Life Enrichment, What We Know
Individuals living in senior care communities frequently experience loneliness, helplessness and boredom as they age as a result of cognitive changes and a lack of person-centered engagement opportunities.
Meeting the needs and preferences and promoting person-centered care results in higher quality of life and clinical outcomes.
Costs associated with a lack of person-centered engagement are high, including the price of antipsychotic drugs and antidepressant prescriptions.
A more engaged population results in lower cost of care, longer length of stay, and fewer re-hospitalizations.
The more engagement residents experience, the higher reported satisfaction from residents, families and staff members.
Staff in senior care communities experience empowerment and increased job satisfaction when their administrative paper-based work decreases and engagement programming is more effective with modern day technology solutions.
Linked Senior believes there are four key areas of research that support our approach:
Dementia Behaviors and Care Planning
Association of a Communication Training Program with Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes Read the Article
Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Symptoms of Severe Agitation and Aggression: Consensus Statement on Treatment Options, Clinical Trials Methodology, and Policy Read the Article
Non-Drug Therapeutic Strategies
The Use and Utility of Specific Non Pharmacological Interventions for Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia: An Exploratory Study Read the Full Story
Can Agitated Behavior of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia be Prevented with the Use of Standardized Stimuli? Read the Article