If you ever have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home make sure they have pictures in their room.
Made monthly rounds at our local care facility and noticed more of my patients had family pictures up than usual. At least I noticed them more today. There were black and whites of the patient in their youth. Plenty of photos of grand kids at birthday parties or Christmas celebrations and a few of relatives in military uniforms.
While most of my patients can offer me only so much personal information at this point in their life, the pictures told a broader and deeper story. The pictures were a blunt reminder that the person before me unable to tell me the story of their life still had one. They once had a life not too unlike the one I now enjoy. They encouraged me to treat this person as well as or better than I hope to be treated someday.
Put pictures in your loved one's rooms not for them to admire, but as a reminder to the staff caring for them.