The rights of persons with dementia most often continue to be ignored, and denied. In this series of webinars, I hope this is the beginning of change, at least in one area of post diagnostic support, namely, rehabilitation.
My blog today is of my presentation at this series of webinars, which were hosted by Lee-Fay Low and Kate Laver, to promote the release of their book, Dementia Rehabilitation, 1st Edition, Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations. I’m delighted to have written the first chapter, Rehabilitation: a human right for everyone.
Rehabilitation Matters for people with dementia webinar series: Webinar 1, Rehabilitation as a human right
Rehabilitation helps individuals maintain and optimize independence. Historically, people with dementia have received little rehabilitation and the focus has been on care to replace lost function. Dementia Rehabilitation is a resource for health and social professionals, service planners, policy makers, and academics. The book makes a compelling case for rehabilitation for people with dementia, including the views of people with dementia and the research evidence. For each area of function, the research evidence and relevant theory is summarized, followed by practical information on clinical assessment, and delivery of therapies.
- Identifies rehabilitation as a human right for people with dementia.
- Reviews functions affected by dementia, including cognition, communication, and physical function.
- Outlines evidence-based strategies to maintain function and to delay decline.
- Describes how to maintain activities of daily living and leisure activities.
- Includes techniques to maintain self-identity and mood.
- Recognizes the importance of environment and care partners in supporting rehabilitation.
- Summarizes models of care for rehabilitation.
Note: The book is expensive, so if you wish to read it, I suggest recommending your local or university library, or national dementia advocacy organisation purchase it, so that you can borrow it.