Dementia support

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Our dementia support services

We call our dementia support services Daily Living Enablement services because that's the aim of them!

First, we identify strengths and challenges that a person with dementia is experiencing. Then, we work with their family to design custom strategies and activities that can help the person remain active, safe and independent at home.

This leads to reduced care challenges and improved quality of life for the person with dementia and their family.

Are your dementia support services right for me and my family?

Our services suit people with dementia at any stage, whether they are managing well at home and would just like some ideas for enhancing quality of life or for the future, or if the person has advanced symptoms and/or is struggling at home.

Our assessment may include:

  • The person with dementia's cognitive abilities, communication skills
  • The carer's communication style and coping abilities and strategies
  • The everyday living routines of the person with dementia and their carer
  • The person with dementia's health and social background, personal preferences
  • The home environment.

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  • Helping carer's understand the person with dementia's cognitive abilities and impairments
  • Simplifying and adapting daily tasks
  • Modifying the home environment to promote safety and participation in everyday activities
  • Adjusting communication between a person with dementia and a carer.

Service options

We have two types of dementia support service available: 

     1. Care of People with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) Program

After comprehensive assessment, customised strategies to help reduce care challenges and changed behaviours are developed and trialed with support from a specially trained Occupational Therapist, who visits your home a number of times over a 2-3 month period. Coaching and support phone calls are available between appointments.

An assessment report and behaviour support resources are also provided.

This program is base on the evidence-based Care of People with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) Program, which our clinicians are specially trained to deliver.

This is an intensive program best suited to those who are struggling at home, and who are seeking a higher level of support from the therapist when they start working together.

      2. Short cognitive assessment and information

In 1-2 appointments, an occupational therapist assesses the person with dementia's cognition using the Large Allen's Cognitive Levels Screen, and briefly also their health and social background, personal preferences, home environment, and everyday living routines.

Information is provided on the spot to the carer and the person with dementia about current cognitive abilities, along with some ideas about strategies to help manage care challenges and changed behaviours, and improve environmental factors.

This service is best suited to those who are managing well at home and do not need intensive support from a therapist to adapt to changes caused by dementia.

Funding support may be available to cover the cost of our dementia support programs. Please enquire with us or with your existing Home Care Package or NDIS Coordinator. 

Contact Information

Rosella Occupational Therapy

Telephone: 6101 5111


We come to you, with home or community visits in Canberra, Queanbeyan and nearby areas.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm weekdays.

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