Evaluating the quality of life of people with dementia in residential care facilities

Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2011;32(1):39-44. doi: 10.1159/000329443. Epub 2011 Aug 12.

Abstract

Aims: Our purpose was to compare recipient and caregiver perception of the quality of life (QoL) of people with dementia in residential care facilities and to identify the factors associated with their perception of QoL.

Methods: Residents' QoL was evaluated by both the patient and the caregiver, using the Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease and several other indices.

Results: The correlation between the self-rated QoL score and the staff-rated QoL score was low.

Conclusions: The staff tended to underestimate QoL. The main determinants of QoL were the functional status and depression. Improving physical function and mood may be beneficial in providing a better QoL.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology
  • Caregivers
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Residential Facilities*
  • Self Concept