Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative disease and is the most common form of dementia. What you may not know, is that Dementia is not a specific disease. It is actually a broad term used to describe a group of symptoms specific to changes occurring in the brain that lead to memory loss and other cognitive changes that are serious enough to interfere with a person’s daily activities.

If you are the carer for a person who has developed Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, caring for them can take a tremendous toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Because of the progressive nature of the disease, many families choose support and assistance of home care professionals like Senior Helpers. You can trust Senior Helpers to make your loved one’s life, and yours, much easier and more enjoyable because of the unique training and expertise of our staff.

We will work with you to create a flexible plan of support and care that will change as the person’s needs change. Our team has extensive training in providing the right level of individual care and support, while carefully monitoring everything from food intake to daily activities. Our goal is to create a positive environment and activities that focus on what the individual is still able to do, not what they can no longer do. We do this through our Senior Gems® program.

Senior Gems®

The Senior Gems®, created by Senior Helpers® is a method used to provide effective strategies for support and care for the individual for everything from normal ageing through late stage dementia. Through Senior Gems®, we are able to focus on what is precious and unique about each individual.

Changes take place as their disease progresses, but by taking a positive approach to care and using strategies that work, Senior Helpers can assist your loved one to live a purposeful life at home. The Senior Gems is based on the Gems®, techniques, strategies and overall approach to care that was developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC.

The Gems classification system allows trained Senior Helpers support staff to:

  • Identify the characteristics of different stages of dementia
  • Understand what a person can still do based on a gem level
  • Use specific strategies based on gem level to provide care
  • Create the best plan of care for the person long term.

Why Senior Gems®?

The Senior Gems® helps families and carers prepare and support those who are living with the changes of dementia. If your loved one is showing signs of dementia, you can benefit from the concepts and tips that the Senior Gems® provide.

How Senior Helpers Uses Senior Gems®

Senior Helpers work closely with renown dementia specialist Teepa Snow, OT/L of Positive Approach, LLC to create and prepare comprehensive training programs for Senior Helpers’ support staff. This ensures that each client receives the right care for their unique situation.

A sample plan for a person experiencing the changes related to dementia include activities that:

  • Encourage engagement in daily life
  • Create opportunities for social interaction
  • Stimulate the brain
  • Promote self-care

From hours of introductory learning to on-going training delivered both online and in person throughout the year, our support staff are prepared to help your loved one live comfortably and safely at home.

Senior Gems®

View our free, informative video, Your Guide to Supporting Family Members with Dementia, that can assist you in your efforts to help your family member with dementia.

View the Gems® Video.