OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the characteristics of the nursing care provided to institutionalized elderly people with dementia. METHODS: Integrative review of studies published between 2013 and 2017, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, from the databases BDENF, LILACS, CINAHL, PubMed, SciELO, TRIP, and National Guideline Clearing House. Thematic data analysis was used. RESULTS: From the data collected in the 41 included studies, three themes emerged: Care with a focus on the needs of elderly people in LTCIEs; Care based on the work process of the nursing team; and Shared care. Final considerations: Elderly care can take place from different perspectives: that of the elderly; the nursing team; and it can be shared among the different parties involved. The importance of communication must be stressed, as do the development of skills and attitudes of the team, as well as proper training and support, good environment in the care process, and an approach centered on the institutionalized elderly.
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