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Nonpharmacological interventions in care homes 

Nonpharmacological interventions in care homes
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Nonpharmacological interventions in care homes
Author(s):

Ian A. James

and Jane Fossey

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0021
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date: 25 November 2017

A large proportion of older people with dementia live in care homes and there has been growing concern in the UK and internationally about the quality of care and inappropriate use of medication for residents. This chapter outlines some of the context and concerns. It goes on to reviews the range of psychosocial interventions available to improve quality of life and well-being of residents and those to treat mental health problems and behaviour seen as challenging. It provides a framework to consider the complex interaction between physical, mental and cognitive health which is required when selecting appropriate treatments. The most common interventions are reviewed and the evidence to support their use outlined, providing an indication of the circumstances in which they may be most helpful.

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