Professional Services

DementiAgility Transforming Dementia Care, Elevating Lives

At DementiAgility, we empathize with the challenges that individuals, care partners, and healthcare professionals face when navigating the world of dementia care. We also acknowledge that providing the right education is key to employee retention and providing the right care at the right time to differentiate your community from all the others.

Our philosophy is based on Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care® as well as the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Whether you chose the Certified Dementia Practitioner® course, or PAC Champion courses, you are choosing to elevate your level of knowledge and care.

Karen Straw, the driving force behind DementiAgility, is not only a highly certified and experienced professional but also the only PAC™ Certified Community Member from Utah County to North Las Vegas.

Our Professional Services

CoACHING

Skill Refinement: Our coaching services are designed to help you and your team refine specific caregiving skills. Whether it’s communication, problem-solving, or hands-on care techniques, our coaches guide you through skill development and improvement.

One-on-One Guidance: Through one-on-one coaching sessions, to improve HUH™, PPA™ and GEMS® knowledge with ongoing support, you’ll receive personalized guidance to enhance your caregiving abilities.

This is for Professionals: $150.00 per hour

Travel and incidents are billed for services provided outside of the State of Utah in accordance with the GSA.gov guidelines.  Currently this is $157/day for meals and hotel costs and $0.68/mile for travel.  Airfare is passed on directly to customer for billing.

There is no travel charge for communities within Washington County or Iron County Utah.

Education

Travel and incidents are billed for services provided outside of the State of Utah in accordance with the GSA.gov guidelines.  Currently this is $157/day for meals and hotel costs and $0.68/mile for travel.  Airfare is passed on directly to customer for billing.

There is no travel charge for communities within Washington County or Iron County Utah.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Course:

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Course provides participants with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s dementia. Through this course, you’ll not only gain knowledge but also practical caregiving skills. You’ll learn effective communication techniques, and problem-solving strategies, that are vital for providing exceptional care to individuals with dementia. Certification: Upon completion of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for the title Certified Dementia Practitioner®or Volunteer, reinforcing your expertise in dementia care. This curriculum is provided by the National Council of Certified Dementia™  Practitioners.

Cost $150.00 per person.  Student handbooks are available at additional cost: Hardcopy: $50.00 / Digital: $40.00

(Corporate rates available for more than 10 participants)

Champion Courses:

Our Champion Courses are designed to empower Care Partner and healthcare professionals with a holistic approach to dementia care. These courses cover a wide range of techniques, including Positive Approach®, Positive Approach to Care®, PAC™, GEMS®, Hand-under-Hand® (HuH™), and Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA™). Hands-On Learning: Participants engage in hands-on learning experiences that simulate real-world caregiving situations. These courses foster practical skills development and promote confidence in delivering person-centered care. This set of courses teach the skills to enhance interactions for people living with Dementia. These courses are based on Teepa Snow’s programs and have made a positive impact in the world of dementia care. Class size limit is 10 individuals.

Champion 1: Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA™): Learn to make interactions more positive for all.

Champion 2: Hand-under-Hand® (HuH®): Begin to appreciate the use of touch to close the loop on communication.

Champion 3: Adapt your approach for the different GEMS® States.

Champion 4: GEMS® State Recognition: Notice what skills remain at each step of this journey.

This is for Professionals or Care Partners

2.5 hours each workshop – 10 hours total – 30 min video instruction prior to each class

Champion 1: Positive Physical Approach™ to improve connections, relationships, and task completion.

Skills based, hands on introduction to the Positive Physical Approach™. Learn what this approach is, and receive hands-on skill building to connect and build a relationship before beginning tasks such as daily cares. Understand how using visual, verbal, and touch cues can improve interactions and reduce challenging situations. Learn modifications that can reduce distress, encourage acceptance of assistance, and improve outcomes for both people living with dementia and providers. Discussion of what abilities are retained and how you can support them. Instruction on getting into Hand-under-Hand® (HuH®) from a handshake as a form of getting permission to touch someone will be taught and practiced.

