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Hope Rediscovered: A story of success and happiness for a memory care resident living with dementia with help from Teepa Snow’s POSITIVE APPROACH™

Nancy became part of the Bethesda Memory Care family three years ago. A retired elementary school teacher, Nancy has always enjoyed children, and her grandchildren have held her heart from the beginning. The past three years, Nancy has adapted to her environment as she’s lived with dementia. Her family states that they have appreciated the staff and the ongoing work the community has done to adapt to the care Nancy needed. 

The Teepa Snow POSITIVE APPROACH™ is one tool the staff utilizes when guiding Nancy through her day. Understanding the visual fields of dementia and finding the line of vision that can best capture Nancy’s attention helps staff communicate with her. 

The team also implements the Hand–Under–Hand™ approach. This allows care managers to better assist Nancy while preserving her independenceShe has the freedom and ability to participate in tasks that she’s able to do, like, brushing her hair, eating, and playing music. 

“We chose The Gardens after visiting another option. We heard really glowing things about it from others, and found it to have a warm, homelike atmosphere. Our experience has been so positive! My mom has undergone very significant changes as a result of her Alzheimer's, since she has been at The Gardens. The staff has been nothing but wonderful as we have worked through her behavioral challenges. It is obvious that the staff care for her and make her feel loved, and she is well-cared for.” 

-Steph Ferney

Daughter of Memory Care Resident


In the coming weeks, each of our communities will be hosting Guiding Hands, an event introducing Teepa Snow's POSITIVE APPROACH™ — a progressive therapy for helping seniors and their families recognize the early signs and manage the challenges of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about dementia and memory change in the video below.