Dementia Assessment and Treatment

Dementia Assessment and Treatment: Here’s how occupational therapy may help you.

It’s clear there is often a large time gap between the onset of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of someone living with dementia. In some cases the treatment occurs far too late. We’d like to close this gap.

Why Is A Cognitive Assessment of Dementia Important?

Often referred to by people as the hidden or invisible symptoms, a change in a person’s cognitive abilities can profoundly impact their ability to live independently, manage complex life situations and can be a source of significant disability. Getting it checked, defining your cognitive strengths and weakness makes sense when you consider:

  • 1 in 4 women over the age of 75years will experience dementia and
  • 35% of adults over 65 years will experience mild cognitive impairment.

Sadly, a person living with cognitive decline and their families may experience a period of prolonged distress due to disease symptoms and the lack of strategy, advice, support and treatment.

That’s why our services exist, to help people live and thrive with cognitive changes.  We are able to do so by following a rigorous process of

  1. Assessment
  2. Treatment
  3. Reviewing and Adjusting Treatment Plans Over Time

The potential benefits of an accurate assessment of cognitive changes brought on by dementia include:

  • Help the person living with dementia and their carers to reduce their lifestyle risk factors,
  • Design home based treatment plans to support maximum independence and well-being
  • Connect people with right services as they are needed,
  • Tailor home modifications and assistive technology to meet personal and care needs today as well as tomorrow
  • Reduce personal safety and carer risks and
  • Establishes a plan for the future.

In the end the goal is to help a person living with dementia and their family be more informed of evidenced based smart actions to help with day to day living and to reduce the impact of disease on the quality of your life. 

What Cognitive Tests Are Used For Dementia Clients At Occupational Therapy Brisbane?

At Occupational Therapy Brisbane we use a variety of tools during the initial and ongoing dementia assessment consultations to assess a person’s cognitive fitness.   The assessment may be completed to help compliment other assessments such as radio-logical assessments or to support GP or Specialist consultations.

The occupational therapy assessment will cover cognitive, behavioural, functional and psychosocial changes, and we will likely review radiological and laboratory tests as well. The assessment process may take 2- 3 sessions.

It is worth noting,  the OT dementia assessment services are used to help define the right treatment solutions to meet your goals.

Dementia Assessment Services Brisbane

The cognitive screening and assessment tools which are commonly used in memory health clinic include:

  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment(MoCA)
  • Modified Mini Mental State Exam (3MS)
  • Drive Safe Drive Aware (DSDA)
  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale – Cognition (ADAS-Cog)
  • Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB)
  • Stroop Test
  • Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT III)
  • Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT),
  • Auditory and Visual version of the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test 2-second trials (PVSAT-2)
  • The Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS)
  • Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III)
  • Care Giver Strain Index
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Assessment

In short, we use the tools which are best matched to your situation and presentation.

Dementia Treatment Services Brisbane

The dementia treatment services offers practical strategies to help you live well.   At Occupational Therapy Brisbane you can expect programs which are backed by gold standard evidence as outlined by LANCET, ACTIVE and FINGER  studies as well as practice guidelines developed and or supported by leading agencies such as Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Dementia Australia,  Association of Lifestyle Medicine and Neuroscience Research Australia and Occupational Therapy Australia.

  • We accept referrals for people who are experiencing mild, moderate or late stage dementia and
  • We offer services in our clinic or we are mobile across Brisbane to your home. So you may be living at home or in care supported facility environment.
  • We offer services via National Disability Insurance  Scheme ( NDIS), Medicare, Age Care At Home Packages, Private Health Insurance and privately.

Dementia Services Brisbane: Working With Other Health and Care Professionals

Our occupational therapist can help health and care services providers on a case by case situations as well as offer education events tailored to your team’s development needs.

How Can We Help You?

Living with dementia or caring for a family member experiencing dementia can be difficult. A registered occupational therapist will visit you at home, assess, plan and treat and teach you how to:

  • Manage challenging behaviours, such as wandering or refusing help
  • Improve home safety and personal care management
  • Implement a personalised treatment plan targeting personal lifestyle risk factors with the goal to maximise your independence and performance
  • Train you in the use of aids to compensate for cognitive decline and caregivers in coping behaviours and supervision.
  • Driving Assessment services for cognitive decline: Prescribe programs to support your driving abilities. Read more about our driving assessment services here.
  • Connect with compatible services and
  • Prescribed and apply assistive technology when it is considered beneficial to your goals

Interested In Learning More About Our Dementia Assessment and Treatment Services?

Get in touch with us today  on 1300 783 200.  Or simple fill out the form below to schedule a free call with a senior therapist to discuss your questions or needs. 

Request A Dementia Therapy Enquiry Call

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