The Dementia Living Center is a program created to serve persons with dementia with significant need-driven behavior. Long-term care facilities do not have the resources or training needed to deal effectively with this high-need population, which often results in shuffling the person between settings. This program aims to (1) improve behavior using a theoretical framework that addresses medical, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, and (2) maintain gains by facilitating a successful transition through education and support. This article describes the startup of the program, the physical environment, clinical model employed, and evaluation of the program.
Kimberly J. Curyto, PhD, is Clinical Director and Research Scientist at the Center for Senior Care at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Polisher Research Institute.
Suzann M. Ogland-Hand, PhD, is Director of the Center for Senior Care at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Mich, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University.
Deedre K. Vriesman, BA, is Research Assistant at the Center for Senior Care at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Counseling.
Address correspondence to: Kimberly J. Curyto, PhD, Dementia Living Center, Center for Senior Care, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300 68th St SE, PO Box 165, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.