In this session, we will explore various examples of the “I want to go home!” statement/request from someone living with dementia. Some variations will be based on what degree of dementia the person is experiencing at that time. Other possibilities are related to environmental features and long-term patterns that relate to the dementia patient's past. The major focus of the session, however, will be responses and modifications that have greater probabilities of success and distress reduction.
Teepa is an Occupational Therapist and a Dementia Care Education Specialist. She has over 40 years of clinical experience in the field of geriatrics and dementia care, as well as having provided care to family members and friends with dementing illnesses. Currently, she operates an international training and consulting company, Positive Approach to Care®, as well as having clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing & UNC-CH School of Medicine.