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Research Article  |   September 1992
Dementia Management: An Occupational Therapy Home-Based Intervention for Caregivers
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mary A. Corcoran, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Occupational Therapy, 130 South 9th Street, Suite 820, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is Associate Professor and Research Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Occupational Therapy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Copyright © 1992 by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Article Information
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia / Neurologic Conditions / Research
Research Article   |   September 1992
Dementia Management: An Occupational Therapy Home-Based Intervention for Caregivers
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1992, Vol. 46, 801-808. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.9.801
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1992, Vol. 46, 801-808. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.9.801
Abstract

This paper describes an occupational therapy intervention designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The intervention, based on the framework of a competence-environmental press model and the principle of collaboration, was implemented during 5 home visits. Each visit was designed to build caregiving skills through collaboration in identifying problem areas, developing and implementing environmental strategies, and modifying management approaches. A case vignette illustrates the therapeutic process and outcomes. The theoretical rationale and structure of the intervention and innovative documentation for evaluation of the theoretic process are also presented.