Supporting Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia: Evidence and Discussion with Brandy Archie (CE Course)

Learn more about supporting caregivers of people with dementia in the OT CEU course with Brandy Archie!
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Course Description

Released March 1, 2021 from Aurora, NE

This podcast episode discusses the important topic of how to support those who care for people with dementia. Dementia tends to inform many conversations around caregiving, largely because it is such a pressing public health concern.

Yet, this is a conversation that goes beyond a single diagnosis. After all, many of our occupational therapy clients receive some type of caregiving, whether formal or informal. And, the reality is that caregivers’ health (or lack thereof) is likely to impact our clients’ health.

I believe all occupational therapists—regardless of practice setting or patient population—will benefit from understanding the takeaways from this research.

After we look at some specific research on this topic, we’ll be bringing in our expert guest, Brandy Archie, OTD, the founder of AccessAble Living, to talk about the practical implications of supporting caregivers in your OT practice.

Primary Research Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article, then share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Vandepitte S, Van Den Noortgate N, Putman K, Verhaeghe S, Faes K, Annemans L. Effectiveness of Supporting Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia: A Systematic Review of Randomized and Non-Randomized Controlled Trials. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Apr 8;52(3):929-65. doi: 10.3233/JAD-151011. PMID: 27079704.

Secondary Research 

Effectiveness of interventions for co‐residing family caregivers of people with dementia: Systematic review and meta‐analysis

A comprehensive meta-review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on nonpharmacological interventions for informal dementia caregivers

Learning Objectives

  • Based on the research, you will be able to identify commonalities of OT interventions that had the best outcomes.
  • Based on the research, you will be able to identify which areas of caregiver health may be most beneficial to assess for measuring outcomes.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown of primary research (10 minutes)

  • Why is there such a need to support informal caregivers of people with dementia?
  • What does the research tell us about the potential toll of being a caregiver—and how does this impact the health of the person with dementia?
  • What was the intent of this systematic review?
  • How did the classify supportive interventions?
  • What OT-specific results did they find?
  • What assessments were used in the OT studies?
  • What were some other results of interest to OTs?
  • What did the authors conclude and discuss?
  • What are some practical takeaways for OTs?

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Brandy Archie) (45 minutes)

  • Why do you think it is important for OTs to consider the support of caregivers?
  • What are the current gaps you see in adequately supporting caregivers?
  • Based on your reading/experience, what are some components of an OT interventions that would focus more explicitly on supporting caregivers?
  • How do you see the support of caregivers playing out in your own practice?
  • How do you use home modifications to support caregivers?
  • Have you ever done any assessments related to caregiver health/burden? Did any assessments in the research look interesting to you?
  • What are some ways OTs can get reimbursed for providing caregiver support? How can we document caregiver support to ensure we get paid for our time?
  • In your ideal world, how would you like to see OTs supporting caregivers in the traditional setting, as well as by taking a more entrepreneurial approach?

Contact Hours

1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Target Audience/Educational Level

Occupational therapy practitioners who work with caregivers and patients with dementia. The educational level is introductory.

Instructional Methods/Registration/Special Needs Requests/Cancellation Policy

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be cancelled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.


Brandy Archie, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP, CLVT

Dr. Brandy Archie, occupational therapist

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is certified in both Living in Place and Low Vision Therapy. Dr. Archie has over 13 years of experience in home health, neuro, and elder-focused practice settings.

She is currently the Founding Director of AccessAble Living, a company whose mission is to adapt environments to fit the needs of older adults to keep them living safely in their homes in Missouri and Kansas.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L:

Podcast host, Sarah Lyon OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011. Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.

In 2011, Sarah launched OT Potential because she realized we needed a reliable source of quality occupational therapy-related content and resources. She has also had the opportunity to create content for brands like WebPT, MedBridge, Saebo, and NeuroLutions.

She launched the OT Potential Club in 2019 to marry her love of simplifying complex topics with her desire to help therapists access the most important OT-related research released each year.

Sarah is a prairie girl at heart, which is why she returned to her hometown to raise her children in Aurora, Nebraska (home of the strobe light).

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NBCOT renewal:
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