How we can help
Health Promotion. We focus on maintaining your strengths and promoting your wellness and that of your family caregivers.
Memory rehabilitation: We may not be able to restore your memory but we can give you strategies to help.
Brain and body health : We can include routine exercise into our treatments to improve performance of every day activities, mobility and to restore range of movement, strength and endurance. We can also provide classes that stimulate your brain and thinking skills to help you retain this for as long as possible such as cognitive stimulation therapy and Ageless Grace fitness for the body and mind.
Maintenance. We can provide support for the habits and routines that are working well for you each day and help you to maintain your independence.
Modification. This is perhaps the most frequently used therapy tool we use to help you with your dementia journey. It ensures safe and supportive social and physical environments. This is done through adaptation and compensation, including teaching communication strategies, physical and verbal prompts, providing equipment or signposting for social or other support and personal assistance.
The following are examples of how we are able to help :
Person forgets what season it is when selecting clothing: OT observes home environment, wardrobe and how the carer and client can work together in the mornings. Advice given on how to set up limited clothing selections to fit the season, which helps avoid conflict while supporting client choice and their feelings of confidence and self control.
Person gets disoriented and walks with purpose (wanders): OT observes persons home environment and gets to know the client and what they enjoy doing, and to find the reason why they are choosing to walk repetitively. Most people with dementia do not wander aimlessly, they have their own reason for being restless and having the need to walk.
OT will offer advice on how to enhance daily activity, including mobility within safe confines, and use technology to ensure safety. Sometimes a fenced garden with stop signs at the gates could be all that is needed to keep the person oriented to his or her own garden; for others, alarms can be installed to go off when the person opens a gate or a door. Often the trigger for walking with purpose is a previous job, for example we worked with a train conductor that would spend the evening checking other people’s rooms to make sure everyone was off the train. Our intervention was to give him a clip board to tick off the rooms and then he was happy to settle to sleep.