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Alzheimer's Care Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/01.ACQ.0000268261.76490.97
Feature Topic: Alternate Models of Care

Linking Behaviors and Interventions: The Impact of the Dementia Living Center in Its Home and Community

CURYTO, KIMBERLY J. PHD; OGLAND-HAND, SUZANN M. PHD; VRIESMAN, DEEDRE K. BA

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Abstract

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.

©2007Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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