Occupational Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

We provide occupational therapy online for people with Alzheimer’s disease. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease in several ways:

1. Enhancing cognitive functions:

Occupational therapists can implement activities and exercises that stimulate memory, problem-solving skills, and attention. These activities may include puzzles, memory games, and strategic planning tasks, which can help slow down the decline of cognitive abilities.

2. Maintaining independence:

Occupational therapists focus on helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease maintain their independence and improve their ability to perform daily activities. They may work on practical skills such as dressing, bathing, cooking, and using household appliances, adapting tasks to the person’s abilities and providing strategies to compensate for memory loss.

3. Improving motor skills and coordination:

Occupational therapy can assist in improving motor skills, strength, and coordination, which may be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Therapists may utilize exercises, stretching, and range of motion activities to maintain or enhance physical functioning.

4. Managing challenging behaviours:

Occupational therapists can provide strategies and techniques to manage and reduce challenging behaviours associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They may suggest environmental modifications, such as simplifying the living space and reducing clutter, to decrease confusion and agitation.

5. Providing emotional support:

Occupational therapists can offer emotional support to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. They create a safe and supportive environment and provide resources and coping strategies to manage the emotional impact of the disease.

6. Social engagement and sensory stimulation:

Occupational therapy can promote social engagement and socialization skills through group activities, which can help reduce feelings of isolation and depression. Therapists may also use sensory-based strategies such as music therapy or aromatherapy to stimulate and engage individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining independence, enhancing cognition, managing behaviours, and providing support for both the individual and their family caregivers.

Occupational therapy assessments for Alzheimer’s disease

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with Alzheimer’s disease in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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