More than 50 percent of residents in assisted-living and nursing homes have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment, and that number is increasing every day. The Alzheimer's Association's Campaign for Quality Residential Care offers strategies aimed at helping skilled nursing homes better respond to this growing healthcare demand.
The campaign incorporates four strategies:
• It encourages adoption of recommended practices in assisted living residences and nursing homes by advocating with direct care providers.
• It ensures incorporation of the practice recommendations into quality assurance systems for nursing homes and assisted-living residences by working with federal and state policymakers.
• It encourages quality care among providers by offering training and education programs to care staff in assisted-living residences and nursing homes.
• It empowers people with dementia and their caregivers to make informed decisions through the Alzheimer's Association CareFinder™, an interactive online guide that educates consumers on how to recognize quality care, choose the best care options, and advocate for quality within a residence.