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J Gerontol Nurs. 1998 Apr;24(4):30-6.

Nursing home dementia care units. Providing a continuum of care rather than aging in place.

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  • 1Marquette University, College of Nursing, Milwaukee 53201-1881, USA.


Experience from the first 24 months of a new Dementia Special Care Unit is presented with an emphasis on admission and discharge criteria, length of stay, and reasons for discharge. Maintaining residents with moderate functional abilities on a Special Care Unit is examined relative to relocation stress, aging in place, and staff needs. The benefits of providing a continuum of dementia care and the risk of potential harm of frequent intra-institutional moves are discussed.

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