Research project Aggressive behavior (AB) can decrease the quality of life among people with dementia and is often difficult to handle for families and caregivers. AB may also be experienced as a burden and cause feelings of powerlessness among caregivers. The overall aim of this project is to evaluate the effects of an individualized care model focused on AB among residents with dementia and their caregivers.
The study is intended to be implemented in ten group homes for people with dementia in northern Sweden. The intervention consists of a modification of the so-called Newcastle-model, a form of person-centered care that currently recommended in the National Guidelines for Care in Cases of Dementia. The project is expected to answer a variety of research questions and at the moment there are up to ten different aims to be studied. The study is expected to increase awareness among health professionals about the underlying causes of AB. A better understanding of dementia and behavioral changes are expected to change caregivers' attitudes and result in an improved management of AB. Reduced frustration and anxiety among caregivers is expected to reduce staff turnover and thus reduce personnel costs and improve the quality of life for persons with dementia. In addition, the study is expected to reduce costs, such as use of psychotropic drugs, staff turnover and absenteeism, and thus be cost effective.
Äldrecentrum Västerbotten, 2009: SEK 30,000
Erik och Anne-Marie Detlofs stiftelse, 2008: SEK 25,000
Alzheimersfonden, 2010: SEK 82,000
Stiftelsen Demensfonden, 2012: SEK 40,000