Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of progressive conditions that affect the functioning of the brain. There are over 200 different sub-types of dementia, but each person will experience the symptoms in their own unique way.
The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with levy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia. It is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 65, but can affect a person of any age. Depending on the type of dementia, difficulties can range from difficulties recognising people/objects, poor concentration, disorientation, reduced ability to perform everyday tasks such as cooking, bill-paying and shopping, to being prone to falls, having tremors and shuffling, or experiencing disrupted sleep due to intense dreams or nightmares.
How can KMA help?
If you are experiencing problems with everyday living skills associated with dementia, an assessment from KMA will focus on how your symptoms are affecting this aspect of your life and how your residual skills may be maximised and maintained.
During the assessment your Occupational Therapist will have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you and your family. This will focus on your strengths as well as the areas in which you are experiencing difficulties. To assist this process, your occupational therapist may utilise a variety of assessment tools depending on your needs.
As Our focus at KMA is on helping you to maintain what you are able to do each day, and so our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, the roles you have and your home environment. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your day to day living and enable the identification of realistic and achievable goals to optimise your functional performance and quality of life.
KMA will produce a detailed yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers are getting in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines. It will make a number of recommendations to help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment
Our therapists at Kate Meads Associates are highly trained and experienced – they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to optimise your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach.
Your therapist will work with you to explore how your memory problems impact on your day to day living and will help you learn and put into practice techniques that help optimise your function and performance. These may include:
Daily maintenance/activity planning
Anxiety management techniques
Personal goal setting
Do you or someone you know have difficulty…
Managing day to day tasks due to memory loss?
Concentrating on and actioning day to day tasks?
Maintaining daily activities?
Orientating yourself to time and place?
Adjusting to a change in your daily functioning?