This dissertation approach is a program development to train nursing home nursing staff in providing high quality of care to patients diagnosed with dementia. Quality of care consists of the provision of understanding, compassion, empathy, positive communication and interaction, respect, acceptance, patience, and safety. It also consists of healthy environment, comfort, warm attitude, effective behavior management and coping skills, family involvement, and interchangeable patient medical information with the clinical team. This psycho-educational and behavior management training on dementia was designed based on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, including behavioral and cognitive techniques to train nursing staff in using these important elements that build up high quality of care based on dementia patients’ psychological and psychosocial needs. It is provided on a weekly basis for 3 hours per a period of 7 weeks in the conference room of each nursing home. A geroneuropsychologist or a psychiatric nurse conducts the psycho-education program. The main expected outcomes are (a) improvement in nursing staff’s knowledge on dementia, which in turn will improve the quality of care that they provide to individuals with dementia; (b) less emotional burden, including burnout and compassion fatigue, for nursing staff; (c) nursing staff more prepared and confident to work with this population; (d) improvement in patients’ challenging behaviors; (e) better patient attitude; and (f) improvement in patients’ mental health—for example, showing less depressive mood and anxiety, which often are comorbid conditions in individuals with dementia.
|Advisor:||Martinez, Isaac G.|
|Commitee:||Howard, Ja'net, Donovan, Amy|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Behavioral psychology, Behavioral Sciences|
|Keywords:||Behavior management, Dementia, Nursing homes, Nursing staff, Psycho-educational|
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