The investigators are interested in reducing problem behaviors of nursing home residents with
dementia that make providing care difficult. The investigators call these behaviors
resistiveness to care. Previous research has found that resistiveness to care occurs more
frequently when staff use certain types of communication. An inservice program will be
provided to all nursing staff in your nursing home to teach staff about communication
practices to reduce resistiveness to care. The research study will see whether changing
communication will reduce resident resistiveness to care. If effective, the communication
training may then be used to improve care in other facilities.
By doing this study, researchers hope to learn if changing communication practices will
reduce resistiveness to care in nursing home residents with dementia.