Dementia support

Activities and strategies for people with dementia to promote independence and overcome challenges.

We identify both strengths and challenges that a person with dementia is experiencing, and work collaboratively with their family to help the person remain active, safe and independent at home; reducing care challenges and improving quality of life.

We are specially trained in use of the Care of People with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) program, which research shows outperforms pharmacological treatments in reducing the day to day impact of dementia symptoms.

Assessment includes:

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  • Identifying family and the person with dementia's habits, routines, and preferences for doing things.

  • Identifying the person with dementia's important life events and roles.

  • Communication styles and habits between family and the person with dementia.

  • How the home environment supports the person with dementia.

  • Daily activities and behavioural changes that are making caring challenging.

We interview family, conduct formal assessments (cognitive, environmental), and observe family and the person with dementia doing everyday things.

Recommendations include:

  • Equipment or home modifications to increase safety, maximise the person with dementia's independence, and reduce their confusion and frustration.

  • Communication and task adaptation strategies to make every day activities easier for the person with dementia, which makes caregiving easier.

  • Communication and task adaptation strategies to reduce incidence of changed behaviours, and make it easier for family to respond to those that occur.

  • Personalised activities that suit the person with dementia's abilities, that aim to calm them, engage them in something active, or that can be used as quality time with family.

  • Stress management techniques for family.

A COPE program involves 8 face-to-face sessions in-home, an assessment report, written strategies and activities, and a caregiver resources book, delivered over 2 - 3 months.

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