Finding alternatives to potent sedatives
Nursing homes increasingly take new tack in dealing with dementia
Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Littleton, is one of a small but growing number that are trying alternative approaches to caring for dementia patients without resorting to antipsychotics. Staff try to tailor care to each resident, to make it familiar and comforting. They comb residents’ pasts to learn their preferences, hobbies, and accomplishments - tapping bedrock emotions that endure long after memory fades.