Communicating with staff in nursing care homes can help dementia patients, it has emerged.
The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has revealed that talking to the staff that care for them can prevent such individuals from becoming withdrawn.
Research conducted by the commission, in partnership with the University of Bradford, showed that there is a "significant relationship" between how happy residents are and how much they chat to their carers.
However, recent inspections by the commission revealed that in some care homes patients do not have enough verbal contact with their carers.
Speaking about the new method of inspection, CSCI chief inspector Paul Snell said: "The quality of life for people with dementia living in care homes is hugely affected by the way in which care staff communicate and empathise with them."
He added that the extent to which staff do this depends of the quality of training they are given and the care home's ethos.
This follows news from the Harvard School of Public Health that social integration can help delay the onset of memory loss in elderly individuals.