Program Helps Caregivers with Dementia Behavior Changes at Home

Program Helps Caregivers with Dementia Behavior Changes at Home

A Carer and their loved one living with Dementia.

Attention caregivers of individuals living with dementia! 🤝 Are you facing a myriad of challenges, including behavior changes that can leave you feeling concerned, frustrated, and overwhelmed? Take heart, the Tailored Activity Program is here to make a difference!

The science-backed program is meticulously designed to equip you with clear and effective strategies. Led by qualified occupational therapists who remove the guesswork from identifying impactful activities.

The evidence speaks volumes, showcasing remarkable results in reducing behavioural symptoms and enhancing overall well-being.

With only a select number of trained occupational therapists in Australia, we’re delighted to offer the Tailored Activity Program in Brisbane, extending compassionate support to caregivers and their loved ones.  Here’s how this program helps your caregiving journey. 🌟


A groundbreaking evidence-backed solution for caregivers to help manage behaviour changes in dementia. With only a limited number of evidenced-backed programs worldwide, TAP stands out as a beacon of hope for those seeking effective, compassionate care for their loved ones living with dementia. We’re proud to have this apart of our growing dementia therapy programs

Empowering Caregivers, Enhancing Lives

No doubt, being a caregiver the impact of dementia behaviour changes can be profound, leading to distress, depression, and yes, increased care costs.

That’s where TAP steps in. Developed by Prof. Laura Gitlin of Drexel University, this revolutionary program is designed to reduce behavioural disturbances and improve quality of life for both people living with dementia and caregivers.

The Science Behind TAP

TAP offers tailored assistance to individuals living with dementia, aiming to rekindle their active participation in daily life. By doing so, TAP effectively addresses and manages the behavioural symptoms and functional dependence that often accompany dementia, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life for those affected.

Your therapist identifies a person’s preserved capabilities, previous roles, and interests, and then devise activities that align with their unique strengths.

The TAP assessment combines neuropsychological and performance-based testing, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your loved one’s needs.


Based on randomised trials, the program has demonstrated the following benefits for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers:

  1. Enhanced quality of life for persons with dementia.
  2. Decreased behavioral symptoms in those affected.
  3. Reduced caregiving time required from caregivers.
  4. Increased caregiver engagement, sense of efficacy, and overall well-being.

Discover the TAP Difference Today

Here’s the what you can expect from the Tailored Activity Program:

  • 7 comprehensive sessions led by our qualified Occupational Therapists.
    • 2 initial assessment sessions tailored to your loved one’s needs.
    • 5 sessions focused on tailored activities in the comfort of your home.
  • Activities designed to suit your loved one’s strengths and interests.
  • Ideal for people with mild to moderate dementia, living at home with caregiver support.
  • Supports long term caregiver skills with the last phase of the program dedicated to generalising strategies to meet everyday challenges.
  • 3 month program with resources and guides

Your Chance to Be Part of This Transformative Program

Be one of the few to experience the Tailored Activity Program with Occupational Therapy Brisbane.

Our therapists are among only 40 Australian OTs trained to deliver this program. Not only that you’ll be invited to join us in supporting clinical research in Australia by taking part in this revolutionary initiative.

If this sounds like this may be of help to you, please contact us today to be part of the program, starting mid August. Places are limited

  • Limited spaces available with only 4 packages offered.
  • Program starts on August 17th and runs until October, 2023.


Secure your spot in the TAP program today by calling Occupational Therapy Brisbane at 1300 783 200 and get your “Tailored Activity Program Discovery Kit” It shares how the TAP program can transform caregiving at home.

So, we invite you to be part of the evidence-backed program, offering you personalised solutions, and unwavering support as you navigate through the complexities of dementia behaviour changes at home.

The first step to a brighter future begins with you – reach out now and embark on this transformative journey with TAP.

TAP Enquiry Form

Tailored Activity Program contact form

As a caregiver, there is no doubt a lot going on in life. We'd love to understand what your current challenges are and what you're hoping the program can do for you.

References and Sources

  1. Gitlin, L.N., Marx, K., Piersol, C.V. et al. Effects of the tailored activity program (TAP) on dementia-related symptoms, health events and caregiver well being: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Geriatr 21, 581 (2021). 
  2. Gitlin LN, Winter L, Vause Earland T, Adel Herge E, Chernett NL, Piersol CV, Burke JP. The Tailored Activity Program to reduce behavioural symptoms in individuals with dementia: feasibility, acceptability, and replication potential. Gerontologist. 2009 Jun;49(3):428-39. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnp087. Epub 2009 May 6. PMID: 19420314; PMCID: PMC2682173.
  3. Möhler R, Renom A, Renom H, Meyer G. Personally tailored activities for improving psychosocial outcomes for people with dementia in community settings. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 Aug 17;8(8):CD010515. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010515.pub2. PMID: 32786083; PMCID: PMC8094398.
  4. Bennett, S., Travers, C., Liddle, J., Smith, S., Clemson, L., O’Reilly, M., . . . Gitlin, L. (2020). Acceptability and willingness to participate in the Tailored Activity Program: Perceptions of people living with dementia, their care partners and health professionals. Brain Impairment, 21(3), 259-273. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2020.15 

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