Critically Appraised Topic
How does Snoezelen compare to other more traditional forms of therapy on individuals with dementia?
Clinical Bottom Line
The goal of an Occupational Therapist is to provide therapy that is based on engagement in meaningful and purposeful occupations or activities of daily living and to encourage participation in these activities in spite of limitations or impairments in physical and/or mental functions. With the rise in baby boomers, there is a need for OTs to use positive and new interventions in order to address the ever-changing and increasing client base. Snoezelen appears to be a potential option for an OT while working with individuals who have dementia.
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