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About PAC Training

Your nursing home will select two staff members to become certified PAC educators - one as a PAC "Coach" and one as a PAC "Trainer."

  • Web -PAC-trainingThe PAC Trainer certification is designed for individuals who wish to train others in the PAC philosophy providing dementia-related awareness, knowledge and skill development in a classroom, support group or community setting.

  • The PAC Coach certification is designed for anyone who supervises caregivers or other team members providing direct care to people living with dementia, to help individuals move from aware and knowledgeable to actual uptake of practice and skill during day-to-day tasks.


What makes PAC Training different than other dementia education programs?

Most education models teach the WHAT of dementia including mostly facts and information.  PAC takes it a step further and teaches the HOW to live in relationship with a changing brain. Teepa's Snow's relational approach and hands on skill techniques offer the interpersonal skills needed to improve quality of life for everyone involved.

The Positive Approach® to Care philosophy encourages Care Partners to: 

  • Respond to a person's change in cognition and abilities in a way that is not hurtful or offensive 

  • Understand that, with practice, common "reactions" to the person with dementia can become thoughtful "responses" that improve quality of life for everyone involved 

  • Recognize that the person with dementia is "doing the best they can" and if something isn't working, it's the responsibility of the Care Partner to change their approach toward the person living with dementia as well as to discover what can be done differently to address the challenging situation

  • Be aware of environments surrounding a person with dementia and make changes as necessary

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