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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:

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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13th August 2018

Dehydration and Dementia

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  A recent joint study by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Canberra University in Australia found that...

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16th July 2018

Person – Centred Care in 5 Minutes!

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

  When someone has Dementia, it is all too easy to just see the illness and forget about the person they...

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24th May 2018

Person-centred Care in Dementia – Are we doing enough?

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

Hi, I’m very pleased to be doing my first Expert Insight for QCS about Person-centred Care. I have worked as...

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