This paper describes an occupational therapy intervention designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The intervention, based on the framework of a competence-environmental press model and the principle of collaboration, was implemented during 5 home visits. Each visit was designed to build caregiving skills through collaboration in identifying problem areas, developing and implementing environmental strategies, and modifying management approaches. A case vignette illustrates the therapeutic process and outcomes. The theoretical rationale and structure of the intervention and innovative documentation for evaluation of the theoretic process are also presented.
Corcoran, Mary A. and Gitlin, Laura N., "Dementia management: an occupational therapy home-based intervention for caregivers." (1992). Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty Papers. Paper 49.