Teepa Snow and PAC™
Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user-friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care.
Many people view the Peacock as a showy bird and one that is preening, but in fact, the peacock is a guardian and protector for all within a domain. Peacocks have been used as watchful defenders of what is important for centuries. The peacock at rest looks like nothing special. However, when roused, allows others to see a full array of colours presenting a high profile to help others recognize that causing harm within that space is not permitted.
When it comes to providing support and care for someone who is living with a changing brain, Teepa is firmly committed to helping all see that it is NOT ok to take over, to demand compliance, to ignore dangerous situations, to use habits that are no longer effective, or to allow an agenda to come between those who care for one another. The Positive Approach® feather serves as a symbol of just right care. The beautiful peacock feather is ever-changing in its appearance, just as a brain affected by dementia can change from one instant to the next.
In many cultures, the Peacock represents admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colors. Teepa believes the path of dementia exposes the true colors of everyone involved.