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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:

24th November 2020

How well do we really know the people we care for?

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

I was feeling a bit out of sorts this morning. Tired, achy, grumpy and unmotivated. I’m sure you know that...

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19th November 2020

Taking Positive Risks

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

“Life itself is a risk. We cannot eliminate risk without eliminating the person.” Professor Rhonda May What is it that makes us...

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30th July 2020

Easing Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Dementia using CBT Techniques

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

Fifty percent of people with dementia also suffer from depression (Alzheimer’s Society). This figure is likely to be much higher...

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10th July 2020

Barriers to Realising Human Rights for People Living with Dementia in Care Homes

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

Human rights and deprivation of liberty are at the forefront of policies and reforms when considering how to improve the...

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04th June 2020

Five Ways to Wellbeing in Dementia

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

You may have heard of Five Ways to Wellbeing. Developed by the New Economics Foundation, it is a guide to...

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03rd June 2020

Experiencing Dementia from the Inside

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

When we are caring for people living with dementia, we try our best to understand what they might be going...

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31st January 2020

Positive Non-verbal Communication in Dementia Care

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

It’s no surprise that losing the ability to communicate effectively can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems...

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31st January 2020

Dementia and Traumatic Experiences: Do These Memories Remain?

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

When someone in the later stages of dementia has a traumatic or upsetting experience, perhaps a particularly nasty fall or...

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31st October 2019

Robotic Pets for People with Dementia: Are we Barking up the Wrong Tree?

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  I recently read a social care report about the increasing use of robotic technology in health care. The report highlighted...

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28th October 2019

Reminiscence: An Everyday Routine

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

What is it? Reminiscence is a treatment that uses all our senses, sight, touch, taste, smell and sound, to help people...

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