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Dan Torrence
Dementia Care Consultant PDX

Helping those living with dementia find joy in everyday life!


What does a Positive Approach to Care® Certified Independent Consultant do?

Per the Positive Approach to Care® website, the role of the dementia care consultant is as follows:

  • Become a detective alongside your clients.
  • Support problem-solving rather than problem-fixing.
  • Look at the big picture to make small changes that work.
  • Help empower staff or family members to improve various care situations in your organization.
  • Learn to help others see the situation from the point of view of those living with dementia.
  • Help prepare your clients for a unique journey through dementia.

What organization certified you as a dementia care consultant?

I have taken steps to implement the teachings and training about dementia of Teepa Snow and the Positive Approach to Care®. I serve as a PAC™  Certified Independent Consultant to guide learning and skills as supported by certification types. While inspired by my Certification(s), all knowledge and skills offered here are only representative of me, independent of the Positive Approach to Care organization.

Do you help place clients in memory care?

I can help evaluate the person living with dementia and make recommendations on what long-term care settings would be a good fit. Making a good choice, in the beginning, helps minimize the possibility of moving again. In addition, I have helped many individuals and families navigate this transition. I can help smooth the process by identifying potential challenges and how to manage the transition process.

At what point does a person living with dementia need to move to memory care?

There are many factors that come into play when deciding to place a loved one in a long-term care setting, whether it be memory care or an adult care home. It has been my experience that it takes a crisis to initiate the move. My recommendation is to be proactive. Make the move before the crisis happens. When one is in crisis mode, options are limited.

How long do you work with clients?

I am available to work with clients for as long as they feel they need my services. It has always been my philosophy to commit to the person through their end of life. This was in long-term care settings, and I would like to continue that practice as a consultant.

What is your opinion on using medication to treat people living with dementia?

Medications are helpful in treating other diagnoses that complicate dementia such as pain, depression, or anxiety. Though, too many medications can cause adverse reactions, especially if there is not a primary care provider or pharmacist monitoring potential drug interactions. A good rule of thumb is “add one, take one away.”
Teepa Snow has a good approach to working with medications and dementia:

How much do your services cost?

A meet and greet call can be scheduled for an initial introduction and there are no charges. If we decide to move forward, a formal evaluation is scheduled, which includes social history gathering, evaluation of the environment, and health history. From that, we strategize on recommendations of potential solutions and goal setting. This comprehensive meeting can sometimes take over two hours and I charge $300. Additional hour sessions are then charged at $125. Appointments are 50 minutes long.

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