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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care

Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care

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(p.653) 58 Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Lisa P. Gwyther

Rosalie A. Kane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0058

This chapter focuses on dementia special care units (SCUs), largely as they have emerged in nursing homes, but also in some programs licensed as assisted living. SCUs in nursing facilities developed in response to concerns expressed by families, advocates, and providers about the quality and adequacy of dementia long-term care. Although innovations in SCUs originated in the non-profit sector, the majority of SCUs are part of for-profit chains. Studies of SCUs, models for SCUs, history of special care initiatives, current status of SCUs, and social work in nursing home SCUs, are discussed.

Keywords:   dementia, aging, special care units, nursing homes, elderly, social work practice

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