Dr. Rita Jablonski-Jaudon’s internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.
Research/Clinical/Teaching Expertise and Interest
Aging; dementia-related behaviors; oral health; long-term care; nursing home culture change; person-centered care; nursing assistant workforce issues; safety in nursing homes; nursing-home acquired pneumonia; evidence-based mouth care; mouth care for persons with dysphagia; advanced nursing practice; informal caregivers.