Going into hospital offers an opportunity for people to receive the care they need in crisis situations and for acute illness to be treated.
But when individuals are feeling ill and in pain, or have experienced an accident or fall, noisy environments, fast pace of work, new faces, intense questioning and moving through different hospital settings can be traumatic and confusing. Acute services are geared towards fast and effective responses, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, cure, if possible, and discharge.
This guide outlines key factors which can improve the quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals.
- the environment
- sound care practices
- rehabilitative and supportive approaches, and
- effective multi-professional team working.