Allied Health Professionals Enhancing Daily Living

Connecting People Connecting Support

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In May we held an event on Home Based Memory Rehabilitation (HBMR), a developing evidence based occupational therapy early intervention for people living with dementia and their families. This rehabilitation approach aims to help people compensate for any memory difficulties affecting everyday functioning and engagement in activities that have personal meaning.

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This week’s blog is a catch up from the day in May where we are sharing four different aspects, with the overall aim of home based memory rehabilitation to

“keeping people independent in their own homes” (Mary McGrath)

  1. We are sharing 8 Interviews of all our key stakeholders involved in developing and supporting this work including:
  • Mary McGrath, Advanced Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast health and social care trust
  • Karin Orman, Professional Advisor, College of Occupational Therapy
  • Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Elaine Hunter, AHP Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Alison Mckean, AHP lead for post diagnostic support, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Ian McMillan, Head of Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies
  • Lynda Forrest, Lead Occupational Therapist/AHP Co-ordinator, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Jan Beattie, AHP Officer, Primary Care, Scottish Government

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK7bA0-lAg4&list=PLbRy-_on19V0CY3CDUmvHMWCb6u1nTM6o

  1. We are also sharing 10 films from all our speakers

www.video3uk.com/actionondementia

To view the day, click on the section called eventcast

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Then click on the title called “Connecting People, Connecting Support”

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You will then be able to click on selected sections of the day along with the programme.

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  1. You can also find 7 presentations uploaded onto our community of practice http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/ahpcommunity/ndp-workstreams/dementia.aspx

You need to go to the bottom of the page, then on the right of the page, there is a section called Connecting People Connecting Support OTHBMR where you will find ALL seven presentations

  1. Colleagues in NHS Dumfries and Galloway developed a film with four people who have been involved in home based memory rehabilitation. We have posted it before, however we thought it was worth sharing again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNg5HrFi4_M

What next

The day was a great success and we knew it was important to share this work. However, we also wanted to develop this AHP rehabilitation approach wider than Dumfries and Galloway. As my colleague @WendyAHPDem wrote “One Small Step for Dumfries and Galloway, one giant leap for Scotland” where, in partnership we will roll out this work in eight other locations in Scotland.

From the day, I took away 3 key messages:

  1. There is increased potential for success when we work TOGETHER
  2. People living with dementia CAN learn new ideas and strategies
  3. HOME is best when we work with you and your families

I wander what your key messages were from the day or are having looked at this work, what would your key messages be?

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