Nursing Home Facility Selection Tips For Deciding Family Members

Choosing the correct nursing home for a family member can be a challenge. One article offers six helpful steps to identifying the best fit when selecting a facility.

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. Is the environment positive— colorful, but not too stimulating or confusing?
4. Is there music and singing? This is helpful for patients with dementia.
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 questions along with additional tips can be found at www.alz.org/Visitinganursinghome.pdf. For more on the article, read the story.
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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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