An Environmental Approach to Reducing Agitation in Older Persons With Dementia in a Nursing Home

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154669
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Presentation
Title:
An Environmental Approach to Reducing Agitation in Older Persons With Dementia in a Nursing Home
Abstract:
An Environmental Approach to Reducing Agitation in Older Persons With Dementia in a Nursing Home
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Wilkes, Lesley M., PhD, MHPEd, GradDipED, BSc, CM, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Wentworth Area Health Service
Title:Acting Dean, College of Social & Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney
Co-Authors:Andrew Fleming, PhD, MHlthSc, BAppSc, RN; Benjamin L. Wilkes, BPsych; Jane Cioffi, RN, BSC, MAS; Jenny Le Miere, RN, ADCNS, BHM
Objective: This paper aims to report the effects on challenging (agitated) behaviours, such as aggression, noisiness and wandering, when persons with dementia were relocated to a special unit. Method: The study was a simple interrupted time series quasi-experimental design. The dependent variable was agitated behaviour. The independent variables were residing in old unit and in Special Care Unit. Twenty-two persons with dementia, in a nursing home were involved in this study. The subjects were assessed weekly for one month prior to the move to the Special Care Unit and weekly for one month at three and six months after the move. Data were entered into SPSS software and analysed. Results: This study suggests there are initially changes in behaviour resulting from environmental conditions however only verbal agitated behaviour is affected in the longer term. The most significant results from the study were that the verbally agitated behaviour of the subjects was reduced and sustained throughout the six months of the study after their move into a Special Care Unit. Conclusions: Special care units (SCU) are seen as an imperative adjunct to caring for persons with dementia. This study has shown that environmental design does impact positively in the care of persons with dementia. Further research should explore components of new environments such as Snoezelen rooms and single rooms and compare with studies of units.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Environmental Approach to Reducing Agitation in Older Persons With Dementia in a Nursing Homeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154669-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Environmental Approach to Reducing Agitation in Older Persons With Dementia in a Nursing Home</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wilkes, Lesley M., PhD, MHPEd, GradDipED, BSc, CM, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wentworth Area Health Service</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Acting Dean, College of Social &amp; Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mcmanua@wahs.nsw.gov.au</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Andrew Fleming, PhD, MHlthSc, BAppSc, RN; Benjamin L. Wilkes, BPsych; Jane Cioffi, RN, BSC, MAS; Jenny Le Miere, RN, ADCNS, BHM</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: This paper aims to report the effects on challenging (agitated) behaviours, such as aggression, noisiness and wandering, when persons with dementia were relocated to a special unit. Method: The study was a simple interrupted time series quasi-experimental design. The dependent variable was agitated behaviour. The independent variables were residing in old unit and in Special Care Unit. Twenty-two persons with dementia, in a nursing home were involved in this study. The subjects were assessed weekly for one month prior to the move to the Special Care Unit and weekly for one month at three and six months after the move. Data were entered into SPSS software and analysed. Results: This study suggests there are initially changes in behaviour resulting from environmental conditions however only verbal agitated behaviour is affected in the longer term. The most significant results from the study were that the verbally agitated behaviour of the subjects was reduced and sustained throughout the six months of the study after their move into a Special Care Unit. Conclusions: Special care units (SCU) are seen as an imperative adjunct to caring for persons with dementia. This study has shown that environmental design does impact positively in the care of persons with dementia. Further research should explore components of new environments such as Snoezelen rooms and single rooms and compare with studies of units.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:11:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:11:00Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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