Restorative Care

Pilot Testing of the Restorative Care Intervention for the Cognitively Impaired

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test the feasibility and impact of a 2-tiered motivational intervention, the Restorative Care Intervention for the Cognitively Impaired (Res-Care-CI), on nursing home residents with moderate to severe cognitive impairment. DESIGN: Single-group repeated measures study. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: Participants were 46 nursing home residents with moderate to severe cognitive impairment at a single nursing home designed for individuals with dementia.

Barriers and Benefits to Implementing a Restorative Care Intervention in Nursing Homes

OBJECTIVES: This study considered the factors that facilitated or prevented nursing assistants (NAs) from engaging in restorative care activities. DESIGN: This was a qualitative study using a focus group methodology. SETTING: Study participants were recruited from 6 nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were nursing assistants (NAs) from a study testing the implementation of a restorative care intervention (Res-Care) study. Of the 244 NAs recruited from the 6 treatment sites, 179 were available at 12 months and 93 (52%) participated in the study.

Restorative Care With Cognitively Impaired Older Adults Moving Beyond Behavior

More than half of individuals diagnosed with dementia experience significant functional limitations. A restorative philosophy of care focuses on the restoration and/or maintenance of physical function and helps older adults to compensate for functional impairments so the the highest level of function is obtained and complications of physical dependance are minimized.

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