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Dementia (London). 2018 Oct 24:1471301218806082. doi: 10.1177/1471301218806082. [Epub ahead of print]

Healthy adjustment for new residents with dementia using SettleIN: A feasibility study in UK care homes.

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Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK.
Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Kings College London, London, UK.
Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.



This study aimed to develop and explore feasibility of SettleIN, a staff-led programme about healthy adjustment for people with dementia following care home placement. The main foci were intervention feasibility and the impact of the programme on resident quality of life and mood.


A manualised intervention developed through consultation with 47 experts was trialled using a mixed-method design. Thirteen new residents with dementia and 24 staff were recruited from six UK care homes. Outcomes were measured at baseline, intervention completion and four-week follow-up. Analysis of staff interviews and field notes is reported.


Most experts deemed SettleIN to be well structured, comprehensive and appropriate. However, uptake of SettleIN was low. When implemented, staff emphasised integration ease and staff benefits, but that SettleIN may not be universally suitable. High attrition, most commonly due to death and hospitalisation, and partial results from only four participants meant that there was a lack of support for the positive outcomes. Feasibility problems included a lack of staff time and dependency on families for some components.


SettleIN is acceptable to a wide range of stakeholders though does not appear to be feasible in its current form and improvements are recommended. A second pilot phase is required, which will address the reasons for the high attrition rate in this study and amend the methodology accordingly. This is an important work, as a manualised and standardised approach to healthy adjustment in care is unique and could have huge clinical significance if effective.


Alzheimer’s; adjustment; care home; dementia; training; transition


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