Residential Care


Ageing and Health

As dementia progresses, many people in the later stages will require round the clock care, and depending on family and environmental circumstances this may lead to admission to a residential care establishment. A large proportion of nursing and residential care home residents have dementia (in some countries up to 80%). As it is a progressive condition with no cure, many people with dementia who are admitted to a care or nursing home will remain there for the rest of their life.

it is important to ensure high quality professional care, including palliative care, delivered with dignity and compassion is available in residential and nursing care establishments. A specific issue for people with dementia in residential care is the overuse of psychoactive medication to manage stress and distress behaviours. It is important that people with dementia in these settings are prescribed such medication only as a last resort, that there is a range of alternative psychosocial interventions available and that when psychoactive medication is used, its use is reviewed regularly.

Work Package Leader - Øyvind Kirkevold

Nurse and Assistant research director /PhD at The Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Ageing and Health. He is Professor at Centre of Old Age Psychiatry Research, Innlandet Hospital Trust, and Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik, Faculty of Health, Care and Nursing. He is involved in several research projects in elderly care. Most of the projects are about advanced dementia and/or residential care. He is the leader of WP 6 Quality in residential care in the EU Joint Action – Act on Dementia.


National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The mission of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is to advance knowledge and educate students in sciences and arts that will best serve the nation and the community in the twenty-first century.


The main goals of the Norwegian Directorate of Health are:

  • better quality in the health service
  • reduce the inequalities in health and living conditions
  • promote factors that bring good health to the population

The directorate is an executive agency and professional authority under the Ministry of Health and Care Services.

Alzheimer Europe

Alzheimer Europe is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) aiming to provide a voice to people with dementia and their carers, make dementia a European priority, promote a rights-based approach to dementia, support dementia research and strengthen the European dementia movement.

Bulgarian Society of Dementia (BSD)

We are non-profit non- governmental organisation aimed at improvement of dementia diagnosis, treatment and care in Bulgaria. Our research programs are devoted to the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and care of neurological disease affecting cognition. We are working closely with universities, university hospitals and other partners.  BSD has the coordination role in the development of the National Dementia Strategy.  We have participated in several international projects on dementia research and care and play a major role in educational programs for professionals involved in dementia care.

Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Ageing and Health

We provide competency building and guidance for the entire health service, both the municipal health care services and the specialist health services, to other service providers, clients (patients and their next of kin) and the population in general. Ageing and Health operates a number of research- and development projects and has its own publishing house and library. We offer courses, training programmes and run a vocational school. Knowledge is also communicated through our journal Demens & Alderspsykiatri and via our digital platforms.

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Netherlands)

The Netherlands healthy and well. This is the motto of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). The ambition of the Ministry of VWS is to keep everyone healthy as long as possible and to restore the sick to health as quickly as possible. The ministry also seeks to support people with a physical or mental limitation and promote social participation.

Department of Neurology, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Medical University – Sofia is the oldest medical institution of higher education in Bulgaria. Medical Faculty was founded by the Decree of His Majesty King Ferdinand in 1917. The University has history and tradition of nearly a century in medical education and science. Many of our lecturers are scientists well known abroad and the University is a part of the European educational sphere. 

University Hospital Alexandrovska

Alexandrovska Hospital is the first university and multispecialty hospital in Bulgaria and the largest hospital in the country. Ever since its establishment in 1879 it has been a leading national university and medical centre providing round-the-clock medical care for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with acute or chronic diseases, injuries, conditions requiring surgery in hospital environment.


Øyvind Kirkevold

Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Ageing and Health, Vestfold Hospital Trust, TØNSBERG, NORWAY.

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Make it happen

Once the evidence reviews were completed, work packages turned their attention to identifying which best practices to test and in which healthcare settings and geographical locations.  More information will become available here as this work progresses.

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