Visual, verbal and physical interaction skills to optimize engagement in meals and hydration programs
Interventions to support meals and drinks that provide pleasure and interest while minimizing risk and optimizing nourishment and hydration
Powerful ways to address concerns and reach consensus regarding late life care and end of life support when eating and drinking are becoming no longer safe or desired
Join world renowned dementia expert and author, Teepa L. Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, for this engaging workshop as you explore the depth and breadth of change that various forms of dementia have on the person’s interest in and ability to consume food and drink—for enjoyment and survival. During this highly interactive workshop, you will learn the skills necessary to design and implement programs that serve your client to optimize remaining abilities and capacities while respecting and acknowledging the limitations that this neurodegenerative condition ultimately has on the person.
Drawing on over 30 years of clinical experience and research with dementia, Teepa will teach you practical and useful strategies and techniques to maximize functional performance, engagement and safety. You will walk away with screening and assessment maneuvers, environmental and programming modifications, ability-based cueing and assistance from first symptoms to end of the life considerations, and will immediately be able to make a positive and valuable difference in the lives of people living with dementia whether—
guiding in food and drink preparation during early stage situations
fostering item selection and supported intake in mid-stages
offering moisture and tastes for sensory satisfaction only at life’s end