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Katie Farrar

Occupational Therapist

Katie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the year 2000. For most of her professional career she has worked in the field of older people’s mental health services within community mental health teams. As part of this she has had extensive involvement with people with dementia and their carers, both in the community and in care home settings. Katie is currently working with the Dementia Pathway Team supporting people with dementia in the care home setting and particularly with advanced care planning for end of life care. She has also recently completed the Mental Health Act Best Interest Assessor Course at Leeds Beckett University. Katie has developed and delivered training to care homes on dementia awareness, managing delirium and managing challenging behaviour. As well, she has supported carers to offer meaningful activities and experiences and provided guidance to care homes on improving environments to become dementia friendly. Read more

Posts by Katie Farrar:

25th June 2019

Loneliness in Older Men in Care Homes

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  Some of the statistics on loneliness in older people are shocking and not just for those living alone in the...

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28th May 2019

Food for Thought: The Dining Experience and Dementia

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  This month I visited a care home to observe residents over lunchtime to see if I could offer any advice...

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09th April 2019

Emotional Needs and Difficult Behaviour in Dementia Care 

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  Behaviours of concern in dementia care are known under many different terms; behaviours that challenge, inappropriate behaviour, problem behaviour, unacceptable behaviour and...

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09th April 2019

Life History – What’s the Story?

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

When I visited my mum this week, she’s been a bit down in the dumps lately. she started to tell...

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12th March 2019

The Value of Routines in Dementia Care

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

Routines are things that happen regularly, often daily such as washing, dressing, eating, reading the newspaper and going for a...

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12th March 2019

The Serious Benefits of Laughter for People living with Dementia

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

The benefits of laughter have been recognised for a long time. We know it is a good stress reliever. Laughter...

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12th February 2019

Dementia: I’m Not Going in a Home!

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

As a community Occupational Therapist, the main reason for clients reluctance to see me was their fear that I would...

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12th February 2019

Meaningful Activities for Moderate to Severe Dementia

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

There seems to have been a lot in the news recently about the benefits of activities for people with dementia....

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29th January 2019

BBC Drama: Care – Care Workers Perspective

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

Did you watch “Care” the BBC drama, screened in December, starring Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman? It certainly caused a...

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20th December 2018

Is it The Season to be Jolly? Christmas in Dementia Care Homes

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  It’s that time of year. Festive preparations are well under way and I can feel my stress levels rising already!...

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