The Enriched Opportunities Programme for people with dementia: A cluster-randomised controlled trial in 10 extra care housing schemes

  • Dawn J. Brooker, Elaine Argyle, Andrew J. Scally, David Clancy
  • Aging & Mental Health, November 2011, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2011.583628

The Enriched Opportunities Programme for people with dementia

Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash

Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash

What is it about?

The Enriched Opportunities Programme (EOP) is a multi-level intervention focussing on improved quality of life for people with dementia. This study compared the experience of people living with dementia and other mental health problems in extra care housing schemes that utilised EOP with schemes that employed an active control intervention. Ten schemes were cluster randomised to receive either the EOP intervention or an active control intervention for an 18 month period.

Why is it important?

The EOP-participating residents rated their quality of life more positively over time than the active control. There was also a significant group–time interaction for depressive symptoms. EOP residents were less likely than residents in the active control sites to move to a care home or to be admitted to a hospital inpatient bed. They were also more likely to be seen by a range of community health professionals.

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