Alzheimer's disease and the need for supervision

A. Thomas Reed, Helen W. Lach, Laurie Smith, Stanley J. Birge

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Abstract

Caregivers of 35 Alzheimer's disease patients (AD), were interviewed regarding the amount of time the patient is left alone, previous accidents and hazardous behaviors, as well as the caregiver's perception of the patient's safety and the need for supervision. Dementia severity was highly correlated with the perceived need for supervision (p < 0.001). Dementia severity was less strongly associated with actual supervision intensity (p = 0.038). The variable most strongly associated with actual supervision was previous hazardous behavior in the past year (p < 0.001). Among the more severely demented, caregivers providing constant supervision were more likely to believe the patient was safe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1990

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