A new team of Occupational Therapists is in the process of development in Cwm Taf University Health Board who will provide an innovative, enabling service for patients with early stage memory loss.

This Occupational Therapy service will be the first of its kind in Wales to deliver the innovative programme of intervention, working in line with the aims of the Dementia Action Plan, and in collaboration with patients, family and carers.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething visited Ysbyty Cwm Cynon today to talk to the team about the service and its benefits to patients.

Mr Gething, said: “Our vision is for Wales to be a dementia friendly nation that recognises the rights of people with dementia to feel valued and to live as independently as possible in their communities.

“The Cwm Taf’s memory assessment service helps to support our Dementia Action Plan for Wales and will give people with dementia an improved quality of life.”

This new service affords patients, family and carers with an opportunity to receive an enabling approach at an earlier stage. The Occupational Therapy Service, will provide support for patients to maintain or enhance independence for extended periods of time in their home and community.

Janet Bevan, principal occupational therapist at the health board, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Cwm Taf. There are currently successful services based in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and this will be the first of its kind in Wales.  We are linking practice and research together to ensure the service meets the needs of the patient, family and carers.”

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