This page will direct those AHPs working with people living with dementia and their families and the wider workforce to information, resources and guidance for the people they work with and also to support their own practice.
These are resources, which are being shared across health and social care, are being supported by Elaine Hunter (Alzheimer Scotland, AHP Consultant) & Alison McKean (Alzheimer Scotland, National AHP Post Diagnostic support). They may also be useful for staff deployed to work in areas where they’re having increased contact with people living with dementia and those who support them. We know people living with dementia benefit greatly from a biopsychosocial approach of care therefore the AHP approach takes this into account. Each element of the AHP approach in dementia is described separately but must be considered collectively within AHP interventions. The evidence informing this AHP approach can be found here.
‘When we get things right for people with dementia, we get them right for everyone – as they are clear, uncluttered, structured and create routine.’
Post Diagnostic Resource: a peer to peer resource produced jointly in 2018 by SDWG members and Alzheimer Scotland Occupational Therapy Interns.
Top Tips Booklet: a booklet of ‘top tips’ for people living with dementia, produced by Alzheimer Scotland Occupational Therapy interns based on input from SDWG members.
Dementia and Sensory Challenges: a resource produced by SDWG member Agnes Houston, covering the sensory issues that can emerge as a result of a dementia diagnosis.
The National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) is a network of unpaid carers and former carers from across Scotland who all have experience of caring for someone with dementia. NDCAN exists to strengthen the voice of carers of people with dementia and to raise awareness of the issues that impact on them. NDCAN developed a series of eight booklets explaining what has helped carers of people with dementia to get through the day and cope with difficult times. These booklets offer words of encouragement, tools and tips. They are not professional advice guides. Rather, they are the things that have worked for NDCAN’s carers and other carers across Scotland.
At the beginning of June we held a series of webinars exploring various topics relating to dementia with a specific focus on AHP practice.
Guest Presenters: Helen Cronin and Emma Ingram, occupational therapists, NHS Grampian
Date of live session: 1st June 2020
Guest Presenters: Lynn Flannigan, Improvement Advisor HIS and Claire Craig, physiotherapist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Date of live session: 3rd June 2020
Guest Presenter: Lynsey McKee, occupational therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Date of live session: 4th June 2020
Guest Presenter: Evelyn Newman. dietitian, NHS Highland
Date of live session: 5th June 2020