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Understanding Dementia in Occupational Therapy

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living, Podcasts 14 Comments

Occupational therapy is such an amazing profession to address the challenges of our patients with dementia. But how can we truly use our skills to engage our patients, teach staff and care partners these skills and help our patient's thrive?

My guest Jenna Mele OTD, OTR/L, CCCM, RYT, gives some great tips, resources and practical ways to work with our patients that have dementia so they can be as independent and successful as possible through building skills for engagement!

Occupational therapy and dementia strategies that you can incorporate into your practice TODAY + a Dementia Cognitive Screen/Evaluation Checklist and Behavior Profile | SeniorsFlourish.com #occupationaltherapy #HomehealthOT #OTpodcast #SNFOT #occupationaltherapist #occupationaltherapyassistantSubscribe here on: iTunes or Stitcher

Resources from the Show:

Dementia Cognitive Screen/Evaluation Checklist and Behavior Profile

Dementia Beyond Drugs

Teepa Snow Positive Physical Approach

DementiAssist App

Dementia Reference List


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Comments 14

  1. Hi Mandy,

    Just listened to this episode, so great! Where can I find the list of the assessments on the learning lab? Or could you possibly email it to me?

    Thanks! 🙂

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  2. Hello, I know I’m a little late but I’m OTA student and I just doubled up on this podcast. I’ve listened to a few episodes and this by far is my favorite. I was just wondering, do you know where Jenna got the information for the neurofunctional approach because I really liked her description but I can’t seem to find any articles or any papers on it.

    I really liked her description the assessments and the different types of verbal cues, and I would like to know more about it. If there’s a link or some type of PDF on what it is. It would be greatly appreciated

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  3. I applaud you both – this podcast was my favourite to date (and I have listened to a lot of them!). I feel as though I walked away braced with both the knowledge and an approach that I can readily transfer to my practice and future clients. Well done!

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      thank you Allyson! My guest, Jenna, definitely has a passion for working with patients that have dementia. I will pass this along to her as well. I appreciate you listening and spreading the #OTlove

  4. Hi Mandy. I’m an OT from Brazil and I’ve been following seniorsflourish from here 🙂 Thanks for the podcast! Could you send me the list of the assessments discussed in this episode too?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

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      If you are on the email list, you should have already received it! But either way, I want to make sure you got it, so I sent it via email today 🙂 Thanks Eduarda

  5. Thank you!! Love the podcast. Keep up the great work. Also, does the learning lab have great resources regarding pain management? I am thinking about joining learning lab and was also wondering if you find this to be an under research aspect of OT.

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      Yes the Learning Lab does have some resources on pain management! But, if there is something specifically or additionally that you are looking for, it is my job to help you find it 🙂 That is what makes the Learning Lab unique. I do think that pain management is an area that OT is absolutely under utilized in. By focusing on a biopsychosocial approach with lifestyle redesign, we can be vital in this process. There is growing evidence, but not enough research on this topic in regards to OT’s role.

  6. Hi Mandy. Thank you so much for this last podcast. I am a new grad OTR, who was practicing as an assistant for 12 years before becoming an OTR. I really appreciate the discussions regarding different assessments, the pros and cons, and also who / when to use them most appropriately. This podcast was very informative and you both did such a great job explaining approaches and techniques. Is there a list available of the assessments discussed in this episode available?

    Thank you again for all that you do! #teamOT

    Please, please more podcasts like this 🙂


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      Hi Jen – sent an email with the list. So glad you enjoy the podcast and I am DEFINITELY on #teamOT ha 🙂

  7. HI! Would you be able to give the exact name of the advanced directive assessment Jenna Mele reported in the podcast. She said it could be used to see which side of the bed they get out of, or if a client takes a shirt or pants off first. I could not understand the name of the author that she tried to pronounce. Thanks!

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      Hi Shane. The form is from Lanny Butler. Here is one adapted with his permission by IATB Dementia Care, LLC and with permission from Lanny D. Butler, has been adapted and distributed by Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., the Quality Improvement Organization for Florida under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. Publication No. FL-11SOW-C.3-01162015-01 : https://www.hsag.com/contentassets/df8e53c36037416abcb7a1e667b1f79b/c2_iatb-dementia-care-llc–my-way-an-advanced-directive_508.pdf

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