Research results show that after using Constant Therapy for 6 weeks, a resident diagnosed with dementia in the Special Care Unit of a large retirement community showed functional improvement and more independence.
According to statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17% of residential care communities in the United States house special care units (SCU’s) for residents with dementia. Residents of Special Care Units in skilled nursing facilities, constitute a population of rapidly escalating needs. These entail rising demands for speech-language pathology services to treat and manage symptoms of dementia.
This study recounts an exploratory investigation of rehabilitation sessions with an elderly resident of a Special Care Unit, using a new computer-based program targeting cognitive-communicative capacities. Preliminary results suggest that this resident with moderate dementia achieved a higher degree of functional recovery and superior quality of life than would have been possible with more traditional therapeutic approaches alone.
Please note that the task names in the table above have been changed. ‘Symbol matching’ is now ‘Find the same symbols’. ‘Playing card slapjack’ is now ‘Remember the right card’. ‘Flanker’ is now ‘Choose which direction’. ‘Picture matching’ is now ‘Match pictures’. ‘Word Matching’ is now ‘Match written words’. ‘Pattern recreation’ is now ‘Repeat a pattern’.