This is for Professionals or Care Partners

2.5 hour workshop 

$375.00 per class

Champion 2 Hand-under-Hand® (HuH®):

Adapt your Positive Physical Approach™ to more situations and GEMS® States. We will practice the Hand-under-Hand® guidance and support method. Gain greater awareness and knowledge about how to support your partner instead of doing things for them or doing things to them, in order for the person living with dementia to maintain their own skills. Learners will observe and practice adapting the steps of Positive Physical Approach ™ (PPATM) with someone who is sleeping or not accepting of a handshake.

This is for Professionals or Care Partners

2.5 hour workshop 

$375.00 per class

 

Champion 3 Adaptation of Positive Physical Approach™ based on GEMS® States

Champion 3 Adaptation of Positive Physical Approach™ based on GEMS® States Apply skills while observing and practicing being flexible and in a Sapphire GEMS® State to skillfully adapt the steps of Positive Physical Approach™ (PPATM) for each of the GEMS® States from early to late-state dementia. These GEMS® are Diamond, Emerald, Amber, Ruby, and Pearl and are demonstrated by Teepa in video along with hands on practice.

This is for Professionals or Care Partners

2.5 hour workshop 

$375.00 per class

Champion 4 Deep Dive into Teepa Snow’s GEMS® States of Dementia.

This session, like the others, is highly interactive. We will develop skills to observe and recognize a person’s GEMS® State as well as practice their observational skills to recognize and interact effectively when brain change occurs. Fine-tuning of the Positive Physical Approach™ and assessing an individual’s cognitive level and personal preferences will be practiced. We will learn to identify the characteristics and what it means to be living in the world with changes in cognitive and physical abilities. Following the class, we will gain the ability to see every individual as precious, unique, and capable GEMS® that deserve a partner in care.

This is for Professionals or Care Partners

2.5 hour workshop 

$375.00 per class

PAC™ Workshop series

PAC™ Typical vs Atypical Aging 

 

This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in typical and atypical aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and the ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop will also address typical changes that happen in the early, middle, and late stages of the condition including the final care concerns.

 This is a professional workshop 2-hour workshop 

$300.00 per class

PAC™ Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand-Under-Hand ®   

 

This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in normal and not normal aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and the ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop will also address typical changes that happen in the early, middle, and late stages of the condition including the final care concerns.

This is a professional workshop 2-hour workshop 

$300.00 per class

PAC™ GEMS ® – Seeing more than loss   

This workshop helps learners understand the GEMS ® Model developed by Teepa Snow. This model is based on the Allen cognitive scale and focuses on what is retained for people living with dementia instead of only focusing on what is lost. In identifying retained skills and abilities, learners will be able to provide the right level of support and assistance in care with people in different ability states. By understanding GEMS ® States, we can learn to provide the best care and setting so that everyone can shine.

This is a professional workshop 2-hour workshop 

$300.00 per class

All 3 Workshops can be taught in a single day for a total of 6 hours of training. Cost is $900.00/day

professional growth

DementiAgility offers a customized education courses to meet the needs of your staff. If you would like to have a specialized topic at a staff meeting or have a bundle of classes from above, we can provide the right plan for your company and team.

Staff meetings and in-services

Are you looking for a quick monthly inservice topic to energize staff and teach something new? We have many topics we can present to your team, including:

  • Communication and Dementia
  • Handling difficult behaviors in Dementia
  • Oral Health for Dementia Care
  • Benefits of music and reminiscing
  • Disaster preparedness for home care and hospice staff
  • Travel guidelines for people living with Dementia
  • And many more

Cost: $150.00/hour

Healthcare Bundle Package

We can combine education courses, consulting services, and personalized coaching to empower your team in the field of dementia care. DementiAgility’s comprehensive approach ensures you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best care and support to those living with dementia. With a commitment to excellence, our integrated program nurtures professional development and enhances the quality of care provided.

Reach out to DementiAgility today with a customized course offering that aligns with your specific goals and aspirations in the world of dementia care.

Helping You Navigate the Dementia Journey

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