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Adjustment of people with dementia to residential aged care

Dr Tanya Davison, Prof Daniel O'Connor
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Monash University
Project Description

The transition to a residential aged care facility is highly stressful for people with dementia and their families, and often associated with negative outcomes such as depression. We lack information about how people with dementia adjust to their new environment and which factors may facilitate or impede this process.This information is essential in order to develop procedures and interventions that better support people with dementia in adjusting to residential care, and identify those at risk of adjustment difficulty early in their transition.

This study will identify multiple factors associated with adjustment to residential care from the perspective of residents with dementia, their families, and facility staff, and test the importance of these factors in a longitudinal study that tracks outcomes for newly admitted residents for the first three months of their stay.

The results of the study will be used to develop guidelines for aged care facilities, to enable staff to facilitate the adjustment and enhance the wellbeing of people with dementia throughout their transition to a residential aged care facility. We will work with our partner Blue Cross to disseminate the guidelines widely across the aged care industry.

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