Occupational Therapists are helping patients to improve their working memory

Occupational Therapists helping patients to improve their working memory
OT Alice Burden with RGH patients participating in the pilot memory group.
November 5, 2015

As Occupational Therapists (OT) across RkPG celebrate OT week, a newly established program is highlighting the role they can play in dementia care.

The memory group – for patients with mild cognitive impairment – is a pilot program established to provide education and strategies to assist patients who suffer with memory loss, and their carers.

OT Alice Burden is leading the program and explains that it’s not only the education that helps.

“The program offers peer support as well as the opportunity to implement and practice strategies that help patients with memory recall,” said Alice.

As this is a trial initiative, we are working with patients to develop the practical elements of the program which enhance their learning.

Alice said the effects of memory loss can impact on the patients’ family and friends too.

“Over the eight-week program we also carry out a home visit to implement strategies to use in the patient’s own home, which is intended to help them cope with day-to-day issues.”

“Although we are in the very early stages of this pilot, we are seeing a positive change in our patients.”