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Nambour Hospital’s Cognitive Assessment Unit Facilitates Contentment through Meaningful Activity

Categories: Innovation, Latest News, Public publish | Author: Sarah Brandt | Posted: 16/12/2016 | Views: 921
Identifying effective, non-pharmacological interventions for dementia and delirium can be difficult. In an effort to offer such services Nambour developed a therapeutic activity program in their Cognitive Assessment and Management Unit (CAMU).

12 hours of Occupational Therapy (OT) per week (grant funded) was provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9am-3.30pm). A range of group and individual activities were offered based on patients' identified interests. Example activities included: walks outside, gardening/picking flowers for dining tables, cooking, exercise groups and sports (eg. indoor golf putting, ten pen bowls) and music and singing.

As result mean escalation rates were reduced by 44% on activity days (p=0.028) and largely positive feedback was received.

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