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Psychosocial care assistants caring for residents with dementia according to section 87b SGB XI. Emotional and cognitive effects


Rexhausen, Eva-Maria


Pflege Zeitschrift, Volume: 65, No.: 7, Pages.: 418-422

Year of Publication



Problem: Since 2008 nursing homes may receive resources for assistance in additional low threshold psychosocial care for residents with dementia. By now, most institutions make use of this. However, the effects of this additional psychosocial care on the emotional and cognitive state of mind of persons with dementia have not yet been investigated systematically.; Method: Using a longitudinal control group design the effects of additional low threshold psychosocial assistance were recorded and analysed for ten months.; Findings: There appears to be a positive relation between the work of the psychosocial care assistants and the emotional state of mind (Geriatric Depression Scale) and the cognitive performance (Mini-Mental State Test) of residents with dementia. In addition, other employees appraised the additional psychosocial care and experienced some relief of strain.; Conclusions: More investigation is needed, but it seems worthwhile to intensify low threshold psychosocial care.;


aged, alzheimer disease, awareness, emotions, germany, homes for the aged, humans, legislation jurisprudence, longitudinal studies, national health programs, nurses aides, nursing, nursing homes, psychology, quality of life

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Case Control Study

Type of Outcomes

Cognition, Depression and Anxiety


Long Term Residential Care without medically trained staff

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Reminiscence and Anxiety Therapies