DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Equipment and Gadgets

Gizmos and Gadgets: Aids and Adaptations for People with Dementia

When people think about my profession they often recall times where they, or someone they know, have been advised by an occupational therapist  about equipment to compensate for problems in carrying out daily activities.  Helping people to remain independent in this way was a large part of my role when I worked in a rehabilitation…

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Going Up and Down: Stairs and Dementia

My friend works at a historic building that is open to visitors.  Recently a group of older people arrived at the ticket office.  He gave directions to one part of the building.   ‘There’s a staircase down but you can get to it from the path outside instead.  It might be easier.’   The gung-ho party pooh-poohed…

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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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