BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

“Brain health is vitally important for our quality of life and our ability to function. As an occupational therapist, I provide practical recommendations to improve the lives of people living with memory and thinking challenges.”

Deb Chmelauskas BSc, BSc(OT)
Serving North and West Vancouver

“Brain health is vitally important for our quality of life and our ability to function. As an occupational therapist, I provide practical recommendations to improve the lives of people living with memory and thinking challenges.”

Deb Chmelauskas BSc, BSc(OT)
Serving North and West Vancouver

How We Can Help

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

Are you worried about your memory?

Be Proactive! Research is focusing on the importance of prevention and early intervention as the way to beat dementia. We work with you to determine your current cognitive function and develop personalized programs to promote your brain health.

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

Are you living with dementia?

We work with you to help you function better and maintain your independence so that you can participate in the activities you want to do. Suggestions can also be made to make your home environment safer and more user friendly.

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

Are you caregiving for someone with dementia?

We focus on personalized care plans to maximize communication and connection with your person and minimize problem behaviours associated with dementia. We also support caregivers by providing individualized programs for stress management and sleep problems.

What is occupational therapy?

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

Occupational therapists (OT) work with people who have trouble participating in day to day activities due to a health condition, illness, or disability.  Occupational therapists are university educated and are a regulated by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC). As occupational therapists, we believe health is more than alleviating a diagnosis. It is about being able to participate in life to your fullest potential. Occupational therapist work from a client or family centred perspective and work with you to develop a plan to improve, maintain or restore your function and participate in activities that are meaningful to you.

Occupational therapy interventions may include: training, education and counselling; obtaining adaptive aids or specialized equipment and evaluating and modifying the home environment.

BetterBrains: Assessment and Treatment

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West Vancouver

BetterBrains provides in home occupational therapy and dementia consultation. Service is currently provided for North and West Vancouver. Clients are seen in the comfort and convenience of their own home instead of a clinic setting as people with memory challenges often function better when they are in a familiar environment.  In addition, homebased care allows the treatment plan to be tailored to the client’s specific living situation.

Typically, the assessment process includes an initial meeting to discuss your current concerns. After this discussion, more information to tailor treatment is obtained through questionnaires, cognitive screens/assessments, and observation.

After the initial assessment a treatment plan will be developed with you.

Treatments may include:

  • Providing cognitive simulation or specific memory techniques
  • Developing brain health programs
  • Resolving care issues to help the daily routine go smoother
  • Recommending assistive aids or equipment for improved memory, safety and function
  • Developing strategies to maintain independence and participation in daily activities
  • Providing individualized solutions for stress management and sleep problems
  • Recommending options to reduce the impact of problem behaviours associated with dementia such as: wandering, agitation, hiding or loosing things, repetitive behaviours and sleep/night time disturbance

At BetterBrains, we work with your existing caregivers including family, friends, home-support services, community health care teams and your GP or geriatrician to facilitate communication and continuity of care. We are also able to help set up additional services or refer to community supports if you need further assistance.

About Us

BetterBrains Deb Chmelauskas Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy North Shore North Vancouver West VancouverDeb Chmelauskas
Occupational Therapist and Founder

Deb Chmelauskas graduated from University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. and then went on to complete her Occupational Therapy degree at Queen’s University. She has been practicing occupational therapy for over 14 years. She has had additional training in cognitive rehabilitation and has obtained Dementia Care Specialist certifications.

Deb has worked many areas of eldercare including acute care, clinic-based care, community health, assisted living, extended care and private practice. Along with her specialization in cognitive health for older adults she has extensive knowledge in the physical conditions and illnesses that are often associated with aging. Deb is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Deb lives on the North Shore with her husband and their two children.

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