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    What is physiotherapy for dementia?

    Physiotherapy for dementia involves activating the brain through physical activity and movement. Physical training has been found to have positive effects on brain function and cognitive abilities, including improving memory function, attention, thinking, and information processing speed.

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    Price of physiotherapy for dementia at home: €120 per unit
    Cash refund: €40 - €80
    Preparations: No special preparations
    Duration of results: Depending on the problem, repeat the treatment often necessary

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    Advantages of physiotherapy for dementia

    The aims of physiotherapy for dementia patients are to maintain physical function, promote independence in daily life and improve quality of life. Here are some specific goals of physiotherapy for dementia:

    Preservation of motor skills

    Regular physical training can maintain and improve muscle strength, flexibility and coordination. This can help slow the loss of motor skills that accompany the progression of dementia. However, it also plays an important role in maintaining cognitive capacity.

    Promoting independence

    Targeted exercises and physiotherapeutic measures can support and maintain everyday functions such as walking, dressing, eating and washing. This helps to maintain the independence of those affected for as long as possible.

    Fall prevention

    People with dementia have an increased risk of falling due to impaired balance and reduced motor skills. Physical therapy can help improve balance and strengthen stability, reducing the risk of falls.

    Improving the quality of life

    Physical exercise can help people with dementia to feel better and more active overall. By improving physical function and promoting mobility, they can more easily participate in daily life and promote social interactions.

    Support of cognitive functions

    Although the main impairment in dementia affects cognitive function, physical exercise can have a positive impact on cognitive performance. It has been found that physical activity can improve thinking, attention and memory.

    Why physiotherapy for dementia at home

    Physical therapy home visits for dementia can be an effective way to address the physical needs and challenges of patients in their familiar environment. Here are some benefits of physiotherapy home visits for dementia:

    Comfort and familiarity

    People with dementia can feel safer and more relaxed in their familiar surroundings. The home visit allows patient:s to work in a familiar environment, which can lead to better cooperation and more effective treatment.

    Minimization of stress

    Transportation and being in a new environment, such as a clinic or therapy center, can be stressful for patients and lead to confusion and anxiety. The home visit avoids this stress, which can have a positive impact on treatment outcomes.

    Individualized support

    During a home visit, the physical therapist can better understand the patient’s individual needs and develop a treatment strategy based on their specific abilities and limitations. There is also a better opportunity to assess the patient:s home environment and identify potential barriers.

    Involve reference persons

    Through a home visit, the physical therapist can also involve caregivers, such as family members or caregivers, in the treatment process. They can learn how to support the patient:in the home environment and integrate the therapy plan into everyday life.

    Continuity of treatment

    Regular home visits ensure continuous care and monitoring of the patient:s progress. The physical therapist can develop a treatment plan and adjust the therapy goals according to the patient’s needs.

    It is important to note that not all physical therapy interventions can be provided in a home visit. In some cases, it may be necessary to take the patient:in to a clinic or therapy center to use more specific equipment or facilities. The decision about the appropriate place of physiotherapy should be made in consultation with the treating physiotherapist and the individual needs of the patient.

    Types of physiotherapy for dementia treatments

    In dementia, physical exercise can help to alleviate cognitive impairment and slow down the loss of cognitive functions. Some options for cerebral stimulation through physical training include:

    Aerobic training

    Aerobic activities such as walking, running, swimming or cycling increase heart rate and improve blood flow, including blood flow to the brain. This can help improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain and promote neurological function.

    Coordination exercises

    Physical activities that require coordination, such as dancing, tai chi or yoga, can improve sensory perception and connections between brain cells. This can have a positive effect on cognitive performance.

    Strength training

    Exercising with weights or resistance bands can not only improve muscle strength and function, but also support bone health. In addition, strength training can stimulate the production of growth-promoting hormones that can protect the brain and promote the formation of new neurons.

    Balance and equilibrium training

    Physical activities that challenge balance, such as standing exercises or balancing on one leg, can stimulate activity in the areas of the brain responsible for balance. This can help reduce the risk of falls and improve cognitive function.

    It is important to note that physical exercise should be considered as part of a comprehensive treatment strategy for dementia. Together with your physiotherapist(s), you can develop an appropriate training program that meets your individual needs and abilities.

    Before and after physiotherapy for dementia

    Physiotherapy can play an important role in helping people with dementia to improve or maintain their motor skills, balance and general physical fitness. Various aspects can be considered before and after physiotherapy:

    Before physiotherapy treatment for dementia.

    • Assessment - A comprehensive assessment of the patient:s individual condition is performed at the outset to determine current functional status, mobility limitations and specific needs.
    • Goal Setting - Based on the assessment, specific goals for physical therapy are established to meet the needs of the patient(s). This may include improving joint mobility, strengthening muscles, improving balance or maintaining mobility.
    • Developing a treatment plan - the physical therapist:s create an individualized treatment plan that includes exercises, therapeutic interventions, and possibly assistive devices to achieve set goals.

    After physiotherapy treatment for dementia

    • Review of Progress - Upon completion of a specified number of therapy sessions, the patient:s progress is reviewed to determine if the goals set have been met and if further treatment is needed.
    • Home Recommendations and Exercises - The physical therapist can provide the patient with home exercises and recommendations to maintain progress and continue to improve function.

    The recovery time of physiotherapy treatment for dementia

    For optimal results, therapy should usually be performed 2-3 times per week. In addition, recommended exercises should be repeated independently and regularly.

    The effects of physiotherapy treatment in dementia.

    For patients with Alzheimer's disease, long-term care is important to ensure that mobility is maintained and quality of life is improved. This may include regular physical therapy sessions, adjusting the treatment plan, or collaborating with other professionals to holistically address the patient:s needs.

    FAQ Physiotherapy and dementia

    Frequently asked questions about physiotherapy for dementia

    Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the brain that leads to memory loss, cognitive impairment and changes in behavior.

    Physiotherapy can help with dementia by improving physical function, promoting balance and mobility, increasing muscle strength and reducing the risk of falls.

    Various physiotherapeutic interventions are used with patients, including movement exercises, balance training, strength training, coordination training and gait training.

    Physiotherapy can help to reduce behavioral symptoms such as agitation, restlessness and aggression in dementia patients by reducing stress and improving mood through movement and physical activity.

    Physiotherapy cannot halt or reverse the progression of dementia. However, it can help improve the patient's quality of life, promote independence, and significantly slow functional loss.

    Physiotherapy for dementia patients is individually adapted to meet the patient's specific needs and abilities. The treatment plan may vary depending on the stage of the disease and the existing physical limitations.

    In some cases, there may be risks or contraindications for certain physiotherapy interventions, particularly in advanced dementia. It is important to work with qualified physical therapists to provide the safest and most effective treatment for the individual patient.

    To find a qualified physiotherapist for dementia patients, you can ask your GP or neurologist for recommendations. You can also contact local physiotherapy practices or contact dementia associations for information.

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