New Ways for Better Days: Tailoring Activities for Persons with Dementia and Caregivers (TAP) is an individualized, family -centric program. It provides people with dementia with activities that are tailored to their abilities and interests and trains caregivers (formal and informal) in use of activities as part of daily care routines. The program has been shown in randomized trials to improve quality of life of persons with dementia, and reduce behavioral symptoms and caregiver time providing care as well as improving engagement and caregiver sense of efficacy.
The program is delivered or supervised by occupational therapists and involves three phases: A novel assessment approach to identify preserved capabilities, physical functioning and previous and current interests of the person with dementia;
Development of “activity prescriptions” which specifies the person’s capabilities, an activity and activity schedule, specifications for setting up the activity and strategies for effectively involving the person with dementia;
Instructing caregivers in using prescribed activities for future cognitive declines and how to generalize specific strategies (e.g., communication) to other care challenges
The program can be integrated into home care, provided as part of other caregiver support programs as well as used in care settings (adult day, hospital, assisted living, nursing homes).
The program is currently in use throughout the United States and in other countries including Brazil, Scotland, England and Australia.
Price for U.S. Citizens:
Who is eligible for TAP certification?
Occupational therapists (OTs) and other health professionals (working closely with OTs) who work with older adult clients such as home health care agencies, hospitals, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult daycare centers.
Training and Certification Requirements
To use the New Ways for Better Days Program, training and certification is required. Occupational therapists (OTs) and other health professionals (working closely with OTs) who work with older adult clients are eligible for training and certification.
Training and Certification consists of the following activities:
- Completion of six, 50 minute on-line learning modules (self-paced, recommend over 2 weeks)
- Completion of reading materials (manuals, select articles)
- Participation in up to an 8 hour in-person or live (virtual) webinar training
- Three coaching calls
- Review of assessment reports and activity prescriptions for up to 3 cases
Overview of On-line learning Modules
Module 1: TAP Overview
This program will enable those interested in the Tailored Activity Program (TAP), to learn about its principles and treatment components. TAP is designed to help persons with dementia re-engage in daily life and by doing so prevent, reduce, and manage behavioral symptoms that are the hallmark of dementia.
Module 2: The Assessment Phase
Explore the details of TAP and the first of its three phases, Assessment. Assessments are an important part of TAP. Assessment is the integral first step in evaluating the person with dementia, caregiver, and environmental so that meaningful tailored activities can be developed.
Over the course of this module, we’ll introduce you to a variety of tools and measures you can use to start evaluating the person with dementia, and his/her caregiver
Module 3: Brainstorming and Activity Planning
Learn “Brainstorming,” a key component of developing tailored activities. This module will provide some background on best methods and tips for brainstorming, and also provide several examples (as well as opportunities to try brainstorming yourself).
Conduct detailed the environment assessment to help determine ways to set it up for helping the person with dementia engage in activities effectively.
Module 4: Introducing and Implementing Activity Prescriptions
Use TAP principles to develop activity prescriptions for the caregiver and the person with dementia and how to implement an activity prescription effectively.
This module will continue to focus on ways to gain buy-in from caregivers, demonstrate activities to caregivers, and provide strategies for responding to feedback from the person with dementia as he/she engages (or doesn’t engage) in activities.
Module 5: Generalization
Learn how to teach the caregiver how to modify the activity prescriptions as the disease progresses and how to apply the principles learned to problem solve additional care challenges, even after they’ve completed TAP.
Module 6: Tying it Together
In this final module, best practices, and tips are provided and specific challenges of implementing the program are reviewed.
Overview of In Person or Virtual Training
In person or virtual training includes up to 8 hours to:
- Review questions about the program
- Learn how to integrate program into different practice settings
- Identify evaluation strategies for fidelity and quality improvement
- Practice through case presentations program principles
- Self-paced, Online Learning Modules
- One day in person or virtual training
- Three coaching calls
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- Six learning modules
- One day in-person or virtual training
- Three coaching calls
- Two-year licensing agreement**
- An agency or clinical setting seeking group training (5 or more)
- Not an occupational therapist
- Seek training as part of an OTD or other doctoral level program
- Living in a country other than USA
**After two-years for licensing renewal will cost $100