by Annie Murray B.A. St. Thomas University 1998
A PROJECT SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN THE GERONTOLOGY PROGRAM
Annie Murray 2001 SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY JUNE 2001
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ii APPROVAL Name: Degree: Title of Project: Annie Murray Master of Arts Environmental characteristics and staff ratings of newer and older special care units for dementia in British Columbia
Examining Committee: Chair: Dr. Barbara Mitchell …show more content…
iv Results indicated that SCUs built before 1995 were more likely to be purpose built than SCUs built after 1995. Newer facilities, on the other hand, were more likely to be home-like and were less institutional looking than SCUs built before 1995. A third finding was that SCUs in operation 6 years or more had more special structural characteristics such as wandering loops and railings in hallways than SCUs in operation for 5 years or less. SCUs in operation for 5 years or less had more wayfinding aids such as orientation cues than SCUs in operation 6 years or more. A fourth result indicated that newer SCUs in this sample were more likely to have a smaller number of residents living on the unit than older SCUs. Staff to resident ratios