Occupational Therapy for Dementia

We provide occupational therapy online for people with dementia. 

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 dementia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with dementia in several ways:

1. Promoting independence:

Occupational therapists identify and focus on the specific needs and goals of individuals with dementia. They work with patients to improve their ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, eating, bathing, and grooming. By modifying tasks and environments, therapists enable individuals to maintain as much independence as possible and reduce their reliance on others.

2. Enhancing cognitive function:

Occupational therapy uses various strategies and techniques to stimulate cognitive abilities and compensate for any cognitive decline. Therapists engage patients in memory exercises, problem-solving activities, and sensory stimulation to improve attention, memory, and processing skills.

3. Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms:

Dementia is often associated with behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, confusion, and depression. Occupational therapists develop strategies to manage these symptoms by creating structured routines, providing relaxation techniques, sensory interventions, and engaging individuals in meaningful activities that promote positive emotions and reduce distress.

4. Safety and fall prevention:

Occupational therapists assess the home environment for safety risks and develop strategies to prevent falls and accidents. They may recommend assistive devices, modifications to the home environment, or provide training on adaptive equipment to enhance safety.

5. Caregiver support and education:

Occupational therapists also provide support and education to caregivers of individuals with dementia. They educate caregivers about the specific needs of the person with dementia and provide them with strategies for communication, behaviour management, and enhancing engagement in meaningful activities. This support helps caregivers to better understand and cope with the challenges associated with caring for someone with dementia.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on improving the overall quality of life for individuals with dementia by addressing their specific needs, promoting independence, and enhancing their ability to engage in daily activities.

Occupational therapy assessments for dementia

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 dementia 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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