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.
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.