Tailoring the environment of oral health care to the needs and abilities of nursing home residents with dementia.


Journal Article (Academic article)

This study developed and tested an intervention to promote use of preserved abilities in oral care among nursing home (NH) residents with dementia. Changes were made to environmental support for oral care and in how nursing staff provided oral care. Five NH residents participated. Changes in oral care independence and oral hygiene adequacy were assessed. Four (of 5) participants were more independent in key, in-the-mouth oral care tasks. Oral hygiene ratings improved 47% (±27%). All residents responded positively to the intervention. Although some staff complained initially, most embraced the changes after trying them.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Connell, BR; McConnell, ES; Francis, T

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

  • Alzheimer’S Care Quarterly

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 25