The Senior Gems, created by Senior Helpers, is based on the Gems™ techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care, which was created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. The Senior Gems is one way Senior Helpers ensures your loved one is in good hands. The Senior Gems is a classification system using gems to compare the different stages of dementia. The gems are used as a metaphor to define normal aging and the many appearances, behaviour changes, skill sets, and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes. The Senior Gems is also used to train and prepare caregivers to engage in activities that seniors at each stage of dementia can do. These gem categories, from Sapphires to Pearls, enable trained caregivers to assess, prepare, and engage with seniors who exhibit the symptoms of dementia.
Sapphires like to choose the activities in which they participate. They are still aware of their own interests and what they enjoy.
Diamonds like to feel competent and valued, and it is important for them to feel comfortable and in control.
Emeralds are most comfortable when doing familiar tasks. They like to engage, help others, and want to feel like they have a purpose.
Ambers like to manipulate, gather, and touch things. When thinking of an activity, think of things that would be sensory stimulating. They also enjoy what is familiar.
Rubies like rhythmic movements and actions and may be fascinated by watching others and checking things out. They like to pick up, hold, carry, rub, or grip things.
Pearls like pleasant sounds and familiar voices. They also like to feel warm and comfortable.