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“I Want to Go Home!” Exploring Messages From Someone Living With Dementia

Thursday, July 22, 2021
1 hour

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.


  • Recognize the brain state abilities, changes, and losses that are being demonstrated by the person making the statement/request.
  • Identify at least four environmental factors and life-story factors that are probably contributing to the statement-request in a given situation.
  • Compare helpful and not-so-helpful care provider responses to determine at least three that have a higher probability of success and distress resolution when used by personnel in the situation.

Teepa Snow

Owner & Trainer
Positive Approach to Care®

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.