Thursday, September 06, 2012
Cognitive Treatment and Reminiscence Therapy
For speech and occupational therapy providers, there is the opportunity to use reminiscence in delivery of cognitive treatment (97532) in a systematic and organized way.
Many therapists already create memory books for people facing memory loss or for those recovering from injuries affecting cognitive function. Using www.lifebio.com it is easy to even have participants type their own memories online or staff can type while the participant talks.
Simple templates on the web ask the right questions to generate an instant, short "About Me" document or a longer Biography depending on the time that will be spent with the person. The "About Me" can even be added to the EHR record or posted as part of the care plan.
A recent study by Iowa State University found that LifeBio improved cognitive function as people utilized their long-term memory for reminiscence and recording of life stories.
In addition, Mayo Clinic uses LifeBio's memory capture and reminiscence approach with people who have mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's Disease.
Cognitive therapy is defined as.... development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory, problem solving, (includes compensatory training), direct (one-on-one) patient contact by the provider.