The author of this article lists six crucial questions to ask when assessing a nursing home for someone with dementia:
- Is the dementia unit large enough so that the resident will not feel confined?
- Does it offer activities appropriate for the person’s intellectual abilities?
- Does it have a positive environment – colorful, but not overly stimulating or confusing?
- Are music and singing included in the activities?
- Is the staff trained to handle patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s? How does the staff deal with patients who act out?
- 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?