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Title: Development of a sensory stimulation care integrated in daily practice for nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia : an action research approach
Authors: Kwong, EWY
Lai, CKY 
Tse, MMY 
Liu, JYF 
Leung, S
Keywords: Alzheimer disease
Nursing homes
Sensory stimulation care
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Austin Publishing Group
Source: Gerontology & geriatrics : research, 2017, v. 3, no. 1, p. 1029 How to cite?
Journal: Gerontology & geriatrics : research 
Abstract: Purpose: An action research design was adopted in this study to elicit the process of change in care staff’s Sensory Stimulation (SS) care to nursing home residents with later dementia and to finally develop a sensory stimulation care integrated to daily practice.
Methods: Three nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia and their family caregivers, and the care staff who provided direct care to nursing home residents with later dementia from a nursing home participated in this study. Two action research cycles of the SS care integrated to daily practice were carried out by the care staff members. There were two rounds of interviews with the family members and the care staff conducted after the implementation of the SS care. The data were collected between March and July 2015.
Results: In triangulation of the data collected from the care staff and the family members, four main themes were identified after the two cycles of implementation. They were behavioral (Reduction in agitated behavior, Decrease in suspicion), psychological (Increase in positive emotional responses) and social changes (Increased social interaction with care staff and family members, Improved motivation to participate in activities) of the residents and also increased job satisfaction of the care staff. At the end of the second cycle, the SS care integrated in daily practice was finally developed.
Conclusion: Overall, the finalized SS care was well-accepted by the care staff and the family members but availability of sufficient resources and manpower should be ensured for the sustainability of this SS care.
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The following article: Kwong EWY, Lai CKY, Tse MMY, Liu JYF and Leung S. Development of a Sensory Stimulation Care Integrated in Daily Practice for Nursing Home Residents with Moderate to Severe Dementia: An Action Research Approach. Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2017, 3(1): 1029, is available at
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