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Dementia specialist care units 

Dementia specialist care units
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Dementia specialist care units
Author(s):

Rebecca Palm

and Sabine Bartholomeyczik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0038
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date: 23 October 2019

Dementia specialist care units (DSCUs) provide care for people with dementia and severe challenging behaviour who live in nursing homes. They are an alternative care setting within traditional nursing homes. By providing certain physical design features, employing staff with additional dementia expertise and training, enhancing psychosocial care, and focusing on the active involvement of families, these units aim to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. However, research has not demonstrated a clear benefit of DSCUs for people with dementia to date. Nevertheless, they are regarded as an essential pillar of dementia long-term care services and are a topic of several national dementia strategies.

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