Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses,
and Occupational Therapists will love
this exciting new resource for dementia care!
- Developed Over Three Years
- Tested with Over 200 Clients with Dementia by 95 Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses, Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
ECAT was developed and thoroughly evaluated by
- Speech-language pathologists and architects specializing in environments for people with dementia, and
- A multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in communication disorders, dementia, and environmental interventions.
- Developed resources and demonstrated feasibility of ECAT for evaluating bedrooms and bathrooms in long-term care settings.
- 30 speech-language pathologists tested ECAT with clients with dementia.
- Results demonstrated a 100% increase in the number of environmental interventions that the speech-language pathologists recommended for clients.
- The ECAT resource guide and assessment instruments were expanded and evaluated with a larger group of therapists.
- The assessment was developed to evaluate the public spaces of long-term care facilities: circulation spaces, dining room, restroom, and leisure activity areas.
- 59 speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and nurses tested ECAT for six months.
- Effectiveness of ECAT was measured by four factors:
- Awareness of environmental interventions
- Impact of ECAT on practice
- Utility of the information
- Usability of the materials
- The increase in awareness of environmental modifications prior to and after training was highly significant.
- The number of environmental modifications used with clients 2 and 5 months after training was significantly greater.
- Average number of modifications per clinician prior to training (T1), 2 months after initial training (T2) and 5 months after continued training (T3).
- Through the use of ECAT, the cost of environmental modifications was generally quite inexpensive (i.e., costing less than $100), particularly when compared to pharmacological and skilled service interventions.
- More than 9 out of 10 clinicians surveyed rated the Introduction (96%), Environmental Intervention (96%), and Assessment Reference (94%) sections of the manual as helpful to very helpful.
- 9 out of 10 (88%) clinicians agreed or strongly agreed that the information was easy to understand and almost 8 out of 10 (79%) agreed or strongly agreed that ECAT was easy to use.