Teepa Snow demos Hand Under Hand™ dementia care to connect, comfort and “control”


Teepa Snow demos hand under hand
Dementia care pioneer Teepa Snow
has developed a simple technique that anyone (i.e you and me) can easily learn and use to help connect with as well as comfort a person with dementia.

Using the technique, which Snow calls “Hand Under Hand™,” can also help dementia care partners “take control” of situations before they get out of hand. (Pun intended!)

It’s also important and helpful to position yourself below the eye level of the person with dementia. If you do only these two simple things (get down and use Hand Under Hand™), life will be much easier on everyone. Guaranteed.

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Remember: the purpose is to control the situation, not the person. Dementia care partners are in the process together: always do whatever you can to respect the independence, rights and dignity of the person with dementia.

In the video below, Snow demonstrates how to used Hand Under Hand™ as part of the process of helping someone to bathe.

But Hand Under Hand™ can be used in multiple ways: to help someone to eat, to walk, or even to calm down in a crisis.

I learned this technique in early 2015 when I began the process of becoming a PAC Certified Trainer.  I know it works  because I use it myself. I only wish it had been part of my tool kit from the start. I chose not to recertify with PAC in 2016, but I’m still a huge Teepa fan and embrace all of her techniques.



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More Teepa Snow on MyAlzheimersStory

10+ Teepa Snow videos on the basics of dementia care

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    • Thanks Rena – I really appreciate your support. I have another Teepa post coming up next week that will be super helpful for many care partners. Her principles are simple, and yet they can really work magic. Anyone can implement what she teaches. I wish I had found her years ago. On the plus side, I can use my more difficult experiences to be more empathetic with others who are going through the same thing, and hopefully help them to have an easier time of it. That’s the plan anyway.

      I know you’re doing the same thing with your blog http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/

      Thanks again for your support and I’m so grateful that Mike Good of http://togetherinthis.com/ introduced us.

      More voices for positive change will mean a brighter future for people with dementia <3

  1. Teepa Snow is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for helping me on this journey. In your spare time, check out my book Mashed Potatoes in My Salad: An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Memoir. It’s good to know this battle has many advocates. You are amazing.

    • Thanks Eunice. And yes, more and more advocates are making their voices heard. We really need to change the way people perceive this disease and the people who have it, not to mention the way they are treated.

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