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Clinical geropsychology practice in long-term care facilities 

Clinical geropsychology practice in long-term care facilities
Clinical geropsychology practice in long-term care facilities

Anne Margriet Pot

and Bernadette Willemse

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date: 21 September 2018

The aim of this chapter was twofold. First, we described nursing home care in the Netherlands, especially the change from traditional hospital-like care to person-centered care and the general role of geropsychologists in the nursing home setting. In addition, we described four typical cases in different nursing home settings to illustrate the role of geropsychologists. A few conclusions can be drawn based on what has been discussed. Geropsychologists have different roles in the Dutch nursing home care system. Their role as clinical practitioner includes the more traditional tasks such as (neuro)psychological assessment and treatment of mental health problems, but prevention and improvement of quality of life of the residents is increasingly part of this role. The same holds for their role as a coach of the care system around the residents, and especially the nursing staff. This broad expertise of geropsychologists, much broader than doing (neuro)psychological assessments alone, make them an essential partner in the care for nursing home residents. We did not discuss the other roles geropsychologists may also have: as a manager or as a scientific researcher in such a facility. The last one is especially important to improve the evidence-based practice of geropsychology and to improve the strength of the discipline to enhance and optimize the quality of life of nursing home residents.

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