Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home

D. M. Benson, D. Cameron, E. Humbach, L. Servino, S. R. Gambert

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Thirty-two demented, elderly residents of a nursing home were admitted to a specially designed dementia unit. Each patient was assessed three times: prior to admission, and at four and 12 months after admission to the unit. Patients were evaluated using a modified version of a previously published assessment scale as well as with a standardized New York State numerical rating system. There was an increased level of functioning in both mental and emotional status and basic functions of daily living at both four (P ≤ 0.001) and 12 months (P ≤ 0.005). The improvement in scores was maintained over a prolonged time period, despite the expectation of progression of the dementing process. There was no change noted on the New York State assessment. Our data suggest that a select group of demented elderly can benefit from being placed on a specialized dementia unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume35
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Benson, D. M., Cameron, D., Humbach, E., Servino, L., & Gambert, S. R. (1987). Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 35(4), 319-323.

Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home. / Benson, D. M.; Cameron, D.; Humbach, E.; Servino, L.; Gambert, S. R.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 35, No. 4, 1987, p. 319-323.

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Benson, DM, Cameron, D, Humbach, E, Servino, L & Gambert, SR 1987, 'Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 319-323.
Benson DM, Cameron D, Humbach E, Servino L, Gambert SR. Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1987;35(4):319-323.
Benson, D. M. ; Cameron, D. ; Humbach, E. ; Servino, L. ; Gambert, S. R. / Establishment and impact of a dementia unit within the nursing home. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1987 ; Vol. 35, No. 4. pp. 319-323.
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