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[Dementia Care]Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Workshop Day

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Providence Care Hospital

752 King Street West

Kingston, ON K7M 9A7


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The purpose of this workshop is to apply evidence-based information to the care of adults who have dementia in order to improve care outcomes. The intended audience includes health care staff who work or come in contact with adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairments.

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A 7.5 hour-long Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) interactive workshop based on the work by Teepa Snow focusing on Normal Aging Versus Not Normal Aging, Positive Physical Approach and GEMS: Progressive Patterns


Workshop A: Compare and contrast Normal Aging versus Not Normal Aging. Participants will learn about the five sensory input processing systems of the brain and the major differences between the protective and discriminating sensations in each. Participants will take away an understanding of the impact of the changing sensory awareness and how its processed in the brain as dementia progresses.

Workshop B: Positive Physical Approach (PPA) builds upon skills learned in Workshop A with an emphasis on understanding vision changes and space awareness. Review of Hand-Under-Hand technique and learn how to apply it seven possible applications, uncluding task initiation and pain assessment.

Workshop C: Seeing GEMS As More than Just Loss: Progressive Patterns. This workshops offers an overview of Teepa Snow's dementia classification model. The GEMS model compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes.

NOTE: This workshop day may be video-recorded for training purposes.

Why should I take this workshop?

You will receive certification which you can add to your skills set and your resume. You will be building your own transferable skill set, both by taking the workshop, and by working with people who have dementia or other cognitive impairments. Not only will you be a more valuable employee, but a better-equipped health care provider with a deeper understanding of the needs and issues facing your clients

Will I received a certificate?

Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Participation for the 7.5 hour-long Positive Approach® to Care: Normal Aging Versus Not Normal Aging interactive workshop, Positive Physical Approach (PPA) with Hand-Under-Hand, and Seeing GEMS As More than Just Loss: Progressive Patterns'. Certificates will be emailed to participants within two weeks of completing the workshop.

What should I wear?

The workshop is 7.5 hours long and interactive, so plan to wear comfortable clothing.

Where in Providence Care Hospital is the workshop being held?

The Positive Approach® to Care workshops will be held in "Classrooms A & B" on the second floor at Providence Care Hospital. There will be wayfinding signage for the event.

Reception Services located just inside the front entrance can direct you if you require further assistance.

What are my parking options for the event?

Parking at Providence Care Hospital is on a ‘pay-on-exit’ gated system. There is one lot designated for patients, clients, visitors and volunteers, and one lot designated for staff.

Daily pay-on-exit
$2 for the first hour
$1 for every 30 minutes thereafter
$6 daily maximum (24 hour period)
No in/out privileges

Special Considerations: There will be a morning and afternoon break for approximately 15 minutes and one 30 minute break for nourishments about mid day. Please note, food and beverages are not provided, however there are on site options at the venue to purchase items.

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Providence Care Hospital

752 King Street West

Kingston, ON K7M 9A7


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