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The New York Times: Picking a Nursing Home Shouldn’t Be Trial and Error

Jane E. Brody, a Journalist on health and aging for The New York Times, recently published a post on what you should do when choosing a nursing home for a loved one. Nearly half of residents in nursing homes are there because of their worsening dementia, primarily Alzheimer’s disease. But, more expensive does not mean that the facility is necessarily better.

Here are 6 questions, as listed in the New York Times post, to ask when assessing a nursing home for someone with dementia:

  1. Is the dementia unit large enough so that the resident will not feel confined?
  2. Does it offer activities appropriate for the person’s intellectual abilities?
  3. Does it have a positive environment — colorful, but not overly stimulating or confusing?
  4. Are music and singing included in the activities?
  5. Is the staff trained to handle patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s? How does the staff deal with patients who act out?
  6. Are residents in the dementia wing kept clean and well dressed, and treated with the same respect as those in other parts of the facility?

The Alzheimer’s Association offers an extensive checklist for finding an acceptable nursing home.

To read the full New York Times blog post, follow this link:

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