Together, the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and Alzheimer Scotland, help care for and support people living with dementia and their loved ones to have more good days.
Willy lives in Edinburgh, and in 2021, was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. As a retired professional, he now focuses his time on painting, drawing, and campaigning for issues he is passionate about. We have many Occupational Therapists supporting the people of Edinburgh who specialise in a variety of services and, here, Willy shares his experience of working in partnership with Jennifer, an Occupational Therapist. Jennifer specialises in Older People’s mental health and introduced him to Occupational Therapy Home Based Memory Rehabilitation*. This is a rehabilitation intervention which introduces cognitive strategies that support him to maintain his skills and independence as he navigates his way through the changes he is experiencing and adjustments needed to cope with his condition.
“There have times I’ve not been sure about it, but I have learnt to accept that some things being put forward are a good idea and I’ve been open to putting my own spin on the strategies to make them work for me. Overall, I can simply say that this support has changed my life.”
You can access the audio conversation between Willy and Jennifer above. Thank you to Willy for sharing his expertise and experiences.
*Occupational Therapy Home Based Memory Rehabilitation is an individualised post diagnostic intervention which is being implemented in health board areas across Scotland and supported by Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Government, to deliver the national AHP policy, Connecting People, Connecting Support. If you would like to find out more about this or have any questions about Allied Health Professionals in Scotland, email [email protected].