, or occurrence of challenges.
You won’t want to miss one of these sessions…