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A Place to Call Their Own: The Importance of the Jewish Home for the Aged for Jewish Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Caroline Goldberg

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 78:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)
Health (Hospitals and other health care facilities)

Keywords: Health; Jewish Organizations; Elderly

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Using ecological theory as a guiding tool, this article explores the relationship between Jewish nursing homes and the Jewish residents who live in these specialized care facilities. While it is widely accepted that Jewish nursing homes positively affect the well-being of Jewish seniors requiring nursing home care, systematic study and empirical evidence supporting this environmental intervention are lacking in the existing literature. Even less is known about the effectiveness of the Jewish Home for the Aged for Jewish nursing home residents who have dementia. This article considers if and how the Jewish nursing home environment works to improve the well-being of Jewish nursing home residents, with a focus on the effects of this intervention for Jewish residents in the advanced staged of dementia.