Alzheimer's Special Care Units and Top Management in Nursing Homes

Published in: Journal of Mental Health and Aging, v. 7, no. 2, 2001, p. 273-285

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Nicholas G. Castle

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Organizational demography is used to show that the demographic characteristics of the nursing home administrator and the director of the nursing (DON) team have an impact on a facility having an Alzheimer's special care unit. Controlling for 13 organizational and environmental factors, the results show that both the aggregate and dissimilarity measures for education and professional involvement significantly affect the likelihood of whether a nursing home has adopted an Alzheimer's special care unit. The author discusses these results in terms of their significance of nursing homes and top management.

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