Stability over one year in patients admitted to a nursing home dementia unit

Barry W. Rovner, Jane Lucas‐Blaustein, Marshal F. Folstein, Shannon W. Smith

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The majority of nursing home patients in the United States have dementia or behavioral problems yet the outcome of care they receive for those disorders is unknown. We compared the outcomes of Alzheimer's disease patients residing on a dementia unit with other Alzheimer's patients in the same nursing home over a one‐year period. We found that the functional capacity of dementia unit patients remained stable over the study period while that of non‐unit patients declined. This study suggests the usefulness of dementia units in nursing homes and raises issues relevant to their future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal of geriatric psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • Dementia
  • dementia units
  • nursing homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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