Recently Recovery Station provided an education session on the role of Occupational Therapy in helping understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the person’s day-to-day function. The occupational therapist (OT) works with individuals to develop ways to compensate for limitations and maintain independence.
Individuals with dementia often experience loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. They may no longer be independent or safe in their home environments.
Skilled in evaluating persons with dementia, an OT will determine strengths, impairments, and performance areas needing intervention. Although improvement of cognitive performance is not likely, the person may demonstrate improved function through compensatory or adaptive strategies. Examples of ways we can help include:
- Identifying opportunities for independence and personal control
- Encourage participation in daily activities which suit the individual’s physical and mental capacity
- Developing a schedule for regular daily activities
- Simplify tasks to reflect changing needs
- Promote physical comfort to promote relaxation and sleep
- Adapting the home environment
- Assistive devices with appropriate training to facilitate independent functioning
- Assist family members and caregivers
If you need help caring for your loved one Occupational Therapy can provide the guidance and structure to provide meaning to life and support for quality of life. If you wish to learn more please call us on 1300 588 851 and chat to one of our friendly staff.