By Clearday Research Team
For a person with dementia, admission to an acute hospital may be both confusing and frightening. Even though many need hospital treatment, the stay could negatively affect their physical, mental and cognitive abilities. Hospital environments and staff interactions contribute to health complications and adverse events for AD/Dementia patients (George et.al, 2013, Rosvik and Rokstad, 2020).
“We cannot look after these patients the way they should be looked after based on the fact that we don’t have the staff to do it”
Dementia care patients require extra time and personalized attention to reduce their cognitive symptoms and decline, but hospital personnel are too overstretched to provide it (George et.al, 2013). Hospital dynamics require a rotating staff of nurses and physicians, less quality time per patient. “We cannot look after these patients the way they should be looked after based on the fact that we don’t have the staff to do it” (Yous et. al, 2019)
Hospital care culture focuses on acute care treatment over psychological treatment and social activities that dementia care patients require (Gwernan-Jones et. al, 2020) “… a lot of the nurses are involved with patients who have acute medical needs and oftentimes they’re busy with these patients who are acutely ill. And in the meantime, something is happening with these patients with the responsive behaviors because there is nobody to supervise or assist them …” (Yous et. al, 2019)
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