How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Since physical problems increase with age, the likelihood of hospitalization also increases. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia a hospitalization can be disruptive and frightening.

Keep in mind that hospitals are not typically well-designed for patients with dementia, in many cases, hospital staff have limited training in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias which can make the hospital stay overwhelming for your family members. In addition, the flurry of activity during staff shift changes or the lack of structured activities may add to the anxiety. Staff arriving and leaving may “cue” some people with Alzheimer’s to want to go home or to check on their family.

A hospital visit or overnight stay can cause anxiety and discomfort for the person with the disease. The change from home to an unfamiliar environment and the added stress caused by medical interventions may lead to increased confusion or disorientation. Knowing what to expect during a hospital visit can help make the experience more comfortable for everyone.

Another risk factor- people with dementia are especially prone to develop “delirium” – a state of extra confusion and agitation brought on by the intensity of hospital stays, most especially the busy environment in hospital ERs.

When a loved one is hospitalized, situations may arise requiring someone to stay with them to ensure their comfort and safety. Hospital “sitters” are a valuable resource to many families that are unable to take time off to be in the hospital around the clock.

“Sitters” are CNA/HHA (Certified Nursing Assistants/Home Health Aides) who can be helpful for senior adults who may be disorientated or a high fall risk. Reassurance that a professional is providing

Non-medical care ensures quality supervision at all times while keeping the nurses and physicians updated on your family member’s condition without being involved in medical treatment.

National Institute on Aging has helpful going to hospital tips for dementia caregivers.

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