Occupational therapy at home to treat people with dementia can be extremely helpful according to a study by Sally Bennett, a professor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland.
According to the researcher, occupational therapy is very useful not only for people with dementia but also for their families and carers. As the researcher explains, occupational therapy helps people with dementia and carers “to find new ways of doing things, which allows them to do the things they enjoy, to make changes to the environment that make it easier for them to participate and reduce the stress they may be under.”
According to the researcher, there are still many people today who do not believe in this type of therapy to treat dementia in relation to the role that families can play, too often an underestimated role.
To arrive at these results, the researcher analyzed 15 previous studies that had tested the effects of this therapy on people with dementia and the people who had to care for them, in most cases family members at home.
The researcher, with the help of several colleagues, found a number of benefits of this therapy performed at home, including a marked improvement in daily activities, a reduction in sudden changes in behavior and a reduction in states of agitation and repetitive demands, common features of dementia. In general, the researcher noted an improvement in the quality of life of both the patient and family members.
The study was published in BMJ Open.
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