While working in geriatrics, Dementia Care Specialists President Kim Warchol, OTR/L indentified methods to improve the function, safety, and quality of life of individuals with Alzheimer's and related dementias.
One of the most powerful outcomes of using the Allen Model of Cognitive Disabilities is the ability to respond to behaviors and communicate with the patient based on his or her level of function.
Communication—the expressive or receptive exchange of information—is vital to the functional success and emotional well-being of the person with dementia. Difficulty expressing needs and/or understanding another person is extremely stressful to both the individual with dementia and the caregiver. In addition, any type of communication breakdown can contribute significantly to excess disability. We can help.