Electronic assessment forms and care plans used for planning dementia care in nursing homes should prompt staff to consider the following needs of residents: activities, maintaining previous roles, reminiscence, freedom and choice, appropriate environment, meaningful relationships, support with grief and loss, and end-of-life care.
Explanation and Examples
The themes above have been described by people with dementia in various studies exploring their self-reported needs and experiences in nursing homes. Developers should therefore consider including these themes into electronic assessment and care plan templates as prompts for nursing home staff to explore with residents.
ThemesAssessment Care plans Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Needs Nursing home Self-report
Target groupsElectronic Patient Records (EPR) developers Nursing homes
Type of evidence
Scoping literature review
Shiells, K., Pivodic, L., Holmerova, I., Van den Block, L. (2019). Self-reported needs and experiences of people with dementia in nursing homes: a scoping review. Aging & Mental Health, 24:10,1553. doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2019.1625303