19 September 2009

Person transfer situations in dementia care units

Communication problems cause physical strain
University of Gothenburg: 31 August 2009
Excessive physical strain in dementia care is not so much related to equipment or the resident's body weight as it is due to communication problems and misunderstandings. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dementia not only affects the memory and other cognitive functions, but also motor skills such as the ability to walk. 'The symptoms of dementia are very individual and can vary from one day to the next, and sometimes even from one moment to the next. This makes person transfers in dementia care very demanding for the personnel', says physiotherapist Cristina W√•ngblad, one of the researchers behind the study recently published in the scientific journal Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. … > full press release

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