“Until there’s a cure…there’s care!”

~Teepa Snow

Orchard’s Spectrum of Care environmental model is founded on concepts outlined by occupational therapist Claudia Allen and includes six levels of skill sets that result from physical or mental health conditions.

The model supports a personalized quality of life by directing care partners to focus on current abilities in order to create and help a person feel purpose and meaning throughout each day.  Purpose and meaning are critical and fundamental to a person’s experience of wellbeing and is sought by all human beings, no matter their health condition.

The Positive Approach to Care® LIVING GEMS® model, developed by world-renowned occupational expert Teepa Snow, is an adaptation of the ACL (Allen Cognitive Levels) and utilized by the Orchard team to identify current or changing resident abilities.

Orchard at Brookhaven’s Executive Director, Leslie Finkley, is a certified PAC Trainer and was a member of the inaugural certification program training team.

Robin Andrews Smith, Orchard’s family advocate, was the creative director and founding development partner for Positive Approach® to Care.

During that time Robin co-produced numerous educational resources including books Heartful of Gems, Songs You Know By Heart, and videos Dementia Care Provisions, Seeing it From the Other Side, PAC skills Make a Difference, Creative Solutions to Challenging Situations, and Alzheimer’s Music Connect, Memories and Song.

These resources served as foundational inspiration for Orchard’s ability-based Grove engagement and care model.

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Spectrum of Care