Wednesday, June 29, 2011

When It's Time to Transition: Examining Services

Second in a series

Earlier we discussed environmental issues to consider when it is time for a loved one with dementia to transition to a long-term care residential facility. Today we tackle services.

As with our other list of questions, these come from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
  • Are there activities especially designed for those with dementia?
  • Do activity programs operate exclusively during the day or are some provided on evenings and weekend?
  • Are activities individualized for each resident?
  • Does the facility operate a "Safe Return" program?
  • Are nutritious finger foods served?
  • Are water and decaf drinks available through the day?
  • Do they conduct night checks?
  • How many staff members are awake during the night?
 Up next: Staff

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