Guiding Occupational Therapy Practice for People Living with Dementia in the Community is an updated and revised version of, Dementia: Osborne Park Hospital Guide for Occupational Therapists in Clinical Practice. The original publication developed by Louise Phyland, was a collaboration between the Western Australian Dementia Training Study Centre, and the team from the Osborne Park Hospital Occupational Therapy Department. The original publication has been used extensively in Western Australia by occupational therapists to assist in developing supportive care plans for people with living with dementia in the community.
Original authors (2011)
Louise Phyland with the Occupational Therapy Department team at Osborne Park Hospital, Western Australia
This edition (2018)
Vera Riley, Senior Occupational Therapist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Western Australia
Anne Pressley, Senior Occupational Therapist, Osborne Park Hospital, Western Australia
Both authors have significant experience as occupational therapists in aged care and specifically dementia. Rewriting this document provided opportunity to focus on the contribution an occupational therapist can make to support a person living well with dementia.
Dr Stephen Ho (Geriatrician), Katrina Cohen (Senior Occupational Therapist) and Kate Molony (Occupational Therapist / Registered Nurse) who gave their time to review the document and provide valuable feedback and guidance. Thank you to Anna Gatti (Senior Physiotherapist) for assistance with the ‘Mobilisation’ section and Miriam McCaffrey (Clinical Nurse) for assistance with the ‘Toileting and Continence’ section.