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Alzheimer's Disease and Nursing Home Care

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What Should We Look For In a Nursing Home? continued...

Services

  • Are staff members available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, if needed? Daily activities include:
    • Dressing
    • Eating
    • Getting around
    • Hygiene and grooming
    • Bathing, toileting, and incontinence issues
    • Using the telephone

Room Features

  • Are rooms for single and double occupancy available?
  • Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the room?
  • Are bathrooms private? Do they accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Can residents bring their own furnishings? What may they bring?
  • Do all rooms have a telephone? How is billing handled for long-distance calls?

Social and Recreational Activities

  • Is there an activities program?
  • Are the activities posted for residents?
  • Do most of the residents at an activity seem to be participating?

Food Service

  • Does the nursing home provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
  • Is the food hot and appetizing?
  • Are snacks available?
  • May a resident request special foods or diets?
  • Is drinking water always accessible?
  • Are common dining areas available, or do residents eat meals in their rooms?
  • May meals be provided at times the resident prefers, or are there set meal times?
  • How are special diets handled?
  • Is assistance available for residents who need help with eating?

 

 

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on July 07, 2012
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