The following excerpt is from the Alzheimer’s Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care, Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes, Commitment to Dementia Care.

People with dementia are able to experience joy, comfort, meaning and growth in their lives.

For people with dementia in assisted living and nursing homes, quality of life depends on the quality of the relationships they have with the direct care staff.

Optimal care occurs within a social environment that supports the development of healthy relationships between staff, family and residents.

Good dementia care involves assessment of a resident’s abilities; care planning and provision; strategies for addressing behavioral and communication changes; appropriate staffing patterns; and an assisted living or nursing home environment that fosters community.

Each person with dementia is unique, having a different constellation of abilities and need for support, which change over time as the disease progresses.

Staff can determine how best to serve each resident by knowing as much as possible about each resident’s life story, preferences and abilities.

Good dementia care involves using information about a resident to develop “person-centered” strategies, which are designed to ensure that services are tailored to each individual’s circumstance.

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