Review of current seating practices in supporting people living with dementia in residential aged care

Year: July 1, 2011 - September 30, 2012

Partners UNSW

Program Overview:

This project involves a systematic review of literature relating to seating for people living with advanced dementia; a review of available seating products; the development of a typology of seating and a review of current clinical practices in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

Current practice has no empirically based guidelines but anecdotally, clinical experience suggests that seating is suboptimal and may lead to poor outcomes.

This project aims to lay a foundation for future practical intervention studies to improve care outcomes for residents and staff. An interim set of guidelines for seating in RACFs will be developed in order to support future research.

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