Dementia care in assisted living: needs and challenges

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Peer Reviewed


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NLM Title Abbreviation

Issues Ment Health Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

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Assisted living (AL) is an increasingly popular long-term care option for older adults with dementia. Recent reports suggest that as many as 68% of AL residents have dementia, and that frequency of both behavioral symptoms and psychotropic medications are high. This pilot project explored the feasibility of research methods for use in AL facilities. Findings suggest that most AL residents with dementia have moderate to severe dementia, and the majority are taking one or more psychotropic medication. Descriptive and qualitative findings related to health records, caregiver perceptions of behavioral symptoms, and practicality of assessment methods undertaken are described and implications for psychiatric nursing practice and research are reviewed.


Assisted Living, Behavioral Symptoms -- Epidemiology -- In Old Age, Dementia -- Epidemiology -- In Old Age, Dementia -- Nursing, Geropsychiatric Nursing, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Correlational Studies, Cross Sectional Studies, Depression -- Epidemiology, Descriptive Statistics, Documentation, Exploratory Research, Female, Field Notes, Funding Source, Male, Midwestern United States, Pilot Studies, Psychological Tests, Psychometrics, Psychotropic Drugs -- Administration and Dosage, Qualitative Studies, Quality of Health Care, Record Review, Research, Nursing, Scales, Thematic Analysis, Human

Published Article/Book Citation

Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29:8 (2008) pp.817-838.

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