Nursing Home Dementia Care Standards

Under proposed rules by state regulators, some nursing homes that advertise specialized dementia care units will be required to provide eight hours of training for all direct-care workers. Regulators report that some type of dementia is evident in about 60 percent of nursing home residents.

Direct care workers usually cover units with staff shortages and emergencies, and for those nursing homes that have traditional and special care units, workers need to be able to fill in as needed while also possessing skills necessary to handle residents in those special care units.

Nursing home advocates believe that nursing care facilities do not provide needed activities for residents with dementia which can make their challenges worse. To alleviate some of these problems, the rules would also require all dementia care units to provide formal activities day and night. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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