Improving Oral Hygiene for Veterans with Dementia in Residential Long-Term Care

Eleanor S. McConnell, Kyung Hee Lee, Lorraine Galkowski, Christine Downey, Mary Victoria Spainhour, Reginaldo Horwitz

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Abstract

Oral hygiene care is neglected in long-Term care (LTC) due to patient-, staff-, and systems-level barriers. A dementia-specific oral hygiene program, implemented and evaluated in a Department of Veterans Affairs LTC unit, addressed barriers to oral care at multiple levels. Improved staff competency, access to oral care supplies, and standardized documentation systems were accompanied by reduced oral plaque and gingivitis, demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of direct care staff providing improved oral hygiene in LTC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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Oral Hygiene
Long-Term Care
Veterans
Dementia
Gingivitis
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McConnell, Eleanor S. ; Lee, Kyung Hee ; Galkowski, Lorraine ; Downey, Christine ; Spainhour, Mary Victoria ; Horwitz, Reginaldo. / Improving Oral Hygiene for Veterans with Dementia in Residential Long-Term Care. In: Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 2018 ; Vol. 33, No. 3. pp. 229-237.
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In: Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Vol. 33, No. 3, 01.01.2018, p. 229-237.

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