SettleIN - Adjustment to Care in Dementia: An Intervention Feasibility Study v0.1

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Other: SettleIN - Adjustment to care programme

Study type


Funder types



15/LO/0611 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


Admission into a care home for people with dementia has been linked with both positive and negative psychological outcomes for both the resident and their carers. Whilst some people with dementia adjust quickly, many never adjust at all or adjustment is complex and linked to cognitive and behavioural decline (Wilson et al, 2007). Therefore, support for healthy adjustment is needed.

Recent research (Aminzadeh et al., 2013; Sury, Burns and Brodaty, 2013, Sussman and Dupuis, 2013) has identified factors that influence different relocation outcomes and prevent adverse reactions. There are currently no interventions that support successful adjustment by emphasising the positive factors found to influence relocation outcomes while mitigating the effects of negative influences and addressing any missed pre-admission procedures, reported in the literature.

The current project seeks to design an intervention that predominantly builds on the work of Sury et al (2013) and focuses on promoting healthy adjustment through an enhanced best practice based admission process.

The intervention will be developed through systematic review of the literature and consultation with professional experts, service users, care home staff and carers. The current study will serve as a feasibility (pilot) study and test the acceptability of the intervention design, examine recruitment and dropout and establish sample size for future, larger studies. It also aims to examine whether the intervention indicates an improvement in residents' quality of life, mood, overall adjustment and carer satisfaction with care.

All participants will receive a subset of the same intervention, specifically tailored to their needs and with elements delivered by staff, carer or psychologist. Staff and researchers will assess the improvement indicators mentioned above using relevant psychometric measures at baseline, post intervention completion and at one-month follow up. Indirect measures (interviews and staff field notes) will also be used to indicate intervention fidelity and feasibility.


24 estimated patients




65+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Site:

    • Within Greater London
    • At least one resident who has been recently admitted to care (ideally within the previous fortnight and no more than one month after admission).
    • Sufficient cover to allow at least 1 staff lead to attend a half-day training
    • Managerial assurance of adequate resources allowing staff participation

Resident sample:

  • Meet diagnostic criteria for dementia according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V, APA, 2013)
  • Score between FAST stage 2 and 6 representing a range of mild to moderately severe dementia on The Functional Assessment Staging Test (FAST, Reisberg, 1987)
  • Be able to communicate in English

Staff sample:

• Working as a Nurse (registered nurses of any grade, student nurses) or Care Assistant (Health Care Assistants and nursing assistants).

DSM Criteria will be confirmed by formal diagnosis or use of the FAST as a screen.

Exclusion criteria


• Participation in any other research study

Resident sample:

• Score FAST stage 7 equating to severe dementia on The Functional Assessment Staging Test (FAST, Reisberg, 1987)

Staff sample:

• Lack of availability on training, intervention delivery and assessment dates

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care



Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

24 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
SettleIN - Adjustment to care programme intervention
Other: SettleIN - Adjustment to care programme

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Aimee Spector; Janine Hayward

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