Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. Affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis.
It is not a single disease but a non-specific syndrome (i.e. a set of signs and symptoms). Some of the most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).
How can Kate Meads Associates help?
If you are experiencing problems with daily living skills, memory, language and/or problem solving, an assessment from Kate Meads Associates will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and preventing you from living your life as you wish.
During the assessment your occupational therapist will have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you and your family focusing on your strengths as well as the areas in which you are experiencing difficulties. To assist this process, your occupational therapist may utilise a variety of tools and strategies dependent on your needs.
As our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, the roles you have and your home environment. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your day to day living and enable the identification of realistic and achievable goals to optimise your functional performance and quality of life.
Kate Meads Associates will produce a detailed yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations that might help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment
Our therapists at Kate Meads Associates are highly trained and experienced - they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to optimise your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach.
Your therapist will work with you to explore how your memory problems impact on your day to day living and will help you learn and put into practice techniques that help optimise your function and performance. These may include:-
- Environmental assessment/adaptations
- Memory aids
- Daily maintenance/activity planning
- Anxiety management techniques
- Personal goal setting
Do you or someone you know have difficulty…
- Managing day to day tasks due to memory loss?
- Concentrating on and actioning day to day tasks?
- Maintaining daily activities?
- Orientating yourself to time and place?
- Adjusting to a change in your daily functioning?
If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.