Occupational Therapy for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with mild cognitive impairment. 

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 mild cognitive impairment?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in several ways:

1. Cognitive stimulation: Occupational therapists can provide activities that engage and challenge cognitive abilities, such as memory games, problem-solving tasks, and puzzles. These activities promote mental stimulation and can help slow down the progression of cognitive decline.

2. Daily functional tasks: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with MCI in maintaining their independence and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). They may provide strategies and modifications to simplify tasks such as dressing, cooking, and bathing, making it easier for individuals to continue their daily routines.

3. Environmental adaptations: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s living environment and make recommendations for modifications and adaptations that can enhance safety, reduce confusion, and promote independence. This may include organizing the home, labeling objects, and installing safety features like grab bars.

4. Cognitive rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can develop personalized rehabilitation programs to enhance specific cognitive functions affected by MCI, such as attention, memory, executive functioning, and problem-solving skills. Through various exercises and strategies, they help individuals practice and improve these cognitive abilities.

5. Emotional support and coping strategies: MCI can be challenging for individuals and their families. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and help individuals develop coping strategies to manage the emotional impact of cognitive decline. This may involve counseling, stress management techniques, and connecting individuals and families with support groups.

6. Education and training: Occupational therapists can educate individuals with MCI and their caregivers about the condition, including its progression, potential challenges, and strategies to manage its impact. They provide information on techniques for compensating cognitive deficits and offer training on how to use assistive devices or memory aids.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize independence, quality of life, and functional abilities for individuals with mild cognitive impairment. By addressing cognitive, physical, and emotional needs, occupational therapists play a crucial role in helping individuals adapt and continue to engage in meaningful activities.

Occupational therapy assessments for mild cognitive impairment

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 mild cognitive impairment 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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