More Than a Number: Improving Care for Seniors with Dementia

An elderly woman sits in a wheelchair outside her nursing home room, weeping and reaching out for each person walking past her. She rocks back and forth, trying to console herself. The nurse on duty doesn’t usually work on that floor, so he is not familiar with the residents. He calms the disoriented woman, escorts her back to her room and makes a note for the attending physician to issue antipsychotics to curb the disruptive behavior.

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