Dementia Care Units
Approximately 50% of long-term nursing home admissions in the U.S. are accounted for by individuals with progressive dementia. Clearly, the number of nursing home admissions, as well as the percentage of dementia residents are expected to increase as the U.S. population ages. Although there are now more than 1,000 Alzheimer Special Care Units providing care to several thousand dementia residents, there are hundreds of thousands of persons with dementia residing in the nation's general care nursing homes. Families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's and other dementias are concerntias are concerned about:
We live very close together. So our prime pur-
pose in this life is to help others. And if you
can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
|1.||The appropriate indications for institutionalization|
|2.||The type and quality of facilities available Families and caregivers need to know what to look for in a facility before and after placement.|
Dementia Special Care Units (DSCU) were developed as a result of varied groups interested in the quality of care for cernentia patients. The establishment of these units represents a recognition of the special needs of dementia sufferers. DSCU benefit from the ongoing work of investigators in social work, psychology, medicine, nursing, and architecture as well as various sectors of the nursing home industry.
Dementia care units are defined as living areas that are largely self-contained and self-sufficient in terms of services, staffing, and congregate space. The unique offerings of specialized dementia care units are their ability to respond appropriately to each resident's needs and to plan innovatively according to each resident's individual situation. The items of utmost importance in accomplishing