Living with Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Teepa L. Snow

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Limited Time Only! This webinar is only available for viewing until Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

An evaluation and certificate of completion are also available.


The goal of maintaining a six-foot social distancing boundary among People Living with Dementia (PLwD) housed in a setting designed for congregate living and social integration is simply not logical, reasonable, or achievable. To support both the health care providers choosing to provide care and the individuals who are housed in these settings, something more and different is needed. This webinar highlights different, person-centered working practices and routines to optimize the well-being of all involved, given the impossibility of following isolation guidelines without causing potentially irreparable harm to individuals and their relationship with those providing the only human contact they will be receiving in this situation. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Assist program leaders and staff in identifying ability levels and needs for those within the care setting and determine who will be able to adhere to the social distancing protocol and who will require alternate care provision
  • Provide care staff with techniques to interact within intimate space and intimate care tasks with reasonable protection while actively engaging the PLwD in a friendly and supportive manner
  • Provide care staff with environmental modifications that balance the need of PLwD to follow routines and rituals with efforts to minimize shared contact with common surfaces/objects, with practices that minimize cross-contamination potential
  • Offer gathering plans and actions that provide meaningful and energizing social opportunities and connections in 1:1, small groups, and larger groups while minimizing potential for COVID-19 transmission (given the current known patterns) among staff and PLwD
  • Provide program leaders and staff with effective and accurate language and rationale to share with families and authorities


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine whether PLwD will be able to adhere to social distancing expectations without experiencing significant losses in quality of life and inability to appreciate the value of the containment efforts
  2. Identify at least three physical positioning strategies that provide human connections and humane care while minimizing risks of transmission of COVID-19
  3. Identify at least three physical positioning strategies that provide human connections and humane care while minimizing risks of transmission of COVID-19
  4. Use some simple guidelines to promote mobility, interactivity, well-being, and sustain existing abilities of each PLwD during this pandemic while reducing the risks for transmission among individuals in the setting (including staff)


This program is appropriate for all who work in nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.


Teepa L. Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA 

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Registration Fee……………………….. $55 per individual

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