Stairlifts and Cognitive Impairment - Assessment Tools and Risk Management
25 Nov 2021
For people unable to safely use their stairs, a stairlift adaptation can be a lifeline to enable them to maintain their occupational performance in their home environment. However, people experiencing cognitive challenges from conditions such as dementia continue to be at risk of being denied stairlifts based on diagnosis and not ability. Occupational therapists rely on their skills of observation of the person’s functional ability to perform daily tasks to provide clues, however they may feel that more evidence is required to validate their decision. Some aspects of cognitive impairment may impact on stairlift use while others may not, and cognitive assessment is vital for informing occupational therapists’ decision making. This presentation will summarise how Fife social care occupational therapists are working in partnership with health occupational therapists specialising in cognitive impairment to implement use of standardised cognitive screening as part of the assessment toolkit and inform the risk management process.