Abstract

Over the years, the average lifespan of Americans has slowly increased, nearing almost 79 years of age. This increase has resulted in individuals ultimately becoming more likely to experience one of many underlying health conditions, such as dementia. The result of a condition like dementia is the requirement of more specialized care than an individual or their family can provide for them. This results in them seeking more skilled and focused care, such as within long-term care facilities. One of the goals of long-term care facilities is to provide individuals with a high level of care that promotes their quality of life and maintains their dignity. This care focuses on their individual needs and how they would like to be treated, and is referred to as person-centered care. This study explores the level of person-centered care being received by patients with dementia that are in long-term care facilities according to the nursing staff within the facility. Nursing staff in the facility view the work being done with the patients on a daily basis and are the best contributors to the level of person-centered care being implemented. Findings indicate that nurses in long-term care settings support the implementation of the person-centered care model within their facility, and if the PCC model is being implemented, they concur it is the most effective care model for individuals with dementia.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2021

Mentor

Christen Page

Mentor Department Affiliation

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelors

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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