Occupational therapists' experiences and interventions when working with people with early stage dementia
Cummins and Warren (2010) report on a qualitative study of six occupational therapists working in Ireland with people with early stage dementia. They investigated their experiences and the type of interventions they used with this client group. Five themes emerged: reaffirming peoples’ right to be independent; looking beyond the diagnosis; facilitating occupational performance; enabling occupational identity; inaccessible and inadequate resources. The authors suggest that the scope of work for occupational therapists in this area is vast and is taking place in a service landscape that is fragmented, inadequate and slow to respond.
CUMMINS, C. and WARREN, A. 2010. Occupational therapists' experiences and interventions when working with people with early stage dementia. The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. 38(1), pp. 4-13.