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DEMENTIA HOME REHAB THERAPY
Maintain dignity and function better as a family. A fulfilling life is not impossible with the right mindset and strategies in place for everyone.
Home therapy by an allied health MDT can greatly help families with dementia address their specific needs and goals while maintaining quality of life for the client.
We can’t reiterate enough on the need for right mindset.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities. While there is no cure for dementia, rehabilitation therapy can help people with dementia maintain their independence, function better, and achieve a higher quality of life. Home therapy by an allied health multidisciplinary team (MDT) can be particularly effective in achieving these goals.
What is an Allied Health MDT?
An allied health multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of healthcare professionals with different expertise working collaboratively to provide a holistic approach to patient care. In the case of dementia, an allied health MDT may include professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, dieticians and social workers.
How Can Home Therapy Help People with Dementia?
Home therapy can greatly benefit people with dementia by providing customised rehabilitation programs that focus on the individual’s specific needs and goals. Here are some ways in which home therapy can help people with dementia achieve quality of life:
Home therapy can help people with dementia maintain their independence by developing strategies to manage daily activities, such as cooking, dressing, and grooming. Occupational therapists can assess the person’s living environment and suggest modifications to reduce hazards and promote safety.
Improving Physical Function
Physiotherapists can design exercise programs that help people with dementia maintain their strength, balance, and mobility. By improving physical function, people with dementia can perform activities of daily living with greater ease and confidence.
Enhancing Communication Skills
Speech therapists can work with people with dementia to improve their communication skills, such as speaking clearly and understanding others. This can improve their ability to interact with family members and caregivers, and reduce social isolation.
Addressing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
Psychologists and social workers can provide support for the emotional and psychological aspects of dementia, such as depression, anxiety, and agitation. They can also provide strategies to manage BPSD, such as aggression, wandering, and hallucinations, that can be challenging for caregivers to handle, alongside our dementia-mapping trained occupational therapists.
Studies Supporting the Effectiveness of Home Therapy for Dementia
There is growing evidence to support the effectiveness of home therapy by an allied health MDT for people with dementia. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that home-based occupational therapy improved the ability of people with dementia to perform daily activities, reduced caregiver burden, and improved quality of life. Another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that a home-based exercise program improved the cognitive and physical function of people with dementia.
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Lifeweavers is a multi-disciplinary therapy team of highly experienced rehabilitation clinicians consisting:
We also work with rehab doctors, counsellors and links up with support groups, social prescriptions and external vendors with other specialised services or equipment to assist our clients every step of the way on their recovery journey.