Intensive home assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people with dementia

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Senior occupational therapist Stephen Wey describes the operations of a multi-disciplinary team based in Leeds that aims to avoiding the unnecessary and often distressing hospitalisation of people with dementia| The Community Treatment Team (CTT) has been running for four years this spring. We were set up following the closure of an acute assessment ward for people with dementia. Rather than see the skills and person-centred culture of care developed on the ward go to waste, the ward team proposed a new approach. Instead of assessing and treating people with dementia in hospital, why not try to prevent admission in the first place. This article describes our approach to the care, treatment and rehabilitation of people with dementia. I believe that there are important lessons to be drawn for the provision of person-centred, flexible and responsive dementia care in the community ­ particularly where the aim is to bridge the gap between hospital care and community care, as in intermediate care services. The ab

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