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Supportive care for the person with dementia$
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Julian Hughes, Mari Lloyd-Williams, and Greg Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.001.0001

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Assisted living programmes providing supportive care for dementia

Assisted living programmes providing supportive care for dementia

(p.189) Chapter 20 Assisted living programmes providing supportive care for dementia
Supportive care for the person with dementia

Philip D. Sloane

Sheryl Zimmerman

Oxford University Press

The aim of assisted living programmes in the US is to provide a stable place of residence for older people who would otherwise be unable to live independently. The hope is that quality of life will be maximized through meaningful activity and support. The intention is that assisted living should prevent the need for admission to hospitals or nursing homes, although both of these outcomes occur quite frequently. Research shows that a good proportion of people in assisted living have dementia, and it seems possible in many cases to maintain relative independence even until the end of life. This chapter discusses the emergence of assisted living as a dementia care setting, the needs of persons with dementia in assisted living, supporting daily living and quality of life, supporting the person with end-stage dementia, and dementia-specific assisted living units and facilities.

Keywords:   assisted living, dementia care, supportive care, quality of life

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