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Taking an Innovative Approach to Caring for Cognitive Patients

Posted by Brian Shevel on 18 February 2014

A new and innovative activity-based cognitive intervention program from Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region has been found to delay the onset of dementia and existing symptoms of the disorder.

The Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM) uses mental stimulation to slow cognitive decline. Based on cutting-edge scientific research and a report from The National Institutes of Health, Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region is proud to offer CTM. Our caregivers are trained in its methods and will administer it in the comfort of your loved one's home, since being in a familiar environment is often beneficial to dementia patients.

CTM employs 20 activities that target five primary cognitive domains. After a thorough evaluation is performed, the program is then personalized to each client according to their abilities, limitations, personal interests, preferences, and personal histories. Our team of experts bring innovative, research-based solutions to our clients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

While many therapies for patients with dementia are based around memory loss, CTM also focuses on cognitive and non-cognitive domains. In addition, Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region involves the family members of clients undergoing the therapy, providing regular updates, as well as various educational and support methods for those who wish to learn the best methods for communicating and interacting with their loved ones who are afflicted with this condition.

We will choose the intervention that is best suited to our client's needs, based on our selection of over 300 methods. This selection is growing as more and more research becomes available.

Our interventions target five different areas;

  • Executive Functioning: This targets cognitive abilities such as reasoning, problem solving, judgment, and cognitive flexibility.
  • Attention: This enhances the client's ability to focus on a specific piece of information while suppressing awareness of competing distractions.
  • Language: Our caregiver helps the client to execute verbal functions, such as spontaneous speech, speech repetition, speech comprehension, naming, reading, and writing.
  • Visual-Spatial Perception: Here, we teach the client to properly perceive the relationship between objects and space.
  • Memory: This method enhances the client's ability to retain information and use it later for adaptive purposes.
Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region uses an extensive evaluation process to create a program that's suited to our client's needs. For an assessment, you can either contact us directly or you may be referred to the program by a physician. The evaluation will involve the client and a family member in order to best understand their strengths, weaknesses, background, and preferences.

After the evaluation has been completed, the client is ready to begin. Our trained caregiver or Certified Interventionist will visit them in their home and provide their family with regular updates on their progress.

To learn more about the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, contact Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region today or visit our web site for more information.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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