Family perceptions of mouth care for assisted living residents with dementia: Implications for care

Sarah G. Lowman, Sheryl Zimmerman, Kimberly Ward, Jane A. Weintraub

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Abstract

Mouth care is an important component of care for persons with dementia in assisted living (AL). However, there is little information about family member knowledge, beliefs, and experiences with resident oral health. Family perceptions and involvement in care may impact oral and systemic health for AL residents. Therefore, semi-structured interviews to assess these domains were conducted with 23 adult family members of AL residents with dementia, from 9 AL communities. Thematic analysis found that families identified (1) the centrality of oral health to well-being; (2) organizational influences on mouth care; (3) mouth care in the context of dementia; and (4) collaboration to facilitate mouth care. Family perspectives can provide useful guidance for collaborative interventions that support oral health and mouth care in AL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-934
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assisted living
  • Dementia
  • Family
  • Oral health
  • Oral hygiene
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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