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Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care
Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2022 9:28 AM
Joined: 1/29/2022
Posts: 28

I have been watching her free series on Youtube and I have found her short videos really helpful as I care for my LO. 

Here is the video about Teepa Snow, who is an experienced educator of caregivers.

Hope you are all enjoying the moments that are precious and make each day we have with our LO worth the heartache of the in between moments.


Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2022 7:12 PM
Joined: 4/17/2018
Posts: 445

Ca I have been watching teepa snow videos for years , I go back and watch them over again as a refresher. The first skill I learned was to talk to my dw on her dominant side and make sure she's can see my face. The hand under hand is the second skill. I now sit on her dominant side and hold her hand with one under and one over. I do this everyday when we pray. I also am learning not to talk louder," she has hearing aides so I am breaking an old habit". It's not a hearing problem it's a cognition problem. I need to talk slower and clearer short and sweet. Thanks for posting about her and thanks for your encouraging words.
Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2022 11:10 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20707

Teepa has been a great help to caregivers. She goes hand in hand with Naomi Feil. Together they make our lives and the lives of our loved ones more understandable.
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Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:10 PM
Joined: 4/9/2021
Posts: 334

I mentioned Teepa Snow to the hospice CNA the other day when I was showing her a trick to getting his sleeves on. She’s going to check out her videos. 

I love the CNAs who come out, but boy they will strip him down and leave him cold while they are doing things. It definitely goes faster, but with much more resistance. I have started covering the parts they aren’t washing with a blanket and it goes much smoother. He hates to be cold and he is very private!

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2022 8:37 PM
Joined: 4/7/2019
Posts: 353

I'm kind of afraid to make this post and I hope I'm not offending anyone .... but here are my questions.

After reading so many good things about Teepa Snow here, I watched one of her videos. I literally recoiled as I watched it.  I found her incredibly abrasive, and I admit, I didn't even make it to the end.

Is it just me? Am I being too sensitive regarding her style? Did I just manage to watch a video that was a one-off? Are there any videos in particular that you'd recommend?

My sister Peggy is in late stage 6 now, and I feel like I need all the help I can get. Just because she's in memory care now doesn't mean I've thrown up my hands and turned everything over to staff.  I'm very present and active in her care, and I'm always looking for things that will help make me a better caregiver.


Posted: Monday, May 9, 2022 10:28 PM
Joined: 1/1/2021
Posts: 310

Gothic, I also find Teepa off-putting, but I've come to understand some of the value of what she does. Step one: I don't like her humor, but I recognize that some people do, and find her more relatable for it. She is able to reach a different audience than other teachers might. Step two: I don't like her exaggerated "smiley" approach to patients, but I have come to understand that at a point in dementia that approach really can make a positive difference.

So I watch Careblazers videos, but sometimes recommend Teepa to folks I think will like/benefit from her style more.

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:20 PM
Joined: 4/7/2019
Posts: 353

That makes a lot of sense, sandwichone123.  Thanks for that.  I'll probably give her another try.
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:21 PM
Joined: 5/9/2022
Posts: 35

Hi Gothic Gremlin.

I saw part of a clip from Teepa Snow. Yea, she's pretty assertive. As someone who had to do public speaking, I figured out that a lot of the times you have to read the audience and get a sense of what would keep their attention. Try another video. The two minutes I watched was very helpful and she is pretty funny. Believe in second chances my friend!

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11:49 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20707

Please try too see past the "presentation" and listen to the message. Both she and Naomi Feil are pretty much the base from which caregiver education sprang.
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:49 PM
Joined: 4/17/2018
Posts: 445

Gothic I had to try to understand Teepa sometimes dry attempts at humor. But like jfkoc look past the presentation. There are some really good things to learn. Others have spoke about care blazers and Naomi  Fiel I will have to check them out cause I need all the help I can give to my dw and that helps me.
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:57 PM
Joined: 4/7/2019
Posts: 353

I think that's what I have to do -- look past the presentation. I know she's got good information, and I know it's stuff I want to know.

I'm glad it's not just me, and I'm going to buck up and give her another try (or three).

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