A direct functional measure to help ascertain optimal level of residential care

Myron F. Weiner, Barbara Davis, Kristin Martin-Cook, Linda S. Hynan, Kathleen C. Saine, C. Munro Cullum

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Abstract

A brief direct measure of daily living skills might help place cognitively impaired elders in suitable living environments. In this study, the Test of Everyday Functional Abilities (TEFA) as a possible adjunctive measure was investigated. The authors recruited 77 cognitively impaired persons in independent living (IL; N = 26), assisted living (AL; N = 25), and dementia special care (SC; N = 26) units. Participants in IL and AL were administered the TEFA and other instruments at baseline and every 6 months over 18 months and when transferred to a higher level oF care. Special care subjects were administered the same instruments only at baseline. The TEFA clearly separated IL, AL, and SC residents (P <.0001). A TEFA score >50 suggests adequate functional competence For IL; a score from 30 to 40 adequate functional competence for AL; and a score of <30 probable need for an SC unit in the absence oF a capable spouse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

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Keywords

  • Assisted living
  • Dementia special care
  • Test of Everyday Functional Abilities

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  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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A direct functional measure to help ascertain optimal level of residential care. / Weiner, Myron F.; Davis, Barbara; Martin-Cook, Kristin; Hynan, Linda S.; Saine, Kathleen C.; Munro Cullum, C.

In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, Vol. 22, No. 5, 10.2007, p. 355-359.

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Weiner, Myron F. ; Davis, Barbara ; Martin-Cook, Kristin ; Hynan, Linda S. ; Saine, Kathleen C. ; Munro Cullum, C. / A direct functional measure to help ascertain optimal level of residential care. In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias. 2007 ; Vol. 22, No. 5. pp. 355-359.
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