What is the RECAGE project?
The RECAGE project will tackle one of the most challenging problem arising during the clinical course of dementia: the so-called Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
The current state-of-the-art of the treatment of these symptoms is still unsatisfactory and there are many unmet needs in this area. The major objective of the project will be to assess the effectiveness of an intervention, the special medical care unit for patients with BPSD (SCU-B), that, albeit already implemented in some European countries, is not widespread and has not been sufficiently studied so far, although it seems to be promising for its short-term efficacy (alleviating BPSD and improving quality of life of patients with dementia) and possibly for its long term efficacy.
What is a SCU-B?
A residential medical structure lying outside of a nursing home, in a general hospital or elsewhere, e.g. in a private hospital, where patients with BPSD are temporarily admitted when their behavioural disturbances are not amenable to control at home.
The mission of the SCU-B is to improve patient’s behaviour and its goal is to permit, when possible, her/his coming back home.