Nursing Home Looking to Add Special Units for Residents with Alzheimers

Experts say the current number of Alzheimer cases is expected to double every 20 years. Because of this, many nursing homes are changing the way they care for residents to help them deal with the disorder.

One nursing home is considering renovation plans, to specialize many of its units for residents with Alzheimer's. "Our study recommended that we create 20-25 memory care units to accommodate the need," says a representative from the nursing home.

Alzheimer's is a fatal and progressive brain disorder and researchers say that in 50 years, more than 115 million people will be diagnosed with some form of dementia.They also say that as people are living longer it seems alzheimer cases are becoming more prevalent. Nursing home and assisted living facility residents with Alzheimer's need special care, in a quieter environment.

"We really look for an area that was, maybe could be quieter. We also wanted an area that people wouldn't travel through on a general basis, to keep the area quieter and less stimulating because they easily can become agitated," says the nursing home representative.

The nursing home also want to get more specially trained staff to help residents with short-term memory loss.

The Nursing Homes administration are still in the exploratory stages to see if they can logistically and financially convert some of their current space into memory care units. They feel it looks very promising. In the county there are already 65 memory care units and everyone is very excited about the 20 new units that may be added soon. For more, 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.