Assisting Hands Home Care serving Columbus, OH is proud of our record of serving clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We have embraced dementia educator Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC). Our staff includes Jessica Poirier, a Nurse Care Manager and PAC Certified trainer, and our Regional Director Kate Race, soon to be a PAC Certified trainer with 14 years of Memory Care management experience. We’ve spent thousands of hours investing in training for our caregivers as well. Eighteen months ago, we began offering this important training for communities, health professionals, and families, with many accolades. With the current pandemic, we are expanding our remote services offering.
TODAY WE ANNOUNCE THE AVAILABILITY OF ONE HOUR VIRTUAL TRAINING
OR SOCIALLY-DISTANCED IN-PERSON TRAINING FOR SENIOR COMMUNITIES.
The best aspect of this training is that it is TAILORED to your specific areas of development for your staff. Tell us your pain and we will help address it. Below are a few examples:
- Resistance to bathing/grooming
- Interrupted or excessive sleep
- Difficulty with eating
- Fall risks
- Refusal of care
- ALSO: You may choose a topic of importance to your team
This is an hour of intensive training that will give your staff tools they can immediately put to work, yielding the highest impact for your residents. Your team members will come away with a better understanding of what is happening with these brain diseases, and they will learn practical steps they can take to make your Community more peaceful and enjoyable for everyone.
Learn more about your amazing trainers:
Kate Race, Assisting Hands Home Care Regional Director, is Kentucky born and bred with 20 years’ experience in care for seniors and their families. Her grandfathers were her inspiration – when she was 17, she moved in with one of her grandfathers to be his caregiver while also supporting family members managing care for her other grandfather with dementia.
Understandably, dementia care and education are a personal passion, and she spent 13 years out of her 18-year career at Atria Summit Hills Senior Living running their Memory Care unit, where she managed a staff of 22.
Kate loves working with caregivers, clients, and family members to help facilitate the best possible relationship and the highest quality care. Her passion is not confined to the workplace – about a decade ago, she began volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently enjoys running two of their support groups. Her goal is to use real-life experiences in her teaching and training so the content is relatable for students.
Kate’s mornings begin with a CrossFit workout and her days end enjoying the beautiful Bluegrass State. She also enjoys making handmade cards and gifts to share with family and friends.
Jessica Poirier, Assisting Hands Home Care Nurse Care Manager and Trainer, has a wealth of experience after spending 11 years working in hospice care, where she cared for the terminally ill in one-on-one situations, educated and supported families, and managed staff scheduling needs.
Jessica first became interested in dementia as a teenager, when her great-grandmother was living with her family. She couldn’t figure out why Nana would often think people were shining lights at her at night, the repetition of questions she’d ask, or why she didn’t recall Jessica’s name after knowing her for so many years.
As a registered nurse, Jessica has worked hand-in-hand with people at various stages of dementia. It’s sparked quite a fascination within her, a burning desire to find better ways to help others. She hopes to offer concrete basics to her students, along with helpful hints to keep them on the right track as they navigate this road with those living with brain changes.
She is a Certified Independent PAC Trainer and presently works as a nurse care manager, where she supervises caregivers in the daily activities of their clients. Jessica’s smile and compassion create a very inviting approach allowing her to give clients choices and control while maintaining dignity and allowing them to remain in their home environment.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and many pets, cooking, singing, camping, and making memories.