Certified Assisted Living Staff
The Gardens Care Homes is proud of our staff. We strive daily to fulfill our Mission Statement (see below). Staff is trained with the Teepa Snow method which is taught by our owner/administrator who is a certified Teepa Snow Trainer. This method offers a positive, safe and individual approach to Dementia Care which many residents face today. Our home also offers many safety features that include immediate notification of a resident getting out of bed, if a resident has fallen, tracking behaviors, wandering behaviors, and sound/light notifications for door bells, phone ringing and other quick timely notifications. Our staff is offered health insurance to maintain health and wellness and improves the stability and quality of employees.
- Medication Management
- Help in/out of bed, walking
- Visiting physical therapist
- Daily management
- Personal care prompts
- Basic first aid and CPR
- Special Situations
- Showering Assistance
- Visiting Nurse Practitioner
- QMAP certification
Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with close to forty years of clinical educational experience and currently holds clinical appointments at Duke and University of North Carolina. Teepa has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, home care, hospice and community settings. She has taught at universities and colleges from associate degree to post-doctoral levels. Throughout her professional career, Teepa has worked closely with clinical researchers in geriatrics and has extensive experience in neurological care settings, working with people who have had head injuries, strokes, and other central nervous system failures. For many years, she served as the lead trainer and educational director for the Alzheimer’s Association in Eastern North Carolina. It is through this rich and diverse career, filled with opportunities and challenges, that Teepa has developed her knowledge and skill.
The Gardens Care Homes training
- To care for residents with dementia, we focus on the moment we are given and let go of what was, what should be, or how the senior should be acting. We adjust with the senior as the dementia progresses and meet them where they are with their cognitive and physical capabilities.
- Our staff has learned to respond to behaviors, not react. We will continue to refine this as we learn, in more depth, about the stages of Dementia.
- Teepa Snow classifies dementia into gem stages. Sapphire, Diamond, Emerald, Amber, Ruby, Pearl. Along with The Gardens staff knowing the stages, they will also refine what each stage needs to thrive with the senior’s vision changing, language adjustments, touching (helping dress and care) and motivating the senior to eat, shower and comply with basic needs being met.
- A major emphasis for seniors with dementia is to do “with” seniors, not “for” seniors. In other words, as much as the senior can do along with us will be beneficial to all seniors and help them still feel like they are in control of their life and body. We will use what we see, hear, feel, and experience with the person to guide our behavior for our seniors.
We build communities of love and support. This love and support includes residents, family members and employees. Service rests at the heart of our mission to provide the very best of care. At The Gardens Care Homes we honor one another above ourselves and serve wholeheartedly. We strive to raise the standard of residential assisted living, being the setting others strive toward and families embrace.