Allied Health Professionals

Who are Allied Health Professionals and how can they help me?

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are a group of various health professionals who can support you if you have dementia. They are often referred to as AHPs and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

AHPs are experts in prevention and rehabilitation and will help you focus on your abilities and strengths, so you can stay connected to your community and live in your own home for as long as possible. There are several different kinds of AHPs. The following are the AHPs you are most likely to see in a community setting. Click on the titles below to learn more about how they can help you.

  • Art Therapists - Help you to communicate feelings using art
  • Dietitians - Help you to eat and drink well
  • Music Therapists - help you communicate your individual needs through music
  • Occupational Therapists - Help you to continue with the activities that are important to you. For example, getting dressed, maintaining hobbies or going to work 
  • Physiotherapists - Help you to stay active
  • Podiatrists - Help you to look after your feet
  • Speech and Language Therapists - Help you with your everyday conversations and any difficulties you have with swallowing food and fluids.

Allied Health Professionals have created a suite of information resources for people with dementia and those who support them. This includes information on activities at home, eating well, footcare and diet and hydration. This information is relevant for people living at home, being supported at home or in a care home setting. 

AHP Digital Information
Activities at home
Activities at home – getting started and environment 
Eating well at home
Footcare at home
Physical activity at home

It is best to make early contact with an AHP if you are worried about your memory or if you or someone in your family has recently been diagnosed with dementia. That way you can get the information, advice and treatment that is right for you and your family as quickly as possible.

If you would like to speak to someone about how Allied Health Professionals can help support you, call our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline number on 0808 808 3000. Alternatively, our AHP colleagues have set-up an online blog and Twitter account @AHPDementia, to share handy tips with you, showcasing how they can help support you to live well with dementia. Or you could join one of our online surgeries which are hosted by AHPs.

Resources: Allied Health Professionals Self-Management Information

Physical Activity and Exercise Ideas for People Living with Dementia

Physiotherapists have created this booklet to encourage you to keep moving at any stage of dementia.

Connecting You to Support: Living well with Dementia

This resource offers practical advice developed for you by Allied Health Professionals in Lanarkshire to support people to live well with dementia.

Tips for Talking

Speech and Language Therapists have designed a booklet on Tips for Talking. It contains advice to support communication.

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Connecting People, Connecting Support online

Occupational therapists have been working with partners to develop a new website full of information and resources to explore living well with dementia: Connecting People, Connecting Support online.

Connecting People, Connecting Support online - print at home

Here you can find a Print at Home (colour) version of the information and resources within Connecting People, Connecting Support online

Connecting People, Connecting Support online - print at home b&w

Here you can find a Print at Home (black and white) version of the information and resources within Connecting People, Connecting Support online

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Practical tips to help my memory

Occupational therapists have designed this booklet full of practical tips.

 

Six Exercises for Strength and Flexibility

Physiotherapists have designed these resources for you to manage day to day, to stay active and keep connected with your local community.

Six Exercises for Strength and Flexibility video

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Six Exercises for Strength and Balance

Physiotherapists have designed these resources for you to manage day to day, to stay active and keep connected with your local community.

Six Exercises for Strength and Balance video

Occupational Therapy leaflet

Occupational therapists have designed these top tips for you to manage day to day, to stay active and keep connected with your local community.