DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Why There is a Need for a Personalised Approach for People with Dementia.

Inspiration for this article came after I’d tweeted about the Dementia Dog Project.   Dogs are matched  to a person with dementia and then trained to help them manage the demands of the individual’s unique routine.  Of course they provide companionship and an incentive for the person to get out and about too.    ‘Wouldn’t having a dog reminding you…

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Colder Darker Days: Preparing for Winter with Dementia

The colder, darker days of winter pose environmental challenges for people with dementia both indoors and outside the home.   Here we will consider some of the ways that a person can keep safe and well and maintain their well-being during the winter period.  What is crucial is to consider whether additional  support is needed through this period. …

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Smart Speakers and Dementia

The inspiration for this article came  the other day.  I was staying with a friend, whose husband is a bit of a gadget freak.  They have an Amazon Echo,  an interactive speaker that the couple talk to intermittently.  It seems that speakers these days do far more than those I’ve used as an illustration for this post.  They…

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Making a Bathroom More Dementia Friendly

  Let’s get this straight.  I don’t even think for a minute that the bathroom featured here would be suitable for many people with dementia.  Lack of rails, the potential for strange shadows from that stained glass,  a slippery rug, splinter laden logs and lack of contrast spring to mind when looking at it.  But  I just…

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Falls and Dementia: Part 2: Reducing Falls for People with Dementia

In my previous post (follow the link here) I considered some of the things that might increase the risk of falls for people with dementia.  In the second post of this series  I’ve outlined below  steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of falling or even prevent it happening altogether.  Such a brief overview cannot consider every factor that might…

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Hearing Aids and Dementia

I always thought that a very lovely friend of mine was wonderfully serene, if not a bit vague.  Then she had her hearing tested and it turned out that she was quite profoundly deaf, possibly from childhood.  Hearing aids were prescribed and she has become much more animated.  But they’ve takenad a bit to adjusting…

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Stopping The Flow

My friends have just bought a hairdressing salon.    They quickly befriended the very independent 99 year old woman who lives in the flat above.  She’s still going strong  and doesn’t have a dementia but as you would expect she has a few health problems.  It would be pretty unusual if she didn’t have any at that advanced age.   She’s  visually impaired and…

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