Subject Area

Health care policy

Description

Dementia is a disease in which people lose parts or, in the case of more severe cases, all of their cognitive functioning, negatively impacting their daily lives. Remembering, thinking, and reasoning are examples of these functions. As dementia progresses in a person, performing tasks becomes challenging, bringing families to consider long-term care institutions as an alternative to informal caregiving. Families look at the combination of characteristics and socio-cultural background of an institution's patients and formal caregivers before entrusting their loved one to their care (Yaffe et al., 2002). The World Health Organization states that "more than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide" (World Health Org., 2021). Assisted living facilities consist of an array of older people, among whom "two-thirds of residents have dementia, and 90 percent possess some degree of cognitive impairment" (Zimmerman et al., 2014). These institutions provide patients with supportive therapy, a safe place to reside, and assistance with everyday tasks. The efficacy and administration rates of long-term care facilities are governed by three internal components: staff, environment, and care circumstances. These, among other things, influence the quality of care dementia patients receive, as well as their condition, mood, and overall quality of life.

Publisher

Providence College

Date

Spring 5-20-2022

Start Date

4-8-2022 3:15 PM

Type

Article

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Language

English

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Health Policy Commons

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