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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:

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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14th November 2018

The Magic of Music in Dementia Care

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else...

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30th October 2018

Dementia: Appearance Matters

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  There seems to be plenty of practical advice out there on dressing someone with dementia. Providing clothes that are easy...

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09th October 2018

The Wanderer

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  Wandering is very common amongst people with dementia and is quite a worry for those concerned with their safety and...

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25th September 2018

Sundowning (Late Day Confusion)

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  It’s early evening and there are lots of jobs to do, but Bill has decided he wants to “go home”....

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25th September 2018

Engaging Family & Friends with Activities and Care

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  There has been a lot in the media recently about the special bonds between care home residents and children. It...

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10th September 2018

Family Care-givers as Part of The Team

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  When a new resident arrives it has become standard practice now for the family care-givers and perhaps close friends to...

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