|dc.description.abstract||There are currently about 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is estimated that 670,000 family and friends are providing care and support to them. This caring role may be enjoyable and provide satisfaction but it can have a significant impact on the well-being of the person providing care, bringing direct stresses which can affect work, social life and other relationships.
Occupational therapists can offer interventions for people living with dementia and their family and friends, to help with activities such as personal care, work and leisure. A review of the literature has identified that the Tailored Activity Program can produce positive effects for people with dementia and their family and friends. This programme involves 6 home visits and 2 telephone calls from an occupational therapist, who will work collaboratively to identify enjoyable and meaningful activities, which make the most of the abilities of the person with dementia. The occupational therapist will then teach the family and friends techniques to help support the person living with dementia in these activities.
Occupational therapists are already trained in delivering the Tailored Activity Program in Scotland, however its effectiveness within the UK has not yet been studied, making it ideal for a 'small scale quality improvement initiative'. This type of initiative assess the quality, efficiency and value of a health care programme, helping NHS Scotland to deliver the best possible care. This type of initiative is also supported by the Scottish Government.
After taking part in the Tailored Activity Program, the participants will have the opportunity to give feedback on their experiences. This information, alongside the experiences of the occupational therapist will be evaluated and published.||