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.
- Dietitians - Help you to eat and drink well
- Art Therapists - Help you to communicate feelings using art
- 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
- Music Therapists - help you communicate your individual needs through music
- 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.
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.
Alternatively, our AHP colleagues have set-up an online blog, 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.