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Transforming Nursing Home Care

New York Times

Mary Ersek - New York Times

Speak the words "dementia" and "nursing home," and you've exposed two great fears among people in developed countries, where living until 80 or 90 is increasingly common. Despite efforts to keep frail elders in their own homes, increasing numbers of people with dementia are likely to spend time in a nursing home.

There is widespread fear about nursing home care, which in many cases is warranted. However, there are national efforts to change nursing home culture, and many facilities have made strides in creating homelike environments and adopting care practices that are driven by residents' and families' preferences. We need to examine what works in the best nursing homes and apply their methods to all facilities. Read more....

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