Reablement approaches for people living with dementia can be explored in a number of ways. By working together with the person and their caregivers, strategies such as exercise have been shown to help to improve everyday function, independence, and quality of life.

Reablement for people living with dementia

Wondering how wellness and reablement applies when working with people living with dementia? 

These free resources developed by Hammond Care explore how home care providers can support independence and function in people living with dementia. 

In addition, check out these great information pages developed by Dementia Australia. They explore, through the eyes of persons living with dementia, how a little support makes a lot of difference. 

Link to Give me a little Space handbook by Dementia Australia

Other titles include:

Looking for more evidence? 

A comprehensive approach to reablement in dementia. 

As society grapples with an ageing population and increasing prevalence of disability, “reablement” as a means of maximizing functional ability in older people is emerging as a potential strategy to help promote independence. Reablement offers an approach to mitigate the impact of dementia on function and independence. 

In the absence of a cure or ability to significantly modify the course of the disease, the message for policy makers, practitioners, families, and persons with dementia needs to be “living well with dementia”, with a focus on maintaining function for as long as possible, regaining lost function when there is the potential to do so, and adapting to lost function that cannot be regained.  

Service delivery and care of persons with dementia must be reoriented such that evidence-based reablement approaches are integrated into routine care across all sectors. 

To read the full article by Chris Poulos and colleagues, click here.

Exercise and Dementia

Over the last few years there has been some exciting research emerging about the impact of exercise on dementia. 

Infographgic on dementia and reablement pathway

Bartle and Behrens 2017 

Creating the best environment for
reablement to occur

A reablement program could be a good opportunity to review other aspects of the person’s health and wellbeing.

In general, reablement is most likely to be effective when:

Because of its lower cost, there is scope for reablement programs to be offered by a broad range of aged care providers

Taking Action the Montessori Way

Dementia is not one single disease but is rather an umbrella syndrome that includes many different forms. So what are the challenges in your job when working with a person who is living with dementia? and how might you be able to use a system of education that might help. Review this PDF document which highlights the issues faced and the methods adapted to help with real life examples. Click the image to view the PDF.

A link to the Montesori Dementia Support PDF

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