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Volunteer-facilitated implementation of personalised one-to-one activities with nursing home residents with dementia and agitated behaviour

Prof Daniel O'Connor, Eva van der Ploeg
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Aged Mental Health Research Unit, Monash University
Project Description

In this study, we trained volunteers in a psychosocial intervention that has been shown to elicit positive affect and engagement, and to reduce levels of agitation, in people with dementia. The volunteers were then paired with a resident with a high frequency agitated behaviour.

In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted to check the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention from the volunteers' perspective and to measure changes in their knowledge and attitudes regarding people with dementia.

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