At The Kensington Sierra Madre, we understand that each of our residents has their own specific care needs, expectations, and personalities.
This is why we were the first community to be PAC-certified in the State of California.
We have applied Teepa Snow’s methods of dementia care to our training to ensure that our residents receive the best support and care available.
Using the Positive Approach to Care methods, we can help our residents maintain their independence while we support their overall well-being and quality of life.
If you’re looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career, you may be interested in The Kensington Sierra Madre, where we work hard to make a positive difference in the lives of our residents.
Learn more about the Positive Approach to Care, Teepa Snow and her methods of dementia care, the hand-over-hand technique, and the benefits of working in senior living and joining our team.
What is the Positive Approach to Care?
A Positive Approach to Care is a way of providing care and support to seniors that focuses on their strengths, abilities, and positive aspects of their lives.
It involves taking a proactive and empowering approach to care rather than a reactive approach.
It’s understanding that each individual is unique and has different care needs, making a Positive Approach to Care also a person-centered approach.
The Positive Approach to Care aims to help seniors maintain their independence and autonomy and support their overall well-being and quality of life.
This may involve helping seniors to set and achieve goals, encouraging them, and providing them with opportunities to engage in life-enrichment activities that are meaningful to them.
Each of our residents at The Kensington Sierra Madre has unique needs, so their care and support should be tailored to meet those needs in a respectful, empowering, and responsive way.
Who is Teepa Snow?
Teepa Snow is a dementia care expert dedicated to helping individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
She is the founder and owner of Positive Approach, LLC, a company that provides training, consulting, and resources for dementia care.
Teepa Snow has over 35 years of experience and has worked as a social worker, therapist, and geriatric care manager.
She is most known for her innovative approach to dementia care that centers on the patient, and emphasizes the importance of understanding the unique needs and experiences of individuals with dementia.
Snow is also a highly sought-after speaker and has presented at conferences and workshops on dementia care.
Her methods and techniques are an integral part of our Alzheimer’s care and dementia care.
Why Teepa Snow’s methods of dementia care so important to training at The Kensington Sierra Madre
Teepa Snow’s methods are essential to our training because they provide a framework for providing care and support to individuals with dementia that is responsive to our resident’s needs.
The Positive Approach to Care helps our residents and their families see the person living with dementia, and not just their memory disease and symptoms.
We became the first PAC-designated senior living community in California after learning about PAC and how valuable its therapeutic and compassionate approaches are to our resident’s overall health and well-being.
What is the hand-over-hand technique?
The hand-over-hand technique is an accepted method of physical assistance for a senior to perform a task by placing one’s own hand over the senior’s hand and guiding them through the steps of a task.
Hand-over-hand assistance can be used to help seniors with a range of tasks, including self-care activities such as grooming, dressing, and eating, as well as life-enrichment activities.
It can effectively provide support and assistance to seniors with physical or cognitive impairments while allowing them to retain as much independence and autonomy as possible.
When using the hand-over-hand method, it’s essential to ensure that the senior’s hand is positioned comfortably and naturally and to provide encouragement and support as needed.
You should also be mindful of a senior’s personal boundaries and respect their right to dignity.
The benefits of working in senior living and at The Kensington Sierra Madre
Working at a senior living community can be a rewarding and fulfilling career choice, with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults.
You’ll also be working in a supportive and collaborative work environment, as many senior living communities include a team of healthcare professionals working together to provide the best possible care and support to residents.
It can also be easier to juggle your work life and personal life when you work at a senior living community than if you chose a hospital-type setting.
The Kensington Sierra Madre offers flexible work schedules to help you tend to your families and other personal commitments.
Working at a senior living community can allow you to learn and develop new skills and knowledge in the field of aging and gerontology.
The Kensington Sierra Madre—where the team feels like family
Our Promise is to love and care for our residents and our team as we do our own family, which is why we offer the best services and benefits.
To ensure our team can maintain this promise we set them up for success with continuing education.
If you’re interested in working for a company that changes the lives of older adults, works together, feels like family, and takes pride in being life-long learners, apply for one of our full-time or part-time positions.
We offer our team members the following benefits:
- Competitive salaries
- Life, health, 401K, and other benefits starting at 30 hrs/wk
- Generous paid time off
- Employee assistance program
- Complimentary lunches and dinners
- Ongoing training opportunities