Assessing environments in Alzheimer special care units

Leslie A. Grant

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The Nursing Unit Rating Scale (NURS) was developed to compare dementia special care units (SCUs) in nursing facilities to their non-SCU counterparts across six environmental dimensions: (1) separation, (2) stability, (3) stimulation, (4) complexity, (5) control/tolerance, and (6) continuity. The NURS was tested in 390 units in 123 nursing facilities in Minnesota. Statistically significant differences were found on all measures except continuity. The NURS is a potentially useful tool for assessing policy and program features of SCUs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-291
Number of pages17
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996


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