Alzheimer's Dementia Unit

We strive to accommodate your needs. We recognize the stress you may be feeling at this time and want to alleviate your concerns. Contact our Admissions Coordinator, Diana, to arrange a tour of our facility. If you aren't able to visit, we can send information, or would be happy to talk to you on the telephone.  

Admission Coordinator's hours are:
Monday through Friday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

(530) 273-1316

Alzheimer’s Unit

Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab Center has been providing quality nursing care in Nevada County for over 40 years. Due to the increase in Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias and the fact that these residents require a very different environment and care, we added a specialized unit to care for these individuals. Not only is the physical environment designed to minimize confusion for the residents, but the care is specifically geared to their individual needs.

The Staff 

The unit is staffed with specially trained Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants who work closely with other staff members such as Therapists, Activities and Social Service personnel, Psychiatrist Dr. Helen Crawford, M.D., and our Medical Director, Dr. Christopher Claydon, M.D., who is available 24 hours a day.

Progress Evaluation 

Activities are individualized for each resident according to their abilities. Each resident is evaluated on an ongoing basis by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals such as a Psychiatrist, Pharmacologist, Physical Therapist, Social Service and Activities personnel, Licensed Nurse, Medical Director, and the resident’s individual physician. Once a plan has been developed, it becomes the road map guiding the daily decisions concerning each resident. This helps create the best possible physical and emotional environment.

Specialized Care and Activities

Secured, beautifully landscaped area with paths for walking

Sensory Stimulation

Light and Pet Therapies

Aroma Therapy


It is our goal to provide a healthy environment with limited chemical and physical restraints. We will strive to preserve the dignity and self-respect of each of our residents.

Nursing Care

Moderate to total assistance will be available to each resident depending on their needs:

  • Dining
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Ambulating
  • Grooming


Family Support

We offer support to families coping with Alzheimer's disease and terminal illnesses, and offer our own Comfort Care programs.  We also have many local resources and respite agencies in our community that our Social Service staff are happy to help you contact. For those who would like any information on any of these topics, we will be happy to give you more information in person, over the phone, and pamphlets are available in our lobby. 



To the Staff at Golden Empire Rehab and Nursing Center:

Please accept this floral arrangement in appreciation for showing such kindness and concern for Travio Battista.  Although his stay at Golden Empire was shortened by his passing, our family always felt welcomed by everyone.  

After our visits with Tavio, we were comforted in knowing he was in good hands. 

Thank you to everyone for all  you did for Tavio.

Sincerely, the family of Tavio Battista


To the Staff,

I had excellent care while I was at Golden Empire and it was greatly appreciated.  I want to thank you for the use of the wheelchair.  

I've just gotten to the point being able to get down the steps to my yard without the wheelchair.  It has been a great help.

Thanks again,

Juanita Thompson




Both the building and grounds have been designed with the safety and enjoyment of the residents in mind. The garden and patios are secure and protected in a discreet but effective way. The patio and gazebo are natural places for family and friends to visit.