Navigation Links
Dementia Patients Seem to Benefit From Small Group Homes
Date:9/16/2011

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with dementia appear to be better off in small group homes rather than large nursing homes because they offer a domestic environment where patients can live as individuals, new research suggests.

And small group homes offer the added benefit of allowing the relatives of dementia patients to get involved, the researchers pointed out in the study published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

"It's estimated that 80 million people worldwide will suffer from dementia by 2040," Ezra van Zadelhoff, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, said in a journal news release. "Up until now, traditional care for people with dementia has mostly been provided in large nursing homes. However, a number of countries are increasingly providing care in small group homes, which offer a more domestic environment focusing on normal daily life."

Small group homes have already been established in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Japan. In conducting the study, researchers focused on two such homes with 10 residents each, located in an urban area in the Netherlands. The smaller living units were situated on the campus of a traditional large-scale nursing home.

Inside the homes were a communal living room and kitchen. Eight residents have a private bedroom with their own furniture. The remaining 12 residents share bedrooms decorated as they would be in a traditional home. All of the residents, however, require around-the-clock care, which is provided by a full-time nursing staff experienced in geriatric care.

This nursing staff helps the residents perform general household duties and daily activities, such as cleaning, cooking, walking and exercising.

After observing the residents for 32 hours over the course of eight days and interviewing five of the residents as well as some family members and staff, the researchers found that the residents felt at home in their small group environment. Daily activities also provided the patients with stability and clarity, the study noted. The patients were also able to involve themselves in familiar activities, which helped them maintain their identity and feel more comfortable.

Relatives of the residents were treated as family, not just visitors, the researchers pointed out. They had keys to the home, visited regularly and helped with patients' personal care and chores.

The investigators also found that nurses working in the small group home were able to foster strong relationships with the residents and tailor care to their specific needs.

"The findings of our study indicate that the key to providing person-centered care for people with dementia is to enable people to be themselves and live in an environment where they and their families can get involved in normal daily activities," van Zadelhoff explained in the news release.

"However, the model is not without its problems," she added. "Nursing staff get more involved with residents and this can conflict with their clinical and professional distance. And the families in our study varied in how much they wanted to get involved in the care provided by the home, which sometimes led to tension."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about dementia.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Nursing, news release, Sept. 15, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Dementia Rates Escalate as Brain Capacity Diminishes with Age
2. Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes
3. Untreated poor vision in elderly linked to dementia, University of Michigan study shows
4. Two UCSF Scientists to Receive Prestigious Dementia Research Honor
5. Carnegie Mellon will test ability of embedded sensors to detect onset of dementia, infirmity
6. Dementia study launched within the deaf community
7. Major depression more than doubles risk of dementia among adults with diabetes
8. New Report Says African-Americans and Hispanics More Likely to Have Alzheimers Disease And Dementia Than Whites
9. New Report Says Hispanics Are One and One-Half Times More Likely to Have Alzheimers Disease and Dementia Than Whites
10. New Report says African-Americans Two Times More Likely to Have Alzheimers Disease and Dementia Than Whites
11. Could Lowering Blood Pressure Help Stop Dementia?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Dementia Patients Seem to Benefit From Small Group Homes 
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... The MBI “Hall of Fame” recognizes the contributions ... have had a significant impact on the careers of all others involved. , ... was inducted into the MBI’s Hall of Fame. The induction took place during the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... March is National Kidney ... a punch when it comes to maintaining good health. Every day, two kidneys filter ... kidneys filter every drop of your blood, eliminating waste, regulating fluid levels and blood ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... in Los Angeles based healthcare technology company California Healthcom Group (CHG). , ... US, and healthcare arena. With headquarters in California, CHG is a growing, internationally ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Michael Lanteri ... the greater Fort Collins area, has unveiled a collaboration with nonprofit Big Bones ... Donations to this worthy cause may now be made at http://bigbonescaninerescue.com/ . ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Altec Products, Inc. , a ... their 2016 Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year at DocLink Evolution , ... recognizes The Resource Group for their outstanding relationship with Altec and their ability ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... to their offering. ... The global capillary electrophoresis market to grow at a CAGR ... Global Capillary Electrophoresis Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an ... the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Drug diversion is ... misuse and deadly overdoses. A new oral fluid ... www.cordantsolutions.com , reports more detailed and actionable ... can potentially improve therapy adherence, patient safety, and ... Cordant Comprehensive Oral fluid Rx Evaluation (CORE) system ...
(Date:3/23/2017)...  A new genetic test has been discovered ... who carry HLA-B*15:02 and who are ... deadly side effect of certain medications used to ... HLA-B*15:02 is strongly associated with life-threatening severe ... toxic epidermal necrolysis in patients treated with carbamazepine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: