If you find your loved one in the Hospital or the emergency room for an extended stay, you will want to review the information presented below.
The following information is presented in a way that would allow you to share the information with Hospital and Emergency room personnel.
You should review the information below and use it as a checklist to insure good care while in the hospital.
However, you might find that some hospital personnel are not trained to deal effectively with Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
You might also find that some personnel are less than - empathetic - to persons living with dementia.
As a result, you might want to print the information below and have it with you should a stay in the hospital or emergency room become necessary.
When hospitalization occurs, the best option for the person living with Alzheimer's disease is the constant presence of a family member or a trusted friend.
Remember, family members are the most valuable resource for information about the individual, and for the caregiving techniques that work best.
Communications Tips for Use in the Hosptial and for Hospital Personnel
My Patient Has Alzheimer's: General Guidelines
For an Alzheimer's patient, the trauma or ailment that preceded hospitalization, the strange new environment, the disrupted daily routine, and the influence of medications can all be factors for increased confusion and decreased ability.
There are a number of things hosptial personnel can do to reassure a patient.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Aging
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