Using cognitive-functional assessment to predict self-care performance of memory care tenants

Patricia Schaber, Theresa Klein, Erin Hanrahan, Pamela Vencil, Kaitlyn Afatika, Theressa Burns

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A challenge in admitting individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias into memory care residential facilities is determining the appropriate level of service based on abilities and care needs. At intake, the incoming tenant's functional performance capacity is obtained through family or proxy report corroborated with screening results of global cognitive function. Based on this information, the agency determines the level of service needs; if misjudged, inadequate placement can be stressful for the individual and family and costly for the facility. This study examined the predictive validity of a clinically administered assessment of cognitive-functional performance, Cognitive Performance Test (CPT), in gauging service needs in 4 activities of daily living (ADL; dressing, eating/feeding, showering, and toothbrushing) with 57 tenants residing in a memory care-assisted living facility. Linear regression results revealed a significant relationship between CPT scores and ADL performance in all areas (P <.001) with CPT scores accounting for 51% to 62% of the variability in performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD)
  • Cognitive Performance Test
  • activities of daily living (ADL)
  • cognitive-functional assessment
  • memory care-assisted living
  • self-care


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