JD The OT Therapy Services has trained, certified Skills2Care® therapists who come to your home and give you the tools and coping skills you need. With education and training for you and your family, you learn to reduce the stress of your day-to-day challenges with your loved one’s dementia.
Developed at Thomas Jefferson University, Skills2Care® is an evidence-based, in-home program. By fortifying your wellbeing and honing your skills, you slow your loved one’s loss of daily functioning as they succumb to their dementia, decreasing your dementia patient’s challenging behaviors, which could trigger you to place them in a nursing home.
The Skills2Care® program is based on 20 years of research published in the September 2010 issue of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), titled: “A Biobehavioral Home-Based Intervention and Well-being of Patients with Dementia and Their Caregivers.” The study demonstrated that outcomes from specific Biobehavioral interventions “compared favorably with pharmacological trials, yet no adverse side effects.” In other words, caring for your loved one is as beneficial in slowing their decline as are prescriptions, but without the bad side effects.
A core disease feature of dementia is functional decline, indicating a risk factor for a poor quality of life, increased healthcare costs, institutionalization, and mortality.
As the disease progresses, families like yours provide increasing hands-on physical assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) often resulting in your elevated distress; a risk factor for deciding to place your loved one in a nursing home.
JD The OT develops and implements Skills2Care® strategies tailored specifically for your unique needs and environments, teaching your family caregivers how to grapple with the day-to-day challenges of your dementia patient while remaining upbeat, positive, and calm.
As we mentioned above, Skills2Care is an evidence-based program designed to teach you, the caregiver, dementia patient techniques to better care for yourself and your family members, such as the skills needed to handle resisting help, wandering, and other dementia-related behaviors.
With our emphasis on personal care and quality of life, JD The OT conducts a comprehensive Skills2Care® consultation with you to assess your anxiety level, then we educate you, training you in proven stress reduction techniques and the psychological tools needed to manage your loved one’s activities, enabling them to master essential and worthwhile activities.
JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services has made it our mission to use our experience and knowledge to train you how to cope with the daily stresses and upsets encountered helping your loved one live their best lives, so you better understand and are better equipped to care for yourself and your family.
Every day can present a challenge when caring for a loved one with dementia. Our JD The OT certified, trained Skills2Care® team wants you to be as well-equipped as possible, which is why we work hard to ensure you understand the best ways to manage your anxiety and care for your loved one. We work closely with your family at a pace comfortable for you. And we treat all our clients with the same level of care and respect we do our own family.
After our Skills2Care® in-home training is complete, you’ll have the tools you and your loved one need to live the highest possible quality of life.
We’re always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
If you are the caregiver of a patient recently diagnosed with dementia, call JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services today: 727-222-3762.
Hernando / Pasco / Northern Pinellas