DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

The Physical Environment

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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Dementia Villages: The Way Forward

Quite often these days I read stories about plans to build dementia villages around the world like the one at Hogeweyk in the Netherlands.  Many of you might be familiar with this.  Here, around 150 people, who all have advanced dementia,  live in a secure nursing facility that mimics the outside world.  It has a supermarket,…

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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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Mirrors and Dementia: A Reflection!

The inspiration for this post came at the weekend when I was staying in Bristol with my fourteen year old son.   We were walking around the city centre and went by a stall selling vintage clothing along the waterside.  The stallholder had placed a mirror for  customers to use.  My son caught a glimpse of the…

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Downsizing Into a Care Setting: Taking What Matters

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1 Timothy 6:7 This is an undeniable truth from the Bible that crosses religious boundaries.  Yet it occurred to me that often the process of preparing to leave this world with no possessions often starts well before death.  A person…

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Lighting and its Role in Creating the Optimum Environment for People with Dementia

It seems obvious that making changes to the physical environment will be beneficial for a person with dementia in terms of helping them make sense of their environment, compensating for difficulties that they experience and improving their sense of wellbeing.  Considering their lighting needs in the places where they live and spend time  is an important part of…

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