Chicago Alzheimer Care


The Positive Approach™ learning method and Custom Home Care

Our goal is to equip our staff and families with dementia related awareness and knowledge that will improve the day to day experiences and relationships of people living with dementia. As such, we have Grace Furio, Staffing Supervisor with Custom Home Care, on staff who has successfully completed a Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) Independent Trainer Certification program. This PAC Approved Independent trainer delivers dementia care workshops to our staff and external community. PAC philosophy and care partnering techniques including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-under-Hand™ serve as the foundation for all training content. Workshop content and materials were developed by internationally renowned dementia educator, Teepa Snow, MS,OTR/L, FAOTA.

The Positive Approach™ learning curriculum focuses on:

What are The GEMS™ ?

The GEMS™: Brain Change Model

The GEMS™ model created by Teepa Snow recognizes the dynamic nature of the human brain and its abilities. 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™ advocate that everyone living with brain change when given the opportunity will shine.

Download the PDF from Teepa Snow’s site to learn more about The GEMS™ model HERE