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2007 Grant - Kane
Small-House Nursing Homes and Alzheimer's Disease
Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
2007 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
A unique research opportunity is being presented in Ohio as a nonprofit organization transitions from running traditional nursing homes to small house-style nursing homes clustered in residential communities. These homes will have up to 10 residents, all with their own rooms and bathrooms, shared kitchens and full staffs.
Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D., and her team will study the evolution of these homes with particular attention to residents with Alzheimer's disease. They will look at how well people with Alzheimer's can be integrated into the surrounding community, the effects of private spaces and normal living environments, and the way the number of people in the house with Alzheimer's disease affects health care practices and outcomes.
The team will look at the residents' quality of life, their families' satisfaction and health results by observing each of the 21 planned small houses twice over three years. They will compare their observations with those of people with Alzheimer's disease who are still living in the traditional nursing homes as they're being phased out. The results will be used to refine the small-house model and suggest training strategies.