The perceptions of people with dementia, care partners, CNAs/sitters, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic until now can be useful in formulating better ways to care for people with dementia in future disasters or pandemics. The study explored the perceptions of people with dementia, care partners, CNAs/sitters, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, from onset until now, to help formulate better ways to care for people with dementia during a pandemic or disaster. Algase’s Need-driven Dementia-compromised Behavior Model guided this comparative, multiple-case study. Six people with dementia, six care partners, five CNAs and one sitter, and six providers were interviewed to gather their perceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic up to now. Findings supported theoretical propositions the four proximal factors: unmet physiological and psychosocial needs and changes in the physical and social environments led to behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and might have contributed to care partner burnout. The Need-driven Dementia-compromised Behavior Model provides a foundation for identifying the needs of people with dementia, future research, practice and policy changes during a health or natural disaster.
Date of publication
Dr. Beth Mastel-Smith
Ph.D degree Nursing
Awuor, Gaudensia, "THE PERCEPTIONS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, CARE PARTNERS, CNAs/SITTERS, AND PROVIDERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UP TO NOW: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY" (2023). Nursing Theses and Dissertations. Paper 138.