Dementia-care expert Teepa Snow (teepasnow.com) created a unique way of understanding and talking about stages of dementia. We commonly hear statements like "my mother has late-stage dementia," but what does that mean? Most of the medical community uses this language about "stages" to describe the severity of a patient's dementia symptoms, but perhaps there's a better--more specific and more positive--way to discuss our loved ones living with dementia and the challenges they face as the disease progresses.
In this webinar, Gia Barsell, Manager of Dementia Services at Hope Hospice, will teach you about Teepa's GEMs. Unlike other cognitive models, it acknowledges that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment. Modifying environments, situations, interactions, and expectations will create either supportive positive opportunities or result in distress and a sense of failure. Just as gemstones need different settings and care to show their best characteristics, so do people. Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when there is brain change, seeing individuals as precious, unique, and capable encourages a care partnership and is the core of this model. Providing supportive settings for everyone, including care providers, allows them to use what they have to be their best. The GEMS State Model advocates that everyone living with brain change will shine when given the opportunity.