Teepa Snow TrainingPlymouth Harbor prides itself in being a leader in so many ways, so it should not be surprising that as steps are being taken to develop expanded assisted living and memory care, we are stepping out further than most.

We’ve already begun to increase the level of intensive instruction for all clinical staff so that they are adept at interacting with and providing the best of care for residents with dementia.  At Plymouth Harbor our goal is even larger.  We are committed to providing some level of training to all staff  in all departments, to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of residents with any stage of dementia and to build confidence in how to help each individual feel secure.

Plymouth Harbor has adopted the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) to accomplish this goal.  This model was created by the renowned Teepa Snow and widely recognized as the highest standard of care for those with all forms of dementia.  A wide range of residents, staff, and board members had an opportunity to learn from Teepa first hand during her visit to Plymouth Harbor in January.

After intensive training, Plymouth Harbor staff member, Brandi Burgess, BA, SW, was awarded national certification as a PAC trainer. She will be passing on her in-depth knowledge and experience as the facilitator of all training sessions here at Plymouth Harbor.

There will be twelve training sessions encompassing three levels of instruction.  The level of instruction will vary based on job assignment and the level of interaction with residents.  The first sessions took place on March 4th and March 18th, and included 24 clinical staff members.  The first round of training will continue through June 17, 2015 until all staff have participated.  Training will be offered on an annual basis to refresh skills at various levels of instruction.  In addition, an introduction to PAC will be provided during new staff orientation.

The experiential learning process consists of an adept blending of lecture, discussion, hands on practice, and hand-picked videos to provide information about the physical impact of progressive dementia.  More than once during training, various staff voiced, “so that’s why…”, as they picked up aha! moments and reflected how it applied to the residents with whom they work.

The first session was very well received and those present were anxious to begin using what they had learned!