In Nursing Homes, Socialization Key for Those with Dementia

Social-based care in nursing homes greatly improved the quality of life of those with dementia, researchers reported.

Compared with having usual care, those receiving WHELD (well-being and health for people with dementia) care showed a significant improvement in quality-of-life scores (mean difference 2.54, 95% CI 0.81-4.28, Cohen's D effect size 0.24), found Clive Ballard, MD, of Exeter University in the U.K., and colleagues.